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UWTSD student publishes debut novel

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UWTSD student Laura James-Brownsell’s debut Sci-fi novel ‘Destroyers’ was launched recently and is now available to download online.

Currently in her second year of the four-year MArts Creative Writing degree at the University’s Lampeter Campus Laura is ‘overjoyed’ to have completed her first novel.

‘Destroyers’ is a book about a girl called Coral Hughes who lives in a world where almost everyone in the Universe vanishes and an evil organisation tries to use the ensuing climate of terror to inflict their own horrific agenda.

Laura, who is originally from Swansea, also writes her own blog titled ‘The Magic of Stories: Life as a writer with Cat’s Eye Syndrome’.

The blog gives an insight into Laura’s life as a writer and as somebody who suffers from Cat’s Eye Syndrome, which is a rare chromosomal disorder that can affect several parts of the body. Over the years Laura has had several major surgeries but is determined not to allow the condition to hold her back.

Lampeter based Laura James-Brownsell said: “I’m overjoyed to have completed my first novel.  I actually had the idea for ‘Destroyers’ when I was 13 years old and to now see the finished novel available for others to read is extremely exciting.

“Writing has been my passion for as long as I remember and studying creative writing at UWTSD is a fantastic experience. As somebody who suffers from Cat’s Eye Syndrome I’m very grateful to everybody at the Lampeter campus for all their support – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the course so far and look forward to the next phase of my degree.

“I’d like to stress that the condition hasn’t held me back at all.  My blog is also a way to let people who have Cat’s Eye Syndrome and their families know that although the condition can be an uphill struggle at times everything can be okay.”

Laura’s mentor and tutor Dr Jeni Williams is extremely proud of Laura’s achievements. Literature & Creative Writing Senior Lecturer, Dr Williams said: “Laura is a talented writer who takes her work seriously. She has developed her ambition and skill while studying in Lampeter and intends completing her MArts Creative Writing in 2019.  She has been writing a blog about writing with her disability for a year now and is seeking to build on her online presence with the publication of this dystopian fantasy. It is an impressive achievement and bodes well for the future.”

Laura’s novel can be downloaded from http://amzn.to/2AudhIy

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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