Celebrating 70 years of the CWVYS network

We are celebrating at the Senedd on Thursday June the 15th between 12.30 and 2pm.
During the event we will be 'looking back/looking forward', with the help of guests, several AMs including those who have kindly co-sponsored it; Lynne Neagle AM, Llŷr Huws Gruffydd AM and Darren Millar AM.

Hopefully the AMs won’t mind our admitting, we are the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services after all, that we are most excited to be joined by Sophie McKeand, Young People's Laureate for Wales!

Sophie McKeand (www.sophiemckeand.com ) is a poet and educator from north Wales. She won the Out Spoken Innovation in Poetry Award in 2015, was longlisted for the Poetry Society‘s National Poetry Competition in 2014, and was the Poet-in-Residence at Focus Wales Festival in 2016. Sophie has performed at numerous festivals and events, and in November 2015, she embarked on a Wales-wide tour to coincide with the publication of her second poetry pamphlet, Hanes.
 
She is a writer and producer for various National Theatre Wales TEAM projects, and regularly facilitates workshops for Literature Wales as well as organisations such as Arts Council of Wales, Age Cymru and Oriel Wrecsam. She is also a Creative Practitioner for Arts Council Wales’ Lead Creative Schools scheme.
In her new role, Sophie will figurehead some of Literature Wales’ flagship projects for young people, including Slam Cymru, Wales’ first bilingual slam competition. She will also run workshops with families and community groups as part of Literature Wales’ Roald Dahl-inspired outreach scheme, Invent your Event.
 
Her new collection, Rebel Sun is available from Parthian Books: https://www.parthianbooks.com/collections/pre-order/products/rebel-sun

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