Tonyrefail Literacy Festival 2014

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Following the successful Hands on project in Tonyrefail in February and March 2012, Literature Wales supported the third equally successful Literature Festival in Tonyrefail Leisure Centre sponsored by Tonyrefail Communities First partnership.

Two hundred and twelve pupils from six local schools enjoyed a day of interactive creative writing and sports workshops with Mike Church, Thomas Docherty, Rufus Mufasa, Rhian Edwards, Dan Anthony and Cardiff City Football Community Foundation.

Pupils from Hendreforgan, YGG Tonyrefail, Cwmlai, Tref y Rhug, Tonyrefail and Williamstown Primary schools enjoyed a variety of workshops to increase their enjoyment of creative writing and improve their literacy skills.

Pupils from years 2-4 were entertained with workshops including:

Poetry with Rhian Edwards and Mike Church

Rap workshops with Rufus Mufasa

Drawing and illustration with Thomas Docherty

Fiction and character writing with Dan Anthony

Pupils also enjoyed football sessions with Cardiff City Football in the Community team.

Author profiles:

Mike Church
Performance poet and writer. Ex-Deputy Gead of Headlands, Penarth has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults.

Dan Anthony
Dan Anthony has written for radio, TV, children and adults. His first children’s books, the Rugby Zombie trilogy, are a big hit with young readers and his work as a scriptwriter on CBBC’s Tracy Beaker show and S4C’s The Baaas inform his popular literacy workshops for schools.

Thomas Docherty
Thomas Docherty is an award winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books. He also spends a lot of his time visiting schools and libraries to help children and adults create their own stories. In 2009 his second book ‘Little Boat’ was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.

Rufus Mufasa
Rufus Mufasa is a bilingual rapper, MC, singer songwriter, spoken word poet, comedy writer and performer.  With over ten years experience in playwork, youthwork, community and language development, her workshops are exhilarating and empowering. Rufus is a dramatist, active in raising awareness for young people’s rights, and inspires a passion for language and literature and is amazingly motivational.

Rhian Edwards
Rhian is a poet, musician and workshop coordinator. She has delivered over 300 stage, radio and festival performances world-wide, including BBC Radio 3, Hay-on-Wye, Ledbury, Latitude, the Green Man, the Cheltenham Literary Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She won the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2013.

Francesca Kay
Francesca is experienced in writing poetry for children. She works in schools, libraries, museums , even outdoors. She undertakes day visits to schools as well as longer projects.