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The Week That Was #85…5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

We’ve been buried in books, educating parents on the laws around school uniform, and getting prepped for the pap on the red carpet.  Here's five of our faves from this week... 


1. Over 1,500 readers debate and discuss at the Cardiff Book Fest

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We had the best of weekends at the second ever Cardiff Book Festival, organised by the WW team and BBC’s Brian Meechan and Cerith Mathias.  Over 1,500 book lovers saw debates and discussions from more than 30 authors at the festival in the historic Angel Hotel, with headliners including Robert Harris, Catherine Mayer, and Marcel Theroux.  Dylan Jones, editor of GQ and author of David Bowie, A Life drew laughs and tears from an audience of 150 during a moving interview with NME editor in chief Mike Williams.  Other events looked at the life and legacy of former First Minister Rhodri Morgan; 35 years of Fighting Fantasy; founder of the Women’s Equality Party Catherine Mayer; Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons; the Welsh TV noir Hinterland; the life of travel writer Jan Morris and many more.

Onto the next Chapter in 2018…

2.News from last night’s BAFTA Cymru Nominees Party

We’re just nine days away from the highlight of Wales’ film and television calendar, the British Academy Cymru Awards and last night we celebrated in style with this year’s nominees. Award winning writer Abi Morgan was named as the recipient of this year’s Sian Phillips award and John Rhys Davies was also announced as the winner of the BAFTA Cymru Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television. We secured live interviews, transmitted from the event by S4C’s Heno and secured coverage with BBC News and BBC Cymru Fyw. If you are not fortunate to have a ticket to attend the glittering awards ceremony next Sunday night, you can watch a live stream on BAFTA Cymru’s facebook here.

3. Getting a lesson on school uniform from Capital Law

Parents across Wales were up in arms as the new school term started this year because of nationwide disputes regarding school uniform. In a number of reported incidents, pupils were sent home for wearing incorrect shoes, sporting hair dye that wouldn’t wash out and in Aberystwyth hundreds of pupils were sentenced to detention for wearing the wrong uniform. We worked with client Capital Law to offer advice to Welsh parents on the their rights regarding the legal standing schools have when it comes to punishing pupils for wearing incorrect uniform in a comment piece on Wales Online over the weekend.

4. Shining a light on the impact of gender disparity on Welsh ambition

Eagle-eyed Week that Was readers will remember that we recently started working with Full Circle Education; a Welsh social enterprise that aims to empower young people to help them reach their full potential. We were very excited this week to see Full Circle founder and director, Nikki Giant, in the business pages of the WM telling it like it is and highlighting the barriers still impacting Wales’ women and young girls in the workplace, school and day to day life. Grab a copy of Wednesday’s Western Mail to read the full article.

5. The Energyst showcases how Salix can help your organisation go green

Energy efficiency is an issue that we're all well aware of. It's something we're all conscious of as we try to save the pennies and help the environment. But for businesses and organisations, both large and small, being more energy efficient can be difficult due to the costs involved in replacing old inefficient technologies.

That's where our client Salix Finance comes in. Salix is the company behind interest free loans for public sector organisations to make such improvements. Working with Salix, we put together a handy guide to financing energy efficiency solutions, which featured as a double page spread in the September issue of leading energy trade magazine The Energyst

And finally... 

As regular readers of our blog will know, we’ve been working with City and County of Swansea Council’s tourism team for years to promote Swansea, Mumbles and the Gower as one of the UK’s premier holiday hotspots in the national and regional media.  No surprise we were thrilled to discover a few months back that the city had been shortlisted as one of the contenders for the prestigious City of Culture 2021 accolade. And this week the city officially launched their bid in fine style with the help of actor Rhys Ifans, who appeared live on screen from London as part of an event held at the National Waterfront Museum.  Swansea is in the running for the 2021 City of Culture alongside Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland and Stoke-on-Trent.  It’s got our vote.