A CHILDREN’S author will be visiting Carmarthenshire on the last day of the summer holidays.

Eloise Williams will take children on a storytelling adventure when she visits Carmarthen and Llanelli libraries on Friday, September 2.

The Llantrisant-born author who lives in Pembrokeshire will be taking children who attend the ‘workshops’ through her popular book Elen’s Island and she will invite children to create their own island maps as they plot a course and uncover secrets only their own island knows including dragons, treasure, diamonds and even dinosaurs.

Ms Williams said: “Libraries are opening up the world in so many amazing ways this summer, and I’m delighted to be able to build pathways to stories through fun, imagination and creativity.”

Alongside Elen’s Island, Ms Williams has written popular children’s books including The Tide Singer, Wilde and Seaglass. Her books are inspired by her Pembrokeshire setting.

The workshops are one of hundreds of free events and activities that took place across Wales during the summer holidays as part of the Welsh Government funded Summer of Fun campaign to help families in Wales get the most out of the school holidays while dealing with the cost-of-living crisis.


The Reading Agency has been managing the libraries section of the Summer of Fun campaign. CEO Karen Napier said: “We know that the work we do to inspire engagement in reading across the UK is made possible by the ambition and commitment of our library partners.”

Nicola Pitman, chairwoman of the Society of Chief Librarians, said: “Sometimes parents or teachers still come in telling children to ‘shush’ because they’re in the library. We love to be able to reassure them that won’t be necessary and to see their surprise when they find Lego tables and disco dancing and hear squeals of delight from a group storytelling or craft session."

The events with Eloise Williams will take place on Friday, September 2 at 11am at Carmarthen Library and at 2.30pm at Llanelli Library. Both events are free to take part in.