The Abergavenny Writing Festival

April 2024

2017 Line-Up

2017 Line-up

Stephanie Burgis ‘Fantasy / Science Fiction writing workshop’ (Date to be announced)

Stephanie Burgis writes fun, funny fantasy novels for children and wildly romantic historical fantasy novels for adults.  Her first book, A Most Improper Magick, won the 2011 Waverton Good Read Award for Best Début Children’s Novel by a British Author and was chosen by BookTrust as a BookBuzz novel for Year 7s. Her most recent book is The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (Bloomsbury 2017), and she has also published nearly forty short stories for adults and teens in various magazines and anthologies. She lives in Abergavenny with her husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, their two children, and their sweet old border collie mix. To find out more and read excerpts from her novels, please visit her website:




Marie Yates (Date to be announced)

Marie Yates is a writer, speaker and social entrepreneur. She is the author of the Dani Moore Trilogy and the first book, Reggie & Me reached the final of the People’s Book Prize 2015. The second book in the trilogy, Sammy & Me will be released in August 2017. The success of Reggie & Me has led Marie to establish an innovative social enterprise, which has been the launchpad to a whole new adventure. Join Marie to learn more about how writing can lead you to create the businesses and lifestyle of your dreams.





Tom George ‘Mindfulness writing workshop’ (Friday 21 April)

Tom George is a writer and musician with a special interest in wellbeing. Based in Liverpool, he has performed his own work extensively in theatres, cafes and art centres throughout the UK; and taken part in countless projects and workshops with organisations including Channel 4 Television and Glastonbury Festival. In recent years Tom has become interested in Buddhism and spirituality, with his work reflecting these perspectives. He is currently working on writing projects with a number of wellbeing and mental health organisations.

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!)


Bev Carr will be reading from her book ‘Oliver and the Missing Scientist’ (Date to be announced) 

Bev grew up in Ebbw vale and now lives in Brecon. In September of this year she published her first children’s book Oliver and the Missing Scientist. She used to be a primary school teacher, but now spends her time, writing, homeschooling her middle son and working for the family business. She is currently writing a sequel to Oliver & the Missing Scientist . . . 





Nicola Davies  – Events on Thursday 20th April 

Nicola Davies is an immensely successful children’s author. Her much loved books include Animal Surprises, Perfect, The Promise (English Association Picture Book winner), Whale Boy (shortlisted in Blue Peter Book Awards) and many, many more. Nicola is a zoologist and was one of the original presenters on the BBC’s Really Wild Show.








Julia Gregson

Julia Gregson has worked as a journalist and foreign correspondent in the UK, Australia and the US. Her first published short story, ‘Apple Blossom Time’ won the Literary Review short story award. Her first novel, The Water Horse (published in America as Band of Angels) was shortlisted for the Waverton book award. Her second novel, East of the Sun was an international best seller, winning Romantic Novel of the Year and Le Prince Maurice Prize. It was a Richard and Judy pick and sold in 28 countries. Her third book, Jasmine Nights, set in the Middle East and Turkey, made her the first UK novelist to be chosen twice by  the  Richard and Judy book club,

She also wrote, Crossing Borders, a work of non-fiction with photographs by Alex Pownall, published by Graffeg in 2015. Her short stories have been published in collections and magazines around the world and read on the radio. Her latest novel, Monsoon Summer, was published in 2016. Julia lives in Monmouthshire, Wales.



More authors and events to be announced soon!