Hay Festival Writers at Work Announced

Published Wed 9 May 2018 - By Literature Wales

Hay Festival has today unveiled the line-up of Welsh writers taking part in this year’s Writers at Work creative development programme at Hay Festival Wales (24 May – 3 June).


Heralding from across the country – Gwynedd to Gower, Anglesey to Saundersfoot – this year’s selection blends emerging and established Welsh writers, including New Welsh Writing Award-winner Eluned Gramich; the Wales Arts Review’s Young People’s Book of the Year-winner Eloise Williams; Bridport First Novel Award-winner, Alison Powell; and co-founder of Cardiff’s BAME open mic night Where I’m Coming From, Hanan Issa.


Writers at Work is a long-term professional development strategy to nurture Welsh talent writing in both languages. The project gives access to the unique gathering of the literary world and exploits the publishing and creative writing expertise on offer for the direct benefit of professional writers in Wales.


Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales said: “We’re delighted to support Writers at Work again this year in partnership with Hay Festival. This programme interlinks perfectly with Literature Wales’ Writer Development initiatives, which aims to develop writers at each stage of their career. It’s great to see some names who have benefitted from our Bursaries and Mentoring schemes selected for this year’s programme at Hay. As well as practical advice on professional development, writers will have the opportunity to nurture their talents, network, share ideas and good practice. We look forward to seeing how their works and careers advance following Writers at Work 2018.”


Hay Festival Writers at Work: 2018 Participants

  • Emily Blewitt, poet, Bridgend
  • Eric Ngalle Charles, writer, poet and playwright, Cardiff
  • Meg Elis, writer and translator, Gwynedd
  • Rhian Elizabeth, poet and novelist, Cardiff
  • Gareth Evans-Jones, writer and lecturer, Traeth Bychan
  • Jane Fraser, novelist and short story writer, Gower
  • Eluned Gramich, writer and translator, Aberystwyth
  • Hanan Issa, writer, poet and spoken-word artist, Cardiff
  • Catrin Kean, novelist, filmmaker and short story writer, Cardiff
  • Rufus Mufasa, activist, writer and performer, Pontypridd
  • Elan Grug Muse, poet and editor, Swansea
  • Samantha O’Rourke, playwright, North Wales
  • Morgan Owen, writer and poet, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Alison Powell, novelist, Bristol
  • Ruth Richards, writer and photographer, Anglesey
  • Durre Shahwar, writer and editor, Cardiff
  • Emily Vanderploeg, writer and teacher, Swansea
  • Louise Walsh, novelist, Cardiff
  • Wendy White, novelist, Kidwelly
  • Eloise Williams, children’s writer, Saundersfoot


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