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Young Poet Supports Swansea’s UK City of Culture 2021 Bid

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A BAFTA award-winning screenwriter has created a charming animated film to accompany a young Swansea poet’s work, in support of the city’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Imagination, a poem by a gifted 12-year-old young member of Swansea’s Young People’s Writing Squad, piqued the interest of Swansea-raised Sarah Woolner, who is a multi-award-winning writer herself.

12-year-old Yasmin Warrey, whose work has been published on the Acumen poetry review website, can now see her piece set to a lively animation called ‘Imagination Is Culture’ and can be viewed on the Swansea 2021 Facebook page. It leads the viewer through a tour of some of Swansea’s best loved landmarks, including Swansea Castle, Singleton Park, the River Tawe, Swansea Marina, the Liberty Stadium, the Meridian Tower, Swansea Grand Theatre – with the city’s ubiquitous seagulls and rain putting in an appearance too.

Former Gower College student, Sarah, who won a BAFTA for writing animation, Sleeping With The Fishes, said:

“Yasmin’s poem has such life and vigor that it brings very strong images to mind – so this animation was a pleasure to create.

“As a Swansea girl myself, and as someone who has been involved in some of the creative elements of the Hull City of Culture events, I feel positive about Swansea’s chances of picking up the UK City of Culture baton, and it is testament to the cultural life of Swansea that young people like Yasmin have great outlets for their creative energies, such as the Young People’s Writing Squad.”

Tracey McNulty from the Swansea 2021 team and Head of Cultural Services at Swansea Council said:

“We are very impressed by Yasmin’s writing and by Sarah’s charming film that accompanies it. One of the most enjoyable parts of being involved in the bid process has been discovering the many diverse talents – of all ages and from all walks of life – who are thriving here, and the idea of being able to support them further and to help them to reach a wider audience, if Swansea was crowned UK City of Culture 2021, is very exciting. I wish Yasmin well with her writings.”

To back the bid please follow Swansea 2021 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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