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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”
Book Tickets: £5

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:
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

Tickets for the Lit Fest in April 2018 are now live

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Tickets for the Lit Fest in April 2018

are now live at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/llandeilo-lit-fest-16877977571

You can also get them at these shops in Llandeilo:
Dress Agency, Carmarthen Street
Peppercorn Kitchenware
Red Cross Book Shop

Please note that due to the size limitations of the venues events can sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, even for the free events

Mae tocynnau ar gyfer Yr Ŵyl Lên yn Ebrill 2018 yn nawr ar gael ar lein https://www.eventbrite.com/o/llandeilo-lit-fest-16877977571

Gallwch hefyd eu prynu yn y siopau canlynol yn LLandeilo

Ail Argraffiad, Stryd Caerfyrddin
Peppercorn Kitchenware
Sio Lyfrau’r Groes Goch

Noder gan fod rhai o’r lleoliadau’n fychan byddant yn debyg o werthu allan yn gyflym. Er mwyn sicrhau eich tocyn archebwch eich tocyn o flaen llaw, hyd yn oed ar gyfer y digwyddiadau rhad.

Meleri Wyn Jones “Na, Nel!” – Ie, yn Llandeilo

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Saturday 13:00 at Eve’s Toy Shop
Na Nel! Reading with Meleri Wyn Jones

Book Ticket: Free Event

Na, Nel! – Ie, yn Llandeilo

Dewch i gwrdd â’r awdur Meleri Wyn James wrth iddi darllen stori newydd am Nel, seren ddireidus y gyfres boblogaidd. Fe fydd Meleri hefyd yn dangos i blant sut ddaeth cymeriad Nel yn fyw, yn tanio eu dychymyg ac yn rhannu sticeri a nodau llyfr am ddim.

Mae Na, Nel! yn gyfres o lyfrau gwreiddiol i blant oed Cynradd. Llyfr Nel oedd y cyntaf i gael ei gynnwys fel rhan swyddogol o ddathliadau World Book Day eleni, ac fe fydd Nel a’i ffrindiau yn dod yn fyw ar lwyfannau trwy Gymru yn sioe Arad Goch yn ystod haf 2018.

Llyfrau Na, Nel!

Mae cyfres wreiddiol Na, Nel! (y Lolfa), gyda lluniau trawiadol John Lund, wedi mynd o nerth i nerth ers i’r llyfr cyntaf gael ei gyhoeddi yn 2014. Bellach, mae yna 8 llyfr i gyd, gan gynnwys 6 llyfr stori, dyddiadur a llyfr gweithgaredd. Am fwy o wybodaeth ewch i http://www.nanel.co.uk

Yr awdur

Cafodd Meleri ei geni yn Llandeilo, ac mae bellach yn byw yn Aberystwyth. Mae’n fam i ddwy o ferched ac yn awdur sydd wedi cyhoeddi dros 20 o lyfrau: i blant, pobol ifanc ac oedolion. Mae hefyd yn olygydd i wasg y Lolfa.

Na, Nel! – Yes, in Llandeilo

Come and meet Meleri Wyn James as she reads a new story about Nel, the mischievous star of the popular series. Meleri will also be showing children how she brought the character alive, firing their imagination and sharing free stickers and bookmarks.

Na, Nel! is a series of original books for children of junior age. Na, Nel! – Un Tro… was the first book to be officially included as part of World Book Day celebrations this year, and Nel and her friends will be becoming alive on stages through Wales in Arad Goch’s show this summer.

Na, Nel! books

The Na, Nel! series (y Lolfa), with stunning pictures by artist John Lund, has gone from strength to strength since the first book was published in 2014. There are now 8 books: 6 story books, a diary and an activity book. For more information go to http://www.nanel.co.uk

The author

Meleri was born in Llandeilo, and now lives in Aberystwyth. She’s a mother of two girls, an author and has published over 20 books for children, young people and adults. She is also a book editor for y Lolfa press.



Tickets are now available

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Slightly ahead of schedule tickets for the Second Hwyl Llandeilo Lit Fest in April 2018

are now live:  Book your tickets HERE 

Please note that due to the size limitations of the venues events can sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, even for the free events.

The full programme can be found here

Find the right event for you

Please follow these links for the different subsections of our programme.

Events for our young audience

Poetry Events

Welsh Interest and Welsh Language Events



Latest confirmed sessions

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While our marketing and translation teams are trying to keep up with all our exciting additions to the festival, here is a little snippet on the latest confirmed or planned sessions – (Our sincere apologies to all Welsh speakers).

Tickets will go on sale in March but you can contact us by sending an email to LlandeiloLitFest@mail.com and reserve tickets.

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Saturday 11am  at Eve’s Toy Shop
Na Nel! Reading with Meleri Wyn Jones
Children’s story
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 Dysfunctional Families in Contemporary Fiction

Helen Lewis and Sara Gethin talk about creating dysfunctional fictional families – Saturday 28th April – 12:30 Fountain Fine Art Gallery

Helen Lewis, author of ‘The House with Old Furniture’ and Sara Gethin, author of ‘Not Thomas, discuss creating the implosive fictional families at the centre of their debut novels, what comes first, character or plot and working with the Welsh women’s publisher, Honno Press.


Anne Signol reads from “Norris & Gertie Gobstopper on the Gwili Railway” Saturday April 28th 13:00 Eve’s Toy Shop

Anne Signol will be reading from her book and describing the creative writing process and how she collaborated with Scott to produce and sell their popular books for charity causes.

