Year 9 students impress local author Dan Anthony with their English language skills

Local writer Dan Anthony delivering a creative writing workshop to Year 9 students at Barry Comprehensive School

Local writer Dan Anthony delivering a creative writing workshop to Year 9 students at Barry Comprehensive School

2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth.  To celebrate the life and times of Swansea’s most famous son, Literature Wales is bringing the magic of Dylan Thomas’ words to the children and young people of Wales and beyond.

A top set Year 9 English class at Barry Comprehensive School recently had the opportunity to attend a creative writing workshop, run by the writer Dan Anthony, where they were introduced to the poetry of this famous Welsh writer.

Dan Anthony is an experienced scriptwriter and short story writer, having written and directed many radio programmes for BBC Radio Wales, and scripted plays for BBC Radio 4.  He has written widely for children, working as a scriptwriter on CBBC’s Story of Tracy Beaker and S4C’s The Baaas.  He lives in Penarth, has an MA in The Teaching And Practice of Creative Writing from Cardiff University.  He is the author of the popular Rugby Zombies trilogy published by Pont Books

Mrs J Evans, Head of English, commented ’The boys thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and many were inspired to research and read some of the poetry of Dylan Thomas as a result. Mr Anthony was extremely impressed with the class, the majority of whom have recently achieved an outstanding Level 7 in English at the end of Key Stage 3. Well done to them, and to the whole of Year 9 who have exceeded their targets in terms of English results this year.’

 

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