Through Scritture Giovani, Festivaletteratura, Hay Festival and Berlin Internationales Literaturfestival continue their commitment to finding new talent in European literature. Since 2002 Scritture Giovani has been an exceptional showcase through which many young writers from different nations have had the opportunity to make themselves known outside their own country and meet an international audience.
The young authors invited to this year's edition are Valerie Fritsch, Marco Parlato, Elske Rahill and Llŷr Gwyn Lewis.
Llŷr is a lecturer in Welsh at Cardiff University; his research focuses on the poetry of the early twentieth century, and the works of T. Gwynn Jones and W. B. Yeats in particular.
He has won a number of poetry competitions, including, twice, the chair at the Urdd Eisteddfod, a national youth festival, and most recently the chair of the Ogwen Valley Eisteddfod, as well as poetry competitions at the National Eisteddfod.
In May 2014 he published his first volume of poetry, "Storm ar wyneb yr haul". His first volume of prose, "Rhyw Flodau Rhyfel", followed in July 2014, and was selected as one of six books for the Wales Literature Exchange’s bookcase feature for the year. The volume is a blend of fact and fiction which combines the history of the author’s great-uncle, who fought in Syria during the Second World War, and the narrator’s own memories of travels in Europe.
Each year the young authors invited are asked to write a story on a specific subject; this year's is: "Home". You'll find the texts in the link below.