Young writers and storytellers

Newport's young people love to write and tell stories and Newport Libraries has been here to help.

Follow the links below to discover some of the projects that have been created by children and teenagers across Newport with the help of professional writers, storytellers and illustrators.

A Trolley Full of Stories

This anthology of stories was created by children from Alway Primary, Glan Usk Primary, Llanmartin Primary, Lliswerry Primary, Marshfield Primary, St Gabriel’s Primary, St Woolos Primary and Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd with a little help from children’s author and illustrator Thomas Docherty.

Bettws Reads

Created for the Bettws Reads event this collection of illustrated poems by year 5 pupils from Millbrook Primary tells why they love reading and their local library. 

Newport Secrets

Helped by children’s author John Townsend and local history experts Monty Dart, Stefan Ellis, Sarah Gimblet and Alex Jarvis, Newport Secrets was created by boys aged between 7 and 11 years old from Somerton Primary, Eveswell Primary, St Michaels Primary, Gaer Junior School, Llanmartin Primary and Brynglas Primary schools.

Young Writing Squad

The Young Writing Squad initiative is a joint venture between Newport City Council and Torfaen County Borough Council in collaboration with Literature Wales.

It provides creative opportunities for children nominated by their school who show exceptional talent in creative writing or a passion for reading and story-telling.

Between February – April 2016 Young Writing Squad members in Caerphilly, Newport and Torfaen enjoyed a series of creative writing workshops with poet Rhian Edwards and composer Helen Woods as part of the WNO In Parenthesis community engagement project.

A collection of poems by the Young Writing Squad inspired by a tour of the National Trust's Tredegar House in Newport.