South Wales Scribes is a regional group for people interested in calligraphy and lettering arts. 

We welcome members from across South Wales from professionals to enthusiastic amateurs and those just starting out in calligraphy. Our aim is to ensure that everyone develops their calligraphy skills and that they have great fun doing so. Consequently we enjoy working together and supporting each other as we learn.

We meet at Bryn House in Swansea. We usually have five to six meetings a year, four workshops with external tutors well known in the calligraphy world and two meetings led by members where we work together, including our annual general meeting.

Membership is currently £15 per year. Workshop costs can vary but are around £30 for the day. For more information, please contact the secretary@southwalesscribes.co.uk  / swscribes1@gmail.com.

South Wales Scribes is a non-profit making organisation and is affiliated to the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society. http://www.clas.org.uk


Grŵp rhanbarthol yw Ysgrifwyr De Cymru ar gyfer pobl sydd â diddordeb mewn caligraffeg a’r celfyddydau llythrennu.

Croesawn aelodau ar o draws De Cymru gan gynnwys caligraffwyr proffesiynol ac amaturiaid brwdfrydig a’r rhai sydd newydd ddechrau gwneud caligraffeg. Anelwn at sicrhau bod pawb yn datblygu eu caligraffeg ac yn cael hwyl wrth ei wneud. Felly, mwynhawn weithio gyda’n gilydd a chefnogi ein gilydd fel rydyn ni’n dysgu.

Rydyn ni’n cwrdd yng Nghanolfan Cymunedol Glais yn Abertawe. Fel arfer, rydyn ni’n cael pump neu chwe chyfarfod y flwyddyn, pedwar gweithdy gyda thiwtoriaid allanol sy’n adnabyddus yn y byd caligraffig a dau gyfarfod a arweinir gan aelodau lle rydyn ni’n gweithio gyda’n gilydd, gan gynnwys ein cyfarfod blynyddol cyffredinol.

Ar hyn o bryd y pris aelodaeth yw £15 y flwyddyn. Gall costau gweithdai amrywio ond maent yn tueddu i fod tua £30 am y diwrnod. Am wybodaeth bellach, cysylltwch â swscribes1@gmail.com.

Nid ydy Ysgrifwyr De Cymru’n gwneud elw ac mae’n gysylltiedig â’r Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (www.clas.org.uk)




2 February 2019  |  Josie Brown


11/12 May 2019  |  Margaret Morgan


9 November 2019  |  Jan Pickett







Divine Inspiration

 “Divine Inspiration”, the 95th Anniversary Exhibition of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators took place in York Minster from 3 – 18 September 2016.

Judith Porch had an amazing piece in the exhibition entitled “Monolith” which she hoped would surprise and intrigue.  Here is what she said about it:

“Is Divine Inspiration within you? Or is Divine Inspiration without you?

I began by considering what the words ‘Divine Inspiration’ meant to me. I quickly realised that creativity, its origin and how it manifests itself would be my starting point.

When we experience that ‘light-bulb’ moment what is it that sparks it? I came up with two opposing answers.

The first is that Divine Inspiration is within us – a brain synapse, the result of chemical messengers leading to the formation of strong neural pathways made stronger from years of practice and experience.  The second is that Divine Inspiration is without you – a flash of inspiration which has an external source or which has no input from you – a touch from God.

I began to consider how I would represent this concept and as is often the case with my work – light played a central role. I found myself drawn to the idea that if I had light coming from the top of the box, projecting the words ‘Divine Inspiration’ it would look ethereal; people could put their hands through it yet not touch it. My next challenge was how to create this effect? I found the answer with motion sensor lights.

If I asked you ‘Is Divine Inspiration within you or without you’ what would you say?”

Monolith:  Brush lettering, plywood, chalk-board paint, motion-sensor lights, Doctor Martin’s Bleed Proof White, Winsor & Newton Gouache, printed acetate.  1mx950x450mm