Future Beacons Writer in Residence Programme

We are seeking two writers in residence for the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Language has the power to transport, to inspire and to fill the heart. Wales is the land of poets, and for generations writers have been captivated by the special qualities of the Brecon Beacons. Our 2022-23 Writer in Residence programme aims to give writers the breathing space to develop work inspired by our treasured landscape.

Working in collaboration with the Hay Festival and Black Mountains College, we are seeking one Welsh language writer and one English language writer to immerse themselves in the Beacons and produce works that paint a vision of a greener future.

The appointed writers will each be awarded £10,000 to develop a project that will engage audiences with two of the greatest threats that face the National Park and the wider world: the nature and climate emergencies.

We invite applicants to submit a proposal outlining the work they would undertake if successful. We are open to all forms of writing and welcome innovation.

Our writers in residence will benefit from…

  • Access to National Park experts and a wealth of knowledge about the landscape. You will also have access to staff and our partners who are working at the forefront of the nature and climate emergencies.
  • An opportunity to showcase work developed through the residency at the Hay Festival in May 2023.
  • Part-time accommodation in the hills above Talgarth courtesy of Black Mountains College.

What do we expect from you?

The climate and nature emergencies are at the forefront of our work at the National Park. Your proposal should engage audiences with these threats and aim to inspire positive change.

During your residency you will develop a writing project and deliver the finished work to a broad audience. This project could take any written or spoken form. A poetry collection, a podcast, a play, a collection of short stories, nonfiction writing, a novel, writing for children… we welcome all creative applications.

In addition to the written project, we expect you to engage with a diverse range of visitors and residents across the Park. This might be through a series of workshops or events that connect people with the nature and climate emergencies, but we welcome innovative ideas. Engaging with and inspiring people is what is important.

Part of your engagement work should also be delivered to students at Black Mountains College. We will arrange this with the successful applicants.

Interested?

Please click here to download our information pack.

Please click here to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 15 May 2022

Contact: writerinresidence@beacons-npa.gov.uk