Win a Writing Course at Ty Newydd

Would you like to win a course of your choice at Tŷ Newydd, National Writing Centre of Wales? This is a wonderful chance for a writer in Wales with a competition sponsored by the national festival Gwanwyn, and Disability Arts Cymru and Tŷ Newydd. 


In existence since 1982 Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) works across all arts forms and is funded by the Arts Council of Wales as the lead organisation for Disability and the Arts in Wales.

Vision: Our vision is a creative and equal Wales where disabled and Deaf people are central to the arts of our nation.

Mission statement: We believe in ….Opening up access and opportunity, celebrating diversity, nurturing embryonic and established high-calibre disabled practitioners and inspiring change throughout Wales. For more information, see www.dacymru.com 

Tŷ Newydd is the national writing centre of Wales. The centre hosts an annual programme of creative writing courses and retreats for writers of all ages and abilities, both in Welsh and English. Tŷ Newydd, which is the last home of former Prime Minister David Lloyd George, is located in Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd. The centre, which opened its doors in 1990, is run by Literature Wales, the national company for the development of literature in Wales. For more information about Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre and to see the 2017 course programme, see www.tynewydd.cymru 

Sian Northey writes in many genres. She is the translator of Alys Conran’s Pigeon (Parthian, 2016) into Welsh (Pijin, Parthian, 2016). Her latest book is the novel Rhyd y Gro (Gomer, 2016) and in the same year she has received a Literature Wales bursary to write a novel in poems for teenagers. Both Rhyd y Gro and her previous novel Yn y Tŷ Hwn (Gomer, 2011) was chosen for the Wales’ Literature Exchange’s Bookcase and her first volume of poetry, Trwy Ddyddiau Gwydr (Carreg Gwalch, 2013) was on the shortlist for Welsh Book of the Year. She holds workshops for both children and adults including a series of workshops at the Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre for Arts Disability Wales. Sian was one of the writers chosen for the Writers at Work scheme at the Hay Festival last year. Sian won the West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition 2015 for poetry in English (https://americymru.net/americymru/blog/4325/west-coast-eisteddfod-poetry-competition-2015-we-have-a-winner).


Other ways to enter:

  • By post: the poem should be typed or clearly written on a sheet of A4 paper. Every poem will be judged anonymously; therefore, poems shouldn’t display your name or any marks that might identify you as the author. Fill in the entry form, and include it in the envelope with your poem. If you would like a receipt for your entry, please enclose a self-addressed envelope and a stamp. We are unfortunately unable to return your work so remember to keep a copy. 
  • By e-mail: send your poem as a Word file attachment to post@dacymru.com with subject line ‘Poetry Competition’. Every poem will be judged anonymously; therefore, poems shouldn’t display your name or any marks that might identify you as the author. Fill in the entry form, and include it in the email as an attachment.

For more information on the competition, contact Disability Arts Cymru:

denni@dacymru.com / post@dacymru.com / 029 2055 1040