The Abergavenny Writing Festival

19, 20 & 21 April 2018

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.