Poet Laureate Inspires Verse for Aberystwyth Promenade

Posted on 24 February 2012

CAWCS Fellow and Children's Poet Laureate, Eurig Salisbury

Children’s Poet Laureate Eurig Salisbury joined pupils from four schools across Aberystwyth in a poetry workshop to inspire poems and verses for inscription on the town’s aging promenade.

Eurig, who is based at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS), together with fellow poet Menna Elfyn, led workshops in Penweddig, Penglais, Llwyn yr Eos and Ysgol Gymraeg in Aberystwyth.

Budding bards were shown examples of works by famous poets to inspire them to use their experiences of Aberystwyth to write their own lines of poetry.

The project was delivered through Ceredigion County Council with support obtained from the Welsh Government Regeneration Area fund.

The workshops are part of a comprehensive plan for several improvements to be made to the Promenade over the next few years.

According to Eurig, who graduated from Aberystwyth University and now works as a CAWCS Research Fellow with several volumes of poetry to his name:

"Poetry is a very good medium for self-expression and a cornerstone of the Welsh culture; it is important that young people have the opportunity to experiment with the art of writing poetry.

"Aberystwyth is a wonderful town to grow up in. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, I feel its picturesque surroundings inspired the pupils who benefited greatly from it in the poetry workshops."

All poetry produced by the pupils will be considered for use in the production of a visual art installation along the promenade.



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