Over 16 students from The College Merthyr Tydfil volunteered their services to help out at a recent ‘Spread the Word’ Arts and Literature festival that took place on 5th March 2015. Organised to coincide and celebrate with ‘World Book Day’, the festival provided an opportunity for over 200 primary and secondary school children to come along to a series of venues across Merthyr Tydfil and engage with famous authors, songwriters, literature enthusiasts and children’s entertainers.
The 16 students comprised six BTEC level 3 Computing and IT students who were responsible for setting up the IT equipment to support presentations and ten English students who acted as hosts and comperes in each of the individual venues.
The guest list included, amongst others, authors Daniel Morden and David Llewellyn and Songwriter Sam McCarthy. Each of the English students were responsible for researching all of the guests, creating a profile to introduce them, and then working with the secondary and primary schools to identify key questions to ask them.
English students, Ethan Evans and Carys Davies had the privilege of interviewing authors David Llewellyn, Tori James and Film and Television Writer Debbie Moon. Ethan commented “The ‘Spread the Word’ Festival was a great success, and I was so pleased to be able to play a part in the proceedings! I had the fortune of spending my day (in fancy dress!!) in the company of good friends, famous authors, screen-writers, and costume designers, interviewing them on stage, and learning more about their craft, all in aid of promoting literacy amongst the young people of Merthyr. What a brilliant day! Everyone worked really hard, and I'm proud of what we achieved. I'm already counting down the days 'till the next festival!”
English Students, Ethan Evans and Carys Davies interview Daniel Lewellyn
The festival was organised by the Stephens and George Charitable Trust. Launched in 2012, the festival aims to bring the local community together to celebrate the world of literature, music, sport and entertainment.
Helen Hughes, charity coordinator of the Stephens and George Charitable Trust said “I am delighted by the fantastic efforts and contribution that the college students made to support this event. I must say a huge thank you to all of the students involved.”
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