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Literature Wales campaigns to promote youth literacy

Wales’s first Young People’s Laureate was named this month as part of a campaign to promote youth literacy in the nation.

Catherine Fisher, an award-winning children’s author and poet from Newport, was announced as laureate on Tuesday October 18.

Literature Wales’s acting chief executive Lleucu Siencyn says, “We wanted to create a post that was specifically for teenagers. They’re certainly more difficult to reach and writing is way in which teenagers can express themselves.”

The 54-year-old former teacher and archaeologist is best known for her 2007 science fantasy novel Incarceron, which has been optioned by Hollywood and is set for release in summer 2013. Siencyn says, “Taylor Lautner is rumoured to be playing the lead. It’s the next Twilight. It’s gonna be big!”