Interview: Lucie Parkin

Interview: Lucie Parkin

Today we're talking to Lucie Parkin, founder of the Aber Writing Festival which launched with great success in Abergavenny last year. The festival will return this year in April with plenty of activities for children and families to enjoy. Read on to find out more!


Thanks for taking the time to talk to Abergavenny Kids about the upcoming Aber Writing Fest.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and your involvement with the festival?

My son and I moved to Abergavenny 4 years ago to be close to our family. Having organised lots of events for my clients, as a marketing consultant, and been involved with the Literary Kitchen Festival in Peckham I decided to launch an event of my own. Abergavenny and the surrounding area is such a hub of creativity with so much talent and positivity to call upon, creating the Aber Writing Fest felt like a very natural thing to do.

Can you explain what the festival is for those who may not know? Is it just for writers?

Sophie McKeand

Sophie McKeand

The aim of the event is to get people together to get writing, be inspired and have fun! The Aber Writing Fest aims to cover as many areas of writing as possible - whether it's writing a novel, a journal, an article, a poem, a film, a speech, a song or a letter . . . the possibilities are endless. My view is that we are all "writers", whether we write professionally or privately. It’s really about communicating, connecting and finding your own voice.

Can anyone take part in the festival or is it by invitation only?

Last year, and even more so in 2017, people are getting touch to let me know what they are doing and wanting to be involved, so it’s growing very organically. The festival is all about drawing on local talent and creativity, so please do get in touch with your ideas!

The festival launched last year and was a great success.  How do you plan to build on that success this year?

My aim for this year, and for years to come, is to keep offering as diverse and interesting a range of events as I can. I’m hoping to be able to pull off a marathon story reading session this year, where everyone will be invited to come and share their own story or read their favourite!

What does the festival have in store for families and for children?

Helen O'Sullivan

Helen O'Sullivan

So far we have workshops and readings lined-up from local children's authors Stephanie Burgis, Bev Carr and Nicola Davies. And Louby Lou's Interactive Storytelling will be running sessions for 0-3 and 4-11 year olds. There’ll be traditional tales for the threes and under and a dream-catching workshop for the four plus kids, based on the Big Friendly Giant.

Will any of the events be recorded?

No plans to, but could be? 

Has the festival program been announced yet? If so, where can people find it?

The full event line-up will be coming soon. Participants are being announced on Facebook  and Twitter  and as soon as the schedule has been finalised it will appear on  the Aber Writing Fest website.

What are the dates for the festival?

Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April daytimes and evenings.  

Where is the festival being held?

In the function rooms of the Kings Arms Hotel, Abergavenny.  

How much does it cost to attend?

There will be some free events and others will be priced from around £3 to £10. Thanks to the amazing support of Christie Residential, who came on board last year as our founding partner, many direct costs can be covered which enables me to keep ticket prices low and offer some free events.

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