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.

2018 is the third year of the project and applications will open in late February, subject to continued funding.

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


Rhys Owain Williams

Rhys Owain Williams Rhys Owain Williams was a runner-up in the WalesPENCymru New Voices Competition 2016. His poetry has been published in Agenda,Lighthouse and Popshot,and was recently featured in a permanent public art project at Morriston Hospital, commissioned by Art in Site. He is co-editor of The Crunch multimedia poetry magazine - rhysowainwilliams.com

Rosey Brown

Rosey Brown Rosey Brown is 24 and lives between Cardiff and Berlin. A scholarship student on the Creative Writing MA at Cardiff University in 2014, in 2015-16 she won a Literature Wales Writer’s bursary, allowing her to work on her first novel, to which she is now putting the finishing touches. As well as writing, Rosey enjoys working on educational projects and leading writing workshops.

Tyler Keevil

Tyler Keevil Tyler Keevil is a novelist, short story author, and screenwriter from Vancouver, Canada. In his mid-twenties he moved to Wales, where he now lives. He has received several awards for his work, including the Journey Prize, The Missouri Review Editors' Prize, and the Wales Book of the Year People's Prize. No Good Brother (novel) contracted by The Borough Press / HarperCollins, will be published in 2018.

Sian Northey

Sian Northey Sian Northey writes fiction for children and adults, as well as poetry and creative non-fiction. She is also a translator. Rhyd y Gro (Gomer, 2016), her latest novel for adults, has, like her previous novel, Yn y Tŷ Hwn (Gomer, 2011), been selected for the Wales Literature Exchange Bookcase.

Eluned Gramich

Eluned Gramich Eluned Gramich’s short fiction appears in New Welsh Short Stories, Stand, Rarebit, Planet, Taliesin and O'r Pedwar Gwynt. She translated Goldfish Memory by Monique Schwitter. Her memoir of Japan, Woman Who Brings the Rain, won the New Welsh Writing Award 2015 and was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year 2016.

Tiffany Murray

Tiffany Murray Tiffany Murray programs Writers at Work. Her novels are Sugar Hall, Diamond Star Halo and Happy Accidents. She is also a lecturer and scriptwriter.

Zillah Bowes

Zillah Bowes Zillah Bowes is a writer and filmmaker. Her films include documentary Enemies of Happiness, which won Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. Her poems have been published in magazines and anthologies. She received a 2016/17 Creative Wales Award to develop a series of filmpoems, and is also writing her first poetry collection and first fiction film.

Natalie Ann Holborow

Natalie Ann Holborow Natalie Ann Holborow is a Swansea-born poet whose debut collection "And Suddenly You Find Yourself" was launched at Kolkata Book Festival 2017. She is the winner of the 2015 Robin Reeves Prize and can't do eighteen straight whiskies."

Rebecca F. John

Rebecca F. John Rebecca F. John was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and named the winner of the PEN International New Voices Award in 2015. She has published a short story collection, Clown’s Shoes, and her novel, The Haunting of Henry Twist, is forthcoming in summer 2017.

Rebecca Parfitt

Rebecca Parfitt Rebecca Parfitt was finalist for the Aesthetica creative writing award in 2016. She is founder and editor of The Ghastling magazine - a homage to the Victorian penny dreadful, ghost stories and the macabre. Her first poetry collection, The Days After, was published in April 2017. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and a novel. www.rebeccaparfitt.com

Catrin Kean

Catrin Kean Catrin Kean is an award winning scriptwriter who is currently working on her first collection of short stories. In 2016 her short film ‘Dad’ won a Bafta Cymru award and was nominated for the Prix Jeunesse and Unesco prizes. Her stories have been published in Riptide Journal, Bridge House Anthology and The Ghastling as well as being shortlisted for a Fish prize. She lives and works in Cardiff.

Mark Blayney

Mark Blayney Mark Blayney won the Somerset Maugham Award for Two kinds of silence. Third story collection Doppelgangers published 2015 (‘Visionary’ – Victor Pemberton) and performance poetry collection Loud music makes you drive faster 2016 (‘Brilliantly imagined’ – Jonathan Edwards).

Sarah Reynolds

Sarah Reynolds Sarah Reynolds writes fiction and non-fiction in Welsh and English and is the Winner of the Rhys Davies short story competition. Her first novel in Welsh, Dysgu Byw, was published by Gomer in 2016. She is currently writing an English language novel while studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University.

Ben Smith

Ben Smith Ben Smith is a Birmingham born writer who is now resident in Mid Wales. His first novel "A Mountain Speaks" received a 2016 Literature Wales bursary and is awaiting publication. His writing focuses on landscape and its effects on the human psyche.

Joao Morais

Joao Morais Joao Morais has just completed a PhD at Cardiff University. He has been shortlisted for the Rhys Davies Prize, the Percy French Prize, and the All Wales Comic Verse Award. He won the Terry Hetherington Prize for Young Writers. Next year he has a short story collection out with Parthian.

Alan Bilton

Alan Bilton Alan Bilton is the author of two novels, The Sleepwalkers Ball (Alcemi, 2009) and The Known and Unknown Sea (Cillian, 2014), as well as a collection of surreal short stories, Anywhere Out of the World (Cillian, 2016). He is also the author of books on silent film, contemporary fiction, and the 1920s.

Clare E Potter

Clare E Potter Clare E Potter is Poet-in-residence at Llwyn Celyn medieval house, for Wales Arts Review, and recently Moravian Academy Pennsylvania. Translated poems for Wales' National Poet. Collaborates in community projects, acted in two films and dance production Coal. Published widely in UK and USA, Faber & Faber, Seren, Mslexia. Second collection on the way.

Rhian Elizabeth

Rhian Elizabeth Rhian Elizabeth was born in 1988 in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. Her first novel, Six Pounds Eight Ounces (Seren, 2014), was set in that valley and shortlisted for The International Rubery Book Award. In 2016 she was a winner of The Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award.

Alys Conran

Alys Conran Alys Conran’s first novel, Pigeon (Parthian Books, 2016) is shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Her short fiction has been placed in The Bristol Short Story Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize. A fluent speaker of Welsh, English, Spanish and Catalan, she is now Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bangor.

Rhys Milsom

Rhys Milsom Rhys Milsom is a poet, writer, reviewer, creative writing tutor and workshop facilitator based in Cardiff. He was a winner in The Short Story's International Writers' Award, and his fiction and poetry has been widely published. Rhys has published two poetry collections, Amnesia, and, Transition, both with Accent Press.

Louise Walsh

Louise Walsh Louise Walsh is from Cardiff and is the author of two novels. Fighting Pretty (2008, Seren Books) is about a female amateur boxer. Black River (2016, Carreg Gwalch) was inspired by the Leveson Inquiry /press intrusion following the 1966 Aberfan disaster. Louise is now writing a Nick Hornby-style novel set in the 1980s.

Yohannes Obsi

Yohannes Obsi Yohannes Obsi was born in Nekemt, Oromia region in Ethiopia. I studied Economics in Mekelle University, I fled my country and came to Wales in August 11, 2015 to seek international protection

Robin Ganderton

Robin Ganderton Robin Ganderton

Philip Jones

Philip Jones A writer and musician (performing as Dusty Cut) from Pembrokeshire who writes moving and atmospheric pieces. Runner up in the 2015 People, Place & Planet: WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment New Welsh Writing Awards. A Cardiff University Creative Writing MA graduate and Hay Festival Writer at Work.