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The poetry of slate with "MEIFOD"

13 – 17 February& 2006

The sounds and history of Industrial Victorian Workshops will be going all poetic in a special project held at the National Slate Museum Llanberis this week.

In a series of special workshops, the Poetry agency, MEIFOD, a partnership involving Welsh poets such as Myrddin ap Dafydd, Iwan Llwyd, Meirion McIntyre Huws, Geraint Lovgreen and Gwen Lasarus, will work with groups of local school children to create poetry inspired by the history and site of the Welsh Slate Museum Llanberis, the former workshops for the enormous Dinorwig Quarry.

“We’ve long since established the value of stepping out of the formal atmosphere of the classroom and moving into particular and specific locations to gain inspiration and material to motivate a classroom of children” said Iwan Llwyd, one of the poets. “Locations such as the Museum offer varied and lively experiences which make these types of workshops more effective and creative.”

For Celia Parri, Education Officer at the Museum, the poetry week provides children with an added insight into Quarry life and an unique experience to take home:

“Writing poetry is just one of many ways of appreciating the atmosphere at the Museum; the children work as a team in creating their poem and by the end of the day have the satisfaction of their own original work of art.”

Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales is the new name for the National Museums & Galleries of Wales, which administers seven national museums across Wales: National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

Entry to all Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales sites is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

For further information please contact:
Julie Williams, Marketing officer National Slate Museum 01286 873707.