Cardiff-Newport Regional Conference

Date: Sat 13 May 2017.

A Celebration of Welsh Women’s Writing

This regional conference will be a day spent celebrating the female literary heritage of Wales.

Wales has a surprising amount of publishing houses for such a small country and many of their writers are female. We’ll be hearing from some of them as well as having a lovely lunch in the very comfortable surroundings of the Coldra Court Hotel.

Please book your place by emailing the office at [email protected] by 28th April.


Lleucu Siencyn – Chief Executive of Literature Wales
Ms Siencyn, from Talgarreg, Ceredigion studied English at Oxford University. She has worked as a researcher and screenwriter for various television companies and has started several new projects, including setting up the Young People's Laureate for Wales. She was formerly a literature officer for the Arts Council of Wales and has worked for Literature Wales since 2002.

Carol Lovekin – Author of GhostBird
Carol describes herself as a writer of stories, a feminist & a flâneuse and says “Where publishing is concerned, I am the living proof that it’s never too late. If you have written a story you feel passionate about, one you believe in, persevere and don’t give up.” I write because I can’t tap-dance on a tightrope. Or juggle. And because I’d like to leave something attached to whatever exists after I’m gone. My home is in the beautiful countryside of West Wales, a place whose legends and landscapes inform my writing.
She writes contemporary fiction set in Wales in which the everyday is threaded with elements of magic.

Bethan Darwin – Author, Solicitor, Superwoman!
Bethan Darwin was born in Toronto but brought up in the Rhondda Valleys in South Wales. She studied law at King's College London and worked as a solicitor in London for a number of years before eventually returning to Wales in 1998. Bethan works full time as an employment and boardroom law solicitor at law firm Thompson Darwin. Bethan also runs the women's networking group Superwoman which raises funds for various charities through its events. Her first novel Back Home was published by Honno in March 2009, her second novel Two Times Twenty came out in October 2010 and her third Two Times Twenty was published in August 2016.

Judith Barrow-Author and creative writing tutor
For the last forty years Judith has lived near the coast in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

She says “I’ve written all my life and have had short stories, poems, plays, reviews and articles published throughout the British Isles. But only started to seriously write novels after I’d had breast cancer twenty years ago. Four novels safely stashed away, never to see the light of day again, I had the first of my trilogy, Pattern of Shadows, published in 2010, the sequel, Changing Patterns, in 2013 and the last, Living in the Shadows in 2015.” She is now editing the prequel which will be published in 2017. Judith is also a Creative Writing tutor for Pembrokeshire County Council’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

10am (refreshments available from 9.30am) to 4pm. £37 per person including lunch and refreshments

Coldra Court Hotel (part of the Celtic Manor Resort), Chepstow Road, Langston, Newport, NP18 2LX. We have some bedrooms reserved at the hotel which are available for delegates to book directly (by 15th April). Single Occupancy £112 / Double Occupancy £122. To book use the block code: WOM130517. Book online at<> or by calling 01633 413737.

Coldra Court Hotel (part of the Celtic Manor Resort)
Chepstow Road
United Kingdom

Contact: Please complete our national contact form for further details.