Catch us Live plus lots of other artists too!
Catch us live plus other artists too!

News on forthcoming performances, exhibitions and workshops in
Hay-on-Wye, or events further afield involving members of the Hay Writers.




Historical Fiction Workshop with Alan Bilton

Date : Thursday 20th April.
Time : 11.30am – 4pm (bring own packed lunch)
Location : Threshing Barn, Llwyn Celyn, NP7 7ND (Landmark Trust property)
Booking : Tickets available via Eventbrite – CLICK HERE
Cost : £10
Workshop Leader : Alan Bilton.

The past is another country – but what does it mean to visit it? This hands-on, interactive workshop explores different kinds of historical fiction – from the most scrupulously authentic to the playful and parodic – exploring research, worldbuilding, language, voice and character. How do we build a fictional time-machine? How strange or familiar should the past seem? And what is the nature of historical ‘truth’?

As to location (location, location!), we are thrilled that the Landmark Trust, Llwyn Celyn property will be our venue again. Set in wondrous countryside, we will spend our time comfortably housed in the converted Threshing Barn. A light, bright and hopefully inspirational place to get the creative juices flowing. Don’t forget to bring extra layers for cold weather.

Alan Bilton teaches Creative Writing, Literature and Film at Swansea University. He is the author of three novels, The Sleepwalkers’ Ball (2009), The Known and Unknown Sea (2014) and The End of The Yellow House (2020), as well as a collection of short stories, Anywhere Out of the World (2016), and books on silent film, American fiction, and the 1920s. He was a jury member for the Dylan Thomas International Prize in 2022, and has appeared at the Hay, Edinburgh and Cheltenham Literary Festivals. 



Join us in Hay-on-Wye for a Festival to remember, 25 May-4 June. Everyone is welcome. The full programme of 600+ events will be out Tuesday 14 March. Friends of Hay Festival enjoy three days of exclusive booking before the general release on Friday 17 March.

Click Here to go direct to the wonderful Hay Festival website!

See you there! 🙂


Residential Course – at the Black Mountains College, Talgarth.

With Jay Griffiths, Tom Bullough and Pascale Petit.

  • Dates: Thursday 20th July – Monday 24th July 2023
  • Location: Troed yr Harn Farm, Talgarth

This course will ask a central question: what does it mean to be a writer today, in light of the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE)? How can we approach the vastness of the emergency we are in, with effective creative writing?

This weekend-retreat will include discussions sharing our experience of the CEE specifically as writers, and examine the personal, public and literary strategies that enable us as writers rather than freeze us. Both emerging and more established writers will benefit from intensive workshops, one-to-one tutoring and time to write and create ideas, as well as feedback from peers in small-group readings.

During the course you will review the essentials of both fiction and nonfiction – from the use of place to editing techniques, narrative structure to the role played by character – and consider how these might explore and help to communicate the issues around the CEE. But you will also be part of a forum, as this course will build on the camaraderie that is beginning to emerge among writers. By sharing ideas, hopes and experiences, participants will learn from one another and help to advance this vital conversation.

‘Writing, Climate and the Living World’ will seek to inform and inspire, while embracing the landscape around Troed yr Harn. The creative response to the CEE remains in its infancy. The challenge is immense, but so is the imperative to meet that challenge, and so are the potential rewards.

CLICK THIS LINK to book your place and for further details on this course and others from the Black Mountains College.



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