What We Do
The Wales network was revived in 2015 and we’re shaping up nicely and growing in pace! Here’s your chance to get in at the start of new and exciting things…
We have a FB group which is open to SCBWI members, however newcomers can come and say ‘Shw mae?!’, while they learn what SCBWI’s all about. Here, we post details of get-togethers, share items of interest, give support at whatever stage you’re at and celebrate successes – big or small. If you want to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Wales, get in touch with us and we’ll sign you up!
One of our new groups in 2018, this is growing from strength to strength, with local members meeting monthly, to catch up on everyone’s creative news over tea and cake. It’s an informal meeting, where we talk about anything writing / illustrating related and share useful information.
Our numbers in the Cardiff area keep growing and we hold monthly get-togethers in the city and/or Cardiff Bay. We’re always delighted to meet fellow enthusiasts and are ready to info/skill share and provide support – often involving tea and cake (there’s a theme here, I know!)
Another new group for 2018 and growing well but we would love to further increase our numbers and with that, possibilities in the area. We’ve started meeting in Gladstone’s Library – bimonthly. If you’re interested in becoming part of this group, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We’ve recently started a group in Swansea and are currently building our numbers. By joining us, you can help shape what form this group will take e.g. workshops and events, critiques and write-ins.
Central and West Wales
It’s been quiet in the centre and further west of late but now is your time to change that and help us develop a group there! If you would like to start a local group in your area, let us know and we’ll help get it off the ground.
In order to help link with members across Wales, we have a number of online critique groups. We currently cover Picture Book, MG (middle grade) and YA (young adult) but as our numbers and requirements increase, we can look to expand this.
Illustrators are not forgotten – how could we miss all that talent?! Our group is steadily growing and although they have their own FB page, we prefer to connect together. However, SCBWI British Isles is actively looking to nuture and create opportunities for illustrators so please get in touch, if you’d like to know more.
Numbers permitting, we’d like to hold some larger events in Wales and we are always looking for suggestions. Ideas have included workshops, a weekend retreat, and outings to festivals across the country – so keep an eye out for us!
Meanwhile, our next SCBWI catch-ups will be in:
Abergavenny: Coffee & catch up
Monday, Nov. 2nd (11am-1pm) @ The Angel Hotel, 15 Cross St, Abergavenny, NP7 5EN.
Cardiff: Coffee & catch up
Sunday, November 10th (2-4pm) @ Waterstones cafe (upstairs), 2A The Hayes, Cardiff (city centre), CF10 1WB.
Picture Book workshop with Helen Docherty
Saturday, Oct 12th (2-4pm) @ The Urdd Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL
For more info and to book your ticket, please go to: https://britishisles.scbwi.org/events/wales-south-picture-book-workshop-with-helen-docherty/
Tickets are £20 for members / £25 for non-members.
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Cardiff critique group (MG/YA face-to-face)
Tuesday, Oct 15th (from 8pm) – Discussion topic TBC – feedback will be given on submitted pieces. Contact Zoë Thomas: email@example.com for more information.
Carmarthen: Coffee & catch up
Saturday, Nov. 9th (10:30am – 12:30pm) @ Pethau Da (upstairs), 2 Mansel St, Carmarthen SA31 1QX.
North Wales: Coffee & catch up
Saturday, October 19th (2-4pm) @ Food for Thought cafe, Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3DF.
Swansea: Coffee & catch up
Sunday, Nov. 10th (11am-1pm) @ Waterstones Cafe, The Old Carlton Cinema, 17 Oxford St, Swansea SA1 3AG.
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Network activity in Wales is co-ordinated by Zoë Thomas and Claire Fayers.
Zoë’s focus is on picture books…
while Claire writes for middle grade. The Accidental Pirates: Voyage to Magical North was Waterstones Book of the Month in July 2016, followed by the sequel The Journey to Dragon Island. Mirror Magic was released in 2018, and her 4th book Storm Hound is in shops now – be careful, it might bite! 😉
Our group is steadily growing and covers all genres, including both new and published authors and illustrators. So whatever your speciality, you’ll find like-minded people here!
If you would like to be involved with SCBWI Wales, please get in touch by emailing
or by using the contact form below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Our banner illustration was kindly provided by one of our SCBWI Wales members, Claire Llewellin Mace. You can find more of Claire’s artwork on her website Twitter Instagram and SCBWI pages:
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