Newest additions to the programme of the 2nd Hwyl Llandeilo Lit Fest April 2018

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More acts and events for the Llandeilo Lit Fest in April – save the date 26 – 29th of April

Tim Hartley: “Merci Cymru” – Saturday 28th of April 18:30 Angel Inn

Bydd yr awdur a sylwebydd Alun Wyn Bevan yn sgwrsio gyda Tim Hartley am olygu “Merci Cymru,” sut i sicrhau bod llyfr chwaraeon yn ddiddorol i ddarllenwyr nad ydynt yn dilyn pêl-droed a’i atgofion o haf Ffrengig bythgofiadwy. Sesiwn yn Gymraeg

“Merci Cymru” is a collection of memoirs and photographs to celebrate and commemorate the success of the Welsh football team in Euro 2016. It includes contributions from fans, commentators and pundits.

Session in Welsh

Klezmer Bagel Brunch at the Ginhaus with FiddleBox Sunday 29th 11:00

Whilst the Ginhaus team put on a special brunch dish of Bagels with Smoked salmon and cream cheese Fiddlebox will serenade you with beautiful music from the Klezmer Eastern European tradition.

Bydd y Ginhaus yn darparu bagel frecinio gyda samwn a chaws tra bydd Fiddlebox yn eich  diddanu gyda cherddoriaeth o draddodiad Dwyrain Ewropeaidd Klezmer.

Tudor Wales

Nathen Amin, author of ‘Tudor Wales: a Guide’ and ‘The House of Beaufort’ and Mari Griffith, author of ‘Root of the Tudor Rose’ discuss Tudor times in Wales.

Moderator:  Graham Watkins

Tudor Wales

Cyhoeddwyd llyfr cyntaf Nathen Amin sef ‘Tudor Wales’ yn 2014 a chafodd dderbyniad da. Dilynodd ail lyfr ‘York Pubs’ yn 2016 a chyhoeddwyd ei drydydd  lyfr, bywgraffiad o deulu Beaufort, ‘The House of Beaufort’, yn 2017 ac roedd ei lyfr ‘Wars of the Roses’ yn  llyfr mwyaf llwyddiannus Amazon #1. Mae ar hyn o bryd yn gweithio ar ei pedwerydd llyfr, ‘Pretenders to the Tudor Crown’; caiff hwn ei gyhoeddi yn 2019.

Trodd Mari Griffith at ysgrifennu ffuglen hanesyddol ar ôl ymddeol o’i gwaith fel cynhyrchydd a chyflwynydd amryw raglenni BBC Cymru. Roedd ei llyfr cyntaf, ‘Root of the Tudor Rose’ yn llyfr mwyaf llwyddiannus Amazon a dilynodd hwnnw gyda ‘The Witch of Eye,’ stori’r achos brad mwyaf cyffrous o’r 15fed ganrif. Mae Mari ar hyn o bryd yn gweithio ar ei thrydydd llyfr.


Llandovery Writers Event: Life: Can You Cut It?  Writing To Make Readers Care

Sunday 29th April, 16:00 Angel Inn                                                          

Jacquie Hyde, Sara Fox, Pete Barker, Stella Starnes and others will be reading from their collection ‘Life’ with tutor David Thorpe 

Ysgrifennu i ddal sylw darllenwyr

Bydd Jacqui Hyde, Sara Fox, Pete Barker, Stella Starnes ac eraill yn darllen o’u casgliad, “Life” ac yn sgwrsio gyda’u hathro David Thorpe



More programme updates for the 2nd Hwyl LLandeilo Lit Fest April 2018

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Here are some more details of our programme for April.

The programme is still work in progress. We hope to have some great surprises in store for you.
Ticketing will begin in March but you can register your interest for specific events by sending us an email to

An evening with Eddie Butler: The former Welsh Rugby Union player, journalist, sports commentator and successful author with Gomer Press will talk Rugby and writing and will present his latest book “The Asparagus Thieves” – Friday April 27th – 20:00 at the Cottage Inn

Noson gydag Eddie Butler:  Bydd y cyn chwaraewr rygbi dros Gymru, newyddiadurwr, sylwebydd ar chwaraeon ac awdur llwyddiannus gyda Gwasg Gomer yn siarad am rygbi ac ysgrifennu a chyflwyno’i lyfr diweddaraf “The Asaparagus Thieves” – Gwener 27ain Ebrill – 20:00yh yn Nhafarn y Cottage


Psychopaths in Literature – Saturday 28th 11:30 Angel Inn

South Wales crime fiction writers GB Williams, John Thompson and John Nicholl in a panel discussion about their most evil characters.

