Caban Sgriblio

At the end of 2013, Arts Alive Wales worked closely with Powys Arts Development Service and Powys High School to create ‘Caban Sgriblio’; a creative writing project to develop the confidence of young people.


Writing professionals facilitated a series of short creative writing workshops for Key Stage 3 (11 -14 years) in Crickhowell, Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells high schools.The project offered support and guidance to the students whilst encouraging them to use their creativity and imagination to develop their unique personal voice.


The young people involved were identified by teachers as individuals that would benefit from taking part in the workshops. Each group consisted of around 12 students. In Crickhowell the group was for girls only.

Emma Beynon led the sessions at Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells. Rebecca Loncraine led the sessions at Crickhowell.

What did the teachers think?

“What’s been particularly fascinating is looking at how the pupil’s relationships have changed… the wider impact in terms of feedback from subject teachers … (teachers) have described some of the students who would have perhaps been more isolated in classroom situations, being more brave and prepared to share their views, or instead of working alone, actually working with a partner…”

“Some (students) have improved their confidence, their self esteem, and their ability to perform and work with others. For some it has developed their ability to write, and for some … we have evidence that along with other things the school is doing, it has contributed to an increase in their reading age and spelling age.”

What did the children think?

“Basically, (Caban Sgriblio) is like taking a brain, mushing up all of the amazing ideas, pouring them into a pen and then writing!”

caban_sgriblioThe emphasis of the project was to extend the imaginative capacity of the young people involved and also to encourage their willingness to communicate personal experiences. Vocabulary and language skills were developed and the students gained knowledge of stylistic writing and experience of presenting their writing.



The students acquired an understanding of the role that communication can play, and became more adept at expressing their views which led to an all round increase in confidence.

At Builth and Llandrindod Schools, the students had the unique experience of working with sound Engineer Simon Fraser and cinematographer Richard Greatrex (Shakespeare in Love, A Knight’s Tale, Run Fatboy Run) who recorded performances of their writing. Rural Media Company have edited this exciting day of filming to produce three shorts that are available to watch via the links below:

FILM: Introduction to Caban Sgriblio

FILM: Llandrindod Wells High School

FILM: Builth Wells High School


Caban Sgriblio is the writing element of an umbrella programme that Arts Alive Wales are running entitled ‘Caban’. The ‘Caban’ programme has been set up for young people in Powys to develop their confidence and resilience, encourage and enable participation and improve wellbeing whilst nourishing creativity. Caban Sgriblio was a pilot project and Arts Alive Wales are currently applying to funders for a three-year programme that would offer visual and literacy arts opportunities for target groups.

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