“The Beacons Project was crucial for me, it not only provided me with the aspiration to be a writer but also put me in contact with a range of authors and literature that I'd have been hard pushed to find anywhere else. The Beacons Project is a must if Wales is at all serious about fostering young talent in the arts.” Owen Sheers
The Beacons Project aims to encourage creativity and forge a sense of national identity amongst young people in Wales. It offers unique opportunities for Welsh students to work with exceptional writers and journalists in a highly creative and stimulating environment during the Hay Festival.
Twenty A-level students from across Wales will be invited to the festival to meet and work with professional writers, broadcasters and journalists and develop their creative writing skills. Workshops, discussions and events will explore the strong link between landscape and environment, art and literature.
All students attending secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Wales are invited to apply. We offer two four-day residencies with ten students in each group.
The Beacons Project is supported by the Welsh Government and we are able to offer accommodation (www.trewern.org), food and all activities free of charge. We are also able to offer a £30 bursary to cover travel to and from Hay on Wye.
Students will be supported by a mentor throughout the Project and will spend four days and three nights attending events, participating in workshops, writing blogs and reviews and immersing themselves in all that Hay Festival has to offer.