The Abergavenny Writing Festival

November 2020

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Online events for November

How to Interview for Newspapers and Magazines 

Meet Abergavenny-based freelance journalist Jude Rogers. She regularly interviews musicians, actors, politicians and plenty of ordinary people for national newspapers and magazines. She knows more than most that speaking to people, and trying to understand them, can make our writing come alive.

But how do you do an interview? How do you prepare your questions (and your nerves)? How do you get people to speak? How do you write up your encounter in a way the reader will find relatable and revealing? And…what do you do if the interview goes wrong? Jude dishes out advice from over fifteen years writing for The Guardian, the Observer, the New Statesman, music and women’s magazines, teaching us skills transferrable to so many areas of our creative life.

Talking Horror with Tim Lebbon 

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.



Criw’e Coed A’r Gwenyn Coll – Book reading with Carys Glyn 

Mae Criw’r Coed a’r Gwenyn Coll yn stori sydd yn cludo ‘Anifeiliaid Hynaf y Byd’ o’r Mabinogion i Gymru fodern. Yma, mae nhw yn helpu anifeiliaid heddiw i ddatrys problemau’r amgylchedd.

Yn ei stori gyntaf mae Carys Glyn yn cyflwyno G-Hw, Carwww, Mwyalchen, Eryr a Chwim yr eog – yr anifeiliaid fydd yn helpu Gwenyn i ddatrys dirgelwch y gwenyn coll.

Gyda darluniau lliwgar gan yr artist Ruth Jên, wrth galon y llyfr hwn yw’r syniad bod gwneud pethau bach yn gallu gwneud gwahaniaeth mawr i’r amgylchedd.


Criw’r Coed a’r Gwenyn Coll is a story that transports the ‘Oldest Animals in the World’ from the Mabinogi to modern day Wales. Here, they help today’s animals to overcome the many challenges of today’s changing environment.

In this debut story from Carys Glyn, Owl, Deer, Blackbird, Eagle and Swift the Salmon all strive to help Bee solve the mystery of her missing friends.

With colourful and clever illustrations by Ruth Jên this book aims to show children that by doing the little things they can make a big difference to our planet’s future.


Carys Glyn is a teacher and author based in Abergavenny. She is passionate about getting children reading for pleasure. This is her first book.