Make Believe Project
The Make Believe Project which was part of a Heads 4 Arts Project funded by the Arts Council for Wales had its premier showing, of all the work created by young people in Blaenau Gwent on the 9th of July.
The project which was designed to give young people a platform for them to write and express how they feel in new and creative ways was run over a 12 week period with young people being mentored by published author Patrick Jones. The young people who were all part of the PreVent Project which is overseen by Blaenau Gwent Youth Service created poems which they then turned into rap songs and filmed.
Our very own BYG editorial group were present at the event and were able to ask Patrick some questions along with the young people on the project. Patrick mentioned how he grew up in Blackwood and had a very normal upbringing, but loved music & poetry. Patrick mentioned how he was not very good at playing the guitar but decided poetry was a good route to take at the young age of 16 and after many years become a published author.
Patrick was asked about influences in his life and specifically around his brother of Nick Jones, who is one of the band members of The Manic Street Preachers. Patrick said how him and his brother both liked to express how they feel but did it in the different ways. One thing he said was that people thought he wrote things just because of his brothers success, but said this was never the case and he did it for himself.
Patrick also mentioned how he admired his dad for the daily dairy he kept, and that his parents have always been important to him. Patrick was asked what message if any he wanted young people to hear. Patrick said the main point of this project, and something he has always battled with, is not to let people tell you how to write. Patrick add that young people should be able to write about how they feel in a way they feel comfortable in doing so, if that means rapping then why not.
The BYG editorial members also ask one of the young people who took part on the project and how they felt it went. Gavin mentioned how he had enjoyed the project especially the Oreo biscuits and being able to learn about making a rap video. Gavin was asked about his rap and who has influenced him whilst being on this project, Gavin said how he looks up to the famous rapper Eminem and would love to be able to make his dream of becoming a great rapper true.
The evening was finished off by a refreshments which were enjoyed by everyone and the playing of the video which will soon be added to Clic Play BYG channel for all to see. The BYG editorial group would like to thank Patrick for his support and a massive congratulations to the young people who took part on the project.