About

Having run a successful literature festival in August 2020, with workshops, an open-mic and author talks, it was clear there was an appetite for arts events in Llantwit Major. To make way for more literary and arts events, creative directors Kath Giblin and Laura Sheldon set up a community interest company (CIC) called Cynefin.Calon.Celf, which is the source of the These 3 Streams Arts Festival. Kath and Laura are working with a brilliant team of creative people to bring the festival to you in June. We can't wait to see you there!

Kath Giblin

Creative Director

Kath is a writer, English teacher and founding member of Llantwit Major Writing Circle. Together with Laura Sheldon, she formed Cynefin Calon Celf CIC in 2021 with the aim of fostering the Arts and promoting well-being and creativity in the historic town of Llantwit Major and beyond.

Creative Director

Laura is an author, teacher and passionate member of the Llantwit Major writers’ circle. Her published works include ‘Mr Mahli’s Shed’ which was shortlisted for the Firefly Children’s Book Prize in 2014. Together with Kath Giblin she has formed Cynefin.Calon.Celf CIC with a view to celebrating the creative talent in our wonderful town.

Professor of Occupational Therapy, Wellbeing and Life Balance, Cardiff University

Her work explores what drives the busyness of everyday life, and how this impacts on our health and wellbeing by causing us to focus our personal resources of time and energy on the things we have to do, rather than than those we choose to do. The latter include the creative and aesthetic pursuits that give meaning to our everyday lives.

Her most recent book on this subject is Challenging stress, burnout and rust-out: Finding balance in busy lives, published by Jessica Kingsley.

Ginnie Bateman

Artist, and genius behind our logo!

Ginnie Bateman is a local artist and freelance illustrator, specialising in artwork that's inspired by the Vale Of Glamorgan's local coastline and surroundings.

With a strong background and knowledge of arts, health and wellbeing, Ginnie is interested in facilitating art projects that encourage community spirit and connections.


Artist

As a professional artist I work mainly in Watercolour, but also in Oils. I am a member of the following societies:

  • Royal Society of Marine artists, based at the Mall Galleries London (council member)

  • Royal Watercolour Society of Wales

  • The Pure Watercolour Society.

I have written two books on Watercolour and sketching, and recently appeared on Channel 5 as Welsh expert on Watercolour Challenge.


Artist

I'm a project based artist working in varied media to produce recognisable subjects in an individual way.

For the Llantwit Arts Festival I'm leading a collaboration between local writers and crafters to illustrate a series of poems in lino print based on a theme entitled 'Wild Seas'.

I am also an author of supernatural historical fiction and my second book 'A Banner of Dark Shadows' comes out in April this year.


Nick is a visual artist inspired by natural phenomena and the shaping and forming of natures cycles. Her artistic practice is multi-disciplined using sculpture (plaster/steel), low relief wall carvings (plaster), painting and print, influenced by coastal walks from Nash Point to Monknash.


Since completing her MA in Fine Art in 2015, Nick has focussed her attention to developing contemplative artworks and facilitating projects within education/healthcare environments.


Sarah Persson

Sarah is a mum, teacher and writer.

Her poetry has been published in Parthian's 'New World, New Beginnings' anthology (2021, ed. Elaine Canning), The Siegfried Sassoon Journal, and An Attempt at Exhausting a Place called Leicester. She has performed her poetry on BBC Radio Wales, The Beyond Human Festival, These3Streams launch night, Chapter's First Thursday Open Mic, and Llantwit Major Open Mic.

After learning how to use Google Sites on her M.A in Creative writing at Swansea University, Sarah has brought you this website (with help from Liv Phillips and Joe Fletcher).

We are also lucky to have the talents of many brilliant people behind the scenes. Here are some of them:

Canon Edwin Counsell, who has allowed us to use the beautiful and historic St Illtud's church as a venue.

Waffle Social Media Agency, based in Llantwit Major, where Richard and Liv have been busy making our gorgeous films to promote the festival.

The wonderful people of Llantwit Major Writing Circle, which is where all of this started.

Lots of amazing people at Atlantic College who are working hard to bring their expertise to the festival.


Read about our first Literary Festival which ran in August 2021: