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Award Winning Project

Film Credit: Orchard Media and Events Group

Literature Wales is delighted to announce that the South Wales Literature Development Initiative has been recognised in the Arts, Business & the Community Award for partnership projects with Merthyr Valley Homes as part of the 21st annual Arts and Business Awards 2014.

The Arts & Business Annual Awards encourage, acknowledge and celebrate exemplary partnerships between the private sector and the arts. The 2014 ceremony, sponsored for the 4th year by Global Energy Company Valero, took place on stage at Wales Millennium Centre on Friday 9 May.

Beginning in Autumn 2012 and continuing throughout 2013, Literature Wales worked with Merthyr Valley Homes to identify and target projects addressing mutual key priority areas of focus and objective. These included tackling literacy and wellbeing issues for a wide demographic from school children to ethnic minority groups and residents in sheltered accommodation.

The project hi-lighted for this year’s award was Captured Memories, in which poet, Mike Church worked with twenty nine residents from three sheltered housing schemes – St Tydfil’s Court, Cae’r Wern and Haven Close. This partnership worked to capture older people’s memories and collect reminiscence poetry for future generations, focusing on memories of Merthyr Tydfil and its communities. The poems composed were collected into a book and recorded on an audio CD.

The South Wales Literature Development Initiative is a flagship project for Literature Wales, which began in 2007 to create new opportunities to write for everyone and anyone in the authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Torfaen.

The project has successfully worked across ten local authorities in the South Wales area and has just received confirmation of continued funding under a new model for 2014-15.