Love, Hate and Bookmaking


Boys at Glan-y-Nant Learning Centre, Pengam, took part in a six week print and bookmaking workshop with poet and artist Francesca Kay. Aged between 6-11 years old, the boys made beautiful booklets by hand in which they listed their loves and hates, illustrating them with pieces of writing, prints and photographs. ‘Loves’ included fishing, chocolate milkshakes, and English. Dislikes included siblings driving you “up the wall”, noisy lorries, squeaky trains and people going up the slide the wrong way.

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The workshops were organised by Caerphilly Arts Development and Literature Wales’ South Wales Literature Development Initiative. The Glan-y-Nant Learning Centre is a pupil referral unit, which provides alternative learning provision for children with challenging behaviour. The children, some of whom struggle with key literacy skills, found a love of writing through a combination of visual art, craft and print-making. At the end of six weeks, they are all the authors of their very own book.