AN OSWESTRY-born and raised media star is looking for your love letters as part of an art project she is curating in her hometown.

Megan Hayward, a former pupil at Lakelands Academy in Ellesmere, is an artist in residence for ARTefact Oswestry and is working on something based on the Gilbert and Gordon Love Letters.

The letters refer to the exchange of love between Gilbert Bradley, who was based at Park Hall, and Gordon Bowsher during the Second World War and were discovered by Oswestry Town Museum’s Mark Hignett.


For her residency, Megan would love to hear your love story and added that there is a focus on stories from the LGBTQ+ community in Oswestry and the surrounding areas.

She said: “Whether you want to share about the great love of your life, a passing moment of passion or a long-distance lover, you can get involved in a few ways.

“To join in, you can leave a voicemail by clicking the first link on the below linktree and press record.

“Prefer to write it out? Fill out the form! You can stay anonymous if you wish.

“Get in touch directly at with Love Letters in the subject heading for more details on being interviewed.

Your stories will be included or inspire the final audio love letters, produced into a mini-series for ARTefact Oswestry.

“To get involved head to

We are particularly interested in hearing about LGBTQ+ stories but want to celebrate all local love stories so please get involved with whatever your story is!

“Thank you.”

Inspired by poetry, nature and verbatim voice, Megan’s creative audio work explores themes of wellbeing, community and identity.

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You can hear her Charles Parker Prize documentary Down On The Farm about mental health in farming, on BBC Sounds.

Megan grew up just outside of Oswestry, studied TV and Radio at The University of Salford, then did her Masters in Radio, Audio and Podcasting at The University of Sunderland.

She was awarded Young Person of the Year at the Community Radio Awards 2022 and was named as one of PodPod’s Ones To Watch in 2023.