The Abergavenny Writing Festival

April 2019

Saturday – Evening

Saturday 21st April 2018 – Evening Line-Up

5.30 – 7.00pm The Green Hollow: Screening, signing and Q&A with Owen Sheers – Free


Owen Sheers will introduce a screening of the The Green Hollow: an extraordinary memorial to the 1966 Aberfan disaster. The BBC commissioned Sheers to write a film-poem, including performances by Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, and Sian Phillips, to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster in 2016.

Faber and Faber are now bringing this powerful and hugely moving film-poem into print in a beautiful hardback edition of The Green Hollow this April. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Owen Sheers and a chance to buy and have your book signed.

​The Green Hollow is a historical story with a deeply urgent contemporary resonance; a story of what can happen when a community is run by a corporation. It is also a story known along generational rather than geographic borders. Based on the BBC One production, The Green Hollow is a beautifully rendered picture of a time and place – and a life-altering event whose effects are irrevocable.

Owen Sheers is a poet, author and playwright. His first novel, Resistance, was translated into ten languages and adapted into a film. The Dust Diaries, his Zimbabwean non-fiction narrative, won the Welsh Book of the Year. His awards for poetry and drama include the Somerset Maugham Award for Skirrid Hill, The Hay Festival Poetry Medal and the Welsh Book of the Year for Pink Mist and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for his play The Two Worlds of Charlie F. He is Professor in Creativity at Swansea University and lives in Wales with his wife and children. His second novel, I Saw A Man, was published by Faber & Faber in June 2015.

7.30 – 11.30pm Last Night Blow Out: Poetry, Music and Tales  £10 










The final night of the Aber Writing Fest will kick-off with novelist Tyler Keevil and his musician brother Jonathan Keevil performing a dramatized reading with music. Next up poet Giles L. Turnbull will share his work followed by poet and musician Rhian Edwards, known for her dazzling performance style.

Tyler Keevil is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and short story author from Vancouver; his brother Jonathan Keevil is a musician and filmmaker who composed the soundtrack for the indie hit film Bellflower. To celebrate the UK launch of Tyler’s new novel, No Good Brother (HarperCollins, 2018), the two brothers are touring a performance centred around the novel. The story is a rip-roaring tale of ‘loyalty, love, danger and family’ – and the event blends music, dramatized readings, and discussion of the book’s creation, in a rollicking and entertaining literary event.

Giles L. Turnbull is a blind poet living in south Wales. His poetry and articles have appeared with Fair Acre Press, Corncrake, Acumen, Poetry Wales, Algebra of Owls and Sabotage, and in anthologies by
Disability Arts Cymru, Three Drops from a Cauldron, and Nine Arches Press. His poem, Pooh Sticks, was shortlisted in the 2016 Live Canon International Poetry Competition and he was shortlisted in the Bridport Prize in 2017. His debut pamphlet, Dressing Up, is available from Cinnamon Press.

Rhian Edwards is a multi-award winning poet and musician, who has delivered over 400 stage, radio and festival performances worldwide. Her first collection of poems Clueless Dogs (Seren) won Wales Book of the Year 2013, the Roland Mathias Prize for Poetry 2013 and Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice 2013. Her pamphlet of poems Parade the Fib, (Tall-Lighthouse), was awarded the Poetry Book Society Choice for autumn 2008. Rhian’s illustrated pamphlet of poems Brood (Seren) was published in May 2017. Rhian is also the current winner of the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, winning both the Judges and Audience award. Rhian’s poems have appeared in the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, New Statesman, Spectator, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, Arete, Prague Revue, the London Magazine, Stand, Planet Magazine, the New Welsh Review and the Lampeter Review. Rhian lives in South Wales with her daughter Megan.

Abergavenny Writing Festival tickets are now available to buy from the Borough Theatre, Abergavenny box office. Open Tuesdays through to Saturdays 9.30am-3pm buy in person or by phone 01873 850 805. For more information visit: Abergavenny Borough Theatre