People in Cardiff now have a new chance to describe their city in their own creative way. A series of monthly writing workshops has been launched at Cardiff Story Museum.
The theme of this month’s class was rivers and waterways in Cardiff. The water courses were described differently by the participants, who made good use of the history books and maps to discover the landscape of the past. They also shared pictures to inspire their writing. Their articles were not only about their literary experience, but also included their own real life experience of walking.
The city writing workshops are organised by Christina Thatcher and Emma Metcalfe. They believe that they provide people opportunities to write poetry or prose inspired by the city, using their observation to make a description. In the next two months, the themes of the workshop are: arcades & alleys and people & place.
Women’s Day in Chapter Arts Centre wasn’t celebrated only with beautiful daffodils in its garden and it the vases, but also with books written by Welsh women authors.
They decided to get together for the second time and organise the XX Women’s Writing Festival, a three-day showcase of writing by and for women from Wales and the world. The festival is organised by four Welsh authors – Penny Thomas, Susie Wild, Amy Wack and Carole Burns.
The idea is to bring together readers and new and established writers, along with editors and critics, to enjoy, celebrate and discuss writing by women from Wales. They feel that women are still less appreciated, published and reviewed than men.
“There are a lot of publications that men do and their work is given more importance.That is why we wanted to give exposure to women writing“, said Carole Burns, one of the four Welsh writers who organised the event.
The festival brought together readers and writers to discuss the challenges of female authors in the publishing industry.
This was the second edition of the festival. It included poetry readings, meeting well-known Welsh female authors and getting a chance to talk to them and give readers an autograph, discussing young adult fiction, memoirs, sex in writing,… and you could also listen to men reading extracts from their favourite women writers. The festival also offered workshops on publishing, performing poetry, writing short stories and preparing book manuscripts for submission.
The tickets for most panels were sold out and the workshops were full. The festival was a lively and warm gathering of book lovers – writers and readers – but also a place of serious discussion about issues women writers face and solutions for the future.
This is the second time the event was organised in Cardiff.
The first one took place in March 2012 and the organisers say “xx” refers to the female chromosomes, as they wanted the event to appeal to men and women.