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Historic writing centre reopens
Ty Newydd and its conservatory
A new conservatory was part of the house's renovation
A writing centre housed in the former home of WWI Prime Minister David Lloyd George is reopening following a year-long 2m refurbishment.

Ty Newydd, in Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd, opened as the National Writers' Centre for Wales in 1990.

Improved provision for the disabled has been provided, and a new conservatory.

Pupils from nearby schools performed poems for the open day on Friday which will be used along with their artwork to decorate the conservatory.

The house, Lloyd-George's last home, was renovated in the 1940s by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who designed the Italianate village of nearby Portmeirion, although parts of it date back to the 16th Century.

Ty Newydd centre, Llanystumdwy
Parts of the house date back to the 16th Century

The Grade-II listed building will restart its writing courses from this week.

Following the refurbishment, a new member of staff has been appointed. Meirion Macintyre Hughes will interpret the house's history to the public as well as looking after writers attending courses.

Sian Northey from the centre told the BBC news website they were very pleased with bookings for the forthcoming year.

"More or less there is a course here every week, with just a couple of weeks in December not filled," she said.

Primary schoolchildren from Ysgol Llanystumdwy have been working with poets Twm Morys and Gillian Clarke, and glass artists Bill Swann and Catrin Jones to create work for the new conservatory.

Sally Baker, director of Ty Newydd, said: "We are delighted that pupils from Llanystumdwy School will be so involved in the design of the art work at Ty Newydd.

"The writers' centre has always had strong links with the school and the local community and I hope in years to come those pupils will come back to Ty Newydd and feel proud of their contribution."

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