Zoë Brigley is a Welsh-American poet with three PBS recommended poetry collections from Bloodaxe: most recently Hand & Skull (2019). Her recent chapbooks include Aubade After a French Movie (Broken Sleep Books, 2020) and Into Eros (Verve, 2021). She is editor with Kristian Evans of the anthology 100 Poems to Save the Earth (Seren, 2021). Her collection of nonfiction essays, Notes from A Swing State: Writing from Wales and America, was published by Parthian in 2019. She works at the Ohio State University and is current editor of Poetry Wales.
Writers’ Retreat: Poetry and the Planet
Do you have a writing deadline, or are you simply looking to escape from a busy life for a short while? Our writers’ retreats are designed to provide you with the time and space to write, read and relax. Set in a peaceful location in the stunning surroundings of rural north Wales, you can take inspiration from the spectacular sea views over Cardigan Bay, share ideas over dinner or simply sit back and relax in Tŷ Newydd’s cosy library.
The centre is set in its own beautiful grounds and within walking distance to the beach and a riverbank path in the woods – you’ll find yourself surrounded by nature and wildlife. You can also walk down to the village inn to experience a warm welcome. Everyone will have a room of their own, and your home-cooked meals will be prepared for you by our experienced resident chef. Literature Wales staff members will also be on hand throughout your stay to offer advice on our opportunities for writers.
During this retreat, poets and editors of the anthology 100 Poems to Save the Earth (Seren, 2021), Zoë Brigley and Kristian Evans, will be present for the whole retreat to offer one-to-one tutorials with each writer to help you develop your poetry, and to run two short workshops on developing your craft, and on the publishing process. The writers-in-residence will also host an evening of readings and discussions on the anthology and will look at how – in this time of climate emergency – poetry can help save the planet.
Kristian Evans is a poet, essayist, and editor from Kenfig, Bridgend in south Wales. Since childhood he has been fascinated by the natural world and the ways it shapes and welcomes or resists and disturbs the human imagination. He is also interested in traditional magic and animism, as well as contemplative modes of attention that facilitate reception of a more-than-human world. He is currently researching S T Coleridge’s notebooks, and the ways in which his detailed and careful observations of the world around him inform his poetry and his philosophical reflections on creativity and the relationship between humans and the wild.