A COMMUNITY OF WRITERS | RHYS OWAIN WILLIAMS, WRITERS AT WORK

  The last time I performed on a Bank Holiday Monday, I was 14 years old and ‘first saxophonist’ in Morriston Concert Band. This lofty position as lead on the reed wasn’t based on ability (I could barely read sheet…

HOW TO GET AHEAD BY NOT BEING TRUTHFUL – Mark Blayney

HOW TO GET AHEAD BY NOT BEING TRUTHFUL – Mark Blayney

Just now Thomas Keneally has been talking to us, telling us what a great vocation writing is because you are expected, professionally, to lie. ‘There’s no point in writing fiction if you’re not going to tell lies,” he said, with…

HOW TO TELL LIES AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE – Mark Blayney

HOW TO TELL LIES AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE – Mark Blayney

This week I’ve been mistaken for a vet, asked if I was called Ben and assumed to be Marcus Brigstocke. I had to answer no to all of these, but if I’d been paying attention I should have said yes….

‘My mother is the real author here. She wrote my book. I just make vids.’ – Caspar Lee

‘My mother is the real author here. She wrote my book. I just make vids.’ – Caspar Lee

Sitting on the comfortable garden chairs while sipping a glass of wine, I watch as Gordon Brown tucks into his strawberries and cream. Like a hawk, his guard watches over him. I think for a second, what would happen if…

‘The Madness of Writers at Work’ – Jasmine Donahaye

‘The Madness of Writers at Work’ – Jasmine Donahaye

The Hay Festival is always riddled with Welsh writers. We head there from all over the country and bump into each other on the walkways, in the cafes, in the Green Room – to tell anecdotes, share gossip, and to…