Creativity and Time to Dream

‘Creativity and Time to Dream’
Lauren Child, creator of hit children’s series Charlie and Lola,
visits Cardiff to meet fellow Laureates

Literature Wales has announced that the Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child will come to Cardiff to take part at a one-off “Triple Laureate” event. Famed as the creator of the popular Charlie and Lola series, Lauren will be joined by Welsh children’s laureates Casia Wiliam and Sophie McKeand.

The event takes place on 16 March at Cardiff Metropolitan University Cyncoed Campus in association with the School of Education and Social Policy. Literature Wales hopes it will inspire a new generation of children’s writers and educators.

During this bilingual event, all three Laureate – Lauren, Casia and Sophie – will talk about how they encourage a love of literature amongst children of all ages and will share their own methods in inspiring children to believe in their own creative potential.

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales, said: “Literature Wales is proud to be part of this event. The development of writing and illustration for children and young people is hugely important, as early access to great literature can have a lasting impact. We’re thrilled to be working with partners to ensure that the future generations of Wales will continue to be inspired and bewitched by the power of story.”

Jo Bowers, Associate Dean and Principal Lecturer in Primary Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event with Literature Wales. This will be the fourth Children’s Laureate we have hosted over the last six years and the second triple Laureate event for our students and the teachers in the area. We are very excited to be hosting three Laureates here in March. These events are always inspirational for teachers and future teachers to attend and take the magic back into the classroom to encourage children to read for pleasure and become lifelong readers.


About the Laureates

An advocate for visual literacy and the importance of quality picture books for children, the Waterstones Children's Laureate, Lauren Child, has been at the forefront of innovation in children's books for over 15 years and has raised the profile of illustration as an art form for all ages.

“I want to inspire children to believe in their own creative potential, to make their own stories and drawings and ignite in them the delight of reading for pleasure. In an increasingly fast paced world, children need the freedom to dream and imagine; to enjoy reading, drawing and telling their own stories without value judgement or restraint”.
 — Lauren Child

Casia Wiliam is the current Bardd Plant Cymru, a Welsh-language scheme which uses literature to promote creativity, communication skills and self-expression. Casia believes that writing is beneficial to children and young people and is a safe way to express and discuss hopes and dreams, fears and troubles.

As the Young People’s Laureate of Wales, Sophie McKeand encourages reading, writing, conversation and communication within the young communities of Wales, particularly those from hard to reach and disadvantaged backgrounds. Sophie aims to inspire young people to believe in themselves and to have faith in their voice and to realise they have an important part to play in the future of our nation.


About the event

Held at 4.00 pm on Friday 16 March 2018 at the Cardiff Metropolitan University Cyncoed Campus, this event is aimed at students, teachers, writers and those interested in children’s literature and education, and is delivered in partnership between Literature Wales, Booktrust and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

The laureates will be joined by Lleucu Siencyn, CEO of Literature Wales and Jo Bowers, Associate Dean: Enterprise & Principal Lecturer Primary Education, Cardiff Met.


Tickets to this event are free of charge, however, booking is essential via:
Numbers are limited so please book early.

For further information please contact Literature Wales:
post@literaturewales.org / 029 20472266

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