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The Roper Prize for Literature

Simone Greenwood of Burst Publishing introduces this year’s topic ‘Our Future’ for the second year of The Roper Prize for Literature won in 2016 by Kian Carpenter of Markham Primary School.

9.30am

Markham Primary School 


Rachel Long, Writer-in-Residence

9.30am

Libanus Primary School


Taekwon-do Wales

Taekwon-do demonstration with the founder of Taekwondo-Wales, Peter Kent Marrast.

9.30am

Cefn Fforest Primary School


Dina Williams: Anansi Stories Fast Forward

9.30am

Fleur-de-lis Primary School


Firefly Presents

firefly-thumbFirefly Press were winners of the Branford Boase Award 2016 and shortlisted for IPG Best Newcomer Independent Publisher Awards in 2017. Based in Cardiff and Aberystwyth, the independent children’s and YA publisher was set up in 2013 and is one of the only dedicated children’s publishers in Wales, publishing quality fiction for 5-19 years olds. More on the Firefly Press writers below…

9.30am  Ysgol Bro Sannan


Trouble comes to Town

The two headed, word wrestling, paint splattering Wooliams Beast wrote their series of five Trouble books after being poleaxed by the protagonist. Try as they might, they never did manage to capture bedlam she wrought, and have since retired to document the life of Og (the evolutionary lightening rod) and cautionary tales about Dogs. In Clogs.

9.30am

Markham Primary School


Gwent Archives

Gwent Archives is a local authority archive that collects and preserves any documents that relate to the old county of Gwent. Featuring photographs, maps, adverts and more, the Archives will demonstrate Blackwood and the surrounding areas from a hundred years ago, the impact of the First and Second World Wars and the changing face of Blackwood High Street.

11am

Blackwood Primary School


Firefly Presents

11am

Ysgol Bro Sannan


Lesotho Rugby Academy

Iain Richards talks about Rugby in Africa and presents a coaching session as used in the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho!

11am

Ysgol Bro Sannan


The Roper Prize for Literature

11am

Ysgol Bro Sannan


Trouble comes to Town

11am

Markham Primary School


Firefly Presents

1.30pm

Ysgol Bro Sannan


Trouble comes to Town

1.30pm

Markham Primary School


The Roper Prize for Literature

1.30pm

Blackwood Primary School


Lesotho Rugby Academy

Iain Richards talks about Rugby in Africa and presents a coaching session as used in the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho!

1.30pm

Markham Primary School


Gwent Archives

1.30pm

Libanus Primary School


Dina Williams: Anansi Stories Fast Forward

1.30pm

Pengam Primary School


Dina Williams: Anansi Stories Fast Forward

7.30pm

Blackwood Little Theatre

Firefly Press writers

huwdavies-thumbHuw Davies

Huw Davies grew up in Nantyffyllon, near Maesteg and teaches English. He has an MA in Scriptwriting from the University of Glamorgan. As an English teacher, he came to realise that there was a lack of what he called ‘daft books for boys’, and started work on his first children’s book, Scrambled. He lives in Carmarthen with his wife and three children.

 

eloise-thumbEloise Williams

Eloise was born in Cardiff and grew up in Llantrisant. She now lives in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, very close to the beach where she walks her dog Watson Jones and collects sea glass with her artist husband, Guy Manning. She worked in the theatre in various odd jobs before going on to study Drama at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Guildford School of Acting. After working for over ten years as an actor, she decided to change path a little and take a Masters in Creative Writing at Swansea University. She is the author of Elen’s Island and Gaslight. Find out more at her website.

 

jonblake-thumbJon Blake

Jon Blake lives in Cardiff with his partner and two young children. He qualified as a teacher in 1979. His first story was published in 1984; since then he has earned his living as a writer of books, TV and radio scripts, and as a teacher of creative writing. Previous books include the best-selling You’re a Hero, Daley B!, Stinky Finger’s House of Fun and The Last Free Cat. His latest book for children, Thimble Monkey Superstar, was shortlisted for the Lollies Awards 2017. Find out more at his website.

 

dananthony-thmbDan Anthony

Dan lives in Pembrokeshire and writes for children and grown-ups. His radio plays have been broadcast on Radio 4, Radio 3 and Radio Wales, he helped S4C develop its successful children’s series Y Meees and was a scriptwriter on CBBCs Tracy Beaker series. As a result of this experience he plucked up the courage to try writing a book himself, something his school teachers told him never to do. His first children’s book, The RugbyZombies was nominated for a Tir na n-Og award from the Welsh Books council and he has since completed the popular RugbyZombie trilogy. Dan has visited many schools to talk about his work and leads themed walks around Cardiff for Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival. He is the author of Steve’s Dreams: Steve and the Sabretooth Tiger and Steve and the Singing Pirates.

laurasheldon-thumbLaura Sheldon

Laura is a teacher at Sully Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales, where there is a real writers’ shed overlooking the sea. Laura was born and brought up in Hillside Crescent in Swansea, around the corner from where Dylan used to live. She has always enjoyed writing stories and spent most of her childhood in a fantasy world. She became a primary school teacher in 2000 and finds lots of opportunities for exploring fantasy worlds with her pupils. She believes that everything is more fun taught in a story. Her first book for children, Mr Mahli’s Shed and the ghost of Dylan, was a runner up in the Firefly Children’s Book Prize 2014.


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