Louise Walsh is the author of Black River, published in 2016 by Carreg Gwalch following Literature Wales mentorship with Phil Carradice. Her first novel, Fighting Pretty, drew on her experiences in amateur boxing and was published in 2008. She lives in Roath, Cardiff, and in 2009 worked with Literature Wales and the Welsh National Opera to create Boxing Beats, a series of workshops aimed at encouraging boxers to keep journals. While watching the Leveson Inquiry on the news, she was reminded of Aberfan. This prompted her to begin writing Black River. She has been a participant on the Arts Council Wales/Hay Festival Writers at Work programme in 2016 and 2017 and is currently working on a novel set against the 1984 miners’ strikes in Wales.
Writing Historical Fiction
This is a short course that will guide and enable you to create fictional stories about real life people and events. Whether you want to put together a collection of short stories, a novel, a series of memories or a group of poems, the past could be your inspiration and the place to start. The course will include group tutorials, talks, individual writing, feedback and opportunities to share your work. Over the weekend you will start your writing, and leave with a captivating beginning and plenty of ideas for future writing.
The tutors have written and published extensively within this genre and are experts both at providing inspiration and at pointing writers in the correct direction.
Phil Carradice is a poet, novelist, historian and broadcaster with over 60 books to his credit. His nine novels, seven for children, all have a historical theme. His most recent works are the novel Stargazers and the history book The Cuban Crisis: Thirteen Days on a Nuclear Knife Edge. A renowned creative writing tutor, he also presents the BBC Radio Wales history programme The Past Master. In 2018, Phil will visit Israel to research a book on the Masada Massacre.