Damian Walford Davies (Chair)
Poet, literary critic/theorist and editor. He is Professor of English and Head of the School of English, Communication & Philosophy at Cardiff University. The main fields of his research and practice are Romanticism, twentieth-century and contemporary poetry, and Creative Writing. His most recent publication is the edited collection, Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected (University of Wales Press, 2016); recent poetry collections include Judas (Seren 2015), Alabaster Girls (Rack Press, 2015), and Witch (Seren, 2012). Two collaborative, bilingual volumes – Poets’ Graves/Beddau’r Beirdd (Gomer 2014) and Ancestral Houses: The Lost Mansions of Wales/Tai Mawr a Mieri: Plastai Coll Cymru (Gomer 2012) – exemplify his interest in the dynamic between word and image. He has just completed a fin de siècle ghost story in verse entitled Docklands. His next project is Go! Go! Gino Bartali – a poetic engagement with the legendary Italian winner of the Tour de France.
Kate North (Deputy Chair)
Kate North is a writer and academic. Her novel, Eva Shell, came out in 2008 and her poetry collection, Bistro, in 2012. She has taught in universities and community settings for over a decade. She has interests in experimental poetry and fiction, and in applications of writing practice in healthcare and community environments. She teaches at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Justin Albert is the Director of National Trust Wales. A dual national Welsh-American Justin previously enjoyed a long and successful career in broadcasting and film production. He is a vice president of the Hay Festival, Trustee of Hay Castle Trust, Executive Director of International National Trust Organisation and Trustee of the Center for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies.
William Ayot is a poet, playwright, coach and social entrepreneur. Having worked in rehab and prisons, he led men’s rites of passage retreats in Snowdonia before teaching leadership in organisations and business schools around the world. In 2009, he set up the poetry series, On the Border in Chepstow, and later founded NaCOT, (National Centre for the Oral Tradition) which celebrates story, poetry and public speaking, while putting them to work in the community. Writing includes the play Bengal Lancer and three collections of poetry.
Dr Tammy Boyce
Dr Tammy Boyce is a Research Consultant specialising in; public health & social care policy and delivery, health inequalities, evaluation and sustainability. Her clients include the World Health Organisation, charities, universities and private companies and in the past she has worked for; The King’s Fund, the Marmot Review of Health Inequalities and Cardiff University’s School of Journalism.
Eric Ngalle Charles
Eric Ngalle Charles is a poet, dramatist and novelist, originally from Buea in Cameroon. He runs Black Entertainment Wales, an arts organisation that provides a platform for artists in BME communities to showcase their work. In his work he explores the links between literature and trauma to look at how creativity can be used as a means of overcoming trauma.
James is a political researcher in the National Assembly for Wales. He currently acts as the national secretary to the British Fantasy Society, and has an obsessive interest in fantasy and science fiction. He has previously been a Young Person representative on the board of the Young Chamber of Commerce, and worked in a Welsh bookshop for three years. He sits on Literature Wales’ board as a Young Person representative.
Hannah Ellis studied at Oxford Brookes University and worked for ten years as a primary school teacher. During that time she was part of the senior leadership team and was responsible for both literacy and drama. She also worked on an initiative to identify and support children, and their families, that had potential barriers to their learning. Currently, Hannah is the creative coordinator for the Dylan Thomas Estate and is writing stories for children.
Elizabeth was raised in Criccieth and moved to Aberystwyth to study law at University. Elizabeth worked as a Solicitor in London for many years followed by periods of working abroad in countries such as Germany, America and Nigeria. She returned to Criccieth to run a local business, cafe and gallery, she now works as Director of Development for OPRA Cymru. Elizabeth is a trustee for the Friends of Lloyd George Museum and Criccieth Memorial Hall.
Author and broadcaster. Catrin was Assistant Editor for Current Affairs at BBC Wales and Executive Producer of the One Show on BBC 1. She has written short stories for Radio 4 and now works as a writer and Independent Producer. Recently, she has worked with actor Matthew Rhys on a feature based on ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’, by Dylan Thomas and with Richard Harrington on an adaptation of Dannie Abse’s Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve. She is working on her first novel.
Llio is the Assistant Organiser for Eisteddfod yr Urdd, organising set pieces and competitions for the Eisteddfod and working closely with volunteers from the festival’s region. Previously she worked as Urdd Gobaith Cymru’s magazine editor, and was responsible for the organisation’s three publications; Cip, Bore Da and iaw. She won the Crown at Eisteddfod yr Urdd in Meirionydd 2014, and she is currently adapting a series of children’s books into Welsh for Gwasg Gomer. Llio previously worked for Penguin Random House Group’s international sales department in London, and studied English and French at Leeds University where she regularly contributed to the Leeds University student newspaper.
Angharad has worked on cultural projects including the foundation of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the Millennium Celebrations, the first two highly successful UKinNY festivals in New York and was part of the founding team of Wales Millennium Centre where she worked as Head of Media and Communications. For the past seven years, Angharad has run a successful marketing and communications consultancy specialising in the music, tourism and cultural sectors. She is a writer, regularly contributing articles to a broad range of tourism, culture and arts publications, a published author and is currently undertaking PhD research in Creative Writing at Bangor University.