BSA National Conference 2018, Cardiff

BSA's 40th anniversary conference this year will be in Cardiff, 31st August to 2nd September. Day booking is still open. (Yn Gymraeg/ in Welsh)

Residential bookings are now closed. However you can still book as a day visitor without the Saturday evening meal.

BSA Conference 2018We look forward to welcoming you for a weekend of inspirational speakers, engaging workshops, entertainment, and some fabulous Welsh hospitality.

The conference is also a great opportunity to have fun and socialise with other people who stammer.

Booking details are below. The venue is Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed Campus.

The conference theme is 'You are more than good enough.'

There will be a free Saturday afternoon programme for children up to age 14 and their families

We will be adding more information on this page as it becomes available. You don't have to be a BSA member to come to the conference, but if you're not already a member why not join BSA and get email updates. Joining us is free.


Download Provisional Timetable (pdf), subject to change.

We have put together one of the most exciting conference line-ups ever, in part to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the BSA. The conference programme so far (you can read more in this press release) includes:

  • Owen Sheers - BAFTA nominated Welsh poet, author, playwright, person who stammers, Professor of Creativity at Swansea University. His film poem with a stellar cast for the NHS’s 70th birthday The NHS: to Provide all People aired on BBC2 on 30th June 2018.
  • Grant Meredith - from the Federation University, Australia. Grant stammers and is an active researcher in the use of health simulations and virtual world concepts. He is completing a PhD investigating experiences of students who stammer.
  • Abed Ahmed - teacher and person who stammers, running Stammer Support Sessions for students who stammer involving the use of drama, role-play and interview practice.
  • A rapid-fire session of short talks from a host of speakers who themselves stammer and have been successful in a wide range of careers and life paths. We aim to show that there really is nothing you cannot do if you put your mind to it - find out how others have succeeded!
  • A chance to hear from the new BSA CEO, Jane Powell, about her vision for the BSA.
  • News about the exciting and innovative work of the Employers Stammering Network (ESN) for people who stammer.
  • An Open Art Exhibition (more below) related to stammering - conference attendees can submit an artwork.
  • Some of the other workshops planned: Airedale telemedicine project (Steph Burgess), brain research (Jen Chesters), emotional and psychological wellbeing (Sophie Mitchell), women who stammer (Sibon Phiri), Stammering Pride and Prejudice (Patrick Campbell, Sam Simpson), mindfulness (Carolyn Cheasman), physical movement or 'Eurythmy' (Saraphir Qaa Rishi).

Saturday Dinner - celebrating BSA’s 40th anniversary

St Fagans National Museum of HistoryThe committee are pleased to announce we have organised to have this dinner at St Fagans National Museum of History https://museum.wales/stfagans/.

We will be in the Atrium and are looking at providing some great entertainment as well as good food.

The price of the dinner includes a three course evening meal, entertainment and transport from and return to the conference venue.

Link down to conference poster

Bookings for the Saturday evening meal are now closed. Dress is smart casual.

Young Adult and Children’s programmes

There will be separate Young Adult and Children’s programmes in dedicated spaces with interactive workshops to help children/young people who stammer and parents/professionals who support them to further understand stammering, realise they are not alone, and feel empowered and confident now and in the future.

So far, the youth programme includes the following:

  • creative and engaging workshops, such as improv, singing and non-verbal communication
  • designated cafe area where you can meet with other young adults and share your experiences 
  • support to help you navigate the conference and get the most out of it
  • and much more!

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Free Saturday afternoon programme for children and their families

BalloonsThere will be a free Saturday afternoon programme for children up to age 14 and their families, to provide the opportunity to meet and make friends with other children who stammer, while having fun. There will be a variety of activities from team games to circus skills! Book your place for the Saturday afternoon on this Child Booking form (Word doc), or pdf version.

Open Art Exhibition - please contribute

The BSA National Conference is hosting an Open Art Exhibition, with works directly relating to stammering, running for two days. A people’s prize will also be awarded.

I'Faces't is a non-selection, free to enter art exhibition, open to any adult (over 18) who has registered to attend the conference.

This exhibition will be a fantastic opportunity for any aspiring or established artist, and of interest to all attendees at the BSA conference. There are more details at BSA Open Art Exhibition 2018.

Alongside the Open Art Exhibition, will be art exhibited by two BSA members Rory Sheridan and Wendy Ronaldson.


Residential bookings are now closed. However you can still book as a day visitor without the Saturday evening meal.

