And that’s a wrap!

As another exhilarating Hay Festival draws to a close it’s time to reflect on what an incredibly positive experience this literary machine brings to authors, publishers, books sellers, readers and of course, our own writing group. We are so grateful to the festival for its unwavering support and this amazing opportunity.

For many members performing at our event, it was their first encounter of reading their own work to an audience. After good rehearsals under the careful guidance of our Chair, Jean O’Donoghue and President, Ange Grunsell, everything went very well on the day.

My first visit and I had no idea how well organised it would be. My wife asked me if we would need umbrellas and wellies ala Glasto’ if it rained to get from tent to tent! I said maybe!
I loved every minute. What a privilege to have performed, and alongside such a great bunch of creative friends. 
” Mark Baylis.

Today I read out one of my short stories at our Hay Writer’s Circle event at @hayfestival. I was so nervous! Especially as I had chosen quite a personal piece to read and was last in the group to read. Afterwards someone told me that my story made them cry. It made me feel a bit guilty, but also pleased, as I have recently been working hard on making my reader feel emotion.” Naomi Emmanuelle

Wonderful today everyone. It was a blast.” Shane Anderson.

Hay Festival returns for the Winter Weekend – 23rd – 27th November. Remember, you can watch again on Hay Player.
For more information CLICK HERE

Other news –

At 1.30 pm on the 21st June the winners of the annual Hay Writers Circle Poetry Competition will be announced and details released on the website. A huge thanks for our judge, Dr Jack McGowan, for all his hard work and patience due to the elevated numbers of entries this year. We appreciate it greatly.

Don’t forget there’s still plenty of time to enter our Non Fiction Competition – First prize £100.
For more information and full competition rules please go to our Competitions page.

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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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