Workshop with Ceri Wyn Jones at Senedd 10th Anniversary event, September 2009. Image: Academi/John Briggs
Squad members at Senedd 10th Anniversary event, September 2009. Image: Academi/John Briggs.
The Murder of Mary Elliot written by Bridgend Writing Squad, illustrated by Matthew Lee
Writing Squad Session at National Eisteddfod, Mold, 2007.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S WRITING SQUADS
The Young People's Writing Squads aim to locate gifted young writers - in both English and Welsh - in each authority region and introduce them to some of Wales' leading writers, and teachers of writing.
The Writing Squads have been developed over the past decade by Literature Wales in association with local authorities in Wales.
"I'm so pleased to be a member of the Squad. It's given me confidence to write and improve my skills. I've had priceless experiences with all kinds of poets, playwrights and authors, through the medium of Welsh and English - and I've had lots of fun!"
Grug, member of Gwynedd Writing Squad
"It is so much fun meeting and working with Writing Squad members. Writers are a strange and wonderful bunch, and it's great to see the new generation coming along nicely!"
Francesca Kay, writer
"I've had the privilege to work with the Denbighshire squads on several occasions now, and each visit has been memorable for the quality of work produced by these talented youngsters. Groups of pupils come along to work with professional authors. Not content with spending five hours wrestling with poetry, fiction and non-fiction, many of them carry on at home, producing extended work of a very high standard. Thanks to the hard work of the library and education staff, the Squads have developed into a model of good practice which could be spread out across the UK. I am proud to be associated with this initiative.”
Alan Gibbons, writer
"We had a wonderful time and I can still remember the standard of the writing that the children produced was amazing. And what’s more, they had a fantastic time I think. If you enjoy something, you try harder at it and get more and more proficient.”
Adele Geras, writer
“I have been honoured to lead some of the Writing Squads. The students are so keen; you can see the hunger in their eyes to get going, to learn and to create. I think it’s brilliant these kids get the opportunity to work in this way, in an environment where their ideas can flourish, where they are not hampered by less enthusiastic peers.”
Helena Pielichaty, writer