Seicopathiaid mewn Llenyddiaeth, Ffrainc, Sbaen

Bydd awduron nofelau ditectif o Dde Cymru, GB Williams, John Thompson a John Nicholl yn trafod eu cymeriadau mwyaf aflan.

Carol Lovekin: Genre, Ghosts & the Gothic – Saturday 28th April 11:30 Mark Waghorn Designs “Reading Room”

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

Bydd awdur y nofel “Ghostbird” a enillodd glod mawr yn cyflwyno’i llyfr newydd “Snow Sisters” ac yn trafod dulliau, ysbrydion a’r gothig.


Medieval Music. Saturday April 28th – 14:00 Horeb Chapel

You are invited to step back in time to the court of Lord Rhys in 12th century Wales, with readings from authors Luke Waterson and Jean Gill, accompanied by medieval music from Elsa Davies, Ceri Owen Jones and Jason Lawday..

Cerddoriaeth Ganoloesol. Fe’ch gwahoddir i gamu nôl mewn amser i lys yr Arglwydd Rhys yng Nghymru’r 12fed ganrif gyda darlleniadau gan yr awduron Luke Waterson a Jean Gill gyda cherddoriaeth ganoloesol gan Elsa Davies, Ceri Owen Jones ac Jason Lawday.

The Iron Masters of Merthyr- Fact and Fiction. – Saturday April 28th 15:00 Angel Inn

In the 18th Century five men created the biggest industrial city civilisation had ever seen. They were the Iron Masters, masters of metal and men. Author Graham Watkins surprises and entertains with the real stories behind his Welsh historical novel ‘The Iron Masters’.

Mae’r awdur Graham Watkins yn diddori ac yn synnu gyda’r straeon gwir sydd tu ôl i’w nofel hanesyddol ‘The Iron Masters’.


News on the Second Llandeilo Lit Fest April 27 – 29th 2018

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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  coln profile pic




  • 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.

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  • 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


  • 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.



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Some of the authors confirmed for our event 27 – 29th April 2018:
Eddie Butler
Myfanwy Alexander
Judith Barrow
The Rock Hoppers
Spoken Word from Llanelli
Jon Gower
Nicholas McGaughey
Tim Hartley and Alun Wyn
Helen Lewis and Sara Gethin
Nathen Amin and Mari Griffith
Simon Brookes and Adam Price
Fflur Dafydd and Sion Tomos Owen
JK Samuels
Nina Vangerow
Luke Waterstone and Jean Gill,
Gary Raymond
Jeff Towns
Terry Breverton
Colin R. Parssons, John Nichols, John Thompson, Barbara Scott, Cheryl Reese-Price, Gail Williams, Nigel Williams


Llandeilo Christmas Book Fair on Dec 9th – a Mini Lit Fest all over town

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This year’s Christmas Book Fair in Llandeilo is to be held on Dec 9th

Smaller than the April Lit Fest it will capture its spirit, though, with literary events all over town.

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Y cyfle nesaf i gwrdd ag awduron, gwrando arnynt yn darllen a chael copïau o’u llyfrau wedi’u llofnodi bydd ar Ragfyr 9fed

This time the Llandeilo Book Fair will be held in the Shire Hall and in the Horeb Chapel – bringing the authors right into the heart of town.

Y tro hwn cynhelir Ffair Lyfrau Llandeilo yn Neuadd y Sir a Chapel Horeb – dod â’r awduron i galon y dref

Confirmed authors include familiar and new faces:
Mae’r awduron yn cynnwys wynebau cyfarwydd a newydd: Graham Watkins and Wendy White

Kate Glanville, Cheryl Rees-Price, Anne Signol, Alex Martin, James Morgan, Robert Walton, Sam Smith, Colin Parsons, Graham Watkins, Christoph Fischer, Thompson Authors, Judith Arnopp, Angela Fish, David Lewis, Lisa Shambrook, Sarah Jane Butfield, Thorne Moore, William Scott Artus, Judith Barrow, Carol Ann Smith, Jacqueline Jeynes, Jo Hammond, Dafydd Wyn, Nicola Beechsquirrel, Carol Lovekin, JK Samuel, Sally Spedding, Charles Griffin, Kate Murray, Steve Adams, Will MacMillan Jones, Hilary Sheppard
as well as
Parthian Books, Cambria Publishing, Cyfoes and Thunderpoint Publishing.

