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The Winners of the Picture Hunt

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The winners of the picture hunt competition are:

Daisy – aged 10 – wins a children book by Carmarthen author Will Macmillan Jones

Ffion – aged 6 wins a group ticket to the Carmarthen Mystery Tour

Laura Sanders aged 7 wins a family ticket for the Gwilli Rail Way

You’ll receive an email with the details shortly.

Congratulations and well done to all 52 correct picture hunters!

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Some impressions from the first few days

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Some corrections and programme updates

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Please note that our Free Event on Saturday  

HOW THE WEST WAS WON: Women in the Creative Industries

starts at 18:30 and not at 17:00 as mistakenly printed in parts of our programme.
Sadly Manon Eames can no longer participate at the event.

Please note that our event on Saturday
NOSON O ADLONIANT YR BEIRDD 
starts at 20:30 and not 20:00 as mistakenly printed in parts of the programme.
This event now also features Emyr Lewis

 

Menna Elfyn : Cennan Cerddi was erroneously billed for Sunday on the Ticket website, but it is on Saturday, as published everywhere else.

Due to a family illness AMAZING ADJECTIVES and DINGLEDUM DRAGON have been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Friday night programme addition:

The Ferryside Lapwings are a small collective of village wordsmiths, poets and singer/songwriters. It was formed during a collaborative performance by the original Ferryside Trio, Glyn Jones, Dominic Williams and Alexis Jones in September 2017 at the Llanelli’s Spoken Word Saturday organised by Eleanor Shaw.

The event is bilingual and free and starts at 20:30 in the Angel Inn. 

Dominic Williams is a poet and Alexis performs what she claims to spoken word accompanied by a few strummed chords. Alexis writes and sings in both English and Welsh.

Their performance will be a short lightweight bilingual mixed set of 20mins – 1/2 hour with a sense of humour, serving as natural bridge between Ifor ap Glyn and Noel James.

We’re delighted to welcome Dominic back to our festival. Dominic was one of the founders of the inaugural Dinefwr LitFest with Llenyddiaeth Cymru / Literature Wales in Llandeilo. It’s wonderful to have him here again continuing to contribute, at Llandeilo Lit Fest.

 

Catrin Beard will chair Jon Gower’s session on John Selway 

Gary Raymond’s session “The Golden Orphans” had to be cancelled.

Dathlu Diwylliant 2018 || Celebration of Culture 2018

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Noson dda heno – cyffroes excellent night diolch @CarmsCouncil #hwylllenllandeilo @LlandeiloLitFst

Last night Gaynor and I received an award for our Literature Festival. It’s amazing to think we had an idea two years ago and people everywhere have said yes, and helped and supported us, from artists to volunteers, councils, business owners and residents.
And despite set backs and all kinds of teething problems, support has not wavered and now we got a sssscestificate!

DIOLCH YN FAWR – MANY THANKS

 

Christoph Fischer on the Red Carpet with Llandeilo artist and fellow writer Kate Glanville
Fellow winners: Brigid Jones (Art @ the Hall), Christoph Ffischer (!) and Gaynor Jones
LitFest trustees: Gaynor Jones, Christoph Fischer, Nick Brunger

Not long to go now to the festival:

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/llandeilo-lit-fest-16877977571

Are we sitting comfortably?

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Lit Fest author Carol Lovekin muses about her forthcoming talk on Genre, Ghosts & the Gothic
Saturday 28th April 11:30 at Mark Waghorn Designs “Reading Room”
https://llandeilolitfest.org/2018/02/22/carol-lovekin-genre-ghosts-the-gothic/
Book Tickets: £5
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carol-lovekin-tickets-43409361569

The author of the award winning “Ghostbird” presents her new book“Snow Sisters” and talks about genre, ghosts and the gothic.

Snow Sisters: Two sisters, an old house and Angharad a girl who cannot leave.

Making it up as I go along

Island Life, Word Birds & Process

In a couple of months I’m giving a short talk at the Llandeilo Literary Festival. It’s lovely to be invited & I’m looking forward to it. Although I still experience a frisson of nerves when called upon to face an audience, these days I do so with more confidence. In particular, I like engaging with people; with readers who have questions. These are my stories & I know them – there’s very little to be nervous about frankly. My previous experience of audience participation has been 99% good. (Asking about the 1% will get you nowhere! There’s always one?)

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When Christoph – our hardworking leader – asked me for some advance info for publicity (not least the title of my talk), I had to think on my feet. The festival doesn’t happen until April but needs must & I like an organised chap.

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The Suffragettes and the Cat and Mouse Act #Fawcett #MondayBlogs #Women

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A taste of Judith Barrow’s session on the Suffragettes – a post from her blog.
For more on her talk:
https://llandeilolitfest.org/2018/02/16/suffragettes-a-talk-by-judith-barrow/
Book Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suffragettes-a-talk-by-judith-barrow-tickets-43474234606

Judith Barrow

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It can only be estimated that the number of women who went to prison was more than 1,000 because many were imprisoned under public order offences and so are not easy to identify.

Neither is it certain how many went on hunger strike or were forcibly fed.

 But it is certain that the Suffragettes refused to bow to violence against them. 

 They were quite happy to go to prison. And, from 1909, women demanding the status of political prisoners began to refuse food. The government was extremely concerned that they might die in prison thus giving the movement martyrs. So prison governors were ordered to force-feed Suffragettes even though this caused a public outcry as forced feeding was traditionally used to feed those who were then called lunatics…as opposed to what were mostly educated women.

 Force-feeding was a serious problem. The force-feeding of hunger-striking suffragettes was invasive, demeaning, and…

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Well this is pretty great… Our very own Gaynor Jones and Christoph Fischer win Carmarthenshire Celebration of Culture Award for Llandeilo Litfest.  

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Great news: Our 2017 festival won the Carmarthenshire Celebration of Culture Award, Literature Category. Organisers Gaynor Jones and Christoph Fischer will accept the award on behalf of the contributing authors and volunteers.

Newyddion da: Enillodd Gŵyl 2017 Wobr Diwylliant Sir Gaerfyrddin yn yr adran Lenyddiaeth. Bydd y trefnyddion Gaynor Jones a Christoph Fischer yn derbyn y wobr ar ran yr holl awduron a gwirfoddolwyr.

Gaynor with Sion Tomos Owen
Christoph with a group of authors at last year’s festival, including fellow Award winner Fflur Dafydd