Writers at Work 2018

Writers at Work is a long-term professional development strategy to nurture Welsh talent writing in both languages. It runs during the 11 days of Hay Festival Wales. The project gives access to the unique gathering of the literary world at this time and exploits the publishing and creative writing expertise on offer for the direct benefit of professional writers in Wales.

The project is funded by Arts Council Wales, and is led by Hay Fellow, Tiffany Murray.

The fully programmed week allows the selected writers to engage in the main Festival events, to attend masterclasses and workshops with British and foreign publishers, agents and, crucially, with established international artists. The writers work across genres: fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and script.

Since last year, the Writers at Work cohort has achieved many awards: a major short- listing for The International Dylan Thomas Prize, The New Welsh Writing Award, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Wales Media Award, a Welsh Rising Star Award, a Hay 30 listing, and a Creative Wales Award.

This year, Writers at Work will focus on the written page and share their work with the public in four programmed sessions. They will also create new work in English and in Welsh on site during the Festival.

Writers at Work is made possible by the generous support of the Arts Council of Wales. Arts Council of Wales logo


Eric Ngalle Charles

Eric Ngalle Charles Eric Ngalle Charles is a Cameroonian born, Wales based writer, poet and playwright. His first play "My mouth brought me here" was performed at London’s South Bank Centre in August 2016 and at the Hay Festival on the 30th May 2017. Eric’s latest Play "The Last Ritual" will be performed at Hay on the 28th May 2018 (event number 165).

Eluned Gramich

Eluned Gramich Eluned Gramich was born in Haverfordwest and is a Welsh-German writer and translator. She won the People and Places: New Welsh Writing Award in 2015 with a memoir based on her experiences of Hokkaido, Japan, Woman Who Brings the Rain. She was also runner-up in the Bare Fiction Prize 2017, the Terry Hetherington Award 2015 and short-listed for the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2011. Her writing has appeared in New Welsh Short Stories, Stand, The Lonely Crowd and Rarebit, Wales Arts Review, New Welsh Review, and Notes on the Underground.

Rhian Elizabeth

Rhian Elizabeth Rhian Elizabeth was born in 1988 and lives in Cardiff. Her novel, Six Pounds Eight Ounces, was shortlisted for The International Rubery Book Award. Her debut poetry collection is due to be published by Parthian. She will travel to Sweden this summer to represent Wales at the Coracle Europe International Literary Residency.

Louise Walsh

Louise Walsh Louise Walsh is a novelist and former amateur boxer. Her first novel, Fighting Pretty (Seren Books), drew on her knowledge of the amateur boxing world in Wales. Her second novel, Black River (Carreg Gwalch), was inspired by her research into press intrusion at Aberfan following the 1966 disaster. Louise lives in Cardiff where she is working on a third novel set against the backdrop of the 1984 miners’ strike in Wales.
Twitter - @LouJaneWalsh1

Wendy White

Wendy White Wendy’s first children’s book, ‘Welsh Cakes and Custard’ (Gomer Press), won the Tir Nan’Og Award in 2014. She has three other children’s books published with Gomer. She writes for adults as Sara Gethin and her debut novel, ‘Not Thomas’ (Honno) was shortlisted for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2017.

Emily Blewitt

Emily Blewitt Emily Blewitt was Highly Commended in the 2016 Forward Prizes. She has published poetry widely in magazines and anthologies, and is the poetry submissions editor for New Welsh Review. Her debut collection of poetry, This Is Not A Rescue, was published by Seren Books in April 2017.

Jane Fraser

Jane Fraser Jane Fraser lives and works in Gower, spending her time writing fiction in English and being Creative Director at NB: Design. She is seeking a publisher for a short story collection and an historical novel. In 2017 she was a finalist in the Manchester Fiction Prize and in 2018 gained 2nd place in the Fish Memoir Prize. PhD Creative Writing 2017.

Website - www.janefraserwriter.com
Twitter - @jfraserwriter

Hanan Issa

Hanan Issa Hanan is a mixed-race Welsh writer whose work has been featured on ITV Wales and BBC Radio Wales, published in Banat Collective, Hedgehog Press, Sukoon mag, and MuslimGirl.com, and performed at the Bush Theatre’s Hijabi Monologues. She is the co-founder of Cardiff's BAME open mic 'Where I'm Coming From' and is currently working on a feature film project in partnership with Film4.