Amazing Adjectives!  Poetry for Children workshop – Saturday 13:00 at Flying Goose Quilting

Children’s author Marlene Powell will be delivering a poetry workshop encouraging children of all ages to use  As the author of the children’s book series Dingledum Dragon, published by CISP Multimedia, Marlene will be demonstrating how poetry can be used as a narrative tool to creatively bring children’s stories to life.  Ideal for children aged between 7 and 11, this workshop will encourage youngsters to use their imagination as they explore Amazing Adjectives!


Llun: Luned Aaron

Saturday 14:00 Igam Ogam

Aneirin Karadog Pip y Pengwin Bach Gwasg Rily
Gwrandewch ar stori Pip y Pengwin bach gyda’r prifardd Aneirin Karadog
Chaired Poet Aneirin Karadog’s story about Pip y Pengwin




Creative Writing and Illustration Workshop – Saturday April 28th 14:30

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Join us for a creative workshop designed to help you create a children’s book using creative writing, illustration and how to promote your book. Scott will be showing children how to draw pictures in a fun way. Scott will also describe how he got started in illustration and publishing.
Anne Signol will be riding from her book and describing the creative writing process and how she collaborated with Scott to produce and sell their popular books for charity causes.


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Rockhoppers in Cardiff

Poetry event in honour of late Anthony Jones: Rockettes, Peter J Jones, Dominic Williams and Robert Walton 

Carmarthenshire poet and publisher Dominic Williams will host a poetry session with Llansteffan poet Peter J Jones, Robert Walton and The Rockhoppers: Anne Marie Butler, Jackie Biggs, Maggie Harris and Mel Perry


Saturday 15: 30 Menna Elfynmenna2015

Wales ‘ most travelled and well known poets Menna Elfyn reads from her  last bilingual volume of poetry Bondo and from her life in poems which will be published this spring.

Un o feirdd mwyaf cyfarwydd Cymru ac un sydd wedi teithio y byd i gyflwyno’i gwaith. Bydd yn darllen o’i chyfrol dwyieithog diweddaraf o farddoniaeth,  Bondo a darnau o’i llengofiant a gyhoeddir gan Barddas yn y gwanwyn.

Bilingual session – & there will be a translator

Saturday 20:30 Angel Inn  Beirdd – Welsh Poetry with 

Aneirin Karadog, Grug Muse and Miriam Elin Jones

Session in Welsh

Sunday 12:00 Angel Inn Ffion Dafis reads from her imagined biography a collection of fact, fiction, musings and imagination.

Bydd y ddarlledwraig, a’r actores, Ffion Dafis yn darllen o’i llyfr Syllu ar Walia, ei chyfrol wych cyntaf a wnaeth argraff fawr yn 2017.


The Changeling Poet: Writing Out of the Narrative Voice – Sunday April 29th 12:30 at Flying Goose QuiltingKATHYMILES (2)

A workshop which explores the persona poem, and how we can write ‘out of ourselves’. We will look at different ways in which the poet can write as animal, object, ghost or mythical figure, some of the techniques used to transform the narrative voice, and use these techniques to produce a piece of writing.

Kathy Miles is a poet and short story writer living in West Wales. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, and her third collection of poetry, Gardening With Deer, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2016. She has also been placed in several major competitions, and is a previous winner of the Bridport Prize, the PENfro Poetry Competition, and the Wells Festival of Literature Competition.

Kathy frequently reads at both local and national events, and is a co-editor of The Lampeter Review. She was sole judge for the 2017 Welsh Poetry Competition, and has run workshops at venues such as the Torbay Poetry Festival. She is a founder-member of the Lampeter Writers’ Group, and has an MA in Creative Writing.

sws imageSunday 2:30 pm Mark Waghorn Design “Reading Room” – Spoken Word Saturday and Fiddle Box

Fiddle Box and Llanelli’s “Spoken Word Saturday” team up for this dynamic poetry and story telling event: MEET UP, LISTEN UP, SPEAK UP with Spoken Word Saturday who are based at The Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli.

FB jh shootIf you like storytelling, Poetry, creative writing, beatbox, rap, original music or just meeting new people, well Spoken Word Saturday is for you! Please pop in and listen Up to artists exploring or get up and speak up as part of The Llandeilio Lit Festival 2018. Musical interludes provided by FiddleBox.

If you would like to book a floor spot please email: info@peoplespeakup.co.uk

Gary RaymondThe Golden Orphans: Writing in Graham Greene’s Hand – Sun 14:30 Mimosa Art Gallery

Gary Raymond’s latest novel, The Golden Orphans, started out as an attempt to address his experiences on the edges of the Cypriot underworld, but eventually became an obsession with the craft and artistry of Graham Greene.

Join Raymond as he explores the spaces between fact and fiction, and unravels the lessons he learned from Greene’s work in the building of his own thriller. Raymond looks at how Greene incorporated innovative literary ideas into perfectly structured page turners, how he created best-selling cinema-friendly stories filled with complex philosophical ideas, and how he used the unwieldy canvasses of the underbelly of national experiences to tell exciting, unforgettable fictional stories.



Workshop: Setting – making it work for you Sunday 29th of April 15:00

Are you getting the most out of the background? Whatever you are interested in writing about – urban or rural, large-scale or small – the physical setting has dynamic potential. This workshop will play with different ways of making the landscape come alive in your writing.

Hilary Shepherd has published 3 novels with Honno, two set in contemporary Africa and the third in post-Civil War Spain. She is currently working on a book set in Wales and India.