Cardiff Met hosted the University's final Hay Festival Scribblers Tour session today, which is part of a tour across Wales bringing writers direct to thousands of school pupils in inspiring free events. Up to 160 school children had the opportunity to visit Cardiff Met's Llandaff campus over two separate days to attend a workshop of creative storytelling.
The tour across Wales is being hosted by five universities in total; Cardiff Met, University of South Wales, Swansea University, Aberystwyth University and Wrexham Glyndwr University.
The Tour was designed to engage and encourage the next generation in storytelling and conversation, inspiring empathy and creativity. It also aims to give pupils a chance to visit their nearest university and experience a taste of life on campus.
The interactive sessions aimed at years 7 and 8 featured 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, worked with broadcaster and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney and Steven Camden aka Polarbear, one of the UK's most acclaimed spoken-word artists.
Year 9 student Eve Williams from Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda, who attended today's session said: "I really enjoyed meeting the authors today and hearing their advice. I could really relate to what Gemma was talking about. It was a good chance to visit Cardiff Met too and think about what it would be like to go to university."
Carly Phillips, English Teacher at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda said: "Our student feedback from these events has been exceptional. The speakers have been great at engaging our pupils and it's been a fantastic opportunity for the children to develop their writing skills. We've heard from a lot of inspirational individuals across the two sessions and it has been a hugely positive experience all around."
Aine Venables, Education Manager at Hay Festival, said: "In these free festival days for young people, we are telling stories, asking questions and listening to build empathy and creativity through the power of reading and writing. The aim is 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 were delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Hay Festival to provide opportunities at Cardiff Met for young people to access these unique creative workshops.
"It has been a great opportunity to raise awareness of higher education with high school children, and the young people attending have been able to learn first-hand from successful writers renowned for their creativity."
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.