The Abergavenny Writing Festival

April 2022


All events are free and online. Unless otherwise stated each event is pre-recorded.

Sunday 8th November

10:00 – 10:45 – Stories with Children’s Writer Claire Fayers 

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Something strange is happening in Abergavenny. Thunder and lightning rumble in the mountains, magical creatures lurk in the shadows. There are rumours that wizards have arrived in town. What are they looking for? Storm Hound by Claire Fayers begins when a stormhound belonging to the Norse god, Odin, crash lands in Abergavenny. Join Claire for an exciting mix of Welsh stories, magical maps and super-powered pets.
Suitable for age 7-12, but younger (and older!) children are welcome.
Claire Fayers grew up in South Wales, and lives in Cardiff. She has worked as a church caretaker, a shoe shop assistant, in accountancy, in health and safety, in IT, and in a library. Now she’s very happy to be a full-time author, sharing her workspace with a pair of demanding cats and an ever-expanding collection of model dinosaurs. Her first booked debuted as Waterstones Book of the Month, and her books have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award and many regional awards.

14:00 – 14:45 – The Story of the Library – Martha and David Holman 

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A heart-warming tale of a small charity – Love Zimbabwe – and their success in building a library for the people in a rural community in Zimbabwe. Told by Martha and Tanaka Holman.

Love Zimbabwe charity objectives:

(i) The relief of poverty, sickness, distress, and the advancement of education in Zimbabwe.

(ii) To further Fairtrade development and education in Wales and Zimbabwe whilst fostering global awareness and common unity.

Our commitment to operating under Fairtrade principles means that the producers receive a fair price for their goods, there is no child slavery, there is protection for the environment and improved working conditions.

15:30 – 16:30 – SMASHING IT 

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We cannot talk about poetry without first talking about class. Inspired by her essay in Smashing It* this lecture-workshop will discuss the obstacles that working class writers need to navigate to gain full access to the arts, to literary platforms and to publishing. A series of poetry and creative writing exercises focused on developing craft will conclude the talk.
*Smashing It – Working Class Artists on Life, Arts & Making It Happen, edited Sabrina Mahfouz

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and contributor to ‘Smashing It: Working Class Artists in Life, Art and Making It Happen’.

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor. She has performed across the UK as well as internationally, both for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana, Australia and Singapore) and on solo projects across Europe. She has read in a diverse range of venues from the 100 Club, the 02 Arena, the Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s to the Royal Court, the Globe, the ICA, Buckingham Palace and various prisons including Pentonville and Holloway. She has published three full collections of poetry: Ska Tissue (2011, Mother Foucault Press), The Woman Who Was Not There (2014, Burning Eye Books), and her latest collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me (2017, Out-Spoken Press).


17:00 – 18:00 – Talking Horror with Tim Lebbon 

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Tim Lebbon, New York Times-bestselling writer from South Wales, will be interviewed about his life in writing and how he turned his hobby into a career. Learn about his experiences of having his books made into films and more generally his thoughts on the genre of horror writing.
Tim has had over forty novels published to date, as well as hundreds of novellas and short stories. His latest novel is the eco-horror novel Eden. Other recent releases include The Edge, The Silence, The Family Man, The Rage War trilogy, and Blood of the Four with Christopher Golden. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, and a Scribe Award, and has been a finalist for World Fantasy, International Horror Guild and Shirley Jackson Awards. His work has appeared in many Year’s Best anthologies, as well as Century’s Best Horror.
The movie of The Silence, starring Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka, debuted on Netflix April 2019, and Pay the Ghost, starring Nicolas Cage, was released Hallowe’en 2015. Several other projects are in development for TV and the big screen, including original screenplays Playtime (with Stephen Volk) and My Hunted House.