The Scribblers - Hay Festival Writers Club

The Scribblers is written by the young people of Hay and made possible through generous support and encouragement from writers, including Jenny Valentine, Julie Harries and Judith Wills, and illustrator Rachel Best.

Paul Thomas of BWA designed the beautiful magazine.

Click the thumbnails below to view extracts:

The Parkeeper

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Contributors to Issue 01

Maddy Fleming, Eve Thomas, Daniel Gethin, Gwydion Sage, Serena Howard, Robert Waghorn, Lucy Rawlins, Mozz Garrard, Marnie Waghorn

Thanks also to Tony Allen, Sam Sheppard, Webster Wickham, Finn Beales, the good people at Powys County Council and my colleagues at Hay Festival for supporting our endeavours.

Hay Festival Writers Club is produced by Sophie Lording and Jo Rodell-Jones: if you’d like to get involved, drop them a line at

Review by Hereford Times, Thursday 25 December 2008

Pupils put pen to paper

Last week saw the publication of The Scribblers, a new magazine, written and designed by school children in the Hay area.

With a grant funded by Powys County Council, the students have enjoyed and benefited from sessions with local writers, illustrators and designers to learn how to improve their creative writing, to conduct interviews and much more.

Writers Jenny Valentine (winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008 for Finding Violet Park), Judith Wills (nutrition and diet expert who has sold more than two million books) and Julie Harries (former Hereford Times journalist) have all spent time with the students, as have illustrator Rachel Best and designer Paul Thomas, of BWA Design.

The first issue of The Scribblers includes an exclusive interview with TV and radio comedian Marcus Brigstocke, short stories, book reviews, a top 10 tips page and more.

The first edition of The Scribblers will be distributed free of charge to schools in the local area and is available at the Hay Festival box office. Call 01497 822 620.

Isue 01 - Cover

Issue 01 – Winter 2008

Exclusive interview with comedian Marcus Brigstocke

“I’ve never met a person who hates women more than Anne Robinson”

Other issues

Issue 01

Issue 02

Issue 03

Issue 04

Issue 05

Issue 06

Issue 07