Alex Wharton is a poet and workshop facilitator who is working towards publishing his first poetry book for children – Daydreams and Jellybeans with Firefly Press in 2021. He was selected for the highest award in Literature Wales and Firefly’s Rising Stars Wales Award in 2020. His work has been published by Wales Haiku Journal, Hedgerow and children’s poetry and art magazine, The Caterpillar. Alex has been a regular compere of Cardiff Arts festival, a quarterly evening of free artistic and literary performance. When not busy writing or performing poetry, he works as a Senior Building Surveyor.
Digital Taster Course: Poetry for Children
12.00 pm – 1.30 pm
Join Alex Wharton for an hour-long digital workshop introducing the world of writing poetry for children. Using examples from his own work, we will look at themes, voice, and stories that will engage and entertain young readers and introduce them to poetry from a young age. You will leave the course with an idea, some tools, and inspiration to write your own poetry. Time has been set aside to settle in at the beginning, to ask questions, and for discussions with your co-writers at the end.
The Tŷ Newydd taster courses series will offer a whistle-stop tour of various genres and themes in both English and Welsh, to continue to inspire your writing during the lockdown. Participant numbers for each taster course will be capped at 16, and the course will be delivered through the video platform Zoom. We hope to welcome you to Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre when we reopen our doors, where we offer a programme of day-long, weekend and week-long residential courses at our beautiful house in Llanystumdwy.