Durre Shahwar

Durre Shahwar Durre Shahwar is a writer, creative practitioner, Associate Editor for Wales Arts Review and co-founder of ‘Where I’m Coming From’ (open mic promoting BAME writing in Wales). She writes about a broad range of topics, including identity, gender and mental health. Durre has been published in various magazines and anthologies including Know Your Place (2017), The Lonely Crowd, Cheval, and We Shall Fight Until We Win (2018).

Elan Grug Muse

Elan Grug Muse Grug Muse is a PhD student at the Welsh department in Swansea University. She won the chair at the 2013 Urdd eisteddfod; is co-editor of Y Stamp; a member of the Cywion Cranogwen collective; and in 2017 published her first volume of poetry, Ar Ddisberod with Cyhoeddiadau Barddas.

Samantha O’Rourke

Samantha O’Rourke Samantha O’Rourke is a playwright, originally from Cheshire now living in North Wales. She is currently Writer on Attachment with Liverpool’s Everyman Playhouse. Recent projects include ‘No Persons Only Women’ (Volcano Theatre, Swansea), Liverpool First (Everyman/Williamson Tunnels) and Quantum (YEP, Everyman Theatre).

Gareth Evans-Jones

Gareth Evans-Jones Gareth lives in Traeth Bychan, Anglesey and he is a lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Bangor, Bangor University. He was awarded a New Author Scholarship by Literature Wales in 2017, and his first volume of creative prose, Eira Llwyd, will be published in the autumn this year.

Emily Vanderploeg

Emily Vanderploeg Emily Vanderploeg has an MA and PhD in Creative Writing (Swansea University), and teaches at Queen’s University and with the Young Writers’ Squad. Her writing has been published in both the UK and Canada, and was shortlisted for the Impress Prize. Originally from Aurora, Ontario, Canada, she lives in Swansea.

Morgan Owen

Morgan Owen Morgan comes from Merthyr Tydfil, and is a poet and writer. Last year, he won the D Gwyn Evans Memorial Trophy, awarded to the best poem by a poet under 25 (by Barddas). In September, Morgan will start a PhD at Bangor University in Welsh literature. He contributes frequently and regularly to Welsh publications such as Barddas, O’r Pedwar Gwynt and the Stamp.

Eloise Williams

Eloise Williams Eloise Williams writes fiction for young people. A Literature Wales bursary recipient, her second novel Gaslight (2017 Firefly Press), won Wales Arts Review Young People’s Book of the Year 2017 and is shortlisted in the Tir na n-Og Awards 2018. Eloise is currently working on her fourth novel, set in Llantrisant, where she (almost) grew up.
Website - www.eloisewilliams.com

Catrin Kean

Catrin Kean Catrin Kean is a Welsh writer who has won many awards including Bafta Cymru 2016 for her short children’s film ‘Dad’. Her short stories have been published in Riptide Journal, Bridge House Anthologies and The Ghastling. She lives in Cardiff and is working on her first novel.

Alison Powell

Alison Powell Alison Powell, originally from South Wales, writes short fiction that has appeared in various publications, including Mslexia. She is also working on a novel and won runner-up prize in 2016’s Bridport First Novel Award. She is co-founder of the Bristol-based WriteClub and is currently co-editing the National Flash Fiction anthology.

Ruth Richards

Ruth Richards Ruth Richards lives in Anglesey. She divides her writing between the past and present, and the rest of her time between lobbying for the Welsh language and studying photography and Welsh literature in the nineteenth century for a PhD at Bangor University.

Meg Elis

Meg Elis Meg was born in Aberystwyth in 1950, but has lived and worked in Gwynedd since 1976. She is a freelance translator and writer, who graduated in Welsh from Bangor in 1972 and obtained a doctorate in Creative Writing from Bangor, 2017. She is the author of 3 novels, 1 volume of short stories and is a regular contributor /reviewer to Welsh press.

Rufus Mufasa

Rufus Mufasa Rufus is a literary activist and lyrical genre hopper, and has travelled and toured profusely but always returns to Pontypridd, which she has made her home. Rufus' work explores a cocktail of disciplines, the avant-garde "ness" of multilingualism, the threading of ancestry, filled with hope and heart. Currently developing a poetry collection with support from a Writers Bursary from Literature Wales.