Rhys Davies update


Throughout February and March 2014 young people from Merthyr Tydfil, the Vale of Glamorgan and Neath Port Talbot enjoyed a series of creative writing workshops as part of the Rhys Davies Education and Outreach project.

In partnership with Merthyr Valley Homes, the Rhys Davies Education and Outreach Project created a cross-art form intergenerational scheme involving creative writing, rapping, music and film. Young people of Forsythia Youth, Gurnos and residents of sheltered Housing complex Horeb Close, Penydarren enjoyed a series of workshops exploring views of the local community.

Initially each group worked independently – Horeb Close with author Mike Church, Forsythis Youth with Rufus Mufasa creating poetry and rap songs exploring issues such as communities now and then, councillors, work, discipline, bullying, relationships, education and perceptions of one another through memories, aspirations, concerns and hopes.

Participants were involved with all aspects of the project, writing, performing, playing instruments and editing. Each session was full of laughter, stories, rapping, acting and composing offering individuals an opportunity to experience new art forms, whilst also challenging perceptions of living and growing up in Merthyr Tydfil.

The project was celebrated with a ‘Film screening of the film Silver Hoodies on 2 April at the newly renovated Red Hoiuse, Merthyr Tydfil. Everyone who took part attended the event as well as many local councillors, local council officers and management of Merthyr Valley Homes. Each individual also received a copy of the film as a lasting celebration of the project.

Pupils at Ysgol Bro Morgannwg enjoyed two days of creative writing led by Gwennan Evans. The project linked with the Vale Libraries digitization project and pupils explored archive photographs of the local area and enjoyed a visit from a member of the local Tabernacl to help bring the pictures alive. Vale libraries will also assist the pupils in creating their own online story presence as a lasting celebration of the project. Gwennan Evans said: ‘Everyone involved were a pleasure to work with.’


Pupils at Cefn Saeson Comprehensive school enjoyed two days with celebrated author Mike Jenkins. The young people explored how to create a sense of place and character to enable them to create stories with a strong setting and character voice to move the plot further. Head of English Leighton Davies said: ‘Always a pleasure to have Literature Wales author’s visit us. I think that the workshops went really well. Mike Jenkins identified some really talented young writers and we were pleased to be involved.’