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Poets' political verse for Senedd
The poets will perform their work in the building's public area
Six young poets have written works taking a look at Welsh politics to be performed at the new Senedd building.

The six will present their bilingual pieces, written to commemorate the opening of the Senedd, in the public area of the building on Tuesday.

Figures from businesses and the arts world will join assembly members and staff for the performances.

The six young poets were chosen by Academi, the society which promotes Welsh writers and literature.

Zo Brigley, Anna Lewis, Hangetsu, Catrin Dafydd, Mari Sin and Hywel Griffiths will be performing the poems.

Their performances are part of the Art @ The Assembly scheme co-ordinated by Arts & Business Cymru.

It is particularly appropriate that the performers...showcase young talent from across Wales
Rachel Jones, Art & Business Cymru

Rachel Jones, director of Art & Business Cymru, said the scheme started six years ago as a way of "bringing the building to life".

"Six times a year we bring different performing groups from across Wales into the building to perform in front of an invited audience, plus anyone from the general public who want to come along," said Ms Jones.

"It is particularly appropriate that the performers represent a national arts organisation and showcase young talent from across Wales."


Zoe Brigley, one of the poets performing at the Senedd, said Academi had been encouraging her work from an early age.

"I have been writing poetry since I was five years old," she said.

"I have been very lucky because Academi has been very supportive.

"When I was young they ran a lot of poetry competitions which I was able to enter and they made me feel very enthusiastic about the idea of writing poetry."

The 67m Lord Richard Rogers-designed Senedd building was opened in Cardiff Bay by the Queen on St David's Day.



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