The University will be hosting the Hay Festival Scribblers Tour this January, which takes writers direct to thousands of school pupils in inspiring free events. Up to 160 school children will have the opportunity to visit Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy on Llandaff campus on 16th and 23rd January to attend a full day's workshop of creative storytelling.
The tour across Wales will be hosted by five universities in total; Cardiff Met, University of South Wales, Swansea University, Aberystwyth University and Wrexham Glyndwr University.
The Tour aims to engage and encourage the next generation in storytelling and conversation, inspiring empathy and creativity. It also gives pupils a chance to visit their nearest university and experience a taste of life on campus. A further tour of Welsh language events will take place in March.
The interactive sessions aimed at years 7 and 8 will feature award-winning Welsh author and storyteller Daniel Morden, and poet, author and playwright Eric Ngalle Charles, who claimed asylum in Wales after overcoming human trafficking and living on the streets.
Year 9 and 10 pupils, will work with broadcaster and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney and Steven Camden aka Polarbear, one of the UK's most acclaimed spoken-word artists.
Aine Venables, Education Manager at Hay Festival, said: "In these free festival days for young people, we will be telling stories, asking questions and listening to build empathy and creativity through the power of reading and writing. We want to start conversations with young people to hear their voices and choices and to inspire their creative identity for the future."
Annie Davies, Cardiff Met's First Campus Officer, said: "We are delighted to be working with the Hay Festival to provide opportunities at Cardiff Met for young people to access these unique creative workshops.
"It is a great opportunity to raise awareness of higher education with high school children, and will enable the young people attending to learn first-hand from successful writers renowned for their creativity. Our PGCE English Secondary students will support the event as part of their out of school learning participation, so it will be a constructive and beneficial event for all involved."
Hay Festival Scribblers Tour is funded by the Welsh Government and is part of the festival's wider outreach and education work that includes free Schools Days, Hay Academy, Hay Compass, and the Hay Levels, a series of free educational videos.
For more information visit hayfestival.org/scribblers/the-scribblers-tour.aspx