Literature Wales

    Literature Wales is the national company for the development of literature in Wales.

    Literature Wales’ many projects and activities include Wales Book of the Year, the National Poet of Wales, Writers on Tour funding scheme, the Dinefwr Literature Festival, writing courses at Tŷ Newydd, an annual Literary Tourism programme, Translators’ House Wales, the Young People’s Laureate for Wales and Young People’s Writing Squads. It also has fieldworkers working specifically to develop literature activity in the south Wales valleys and north Wales. The services offered by Literature Wales for writers include mentoring, writers’ bursaries, information and advice and independent manuscript assessment.

    For more information contact Literature Wales on 029 2047 2266 or email

    Caerphilly County Borough Council

    Caerphilly Arts Development team are part of the wider Arts Service within Caerphilly County Borough Council.  Every year Arts Development run a variety of projects across all art forms for all age groups in Caerphilly County Borough.  Part of this work is developing literature projects.

    Our current literature based work includes the Young Writers Squads.  The Squads operate both in the medium of English and in Welsh, and are for children who show exceptional talent in creative writing. These children are offered a specialist workshop with a professional writer at least once a term, usually on a Saturday morning. They are recruited from Years 5 – 6 and the workshops are then provided throughout the rest of their school career. In this way, the Squad members have access to professional tutors, writing in a wide range of styles, to help nurture their talent and encourage them.

    Another of the projects overseen by Arts Development is Inside Out Cymru- specialising in working with adults in Caerphilly who have experienced mental distress. Inside Out Cymru are offering creative writing tasters in Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Hospital as well as delivering creative writing workshops in the community.

    Special one off projects are also developed in response to the needs of our communities.

    For more information please contact or view the Inside Out Cymru website at for contact details and session timetables.

    Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

    Literature based activity in Neath Port Talbot is supported by Neath Port Talbot libraries and Arts Development.

    Neath Port Talbot libraries have an active author events programme and have hosted a variety of authors visits from Catrin Collier, Phil Rickman, Jasper Fforde, Martin Bell, Carole Matthews to name just a few. These events provide people with the opportunity to meet their favourite authors and to learn about the careers and lives of these very special guests.

    Neath Port Talbot libraries also have an extremely active schools project programme and have piloted teacher training events in partnership with Literature Wales as well as independently. Schools have enjoyed a variety of author visits including workshops with Luke Wright, Thomas Docherty, Phil Carradice, Mike Church, Michael Harvey, Phil Bowen and many more.

    For further information about the range of services available please contact Paul Doyle:

    Neath Port Talbot Arts Development believe that the arts are for everyone, and can be life changing and life affirming. People are the centre of their projects and they aim to develop the skills and talents of the local community.

    Neath Port Talbot Council’s Arts Development team successfully secured a European Social Fund grant through the Arts Council of Wales, as part of the Reaching the Heights Icon Project, a film multi-media arts project.

    Community Development and Projects have actively supported the project and have engaged 30+ young people across Neath Port Talbot. Workshops have taken place in Sandfields, Taibach and Bryn Community Centres, where the young people attend youth clubs. The project worked in partnership with Literature Wales to provide Circus Poetry sessions and Arriva trains poetry experiences..

    Newport City Council

    Literature based activity in Newport is primarily supported by Newport Community Learning and Libraries service.

    Current creative writing projects include:

    ‘Let’s Celebrate’ a new partnership project which worked alongside Barnarndo’s and Newport City Councils Community learning and libraries.

    Young parents , children and babies met weekly at The SHARE centre to get creative, have fun, celebrate Christmas and learn. The families were given sacks at the beginning of the project and each week created stories, poems, decorations, nursery rhymes, instruments and toys. The participatory element of this project had a focus on literature which enabled parents to develop new skills themselves and also inspired parents to use alternative ways to play with their children. The families were given opportunities to access the libraries facilities and find out about the services on offer for all the family, as well as take part in story time.

    The project is also developing links with menteriaithcasnewydd, Gwent Arts in Health, the Riverfront and Newport University to explore potential new projects..

    Torfaen County Borough Council

    Literature based activity in Torfaen is primarily supported by The Arts and Community Development Department and Torfaen Libraries service.

    Creative writing projects include:

    Torfaen Writing squads, two squads meet regularly throughout the year to enjoy creative writing workshops with Wales based authors. Past workshops have included visits to Big Pit with Ric Hool, Tredegar House, with Catherine Fisher, Cwmbran Big Event with Mike Church.

    Torfaen libraries also run a number of reading groups who meet regularly. These have also enjoyed visits from local authors including Phil Carradice, and Roy Noble.

    Torfaen Arts Development have also been instrumental in forging links with local housing associations to explore creative writing projects with tenants, The Torfaen Youth Council, Regeneration, Big Pit and Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall to host the successful Writing from Life conference..

    Vale of Glamorgan County Council

    Literature based activity in the Vale of Glamorgan is primarily supported by the Vale of Glamorgan Arts Development, Libraries Service and Crest Nicholson, Penarth Heights Development.

     Arts Development aims to provide equal access for joining and attending arts opportunities, activities and community events. The Vale of Glamorgan Arts Development is is now working collaboratively with the Arts Services in Bridgend CBC, Merthyr Tydfil CBC and Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC as ArtsConnect.

     Current creative writing projects include:

    Penarth Heights creative writing project  in which pupils in the Vale of Glamorgan enjoyed two days of workshops inspired by the demolition of the ‘Billy Banks’ and the development of the new Penarth Heights development. Pupils worked with Phil Carradice to compile a word bank of sights, sounds, smells and feelings inspired by the trip. These were then utilised to create a range of poems.

    Pupils from Barry Boys school also enjoyed a four week project creating the Barry Boys Bonkers Comic Book in workshops with animators Turnip Starfish at Barry Library. The Turnip Starfish team create imaginative, original character led brands, for television, mobile phones and the Internet. They run a range of award winning workshops, from graffiti to animation, and have created a strong reputation in managing inclusive, vibrant and motivating environments for young people to create imaginative and innovative work.

    The project is also developing links with Porthkerry Park, Cosmeston Medieval Village and Vale Education to create workshops and resources for schools involving creative writing.ArtsConnect

    Vale of Glamorgan Arts Development is now working collaboratively with the Arts Services in Bridgend CBC, Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC and Merthyr Tydfil CBC as ArtsConnect..