The group was established February 2018 with the intention of representing and supporting Welsh writers - both professionally and by providing networking opportunities. We have begun with a series of events and community socials (Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Flintshire, Monmouth); established The Cwtch, a closed Facebook group for all SoA members resident or interested in Wales; and formed a steering group with authors Paula Brackston (Chair), Helen Docherty, Philip Gross, Alison Layland and Christopher Meredith to advise us going forward.
New members are welcome to join the group with a joining offer WALES1512 whilst we establish - which gives an extra free three months of membership to the yearly membership subscription and full access to SoA services and benefits such as the contracts advisory service and general offers on insurance etc.
Specific Welsh benefits include 20% off a subscription to New Welsh Review as well as accomodation at The Gladstone Library. Log into the SoA membership 'benefits' section to gain the codes.
Please get in touch with Jo if you would like to subscribe to the group (Welsh postal addresses are automatically subscribed, but we appreciate some towns have English postcodes or you may be expatriate), have ideas for an event, want to address an issue, or would like a meeting in your town. We are always looking for hosts who can facilitate arrangements. Forthcoming events include - save the date or rsvp:
23 November, West Wales Authors Present - The Power Behind the Pen. 1 - 4 pm FREE event upstairs at Make it in Wales, Cardigan. Three local women authors: Thorne Moore, Judith Arnopp and Theolyn Cortens, will talk about their novels, read extracts and answer questions.
28 November, Cardigan Meet, Make it in Wales @Stiwdio3, Cardigan, 3 High St, SA43, 1HJ, 3-5pm. These are usually bi-monthly meetings on the last Thursday of the month which are hosted by member Theolyn Cortens to whom you RSVP. Non-SoA member guests welcome. Free, but buy your drinks.
6 December, Monmouth Meet - First Friday. White Swan Tea Room, 9 White Swan Court, Monmouth NP25 3NY. Non-SoA member guests welcome. Free, but buy your drinks. Contact Margaret Iggulden to RSVP and for more details. This is a monthly meet.
6 December, Swansea Christmas Lunch, Gigi Gao’s Favourite Authentic Chinese, 18-2 Anchor Court Victoria Quay, Swansea SA1 3XA Join members and host Helen Docherty at this hugely popular and award-winning restaurant specialising in Northern Chinese cuisine. Set menus are £16 vegetarian, £19 meat options, payable on the day. Please rsvp to Helen so that we know reserve tables and can inform the restaurant of any allergies. www.favouritechinese.co.uk
14 February 2020, Vinegar Valentines - a 15 minute reading and workshop by noted Welsh poet/performer Rhian Edwards on the theme of love-gone-wrong, from Shakespeare's often bitter sonnets to his 'Dark Lady', to the caustic missives of Dorothy Parker. The workshop will include a ‘make a living as a poet’ element. Save the date (bookings open in December). £7 SoA members and concessions, £10 guests, 1-3pm, Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival, The Temple of Peace, Cardiff.
25 February 2020, Aberystwyth Meet, upstairs theatre bar in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 5pm. Writing or publishing non-SoA member guests welcome. Please rsvp to host Julia. These quarterly meets are arranged on a rolling basis.
We are currently still planning the rest of our events schedule, so keep looking!
Past events include:
- Aberystwyth University with Honno, the Welsh Books Council (host: Liz Jones);
- David Thorpe seminar on character, and presentations with Graffeg and Literature Wales at arts venue Cornerstone, Cardiff (host: Katherine Stansfield);
- Amazon Academy event at Celtic Manor Resort;
- Social and Skills Share: Publicity at Swansea's Volcano Theatre (host: Helen Docherty);
- An informal christmas lunch in Abergavenny's The Chapel (hosts: Paula Brackston and Jo McCrum).
- Afternoon tea with poets Jonathan Edwards, Christopher Meredith at the Seren Cornerstones Cardiff Poetry Festival.
- How to Make a Living as a Writer with Paula Brackston and Jo McCrum, Abergavenny Writing Festival.
- Tintern Summer Social
- How to Write Funny with Jan Etherington, Swansea.
- Performance with Cat Weatherill, Gladstone's Library