Tonyrefail Literature Festival



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

Two hundred and forty six pupils from seven local schools enjoyed a day of interactive and sports workshops with Phil Carradice, Francesca Kay, Huw Aaron, Mike Church, Francis Maxey and Cardiff City Football Community Foundation.

Each of the schools involved also enjoyed two creative writing workshops of either circus poetry, creative writing, sports writing or environmental writing delivered by Mike Church, Francesca Kay or Ric Hool funded by the schools via their pupil deprivation grant.

Author profiles:

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

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

Phil Carradice
Phil is a poet, novelist, editor and historian.  Born at Pembroke Dock, educated at Cardiff College of Education and University College, Cardiff. Phil has been a teacher, social worker and head teacher of Headlands Special School in Penarth. Hi s latest books for children are The Black Chair and  Saving SS Ryan.

Huw Aaron
Huw Aaron is a Cardiff-based cartoonist, comic artist and illustrator. Author of welsh children’s comic collection ‘Llyfr Hwyl y Lolfa’, and has cartoons regularly published in Private Eye, Spectator, Reader’s Digest and other publications. He is currently working on a graphic novel based on the Old Welsh war poem Y Gododdin

Francis Maxey
Storyteller. Teacher. Moved to Cardiff in 1982 and has been performing for 25 years as a clown and actor. He has been storytelling using traditional stories and running related projects in schools throughout Wales. The shows are a mixture of stories, riddles and music.He tells Welsh and European tales, with some international material.