Get your Muse on

Hay Writers’ Circle are delighted to present a poetry workshop on Saturday 17th February, with award-winning Welsh poet and highly acclaimed workshop leader, Dr Rhiannon Hooson.

THE OTHER CITYDr Hooson studied and later taught at Lancaster University, where she was awarded first an MA with distinction in Creative Writing, then a PhD in Poetry. She performs her poetry at literature festivals and venues across Europe and the UK, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, Magma, and Poetry Wales among others. Her first pamphlet, This Reckless Beauty, was published in 2004, and she has since been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies. Her first full length collection, The Other City, was published by Seren in November 2016, and was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year. The judges hailed it as “Stunning”. Her work has been described as “uncompromising and sharp-edged,” (Joanna Boulter) and “compelling and provocative” (Graham Mort). She has won an Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors for a short collection, Un.

Rhiannon Hooson - Seren Books

Rhiannon Hooson – © Seren Books

Dr Hooson is a dynamic workshop leader, choosing to focus on the production of multiple first drafts during the day. In this workshop we will attempt to untangle the relationship between environment and memory through creative writing. How does our experience of the world around us colour our interactions with the landscape of the page? How can we use the landscape in our writing effectively and evocatively? Down country lanes and through primeval forests; across vast oceans and the cities of the past, we will look at the intrinsic link between history and sense of place, and chart our own journeys across a changing landscape.

The workshop will be presented in the modern and comfortable facility of Cusop Hall, situated just on the outskirts of Hay on Wye. Suitable for disabled users, within walking distance from Hay and with excellent on-site parking. The day will begin promptly at 10am with an introduction to Dr Hooson and move swiftly into productive writing. We will break for morning refreshments, have a late lunch and wrap up around 3.30pm in time for afternoon coffee and cake. This will be a chance to talk to Dr Hooson and the members of the Hay Writers’ Circle as well as to purchase some of Dr Hooson’s work. Included in the cost for the workshop is the chance to enter your work in our annual Poetry competition. Our competitions are judged by external, highly acclaimed writers and offer the chance for valuable feedback. This year’s competition deadline is the 13th March, and our judge is Libby Houston.

To best accommodate individual dietary requirements we ask that you bring your own lunch. The venue has kitchen facilities, including microwave but not an oven, if you need to use them. Hot and cold drinks will be available throughout the day. Biscuits and afternoon cake are provided so please inform us when booking if you have any allergies.

Saturday 17th February 2018Poetry workshop A4 poster (2)

10am until 4pm

At Cusop Hall, Hay on Wye, HR3 5RW

£35 per person

Numbers are limited and booking is ESSENTIAL.


Contact Marianne Rosen to book a place:


phone or text: 07967 454322


To find out more about our workshop leader please visit her website


About thehaywriters

The Hay Writers : a highly active & forward thinking writing group based in Hay-on-Wye, the world famous 'Town of Books'. ✍️ In 2019 we celebrated our 40th anniversary.
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