Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids will host the author of the critically acclaimed children’s book Elen’s Island, as Writer in Residence until 30 July 2016.
During her residency, Eloise Williams, who lives in Saundersfoot, will research and begin writing a young adults' novel set in St Davids, as well as running a series of workshops for school groups.
Pembrokeshire author Eloise Williams will be Writer in Residence at Oriel y Parc until 30 July 2016.
Eloise said: “I am so thrilled to be able to take up this post and work with the people of St Davids, and visitors to the area, to create a book set in such beautiful surroundings. All my books are set along the coastline of Wales and Oriel y Parc celebrates the nature and beauty of West Wales so triumphantly it will be the perfect place to write a young adults’ novel.
“Whilst my books celebrate Wales in all its glorious beauty they often have a dark side and also tales of real people dealing with real issues. If anyone would be interested in coming to chat to me about any stories they know about St Davids, I’d be delighted to hear them.”
The school workshops will tie in with the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations – marking a century since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller, who visited the Pembrokeshire Coast many times on holiday as a child.
Eloise’s book Elen’s Island is Highly Commended in the Wales Books Council’s Tir na n’Og Awards this year and was placed at number six in the UK-wide BookTrust best books of 2015 advent calendar. It also has links to the National Park’s world-class landscape and wonderful wildlife, with the island in the book inspired by the islands of Caldey and Skomer.
The workshops inspired by the books of Roald Dahl are supported by Literature Wales and Welsh Government as part of the Roald Dahl 100 Wales celebrations, with additional funding from the Friends of Oriel y Parc.
Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre is owned and run by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and is the home of Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales in Pembrokeshire.
Eloise Williams’ residency at Oriel y Parc will run until 30 July 2016.