Extra-curricular opportunities

Students sitting on the lawn at Gregynog

The Gregynog Writing Retreat

In your final year you will benefit from our fully subsidised annual writing retreat held at a beautiful country manor house in rural west Wales: The Gregynog Writing Retreat. This immensely popular event is your chance to enjoy some peace away from the hustle and bustle of campus life, while developing your final year dissertation and creative writing projects. Staff and students alike thoroughly enjoy their time at Gregynog. It is a great opportunity to kick-back and relax whilst getting on with the serious business that is the final year of university.

As well as the Gregynog Writing Retreat, there are a host of opportunities for engaging with literary culture. Free trips (and free tickets!) to the world-famous Hay Festival are an annual feature of our calendar, and you will also have access to subsidised performances at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. There is the popular Literary Dublin Tour, where first and second year students can explore some of the literary jewels of the city with staff. Visit Joyce's tower, discover Oscar Wilde, or examine the Book of Kells. Closer to home you can join one of our many reading groups (the Medieval Reading Group, or the Ulysses Reading Group, or the Romantics Reading Group). Take part in events organised by the English and Creative Writing Society such as the regular Book and Cake Club, join in our termly celebrations in Victorian Women's Wednesdays, or attend one of our regular Staff/Student Seminars and find out more about the research projects your lecturers are developing.

Every year our students publish an anthology of their creative and critical work, AberInk, which is written, designed and edited by students. AberInk showcases not only our students' writing but also their skills in a broad range of project management activities, including dealing with everything from deadlines and budget control, to promotional events and beyond.