All events listed below start at 6.30pm at the Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport.
Phone Pat Wells-West on 01633 265660 by the Sunday before the event.
Ticket £25 includes dinner.
Owen Sheers: Writing About Wars
Owen Sheers has played Wilfred Owen on stage; his novel Resistance imagines that the D-Day landings failed and that Wales has been occupied by the Nazis. Unicorns almost, is a one-man play about World War II poet Keith Douglas and was performed by Joseph Fiennes; Pink Mist tells the story of three young men deployed to Afghanistan.
John Harrison: Forgotten Footprints – writing about Antarctica
John Harriosn is an award-winning travel, hostory and fiction writer and an experienced voyager who made his fiftieth trip to Antartica at the end of 2014. His other key area of interest is South America. Cloud Road: A Journey Through the Inca Heartland was the 2011 Wales Book of the Year. Forgotten Footprints won the British Guild of Travel Writers best narrative guide book award 2014.
Sophie McKeand: The Young Peoples Laureate for Wales
The Young People’s Laureate initiative aims to inspire and increase literacy and communication skills in young people. By using a wide range of disciplines, the project has been developed to engage the next generation in new and innovative ways. The initiative was launched in October 2011 with Catherine Fisher appointed as the first Laureate. The initiative was further developed by poet and performer Martin Daws and now Sophie McKeand is the current Young People’s Laureate for 2016-2018.
The Young People’s Laureate encourages reading, writing, conversation and communication within the young communities of Wales. Unique not just to Wales but to the UK as a whole, the Laureate works positively with teenagers and young people, particularly those from hard-to-reach and disadvantaged backgrounds.