Abergavenny Writing Festival 2018

The Abergavenny Writing Festival is now in it's third year, and has an array of wonderful events going on in 2018.

Past years have seen a dynamic mix of events from song writing with Kizzy Crawford, to children's book readings with Nicola Davies and collaborations of all kinds from authors, journalists and creatives. An impressive achievement for such a young festival.

This years festival takes places from 19th – 21st April 2018 over a number of local venues. The festival promises to deliver it's usual diversity and broad scope of events with something for all ages, interests and ambitions. With the recent announcement of the Thursday events, focusing on non-fiction writing our appetites are well and truly whet for what promises to be a literary feast of happenings.

You can find details of all Thursday's confirmed event below, and make sure you keep an eye on the Abergavenny Writing Festival website, Facebook page and Twitter for further announcements.

All of the events detailed below take place on Thursday 19th April 2018 at The Kings Arms Hotel in Abergavenny, and tickets are available at to buy online here with each event priced at just £7.

Abergavenny Writing Festival 2018

Jude Rogers Abergavenny Writing Festival
Jude Rogers on music journalism [10.00 – 11.00]

Jude Rogers has come a long way from her first job in music journalism: collecting the Top 40 pop chart from Llanelli Woolworths every Saturday while doing a holiday job at the local paper. Now a music journalist of 15 years standing for national titles like The Guardian, the Observer and Q, with big interviews with Paul McCartney, Adele, Tony Bennett, Kylie Minogue, Robert Plant and Amy Winehouse and many more under her belt, Jude takes you behind the scenes on a career that's part Spinal Tap, part Almost Famous, teaching you how to write about music and musicians along the way. She also takes you behind the scenes into the madness of the music industry – and teaches you what to do when your interviewee pees in front of you.


Adele Nozedar: How to write a killer proposal [11.30 – 12.30]

As well as running Brecon Beacons Foraging, Adele Nozedar is an author of several books, including 3 best-sellers. She knows that no matter how brilliant your idea might be, the best way to get agents and publishers to buy into your idea is by putting some time and effort into writing a killer proposal. Adele will share the secrets of how to do this, followed by a no-holds-barred Q&A session.

Wales Blog Network Abergavenny Writing FestivalPractical guide to blogging from Wales Blog Network [13.00 – 14.00]

Come along and participate in an open discussion about blogging led by Rhys Gregory, founder of the Wales Blog Network. This session is ideal for those looking to start a blog and those blogging already – with plenty of tips and expert advice on hand. Rhys will also discuss themes such as the role blogging plays in the wider communications landscape.

Rhys Gregory is Digital Director at Effective Communication, a PR & digital content agency in Cardiff. Rhys set-up the Wales Blog Network in early 2017 as a way for bloggers to share their voice and for a better way for organisations to engage with bloggers. Rhys has over 8 years’ experience in content production, social media and digital marketing, and has worked with a wide variety of brands including Peter’s Pies, Clarks Maple Syrup, The IoD and the Speedway Grand Prix amongst many others.

Norena Shoreland Abergavenny Writing FestivalWriting a diverse history with Forbidden Lives author Norena Shopland [14.30 – 15.30]

The population of Wales accounts for 4.8% of the UK – and diversities within the country rarely exceed 20%; people with hearing loss account for around 19%, blind about 3%, and black and Asian around 17%. How then, does one find, and write, a history that will appeal to 80+% of the UK? Particularly when that history is a controversial one, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (6-10% of the UK population)?

Using the methods developed to write Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales (Seren Books), Norena Shopland explains how she found hidden people from history and how she made it relevant to everyone. Methods which can be applied to any history of diversity.

Norena Shopland has worked with leading heritage organisations and has extensively researched the history of LGBT people and issues in Wales for 15 years. Her work has appeared in the Welsh press, radio and TV and she regularly provides advice and support on the history of LGBT people in Wales.

A Writing for Fun workshop with Pat Smail bringing life and colour to nonfiction writing [16.00 – 17.30]

Whether you are writing about coal mining, the history of conscientious objectors or prehistoric needlework, how do you make non-fiction writing have pace, emotional depth and engage the reader? This workshop will draw on the tools of the fiction writer and discuss the relevance of developing engaging characters, weaving a narrative through the work and understanding your theme.  If you wish, do bring along a photograph of a person or artifact relevant to your idea.

The workshop will be run by writer Pat Smail who runs monthly 'Writing for Fun' groups in Monmouth and Abergavenny.

For further details of things to do in and around the area, please see our Wales section.


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