See above booking for Saturday afternoon children’s programme.

Day visitors

You can book as a day visitor (ie. non-residential) for Saturday or Sunday, except the Saturday evening meal for which booking is now closed. All prices include lunch, tea/coffee breaks and all workshop or lectures.

To book and pay, you can print off a booking form (pdf) or book online through the 'Buy' links below:

Saturday day visitor, no evening meal, £40 - Buy
Sunday day visitor, £25 - Buy

Please also complete this Conference food and access information form for each attendee, to let us know your menu choices for Saturday evening if applicable, any dietary requirements, and any access needs.

Deadlines for day visitor booking:

  • 23rd August for bookings without the Saturday evening meal.

Residential visitors

Price per person: £180
Residential bookings are now closed

The conference will start on Friday evening, and end on Sunday afternoon. £180 is the price of the full weekend conference as a residential visitor - including single en-suite room and full board, evening meals on Friday and Saturday, all workshops and lectures (though NOT the bar tab).

If you have booked a residential place, please also complete this Conference food and access information form for each attendee, to let us know your menu choices for Saturday evening, any dietary requirements, and any access needs.

If you like, you can book extra nights in the university accommodation at £30 per person per night either side of the conference (subject to availability) - eg the Thursday night before and/or Sunday night after the conference, or even the week before the conference. However the last extra night available is Sunday 2nd September, you cannot book nights later than that. Breakfast is not included but can be purchased in the university's Main dining hall. Please contact BSA on jf@stammering.org if you would like to book extra nights.

Already paid the deposit?
If you've paid a £90 deposit towards the £180, you can click to pay the balance of £90. The balance was due by 30th June.

Arrival and departure information

The conference Welcome desk will open from 2pm on Friday, when you will be able to check into your room. To be there for the start of the Friday programme, we suggest you arrive by 5pm.

The conference is planned to finish at 4:30 on the Sunday afternoon.


If you’re arriving by rail at Cardiff Central rail station, you can get a bus or taxi to the university:   

From Cardiff Central rail station to Cardiff Met Cyncoed campus: Bus 52 from Stop JG Customhouse Street (10 mins walk from Cardiff Central station) goes to Cyncoed Campus. Bus runs about every half hour Fri & Sat daytime (takes roughly 40 mins), see timetable links below.

Return by bus on Sunday: Bus 52 from Cyncoed Campus to Dumfries Place Stop HX (18 mins walk to Cardiff Central station). Buses run at 10 past the hour from the campus over the afternoon.

Apps and maps etc for more on buses:

  • Pdf timetable and route maps for the 52 bus to and from Cardiff Met are at www.cardiffbus.com/services/CB/52
  • More generally see www.cardiffbus.com or download the Cardiff Bus app for Android or the App store. On the app, the university stop is called Cardiff Met.

Taxi from Cardiff Central Station to Cyncoed Campus, cost approx £8 but please check with driver. The rank is very easy to find outside the station. Cardiff also has Uber so you can order a cab from your smart phone. If you want to share a cab from the station this will have to be organised individually. The best place to ask if people want to travel with you from London or share a cab is on BSA’s Facebook closed group. We are sorry but the conference committee cannot organise this. 

Arriving by coach: Cardiff Coach station then see the links above for bus details.

The above is based on information available to us for the conference weekend at the time of writing.

Car parking

Pay & Display parking is available. We are told that rates are £2 a day Mon-Fri (£1 for up to 4 hrs), or 50p a day Sat & Sun. However please check information displayed at the venue. There is also information on Cardiff Met's website www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/about/campuses/Pages/Managed-Parking.aspx .


If you have any queries on the conference, you can contact the organising committee on conference2018@stammering.org

Why come to a BSA conference?

BSA conferences offer a range of speakers and workshops, entertainment in the evening, and are a great opportunity to have fun and socialise with other people who stammer. Here's what previous attendees said:

"The BSA Conference was absolutely fantastic. It was amazing to be surrounded by others who stammered for a few days." (Alex, Doncaster)

"I, for one, felt less alone at the end of the conference than I did when I started." (Chris, London) 

"For me, the weekend was a very special experience. If you have never attended a conference before and have previously felt hesitant about booking, do give it a try. I’m already looking forward to the next one!" (Amanda, Guildford)

What happened at some previous conferences:

Y dudalen hon yn Gymraeg / This page in Welsh
Translation provided by Cyfieithu Clir / Clear Translations www.cleartranslations.co.uk


BSA conference poster

BSA conference poster