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The Week That Was #171... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

From Cymraeg in the Guardian, championing new Welsh music to celebrating talented students and revealing how Welsh technology has been fixing racetracks in the USA – we’ve had another busy week here at Working Word. Take a look at five peeks behind our week…

1. Championing the golden age of Welsh music

Video: © Gorwelion Horizons

Dreamy indie-pop that’s made the soundtracks for Black Mirror and Made in Chelsea.  Rock music making its way to Isle of Wight Festival from the heart of Newport.  The fastest banjo player in Wales.

And that’s just a taste of the artists to make it on this year’s Gorwelion Horizons, a project aimed at taking this golden age of Welsh music to the world.   

We’ve been working with BBC Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales to launch the project, collaborating with local artist Cadi Lane to create an installation above Womanby Street and bring press and industry contacts to meet the bands at an event in Clwb Ifor Bach.

You can read the full story here and check the sounds out here.

2.Cymraeg has always been cool- but diolch Guardian!

CymraegUnless, you’ve been under a rock for the past few days (and if you have, is it on Airbnb? We could do with a chilled weekend!), you’ll have seen the Guardian’s piece yesterday on how Welsh language learning is on the rise.  Working for Cymraeg and Dydd Miwsig Cymru, we helped the journalist out with info for her piece. Inspired to learn the language? The Cymraeg website is a good place to discover how you can take those next steps.  Ymlaen! 

3. Encouraging people to think about non-traditional parenting roles this Father’s Day

Five Rivers' Chesterfield OfficeFather’s Day for some can serve as a harsh reminder they are not part of a traditional family unit, whether through bereavement, family separation or because they are part of a foster family. This week we have been encouraging people across England, on behalf of our client Five Rivers Child Care, to think about those that take on non-traditional parenting roles, those who foster, adopt and care for children and young people this Father’s Day. We’ve so far secured coverage in the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Derby Telegraph, the Daily Echo Bournemouth and the Hull Daily Mail.

4. College learners secured places on prestigious Hay Festival Beacons Project

We’ve been sharing the news of two talented learners from the South Wales valleys who were awarded places on an exclusive writing course at this year’s internationally renowned Hay-on-Wye Literature Festival. Lilianna Williams and Josie Lee, who both study at Coleg y Cymoedd, attended the residential workshop for 16-18-year olds interested in creative writing. The project offers young people the opportunity to learn from some of the UK’s best creative industry professionals, including award-winning novelists, journalists and broadcasters.  

We secured coverage of the story in the South Wales Echo, as well as on Wales 24/7 and News from Wales, which you can read here and here.

5. Repairing potholes from Wales to Las Vegas

GPC SystemsHave you ever had the misfortune of hitting a pothole as you go drive down the road? It’s an unpleasant and often expensive experience, but imagine hitting one at speed on a racecourse, not good.

Thankfully, Swansea’s own GPC Systems, has created 3D tech to deal with the thousands of Welsh potholes that are out to get your wheels. They’ve even exported it to racetracks in the United States that host NASCAR. The software house’s pioneering 3D camera technology identifies and instantly measures the depth of potholes to allow local authorities to set about repairing them faster. Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is currently trailing how they and others can make sure this home-grown tech can be used to benefits Welsh road users.

If this sounds like a good idea to you, you’re not alone. Read more on News from WalesWales 247 and BQ Live and listen to an interview with GPC’s Chief Technology Officer, Huw Morgan, with Business News Wales. Also keep your eyes out for coverage in Transportation Professional magazine, Software Testing News and New Electronics.

In other news...

Our Prince of Whales Ben memes his way into the Metro

Donald Trump really put Whales on the map this week, with his Twitter boob about meeting Prince Charles. Our Ben loves a meme, and was quick off the draw in replying to the President with Whales’ new flag, capturing what we were all thinking. So much so, that the Metro, Guardian, Joe and Irish Post included Ben’s tweet in an article on the episode.