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Events for Young People

All events take place on Saturday 22nd April 2023 at Melville Centre for the Arts.Tickets are per child, accompanying adults are free (parents / carers – you are welcome to join your child or wait in the nearby café area) 

10:15 – 11:15 – Illustration with Max Low 

Tickets are £4.34 (including booking fee) and can be purchased here (link opens in new tab)

A man with blonde spiked hair, wearing a bright blue and orange jumper, they are drawing a cat face on yellow paper. Join Max in an exploration of illustration, and how you really don’t need to be good at drawing to be a good artist (which Max has spent a career demonstrating).
Max Low is an illustrator, animator, writer, photographer, teacher and occasionally washes the dishes. Max loves un-perfect things, absurdity and imaging what an Alien would think if they had just landed on Earth. He is most known for illustrating The Mab, a retelling of the Welsh saga The Mabinogion, but is also the author and illustrator of the Ceri & Deri series.

Suitable for age 4 + 






11:30 – 12:30 – Magnificent Mash-Ups with Claire Fayers

Tickets are £4.34 (including booking fee) and can be purchased here (link opens in new tab)

Can you imagine Cinderella in space? Who’d win in a fight between unicorns and dinosaurs? Mash-ups are great fun to write and can send your imagination off in all sorts of strange directions. Claire Fayers has made a career of mixing different genres and stories in her books. Join her for a wild and wacky session creating your own mash-up masterpieces.
Claire Fayers grew up in South Wales where, thanks to her local library, she developed a lifelong obsession with myth and magic. Her previous books include the award-winning Accidental Pirates duo, Storm Hound, and Welsh Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends, nominated for the Carnegie medal. When she’s not writing, she spends her time visiting schools and libraries to share her love of stories. Recommended for ages 7-12 (please note this is only for guidance)




13:00-14:00 –  Dreigiau Drwg a Bwystfilod Barus gyda Huw Aaron

Tickets are £4.34 (including booking fee) and can be purchased here (link opens in new tab)

A greyscale photo of a bald man wearing glasses and a stripped shirt. The background is various sized circles Dewch i chwilio am Boc y ddraig, hela angenfilod gyda Gwil garw, a chreu bwystfilod doniol a direidus eich hun gyda’r arch-ddwdlwr ei hun! Dewch â phensil! (Oed – 4 – 10)

Wedi ei leoli yn Nghaerdydd mae’r awdur, y darlunydd a’r cartwnydd Huw Aaron. Mae Huw wedi dwdlan a sgriblo ar draws cannoedd o wahanol lyfrau – fel arfer gyda chaniatad! Rhai o’r ffefrynnau yw cyfres ‘Ble mae Boc’ a ‘Sbarc a Seren.

Huw Aaron Dreigiau Drwg a Bwystfilod Barus  (Bad Dragons and Greedy Beasts)
Come to search for Boc the dragon, hunt monsters with Gwil garw and create funny, mischievous monsters with the arch-doodler himself! Bring a pencil! (Age 4 -10)

Cardiff-based author, illustrator and cartoonist Huw has doodled and scribbled across the pages of hundreds of books – usually with permission! Favourites include the Find the Dragon series, and Seren a Sbarc.



14:15-15:15 – The Power of Poetry with Connor Allen

Tickets are £4.34 (including booking fee) and can be purchased here (link opens in new tab)

A man with a baseball cap on. He is wearing a sweatshirt with the word 'why'. The background is a blurred terraced streetCome and discover the power of poetry and words as Children’s Laureate for Wales Connor Allen makes poetry cool again and empowers you along the way.

Connor is the current Children’s Laureate of Wales. Since graduating from Trinity Saint David as an Actor, has worked with companies such as Sherman Theatre, Tin Shed Theatre and National Theatre Wales. He is a member of National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and was also the winner of Triforce’s Cardiff MonologueSlam, representing Wales at the London winners edition.
As a writer he was a member of the BBC Wales Welsh Voices and The Welsh Royal Court writing groups and has written for BBC Wales, BBC Radio 4, Sherman Theatre, Literature Wales and Dirty Protest. Connor’s work is heavily inspired by elements of his own life such as grief, love, masculinity, identity, and ethnicity. Most recently he wrote and starred in the Wales Millennium Centres production The Making of a Monster, Won the Rising Star Wales Award 2021 and was a Jerwood Live Work Fund recipient. He is associate artist of his hometown theatre The Riverfront in Newport. Recommended age range 10+ 


15:30 – 16:30 – Family Singing Session with Tanya Walker 

Tickets are £4.34 (including booking fee) and can be purchased here (link opens in new tab)

A woman with long brown hair, wearing a white shirt. She is sat at a piano and singing. In the background is a man playing a double bass.An opportunity for all ages to have fun singing songs in harmony from all over the world!  Inclusive, inspirational, connecting singing sessions for the whole family. Includes fun voice & body warm ups & tips on how to look after & find your most natural self-expressed voice. Songs will be taught by ear and participants will build the confidence and freedom to sing in beautiful harmony with other voices as well as leaving the session feeling inspired and uplifted!
Tanya is a professional choir & singing workshop leader, musician and singer-songwriter/performer with over 38 years of experience, based in Brecon. She leads five community choirs in Wales and also works as a vocal and performance coach and singing workshop leader for all ages. Her choirs & amp sessions are for EVERYONE who loves to sing and no experience is necessary!
As well as sessions being an opportunity for participants to learn fun, engaging body and voice warmups & learning to sing as a group, Tanya’s workshops utilise music and singing as a way of enhancing feelings of wellbeing, health, happiness, self-acceptance & confidence in participants.

Suitable for all ages. 

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