The Abergavenny Writing Festival

19, 20 & 21 April 2018

Friday – Daytime

Friday 21st April 2017 Daytime Line-Up

10.00 – 11.30 am – Catherine Wynne-Paton: In and out of text Talk and workshop


Catherine is a visual artist of dynamic output from miniature paintings to mobile festival performances, artist conversation videos to site responsive work on aluminium.
What exactly does she do with text and where does she go with it?  Join her for insights into her approach, get hands on with her technique and see what unique expressions you can make when you go in and out of text.

Introduction to Catherine’s art practice and practical workshop session using writing to stimulate expressive miniature paintings and these feeding back into writing.

11.45am – 12.30pm Bev Carr reading from her book Oliver and the Missing Scientist 


Bev grew up in Ebbw vale and now lives in Brecon. In September 2016 she published her first children’s novel, an uplifting journey of scientific and self-discovery – from understanding particle-physics, to learning some hard lessons in life; family is always to be cherished and true friendships are never to be taken for granted





12.30-1.30pm – Marketing workshop with Abergavenny Chronicle editor Liz Davies and Borough Theatre’s Lynsey Wheeler ‘THE FLIP SIDE’ *Event to be held at the Chronicle Offices*

Abergavenny Chronicle editor Liz Davies and the Borough Theatre’s communications manager Lynsey Wheeler present a light-hearted guide to marketing your event looking at two sides of the same story. While Lynsey offers advice on all aspects of  marketing from writing a press release to using Facebook and Twitter
to raise the profile of your group, Liz offers an insight into the psyche of a journalist and how to get your press release noticed above all others.




12.30pm 24 hour film challenge briefing at Get Together, Nevill Street

Are you the next Spielberg, Coppola or Cuarón? Fancy being a filmmaker for a day? The premise is simple; small teams have 24 hours to write, film, and edit a short film. The submissions are then screened in a mini film festival & awards ceremony. No experience required! The challenge will be prefaced with a short talk on the basic skills and techniques needed for making short films. Bring your camera, phone, & laptop – ‘proper’ equipment appreciated but not required! The session will be led by Honey McKenna, recent Cardiff University graduate, Abergavenny resident and founder of Blorenge Films.


Prizes for the winners – £100 worth of gift vouchers generously donated by Vision Computers

1.30pm – 3.00pm Tom George – mindfulness writing workshop 


Tom George is a writer and musician with a special interest in wellbeing.

Mindful writing is not about writing to impress. It is a self-compassionate and non-critical practice where the process is as important as the result. The aim is not to engage so much with personal stories or narratives but to be ‘in the moment’, to be immersed in sensory stimuli and write from that place.

In this session we will try out a range of creative writing techniques, do a little meditation and discussion, and step outside to find inspiration in the natural beauty of Abergavenny (weather permitting!)

3.30 – 4.30pm Stephanie Burgis – fantasy / science fiction writing workshop


Stephanie Burgis is the author of four children’s fantasy novels, including The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (Bloomsbury 2017) and the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson trilogy (Templar Books 2010-12). She has also published two historical fantasy novels for adults, Masks and Shadows and Congress of Secrets (Pyr Books 2016) and nearly forty short stories for adults and teens in various magazines and anthologies. Her first book, A Most Improper Magick, won the 2011 Waverton Good Read Children’s Award for the Best Début Children’s Novel by a British Author.




4.00 – 5.30pm Artful Stories with Helen Cotterill, *Event to be held at Broadleaf Books*


Come and join Helen Cotterill who will help you explore ways of using textiles, paper and images to write a story of your own. Helen is a textile artist and writer who trained with Dr C P Estes, author of Women Who Run With Wolves. She facilitates workshops to help people discover their innate creative hands and voice.

For any enquiries contact:  01873 857127

Please note places are limited to ten people


5.00 – 6.00pm BBC Countryfile magazine editor, Fergus Collins with advice on writing skills 

Great opportunity at the Aber Writing Fest: Countryfile magazine editor Fergus Collins will be giving a presentation offering advice about how to improve your writing skills. From structuring articles and forming ideas to the physical act of writing – and how to hone one’s writing style.