2024 Workshop Programme

27 April 2024 – Saxon Scripts and Runes Revealed with Peter Lloyd

An adventure into historic lettering and translation of mystic symbols to open up new avenues for you to explore.

The Pigsty Studio – Beautiful Calligraphy, Illustrations and Paintings

8 June 2024 – The Staffordshire Hoard with Linda Lewis

Animals and motifs using gold leaf and colour. Further information to follow.

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found, comprising over 4,000 items. Archaeologists believe the Hoard was buried during the 7th Century (600-699AD), at a time when the region was part of the Kingdom of Mercia. The Staffordshire Hoard (stokemuseums.org.uk)

5 October 2024 – Archibald Knox Design with Josie Brown

An introduction to the lettering and unique mix of Celtic and Art Nouveau decoration this Manx designer created. There is a choice of mediums to try out – one giving the unexpected effect of either stained glass or enamelling. An unusual and rewarding workshop.

Josie Brown | Calligraphy, Lettering & Lovely Letters

Archibald Knox, Liberty and the Celtic Revival style · V&A (vam.ac.uk)

Email swscribes1@gmail.com for further information.

02/12/2023 AGM

South Wales Scribes held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at The Arc Centre, Swansea. The meeting was attended by 18 members who, on conclusion of the formal business, enjoyed a day of catching up, planning, learning, sharing tips and crafting.

The AGM started with a welcome speech by the chairperson, Gordon Wood, who thanked the committee and the volunteers for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. He also highlighted some of the challenges ahead especially in-light of issues being experienced by other regional groups.

Issues discussed included recruitment of volunteers, organising workshops, the rising costs of visiting tutors and venues, and plans for a group-wide project.

The treasurer presented the financial report. It was decided to freeze the annual membership fee for 2024, at £15.00, as approved by a majority vote. However workshop fees will increase, with a price differential between members and non-members agreed.

The committee agreed to remain in post, with new volunteers agreeing to assist with workshop bookings.

A full review of the AGM will follow.

Dates for your diaries

16 September 2023 – Pencil Gothics with Gwyneth Hibbett

Booking forms have been sent out to current members for this upcoming workshop. Contact Alison at swscribes1@gmail.com if you haven’t received yours.

2 December 2023 – Annual General Meeting and Christmas workshop

We’ve got our thinking caps on for this Christmas themed workshop but it will be led by one of our own members. Further information to follow.

2 / 9 March 2024

A ‘member-led’ workshop and get-together day. Further details to follow.

27 April 2024 – Saxon Scripts and Runes Revealed with Peter Lloyd

An adventure into historic lettering and translation of mystic symbols to open up new avenues for you to explore.

8 June 2024 – The Staffordshire Hoard with Linda Lewis

Animals and motifs using gold leaf and colour.

16 | 09 Gwyneth Hibbett – Pencil Gothic

Saturday 16th September 2023, Felindre Village Hall, 10am – 4pm.

This workshop takes a familiar tool – the pencil – to practice and create gothic letter shapes and use them in combination with a variety of different artistic effects.

The versatility of pencils and their range of “hardnesses” give the calligrapher scope for shading and many different textures, which can take your lettering in
different directions.

Soft graphite greys give a subtlety that sometimes the harsh black ink of ‘blackletter’ doesn’t, and the ease of adding some pencil embellishment can re-ignite a love of Gothic.

10 | 06 The Mariner’s Compass

Zentangle® Inspired Art Sheila Murray

Saturday 10 June 202310 am to 4 pm

Felindre Welfare Hall, Felindre, Swansea, SA5 7NA 

After our very enjoyable Zentangle® workshop last year, Sheila is paying us a return visit.

Following The Zentangle® Method, we will create a piece of art with a maritime influence known as The Mariner’s Compass.

During the creative process we will hand draw and use various ‘tangle’ techniques to enhance and decorate our compass design. Our finished piece will be flourished with cardinal pointers to the North, South, East and West.

We will also learn more about the history of the Mariner’s Compass and how it has been used for many centuries.  Don’t worry if you didn’t attend last year’s workshop – this one is still suitable for everybody.

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

Contact our Secretary – Alison to book your space

25 | 03 Bister Workshop

Hello everyone! We have a date for our next South Wales Scribes get together – Saturday 25th March 2023 at Felindre Village Hall.

We are planning to spend the morning experimenting with ‘Bister Inks’. (Water-based walnut ink – granules to which you add water – in varying ‘rustic’ colours/strengths.) We will have some Bister Inks available for you to use on the day and purchase/take away if you wish.

In the afternoon we will be making little frames that can be combined to make a concertina book and perhaps frame the morning’s masterpieces!

It should be a good fun and a great shared learning experience.
Contact Alison at swscribes1@gmail.com to book your place.

Festival of Calligraphy | Gwyl Caligraffi


The Festival of Calligraphy continues with the Tenth Anniversary Exhibition of the South Wales Scribes – ‘The Written Word – Y Gair Ysgrifenedig’ which opened on 26th August 2022 and runs until 6th November 2022.

Examples of works on display will be featured on this website and on our Facebook page, but seeing the work in the flesh is so much better!

So pop along to Swansea Museum before 6th November 2022. Opening times Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Demos and try-your-hand sessions with South Wales Scribes members will be running every Saturday from 11am-1pm for the duration of the exhibition.

All Welcome

September 2022

Words made beautiful

Come to a special exhibition
celebrating the centenary year of The Society of Scribes and Illuminators

The Words Made Beautiful exhibition is now moving to its third venue in the Swansea Museum. It will open there on Friday 5 August 2022.

This inspiring exhibition includes original work by more than 60 contemporary calligraphers and lettering artists and presents a beautiful reflection of one hundred years of expressive lettering nurtured by the SSI.

Words Made Beautiful brings together a display of pieces from current members and a number of seminal historical works that reveals the true breadth and diversity of calligraphy and lettering as a modern art form.

Source: www.calligraphyonline.org

A festive feast for the eyes

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this Christmassy calligraphic review.

2022 will be a significant celebration of 10 years of South Wales Scribes. We look forward to our first gathering of the year on 29th January to make exhibition plan. So, until then, Happy New Year to everyone and keep scribbling!