Packed programme of events at the Abergavenny Writing Festival

By Staff reporter in Arts

THE Abergavenny Writing Festival is back for its second year this weekend.

The aim of the event is to get people together to find inspiration, have fun and get writing. There will be three packed days and evenings of talks, workshops, storytelling, readings and performances at the Kings Arms Hotel and Broadleaf Books, Abergavenny. There will be an eclectic line-up of local talent including poets, songwriters, journalists, storytellers, children’s authors, artists, non-fiction authors, film makers and novelists.

Abergavenny estate agent Christie Residential is sponsoring the event for the second year with The Abergavenny Chronicle as its main media partner and in 2017 the Abergavenny Writing Festival is also supported by Literature Wales.

Tickets are available to buy online at and in person or by phone from the Borough Theatre, Abergavenny.

The event starts today with a pack programme available over the weekend.

Abergavenny Writing Festival events

Thursday 20th April

Sarah Hill, ‘Whimsy Woods’ children’s workshop and talk, 10.00-11.00am

Nigel Jarrett on getting your work published in literary magazines, 10.30-11.15am

Children’s author Nicola Davies: A Whale in Words, 11.30am-12.15pm and Words and Pictures 12.45-1.45pm

Pam Smail & Anna Goodson Writing for Fun Workshop: Inspiring Creativity, 3.30-5.00pm

Children’s storyteller Alison Newsam at Broadleaf Books, 4.00-5.00pm

Phil Madden Haiku poetry workshop, 5.15pm-6.15pm

An evening of inspiring talks from three non-fiction writers: Robert Penn, Emma Bevan & Georgina Jones, 7.30-10.30pm

Friday 21st April

Artist Catherine Wynne-Paton ‘in and out of text’ talk and workshop, 10.00-11.30am

Bev Carr reading from her children’s book Oliver and the Missing Scientist, 11.45am-12.30pm

Marketing your event workshop with Abergavenny Chronicle editor Liz Davies and Borough Theatre’s Lynsey Wheeler, 12.30-1.30pm at the Chronicle Offices

24 hour film challenge, introductory talk, from 12.30pm at Get Together

Mindfulness writing workshop with Tom George, 1.30-3.00pm

Fantasy / science fiction writing workshop Author Stephanie Burgis, 3.30-4.30pm

Create an artful story with Helen Cotterill, 4.00-5.30pm at Broadleaf Books

BBC Countryfile magazine editor Fergus Collins with advice on writing skills, 5.00-6.00pm

A celebration of ‘Poetry Upstairs’ with readings from Christopher Meredith & Phil Bowen, 7.30-10.30pm

Saturday 22nd April

Louby Lou’s Storytelling, 10.00-10.45am for 0 to 3 year olds and 11.30am-12.30pm for 4 to 11 year olds

Discussing the lyrics of Bob Dylan with John Cranna, 10.30-11.15am

Letterpress printing workshop with artist and poet Francesca Kay, 1.00-2.00pm

Talk from writer, speaker and social entrepreneur Marie Yates, 2.30-3.30pm

How to write a Radio 4 documentary with Jude Rogers, 3.45-4.45pm

Create an artful story with Helen Cotterill, 4.00-5.30pm, Broadleaf Books

Songwriting workshop with singer and songwriter Kizzy Crawford, 5.00-6.00pm

Writing Fest Finale: an evening of poetry, songs and stories from Paul Henry, Rufus Mufasa and Kizzy Crawford, 7.30-11.30pm.

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