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Winners Announced for the 2021 Richard Booth Prize for Non-Fiction

We are delighted to announce the results of our annual non-fiction competition. This popular competition again received a good number of entries from both inside and outside Hay Writers’ Circle and we very much welcome external interest in all our … Continue reading

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New Books! And A Non-Fiction Competition Reminder.

With our minds still fizzing from another wonderful Hay Festival it seems extremely timely to announce not one, but two exciting new publications from members of the Hay Writers. Building on the success of her first book, The Doors of … Continue reading

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The Richard Booth Prize for Non-Fiction – Judge Announced and Hay Festival is here!

The Richard Booth Prize for Non-Fiction is an annual competition name after one of Hay-on-Wye’s most notable residents, Richard Booth, ‘King of Hay’. Richard was always a great supporter of books, Hay-on-Wye and local writers. Sadly, Richard passed away in … Continue reading

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Poems by our 2021 Prize Winners – Ojo Taiye, Stewart Roberts and Ange Grunsell

We are delighted to showcase some of the work by our 2021 Poetry Competition winners. Ange Grunsell secured Third Prize with a poem inspired by time spent olive picking in Palestine with the Zaytoun, a Community Interest Company and social … Continue reading

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Poem from Jean O’Donoghue – Poetry Competition 3 weeks to go!

From the Hay Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition archives. The 2017 winning poem as judged by Christopher Meredith. Remembrance by Jean O’Donoghue I’ll slide between them breathing frost and consternation Mondays and Thursdays other nights I’ll place grit within soft folds … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Frances Copping – Founder of Hay Writers Circle.

It is with no small measure of delight that we celebrate the life and works of Hay Writers’ Circle founder, Frances Copping, (1934-2020) Frances founded the then, Hay and District Writers’ Circle, in 1979.  She was our greatest supporter, mentor and latterly, … Continue reading

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Frances Copping – Hay Writers’ Circle Lifetime President 1979-2020

Frances Copping – Hay Writers’ Circle President 1979-2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our much loved Hay Writers’ Circle President, Frances Copping, who died suddenly. Frances was the founder of the then, Hay and … Continue reading

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Hay Festival Digital 2020

#ImagineTheWorld – Virtually Here by Emma van Woerkom Looking back on the heady days of Hay Festival 2019, it’s truly difficult to imagine what a difference 12 months can make. Could we have guessed the words ‘pandemic’, ‘social isolation’ and … Continue reading

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Liberation During The Lockdown and Helping Hay Festival

Article by E. C. van Woerkom. 25/03/2020. While we all adjust our daily routines in the wake of the Coronavirus’ impact on our lives; talented and industrious creative minds are blooming with ideas to fill our days with reading and … Continue reading

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Hay Writers’ in Hay Library – Celebrating 40 years

This year Hay Writers’ Circle celebrates an incredible 40 years of writing together. Started and still presided over by our President, Frances Copping, our group has enjoyed a lively variety of talented members since its 1979 inception. As part of … Continue reading

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