CABAN SGRIBLIO: Prize-Winning Poet and Cinematographer celebrate success of Tredegar children at Bedwellty House

Last Wednesday 25th October, we welcomed thirteen Young People, their parents and teachers to Bedwellty House in Tredegar to celebrate their achievements on the Caban Sgriblio project. We were thrilled to be joined by poet and teacher Jonathan Edwards from Crosskeys, an inspirational writer who has received much praise for his work, including the 2015 Costa Poetry Prize.

 

Caban Sgriblio, a Children in Need funded project, hosted after school sessions at Bedwellty House for eight weeks in Spring 2017 with the aim of unlocking the potential of local children as confident, creative communicators.  Children nominated by Deighton Primary, Brynbach Primary, Glanhowy Primary, St. Joseph’s R.C. Primary, Georgetown Primary and Tredegar Comprehensive Schools, seized the opportunity to express themselves in writing through poetry, and on film through spoken word.

At the end of the project, Bafta Award-Winning and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Richard Greatrex captured the children’s performance of their own poems direct to camera or audio. The event was the first time that the children, teachers and family have viewed their films in their ‘final cut’.

Children who took part praised the Caban Sgriblio experience, enjoying the freedom to explore and express their ideas.

It has really helped with my confidence and I can now share my ideas with other people, no matter how odd they may be, as I didn’t want to before’ …. ‘It was awesome’. 

The success of the project was helped by its location at Bedwellty House, whose staff created a generous and hospitable welcome for the children and the professionals working with them.

We can’t wait to return to Bedwellty House and showcase the amazing talent of these wonderful Tredegar young people” commented Justine Wheatley, Arts Alive Wales Chief Executive.

We will be sharing the recorded and written work of the children on our website and social media channels over the coming weeks. We hope that you’ll enjoy reading and listening to these wonderful pieces.

 

Cheetah

 

Cheetah, sunset brown with bold ink black spots, beautiful.

From birth faster than speeding stars.

They race across the sun burnt land

or feed, renowned for their fresh capture,

 

Don’t be fooled by its first sight of elegance and beauty.

Crouched down in the grass, tail flowing with the wind, still, careful

Chest panting fast, after giving up on you.

By Niamh

 

To coincide with Children in Need, BBC Radio 4’s programme The Listening Project will feature Caban Sgriblio participant Krystal in conversation with her teacher Hayley, discussing her experience of the project. The programme will feature on BBC Radio Wales at around 11.30am on Friday 17th November, followed by BBC Radio 4s The Listening Project omnibus on Sunday 19th November at 14.45. It will then be available on the website.

 

Caban Sgriblio will return to Tredegar in 2018.  To find out more contact Emma Beynon at Arts Alive Wales: emma@artsalivewales.org.uk or call 01873 811579.

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