Yn ogystal â
Llyfrau Parthian Books, Cwmni cyhoeddi Cambria, Cyfoes a Chwmni Cyhoeddi Thunderpoint

There’ll be plenty of readings and events in businesses and locations all over town, making this a mini Lit Fest before Christmas. Due to popular demand we’ll also have another book hunt. book fair

For updates on the programme and the festival locations watch this space.

Bydd digon o ddarlleniadau a digwyddiadau mewn busnesau a lleoliadau ar draws y dref, felly bydd hon yn ŵyl fer cyn Nadolig. O ganlyniad i nifer helaeth o geisiadau a dderbyniwyd, cynhelir helfa lyfrau arall. .

I gael y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am raglen a lleoliadau’r Ŵyl gwyliwch y safle hwn.

Time table of events:

Flying Goose Quilting:
1 Crescent Road, Llandeilo,  SA19 6HL

Workshop with Nina Vangerow: Make your very own (Explorer’s/Adventurer’s) Booklet
Gweithdy. Gwnewch eich llyfr archwiliwr eich hun



1:45 Illustrator William Scott Artus will be holding na illustration talk and draw session
Gweithdy. Sesiwn o sgwrs a thynnu lluniau gyda darlunydd

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11:00 Darllenydd Cymreig annisgwyl


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11:30 Travel writer Jacqueline Jaynes will talk about “Walking the Wye Valley Way” with images about places along the route from the National Library of Wales digital collections from 18th-20th century with well-known artists including Turner and David Cox.
“Cerdded ar hyd Dyffryn Gwy.” Darlith gyda lluniau gan arlunwyr fel Turner a David Cox



Robert Walton will read a selection of poems about music, street life, family and natural creatures with strong feeling, wry humour and sharp observation and some soft acoustic musical accompaniment for one poem on thumb-piano and, naturally, a gentle blues on sax for the title poem.
Cerddi am fiwsig, bywyd stryd a chreaduriaid naturiol, gyda pheth cerddoriaeth



2:15 Carmarthen based author John Thompson will be reading excerpts from Genesis & Nemesis, Vol I & II of the Brindavan Chronicle, and talking about the attraction of the psychological thriller.
Darlleniadau allan o Gronicl Brindavan ynghyd â sgwrs am nofelau cyffrous seicolegol

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12:30 Carol Lovekin’s work examines the relationships between women –  sisters, mothers and daughters – threaded with ghosts, Welsh Gothic and magic. She’ll be reading from her new novel ”Snow Sisters” and answer questions.
Darlleniadau allan o waith sy’n archwilio perthnasau rhwng menywod, gydag awgrym o ysbrydion a dewiniaeth



1:45 Thorne Moore: “Dark tales of Llys y Garn.” Thorne Moore reads from her latest novel, “Shadows,” set in an old Pembrokeshire mansion that harbours sinister memories of long-forgotten dark deeds.
Darlleniadau allan o “Shadows” sydd wedi ei gosod mewn plas yn Sir Benfro sydd ag atgofion sinistr

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12:30 Will MacMillan Jones reads entertaining kitchen stories
Straeon difyr o’r gegin 


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1:00 Wendy White is the award-winning author of ‘Welsh Cakes and Custard’ and ‘Three Cheers for Wales’. Her latest book is ‘St David’s Day is Cancelled!’ She’ll read from all 3 and talk a bit about myself as a child. Suitable for 4 – 10 year olds.
Darlleniadau allan o lyfrau plant gan gynnwys “St.David’s Day is Cancelled”



2:15 Angela Fish Come along and meet Ben, his best friend Jess, and Scoot the dog. Find out about their adventures with Lox, Guardian of the Spider Kingdom. Their first quest is to find the pieces of the Spider Gate which has been broken by the magpies, but they must do this before the leaves fall from the trees. Maybe Ben’s wise gran knows the answers!
Meet Ben. Anturiaethau i blant am Ben a’i ffrindiau yn Nheyrnas y Corynnod

