Bethany Handley and Megan Angharad Hunter delivered a project called Write Back/Grym Geiriau which engaged a group of 18 to 25-year-old writers who identify as Disabled and/or Deaf and/or chronically ill.
Over a two-day, trilingual (Welsh, English and BSL) retreat at Tŷ Newydd, young individuals who identify as who identify as Disabled and/or Deaf and/or chronically ill came together to explore their experiences and relationships with nature through creative writing workshops, optional yoga, meditation and outdoor activities focused on the access requirements of participants. The aim of this project is to amplify the voices of young Welsh individuals who identify as Disabled and/or Deaf and/or chronically ill.
The writing has been collected and will feature in the first issue of a bilingual literary magazine aiming to increase representation and to nurture underrepresented Disabled voices.
Bethany Handley is a 22-year-old Welsh Disabled writer living in Cardiff. Her poetry has most notably been published in Poetry and she is a writer on the Sherman Theatre’s Unheard Voices scheme for underrepresented Welsh writers. Megan Angharad Hunter is an award winning writer originally from Penygroes, Dyffryn Nantlle, but is now completing her BA in Welsh and Philosophy at Cardiff University.