The centre hopes to raise pound;10,000 to invest in the bursary fund, to make a donation download a form at www.tynewydd.org. With pound;2.5 million for refurbishment successfully raised, the centre launches its new season next week, and has also just announced a pound;40,000 grant from the W H Smith Trust to develop its schools programme. This will be spent on covering the fees for school groups in Wales which cannot afford the pound;230 per pupil. Groups of 16 children spend four days at the centre working with two professional writers. More details on the website.
Jan Mark, pictured, who died in January, was a keen supporter of Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre for Wales near Cricieth, Gwynedd. In 2004, when the residential centre was facing closure, she spearheaded a plan for fundraising with a season of courses. Her name will stay in the Ty Newydd programme every year thanks to the Jan Mark Memorial Bursary Fund, which will pay for a writer to attend the Writing for Children course every August.
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