Gillian Clarke at Bardsey Island, Wales

The project was aimed at taking schoolchildren to the historical island of Bardsey off the northwest coast of Wales. The morning was dedicated to scientific exploration and the afternoon to environmental creative writing and art.


Gillian Clarke

Born in Cardiff, Wales, poet, playwright, editor and translator (from Welsh) Gillian Clarke is President of Ty Newydd, the writers´ centre in North Wales which she co-founded in 1990. Her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain. She has travelled in Europe and the United States giving poetry readings and lectures, and her work has been translated into ten languages. She has a daughter and two sons, and now lives with her husband (an architect) on a smallholding in Ceredigion, where they raise a small flock of sheep, and care for the land according to organic and conservation practise. Recent publications include Collected Poems (Carcanet, October 1997); Five Fields (Carcanet, 1998) - a PBS Recommendation, and Nine Green Gardens, (Gomer Press, 2000).

Notes from the evaluation of the project

"We hoped to raise the awareness of young children of the importance of heritage, the natural world and conservation through a series of workshops exposing them to the importance of the world around them. The project reached its goals, but on reflection we feel that follow-up sessions in school would help the children to complete their thoughts and tasks and enable them to do more work with the poets involved. [The project was] a truly magical experience. Children taking a sea-sprayed journey across the Sound to Bardsey, greeted by seals and calling bords. Time to explore the natural world through scientific workshops and then capturing thoughts and emotions in poetry. A day many will never forget."

Poems and photos from the project

The Sea
If I lived on Enlli
The Colours of Enlli
Ynsy Enlli

Young Poets Network