For our 2016 retreat we headed down the beautiful Heart of Wales railway line to the isolated hamlet of Cynghordy.
2015 Retreat – Castell Courtyard
For our 2015 retreat we didn’t travel far. In fact, we only just crossed the border into Wales and the beautiful Tanant Valley.
2014 Retreat – Back to Plas Colwyn
For our 2014 retreat we retreated back to Plas Colwyn, in the relative civilisation of Beddgelert and all of its amenities (we mean procrastination opportunities).
2013 (Back to) Llanfendigaid
We’d heard on the grapevine (okay, it was the Internet) that Llanfendigaid had been refurbished, so we couldn’t resist the opportunity of going back to this Welsh coastal property for another retreat.
2012 – Beddgelert
2011 – Cwmtydu
The sea! The sea! In 2011 the Welsh coast came calling again, but this time, a little further south than we’d been before … to the secluded cove of Cwmtydu.
2010 – Crogen
The 2010 retreat took place in Gwynedd, when, a bit reminiscent of last year, there’d been a lot of rain …
2010 Crogen Retreat Video
It’s quite worrying what some writers will do when they know they’re being videoed!
2009 – Lake Vyrnwy
In 2009, the group ventured into a new region of Wales for a retreat. Lake Vyrnwy. There’s a big reservoir there, because it rains a lot.
2009 Lake Vyrnwy Videos
A tuneful lot on retreat this year…
(there’s more …)
2008 – Llanfendigaid
In 2008 we returned to the Welsh coast, just north of Tywyn, to a large house called Llanfendigaid, which we would return to in the future!
2006 – Castell Cidwm
In 2006 we headed off to what was once the Marquis of Anglesey’s Fishing Lodge, beside it’s own private lake (useful if the property was a fishing lodge), within sight of Snowdon. We all fell in love with the location of Castell Cidwm.
2005 – Builth Wells
The 2005 Wrekin Writer Retreat headed a little further north from our 2004 retreat, into mid-Wales for our 2005 retreat at Builth Wells.
2004 – Upper Swansea Valley
In 2004, with more and more Wrekin Writers retreating, we headed south, for a change, to the Upper Swansea Valley, for a property at the end of a two-mile single-track lane …
2003 – Mostyn
For 2003 we hit the Welsh coast again (spotting a pattern here, are you?), but this time we headed north to the town of Mostyn.
2002 – Tywyn
By 2002, the Wrekin Writer Retreats were becoming established, requiring bigger and more ‘interesting’ properties, so in 2002 we headed off to the Welsh coastal of Tywyn.
2001 – Barmouth
In 2001, six of us headed across to the Welsh coast, to Barmouth …
2000 – Llanbrynmair
The first Wrekin Writer Retreat involved four writers, staying in a property in Llanbrynmair, in mid-Wales … and became the first of many.