Emerging Writers: Poetry and Prose

Sat 20 July 2019 - Thu 25 July 2019
Tutors / Alys Conran & Paul Henry
Guest Reader / Gary Raymond
Course Fee / From £325 - £450 per person
Genres / FictionNon-FictionPoetry
Language / BilingualEnglish

This course is aimed at emerging poets and prose writers between the ages of 18 and 35. Whether you’re working on a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, a work of non-fiction or experimenting across different genres, you’ll receive invaluable guidance on your creative journey. Under the guidance of professional writers and guest speakers from the publishing and creative industries, we’ll concentrate on your writing processes, including re-drafting and editing. Also integral to the experience will be advice on publishing, performing and publicising your work. The course will provide an encouraging and safe space for a group of young writers to learn from the tutors and from each other. There will also be plenty of down-time for writing, and many additional activities such as socialising, walking, and even swimming in the sea.

This course is run in partnership with Wales Arts Review.


Alys Conran

Alys Conran is the author of Pigeon (Parthian Books, 2016), the first novel to be published simultaneously in English and Welsh. Pigeon was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017, the Rhys Davies Fiction Prize and the Wales Arts Review People's Choice Award. Her second novel Dignity will be published by W&N in 2019. Her short fiction has reached the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Manchester Fiction Prize and the Bath Short Story Award. She has read her fiction and poetry at The Hay Festival, the Edinburgh Book Festival, and on BBC Radio 4 and her work is to be found in magazines including Stand and The Manchester Review, and in anthologies by The Bristol Review of Books, Parthian, The Camden Trust and Honno. She also publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, creative essays and literary translations. She is a Creative Writing lecturer at Bangor University.

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Paul Henry

Paul Henry came to poetry through songwriting. Described by U.A. Fanthorpe as “a poet’s poet” who combines “a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination”, he has read and performed his work at festivals in Europe, the USA and Asia.The Brittle Sea: New & Selected Poems was recently reprinted by Seren. Paul has presented programmes for BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. A performance version of his latest book, The Glass Aisle (Seren, 2018), including songs co-written with Brian Briggs, recently toured UK festivals. Paul is a mentor for the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme.

Guest Reader

Gary Raymond

Gary Raymond is a novelist, critic, editor and broadcaster. He is the presenter of The Review Show for BBC Radio Wales, and is editor of Wales Arts Review. He is the author of two novels, The Golden Orphans (Parthian, 2018) and For Those Who Come After (Parthian, 2015). His third is scheduled for publication in April 2020. His second novel, The Golden Orphans, was picked as best new crime novel in The Spectator and was previewer’s pick of the month for June 2018 in The Bookseller. He has edited a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, from short story anthologies to political memoir. In 2018, he was one of the four judges for the British Council International bloggers prize, and was a member of the judging panel of the This Is Wales showcase for Arts Council Wales’s funding package for the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. A prominent critic and promoter of the arts of Wales, Raymond has collaborated with Arts Council of Wales and the British Council on international projects as far afield as Japan and India. As a critic he has been seen in the pages of The Guardian and heard on BBC Radio Four’s Front Row.



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