Our AMIF learners attended the Hay Festival Winter Weekend! | Adult Learning Wales

Our AMIF learners attended the Hay Festival Winter Weekend!

30-November-2021
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On Saturday 27th November, our AMIF Project ESOL learners, attended two exciting literary events at the Hay Winter Weekend Festival, held in the little border town of Hay-on-Wye in Powys. During the event, our learners attended the ‘Bear Grylls talks to Dylan Jones’ event and the ‘Anita Rani in Conversation with Natalie Haynes’ event and afterwards they were given the opportunity to buy signed copies of their books. Our learners were then given a chance to explore the famous town of Hay-on-Wye where they were able to explore some of the book shops and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of this historic town. The opportunity for our learners to experience this Festival is really superb, and we are very grateful to the Hay Festival for affording us this opportunity.

This event was a great way for our learners to explore parts of Wales that they might not have visited before, to meet other learners and to enjoy an inspirational and unique literary Welsh event in a beautiful part of the World.

Our learner Malikat said that she enjoyed, “Listening to Bear Grylls talk about his fantastic life, walking in the town and eating lunch together”

Another learner Sayed said, “I enjoyed meeting people from different nations, secondly seeing the ancient beautiful historical town of Hay… It was very wonderful, we watched two interviews and we learnt a lot.”

Our tutor Angharad James said, “I enjoyed taking the learners to the Hay Festival where they made new friends and listened to the talks. The learners appreciated the day, it was very memorable.”

The Hay Festival Winter Weekend marks the first step in a new partnership between Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales and the Hay Festival. Both Organisations actively promote literacy and literature, and a passion for, and love of, reading, and are keen that all people, regardless of their literacy level, gain pleasure and enjoyment from the written and spoken word. We look forward to working more closely with the Festival and its Education Team, in an Outreach capacity, to support and celebrate adult learners of literacy on their learning journey, and to continue the discussions on the role of ‘literacy’ and ‘literacy learning’ going forward, in what is an ever-increasing digital age.

Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales wishes to extend its most grateful thanks to Aine Venables, Hay Festival Education Manager, for presenting the Organisation with a number of complimentary tickets for the two events, for use by participating learners and staff.

To see more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook album here.

To find more about our Literacy Courses, click here.


This project is part-funded through the European Union Asylum Migration Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.

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