This is a free workshop residency during Hay Festival for 16-18-year-olds interested in creative writing and the communication of ideas.
The Beacons Project aims to encourage creativity and forge a sense of creative identity amongst young people in Wales. It offers a unique opportunity for Welsh students to work with exceptional writers and journalists in a highly creative and stimulating environment during Hay Festival. We offer two four-day residencies with 10 students in each group.
Twenty students aged 16-18 from across Wales will be invited to the Festival to meet and work with professional writers, broadcasters and journalists to develop their writing skills. There will be workshops, discussions and events exploring the strong links between environment and landscape, art and literature.
The Beacons Project is supported by Welsh Government. Accommodation (www.trewern.org), food and all activities are free. We can also 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 everything that Hay Festival has to offer.
Many of our former participants have gone on to careers in creative writing, publishing and the media, including the award- winning poet and playwright Owen Sheers.
“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
Have a look at our short film:
Group One: Sunday 26 May–Wednesday 29 May
Group Two: Thursday 30 May–Sunday 2 June
A full programme of events and activities will be sent out to successful candidates after the application deadline in April.
The project will give students the following opportunities:
How to apply
The deadline for applications is Friday 5 April. Please submit your online application by this date. If you have any queries please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A panel of judges will review all applications and select 20 students on the creative potential of their written submissions and their teachers’ recommendations. Weighting will be given to vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, including (but not limited to) young people with additional learning needs, care experienced young people and those in receipt or previously entitled to free school meals.