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12:00 Ann Signol reading a story about Norris the Pantomime Horse, Gertie Gobstopper the Pantomime Dame and their adventures travelling through Wales and on the Gwili Railway.
Stori am gymeriadau pantomeim ar reilffordd y Gwili



1:45 Colin R Parsons will reading his short story: Norman’s Christmas Spirit, about Norman Dilbert, a hapless individual, who loves decorating his house for Christmas.There is plenty of festive fun in this story, with a lovely twist at the end, to make for a warm, Christmas treat.
“Norman’s Christmas Spirit”. Stori Nadoligaidd gyda thro cynnes

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12:00 Sam Smith will be reading from his Poetry collection: “Speculations and Changes”
Sam is editor of The Journal (once ‘of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry’) and publisher of Original Plus books.
Casgliad o farddoniaeth



1:00 Sally Spedding: a Reading from “Behold a Pale Horse”
It’s a literary thriller, set mainly in docklands London and Collioure in Roussillon in 1983, with a tragic, historical backstory involving the purge of the Knights Templar in 1307. Clement and Catherine’s new marriage is a sham, and her one, reckless false move will change their lives for ever.
Darlleniadau allan o nofel gyffrous wedi ei gosod ym 1983 a 1307 yn Llundain a Rousillon

2:00 Dafyd Wynn: Winner of the John Tripp award for poetry from his poetry
Cerddi gan enillydd gwobr Farddoniaeth John Tripp

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11:30 Kate Glanville will read from her novel Stargazing
“A warm and touching family drama exploring serious issues like family breakup, domestic abuse and falling for the right person. You can spend a lifetime gazing up at the stars but one day reality will bring you down to earth with a bump!”
Darlleniadau allan o’r ddrama deuluol, deimladwy, “Stargazing”



2:15 Wendy Steele reads an excerpt from her latest, witch-lit novel, The Orphan Witch.
Darlleniadau allan o nofel newydd, “The Orphan Witch”

The Second Llandeilo Lit Fest April 27 – 29 2018

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We’re proud to announce the second
Llandeilo Lit Fest

Cadwch y dyddiad : Ebrill 27ain-29ain 2018

Rydym yn falch i gyhoeddi ail Ŵyl Lên Llandeilo

Yn dilyn digwyddiad agoriadol llwyddiannus rydym yn cadarnhau’r ail Ŵyl yn ein tref hardd.

Bydd yr ŵyl unwaith eto’n cynnwys amrywiaeth o dalent newydd a sefydlog, awduron lleol a chenedlaethol, beirdd a pherfformwyr. Byddwn yn cynnal sgyrsiau panel a darlleniadau yn Gymraeg a Saesneg (bydd cyfieithu ar y pryd i’r rhai nad ydynt yn siarad Cymraeg), gweithdai, teithiau tywysedig, ffair lyfrau, cystadlaethau a helfa lyfrau – rhywbeth yn wir i bawb.

Am y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf dilynwch @LlandeiloLitFest ar trydar, ewch i https://llandeilolitfest.org neu fe’n gwelwch ar  Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/LlandeiloLitFest/

Ebost: LlandeiloLitFest@mail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/llandeilolitfest/

After last year’s successful inaugural event we’re delighted to confirm a second festival in our beautiful town.

The festival will again include a variety of new and established talent, local and national authors, poets and performers. We’ll be holding panel talks and readings in English and Welsh (with translation facilities for non-Welsh speakers), workshops, a book fair, guided walks, competitions and a book hunt – simply something for everyone.

For up-to-date information please follow @LlandeiloLitFest on twitter, visit https://llandeilolitfest.org or find us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/LlandeiloLitFest/

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Llandeilo and Carmarthenshire Book Fairs

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REP08_02-7.gifTowards the end of this year Llandeilo Lit Fest in collaboration with the Carmarthenshire Libraries are organising a series of Book Fairs in Llanelli Library, Ammanford Library, Carmarthenshire Library and one in Llandeilo.

Provisionary dates are:

Carmarthenshire October 21st – Carmarthen Library

Ammanford October 28th – Ammanford Library

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2017 posterLlandeilo – December 9th – Llandeilo Library and/or Shire Hall and Horeb




The Llandeilo Lit Fest will be held April 27 – 29th 2018.

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There will be another Book Fair on Saturday 28th at the Civic Hall.

If you are interested in participating in any of the events please email LLandeiloLitFest@mail.com