Well, for a start we’ll actually kick off on the Thursday evening (details to be announced).
We’ll hold many sessions in Welsh – some of them with simultaneous translation facilities for non-Welsh speakers or learners)
We’ll have writing, illustration and poetry workshops, a huge poetry afternoon, sessions for children of all ages, guided walks through Llandeilo, a book fair and a book hunt.
Confirmed sessions include:
- Fflur Dafydd and Sion Tomos Owen on scriptwriting and writers working for TV
- Gary Raymond will launch his latest book with Parthian, a thriller set in Cyprus, and and talk about the novelists who inspired it – Graham Greene, Patricia Highsmith, Raymond Chandler and others
- Wales as location in Fiction: with local authors Cheryl Reese-Price, Nigel Williams and Colin R Parsons
- Pembrokeshire author Judith Barrow talks about Suffragettes in her new and critically acclaimed novel “A Hundred Tiny Threads”
- Simon Brooks and Adam Price discussing:
“Why Wales Never Was”
- “Kicking off in North Korea”
Actor and writer Geraint Lewis in conversation with the author Tim Hartley.
This is a book for anyone who has an interest not just in football and travel, but in people. In it we find contemporary history and reportage. Football fans will recognise the wider context of the beautiful game and seasoned travellers will smirk as they recognise themselves in awkward, alien situations.
Terry Breverton with a session on Welsh Pirates and Privateers:
After writing no less than eight books upon pirates, Breverton has returned to the subject with three new books devoted to the Welsh. Black Bart Roberts from Pembrokeshire was by far the most successful pirate in the Caribbean and Atlantic waters, and Admiral Henry Morgan was the greatest privateer of all time, leading six successful expeditions against the most powerful country in the world.
He also launches: The Journal of Llewelyn Penrose. In 1770 Williams wrote the first American novel and taught Benjamin West, later President of the Royal Academy, to paint
and CONFESSIONS OF THE SMUGGLER WILLIAM OWEN
- Jon Gower will be talking about his latest book about artist Jon Selway
A former BBC Wales’ Arts and Media correspondent, Jon has been making documentary programmes for television and radio for over 30 years. He has several books to his name, in both Welsh and English.
- Luke Waterson and Jean Gill on Welsh and French medieval musicians and troubadours in their historical fiction
- Nicholas McGaughey: “The Boy From Elsewhere” an afternoon of poetry and reminiscence by Nicholas McGaughey.
In the reading Nicholas will read his poetry about his life growing up in Cwm-rhyd-ceirw, Swansea and living in the Valleys and some of the extraordinary people that he knows there. There are also tales to be told about his life on the road as an actor with the RSC and The Royal National Theatre, where he played 1st Voice in an all singing,all flying production of Under Milk Wood…where he fell down a trap door mid performance..Then hear about “Gladiator” and how he killed Ollie Reed…..Who was already dead…..” His ten years as a soap star playing the dim but likeable Brandon Monk in Pobol y Cwm….
Most of Nick’s poems are little stories that he has picked up along the way, little bits of jfluff that he weaves into a slightly holey pullover…always humorous…not always intentionally so.
Nick’s poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies including Poetry Salzburg Review/Popshot Magazine/A New Ulster/Envoi/Poetry News/Dream Catcher/“Dusk” Anthology/The Welsh Poetry Competition Anthology and The Poetry Shed.