Sunday, April 23, 2006


Ty Newydd is setting up a fund in memory of the life and work of Jan Mark. This will provide an annual bursary for a writer to attend the Writing for Children course at Ty Newydd. She was a regular tutor and guest reader from the very early years of the centre. When the centre faced closure because of lack of funds, Jan suggested and spearheaded an appeal whereby for a whole season writers tutored at Ty Newydd and donated their fees to the centre. Enough money was raised, the necessary renovation work took place and a new Ty Newydd opened in March 06. They say "they owe Jan a great deal".

Bursary recipients will be selected by a panel and will be unpublished but considered to have a writing talent that would benefit from such a course. They aim to raise £10,000 which will be invested and the interest generated will finance the annual bursary.

If you wish to contribute please either visit their website or email or send a cheque made out to Jan Mark Memorial Bursary Fund and sent to The Bursar, Ty Newydd, Llanysturndwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd LL52 OLW. Somewhat bizarrely they request the envelope is marked on the back "Jan Mark BF" - I think it would have raised an eyebrow or a pertinent comment from Jan.

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