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Literature Wales

A national organisation, its aim is to support and develop Wales’ oldest artform, through working collaboratively and in a wide range of communities, to make literature relevant for all.

Literature Wales’ projects include:

  • Writers on Tour funding scheme for local organisers
  • initiatives to engage children and young people – Bardd Plant Cymru and Young People’s Laureate
  • support for writers including bursaries, mentoring and course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre
  • transformative outreach schemes such as the South Wales Literature Development Initiative.


South Wales Literature Project

The South Wales Literature Development Initiative (SWLDI) has been running successfully since 2007 and currently works in Torfaen, Caerphilly, Neath Port Talbot, Vale of Glamorgan and Newport. 

Aiming to offer transformative writing activities to those traditionally disengaged from mainstream arts and culture, this initiative responds to the specific needs of the community and overcomes barriers to participation, by working with Local Authorities and other local agencies. Find out more about the South Wales Literature Project.

Young Peoples Laureate & Bardd Plant Cymru projects

Ambassadors for engaging children and young people with creative writing projects across Wales. More information about Young Peoples Laureate and Bardd Plant Cymru.

Writing Squads

Writing groups for more able and talented young writers across Wales. Find out more about young people's writing squads.

Captured Memories

Award winning project with older people exploring stories and experiences. 

Upcoming opportunities

Roald Dahl Centenary Celebrations and workshops 2016

Literature Wales is developing a series of workshops suitable for all ages to celebrate Roald Dahl and his connection to Wales. Workshops could explore working with young children to create new Revolting Rhymes, capturing memories and stories similar to Boy and Going Solo, or exploring more Tales of the Unexpected.

Slam Cymru  

Creative poetry and performance workshops with young people aged 14-19 with a competitive element and slam poetry events Creative poetry and performance workshops with young people aged 14-19 with a competitive element and slam poetry events.


  • Marketing and newsletters via Literature Wales platforms.
  • Co-ordination of author visits to schools and community groups to support creative writing activities addressing literacy issues, well-being and future employability and prosperity.
  • Officer support in devising and delivering projects across Wales.
  • Access to Ty Newydd Writing Centre, Criccieth.
  • Use of the Lit Lounge, Cardiff Bay.

Contact details

Louise Richards
Literature Wales
Cambrian Buildings
Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff CF10 5FL

E-Mail :
Tel : 029 20472266