Cardiff Met Creative Writing Workshop Encourages Youngsters to Get Creative

Rhydypenau Primary School pupils were encouraged to get creative at a workshop hosted at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cyncoed Library, ahead of the Cardiff Children’s Literature festival which kicks off in the city this weekend.

Led by children’s author, Dan Anthony - who is also a lecturer on Cardiff Met’s Creative Writing programme - the workshop encouraged children’s creativity through reading and creative writing, featuring Dan’s new book, “The Bus Stop at the End of the World”, Gomer publishing.

Aimed at 9-12 year olds the book is written from the perspective of eleven-year-old Ritchie, who among his struggles in daily life, finds solace and escapism in the bus stop at the end of the road, where he is visited by all manners of creatures from witches to trolls, all arriving by public transport to his bus stop!

Speaking at the event, Dan said:

I really enjoy holding workshops with school children as it helps to encourage them to be creative and share ideas. Although writing is often a solitary activity, it can also be collaborative and workshops are the perfect example of a positive way of sharing ideas and being creative together. I like to engage children in a new story by reading an extract to them, letting them write and share ideas, allowing them to be part of the creative process.

And as for Dan’s much anticipated Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival appearance, during which Cardiff’s Old Library will become the bus stop from which youngsters depart with Dan in search of a very real bus, he added:

“I have held similar outdoor events to this for many years at the Cardiff Children’s Lit fest since it started, but this year’s will be even more interactive with the bus from my book coming to life for the children because Cardiff City Council have provided us with a real one. I like to host outdoor events where I take young readers outside into the real world so that we can re-imagine it by delving into the landscape of our city.

“I am excited to return to the festival this weekend and invite children and families to join me on the quest to find the bus stop at the end of the world - who knows what creatures await us!”

Academic librarian at Cardiff Met and organiser of the Cyncoed Library session, Catherine Finch added:

“We really enjoy opening and showcasing our amazing library space to nearby schools as part of our commitment to widening access and engagement with the local community.  With Dan being a lecturer here, we had a wonderful opportunity to do this and celebrate the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival.  By inviting him to hold one of his well-loved workshops, it has really ignited their imaginations ahead of a fortnight jam-packed with literary-themed activities – it really will be ‘all aboard’ for all those attending his workshop this Saturday!”