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Creative writing flourishes in Pembrokeshire

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writerThere are many published writers with links to Pembrokeshire including Brian John, Robert Nisbet, Phil Carradice and Sarah Waters. So it’s perhaps no surprise that Creative Writing is more widely recognised as a serious subject within education and the community in West Wales. 

Creative writing workshops are available for school children aged 5-18 with an aim to encourage creativity and storytelling. Some of those offered include comic and poet Ian billings and children’s author Alan Durant. This September will see the first Creative Writing A level become available in UK schools and more courses have also appeared for adults throughout Universities and educational establishments due to increased demand. Pembrokeshire College in Haverfordwest offer an 8 week beginners course on Creative Writing for just £60. While Pembrokeshire county council provide Creative Writing classes in Pembroke Dock, Tenby, Fishguard and Haverfordwest. At the centre of this hive of creativity, are a number of community run writing groups. Sian Walker, a poet from Pembroke Dock, set up the Narberth poetry in August 2012. She says she chose the Queens hall as a venue because it is in the heart of Pembrokeshire and appeals to a wider catchment area. The poetry group averages 12 people each meeting, from a range of backgrounds. They meet from 7.30-8.30 on the last Thursday of every month. There is no charge but members are asked to kindly leave a donation. The aim of the group is to provide a relaxed atmosphere in which people can share their work and gain support from fellow writers. ‘Although we call it a poetry group, short story writers, scriptwriters…anyone is welcome. We also welcome guest writers, who come along to share their work with us.’ Some of the writers that have visited, include travel writer Tom Anderson and Irish poet Kevin Connelly. Connelly visited as part of the WISPA tour (Welsh/Irish poetry spoken word and poetry appreciation), an event which began earlier this year to promote and connect Welsh and Irish writers. Connelly said of Narbeth, ‘It reminded me of my own group in Duncannon, County Wexford. The atmosphere was completely relaxed and the people so welcoming and supportive.’ Jackie Wilson currently runs the Fishguard Acorn writers’ support group which offers ‘inspirational support for Pembrokshire writers’ and has its own website and monthly newsletter. In 2009 Jackie, along with fellow members of the group, set up Acorns publishing, in order to independently publish the groups work. They currently have 8 titles available through their website and Amazon. The group was originally set up in 1994 by the Royal Oak landlord, Dai Crowther, a former miner and teacher from Fishguard. Dai was known as an author, poet and singer songwriter. He finished his first novel just before he died and also published Dragon tales, his version of a group of traditional stories based on the Mabinogion. The acorns meet on a Monday evening from 7pm, offering a ‘warm, friendly environment with support and encouragement for anyone who write whether professionally or for pleasure.’ They share work for constructive feedback, discussions and writing exercises. They occasionally hold workshops and attend literary festivals as well as holding performance evenings. They aim to keep in contact with other groups in West Wales to share their experiences. Their members, affectionately called ‘acorns,’ write everything from short stories and poetry to songs and memoirs. It costs just £1 to become a member. There are also community led writing groups in Pembroke Dock and Haverfordwest, details of which can be found on the Literature Wales website. For more information you can contacts: www.literaturewales.co.uk www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk www.acornswriterssupportgroup.org. uk

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Salvage Hunters: New series is filming in Pembrokeshire, and they need help

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SALVAGE HUNTERS, the well-loved and most watched Quest TV and Discovery Network show, is on the hunt for locations to film at in the Pembrokeshire and the wider South West Wales area to feature in the upcoming series.

We follow decorative antiques expert Drew Pritchard as he travels around various locations in the UK and abroad on his quest to find and buy unusual objects with an interesting history.

Drew really visits everywhere – beautiful estates, old family businesses, barns and attic’s stuffed full of unwanted things, museums, factories, collectors and iconic religious sites buying all sorts along the way – from gorgeous country house furniture and railwayana to 6ft 1980s disco balls and anything in-between.

Now in its sixteenth series and airing to over half a million people in the UK and millions more worldwide, this is a great opportunity for you to promote your business or home to a broad audience, sell a few items that perhaps you no longer need, make some money and celebrate the history and heritage of the UK.

If you think you fit the bill or know somebody that might then please do not hesitate to reach out and speak with a member of our team.

Call us on 0203 179 0092 or alternatively send us an email to – salvagehunters@curvemedia.com

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money

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PLANS to put up a few bright and decorative murals around the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick have turned to Crowdfunder to raise the money needed for their vision.

Andrew Harries, found of the Fishguard Future Projects, wants to place 12 murals around Fishguard and Goodwick “to help brighten up the town and showcase its culture and history”.

Andrew said: “Having been born and raised in Fishguard, I have seen the town’s highs and lows.

“Fishguard and Goodwick has a lot of potential with the tourism trade growing every year and the popular events such as the Music Festivals, The New Years Eve Street Party, The Carnival, The Soapbox Derby and many more helping attract even more visitors.”

The murals, which were initially turned down for funding when a grant application was refused, will focus on the two towns “interesting but lesser known history” that Andrew feels needs to be highlighted.

Andrew told The Herald: “Each design will be 8 x 6ft and mounted professionally on buildings around the area. Having spoken to a few business owners around the town, this project has received a lot of positive feedback.”

“The murals will unfortunately need to be fully funded via Crowdfunder, after a grant application was turned down.

“I have explored the option of having them traditionally painted on, but this would be more cost effective and would need to be maintained every 5 – 8 years. With this in mind, the designs will be created digitally and then professionally mounted on aluminium composite.”

If you want to help, you can find the link to Andrew’s Crowdfunder here.

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Drive for new recruits as Army Cadets re-open

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DYFED AND GLAMORGAN ARMY CADET FORCE are now able to accept new joiners aged 12 (and in Year 8 at School) to 17 years old.

Joining the Army Cadets will give access to a wide range of exciting activities, from adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, young adults get the chance to discover lots of new experiences and make new friends.  

There is no obligation to join the Forces at all, but they can give some guidance if you are interested.  

There are no subscription charges, uniform is issued free on a loan basis; the only thing you need to supply yourselves is Boots.  

The Cadet Force are also looking for adult volunteers, both uniformed and non-uniformed to assist as well.

They have Detachments located in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Tenby, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, St Clears, Llanelli, Trimsarren and Burry Port.

Most Detachments parade twice a week in the evenings 1900 – 2100hrs on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday (Depending on Location) and try to get away for a weekend every month as well as organising summer camps. 

Further Information is available at :- www.armycadets.com or call them on 01656 657593 (Option 1) to find out where your local detachment is and what nights they Parade.

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