From celebrating books to stories that will have you hooked – here’s five peeks behind our week:
Dyma straeon ein wythnos ni.
1. Book lovers and businesses can help Cardiff festival start a new chapter
Did you know almost every capital city in Europe hosts its own literary festival – so why not the Welsh capital? As the WW team are a bunch of book-lovers, we’ve been pretty much living the dream launching a book festival for Cardiffand getting people talking about a crowdfunding campaign designed to help make it happen.
For the first time this October (28th-30th), anyone with an appreciation for the written (or spoken!) word will be able to attend the first ever Cardiff Book Festival, set to include talks and debates from high profile figures on everything from poetry to politics, crime writing to children’s literature, feminism to investigate journalism, the Welsh language to walking tours.
At the launch event at Cardiff Library, we heard from organisers about why Cardiff needs a book festival of its own, and our Dan Tyte read his short story, Onwards (if it sounds familiar, it might be because it adorned a wall at one of Cardiff’s caffeine hot-spots, Little Man Coffee). Here’s what WalesOnline had to say about it. As well as organising the launch and media, we designed the rather striking brand.
Organisers Brian Meechan (yes, the BBC Wales business correspondent), Cerith Mathias (The Wales Report producer) and Anna Day (organiser of the Dundee Literary Festival) are aiming to raise £5,000 via Indiegogo, a crowdfunding platform which allows supporters to make contributions in return for a range of experiences including signed books, Roald Dahl walking tours, masterclasses with award-winning authors and workshops with publishers and agents on how budding writers can get into print. There’s also some really cool sponsorship opportunities for businesses. Get involved here at the Cardiff Book Festival crowdfunding page
2. Making sure first time buyers aren’t thrown off the scent with Principality
As part of its First Time Trier campaign, we worked with client Principality Building Society to create this animated video to complement a recent PR survey story about what would turn first time buyers off putting down a deposit on their first home (which picked up national coverage in the Metro). Responses ranged from bad smells to stained carpets, as shown in this video which has been shared far and wide on social media. But ever the practical types, we worked with Principality to come up with some handy tips for first time buyers to get over those cosmetic problems meaning they could be settled into their dream home much sooner. Check out the video above!
3. How Triathlon is continuing Atlantic College’s legacy
You might not associate triathlons with 12th century castles, but next year that’s what will be on offer at UWC Atlantic College. The world-class XTERRA triathlon series has announced it will run a 2017 event within the grounds of the college involving a 1.5km sea swim, followed by a 30km mountain bike ride and a 10km run. There will be plenty of world class athletes taking part including the Vale of Glamorgan’s own Helen Jenkins – time to get training!
The college, which educates over 350 students from more than 90 countries, has outreach at the heart of its mission. More than half of its students – 55% – receive some kind of scholarship or bursary, and the financial proceeds from XTERRA are planned to fund two further student scholarships, including one for a locally-based student. Staff at the college will also set up a children’s triathlon club for the wider community as part of the college’s local outreach programme.
4. Inspiring runners set for Cardiff 10K
Ahead of Cardiff’s iconic annual 10K race in September, we’ve been telling the stories of some of the bravest and most uplifting people taking part. This week we profiled eight-year-old Summer and 33-year-old Nicola, who both inspired us no end.
Summer Kansiray from Ogmore Vale is no stranger to the hardships faced by kidney related health issues. Summer was first diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour at just 14 months old. Since then she’s had both kidneys removed and is desperately awaiting a transplant. It’s not stopping her ambition though, as she plans to complete the Cardiff 2K fun run in September for the second year running. Her story was featured on the front page of this week’s Glamorgan Gazette, as well as the Bridgend and Porthcawl Gem.
Nicola meanwhile has taken fundraising to another level – putting together a team of 50 people for this year’s race. Nicola had donated one of her kidneys to husband Alan upon his diagnosis of chronic kidney failure, but his body unfortunately rejected hers and another subsequent transplant. In these incredibly difficult circumstances, Kidney Wales has provided huge practical and emotional support to the couple, and Nicola hopes her amazing fundraising efforts will help the leading charity for the 10,000 people in Wales who suffer from renal disease.
5. A match made in printing Heaven
Roland DG is undoubtedly one of the biggest players in wide-format printing and personalisation, and it’s not just us that thinks so. This week we have been working with Roland DG to tell the story of its relationship with Surry based Oakdene Designs, who have grown from a one-man band to one of the largest online retailers of personalised products after purchasing a Roland DG machine. The story appeared in a number of trade titles including: Graphic Display World online, Image Reports, Copy Shop News, Digital Print news and Large format review.
In other news…
If you find yourself channel surfing in Swansea over the next couple of months you may very well come across the brand new Bay TV!
The channel aims to follow in the footsteps of Made in Cardiff and deliver the best local stories in lots of parts of South West Wales.
What kind of shows do you think they’ll broadcast? Real housewives of the Mumbles?? Swansea Market Masterchef?? We can only dream!
Gotta catch em all!
Have you caught yourself a Charizard yet? It’s certainly the Pokemon that resembles the Welsh dragon the most isn’t it?
We at Working Word towers, like the rest of the world, have been hooked at playing the game that’s topped the download charts all over the world! The augmented-reality app, which lets users catch Pokemon in real life is unbelievable fun! The little pocket monsters pop up right in front of you through the use of your camera and Gps , making anyone who fantasised about becoming a Pokemon Master whilst they watched SMTV Live in the 90’s dreams come true.
Now don’t be a “Slowpoke” (pokemon number 79…obvs) and go and catch yourself a Pikachu!
Enjoy the weekend – Mwynhwech y penwythnos!