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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
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
SAVE THE DATE – CADWCH Y DYDDIAD
Some of the authors confirmed for our event 27 – 29th April 2018:
The Rock Hoppers
Spoken Word from Llanelli
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
Luke Waterstone and Jean Gill,
Colin R. Parssons, John Nichols, John Thompson, Barbara Scott, Cheryl Reese-Price, Gail Williams, Nigel Williams
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.
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:
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.
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
11:00 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
11:00 Darllenydd Cymreig annisgwyl
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
1:00 SAX BURGLAR BLUES – ROBERT WALTON
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
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
12:30 Will MacMillan Jones reads entertaining kitchen stories
Straeon difyr o’r gegin
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
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
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
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”
Save the date: April 27th – 29th 2018
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.
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.
Towards 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
Llanelli – November 4th – Llanelli Library
Llandeilo – December 9th – Llandeilo Library and/or Shire Hall and Horeb
The Llandeilo Lit Fest will be held April 27 – 29th 2018.
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
If you came to Llandeilo Litfest 2017 and you have 2 minutes to fill in this 3 question survey, we’d be delighted and grateful. Diolch! Llandeilo Litfest Feedback
It’s been a fantastic weekend. Attendance and enthusiasm has been wonderful and was more than encouraging for future events.
Wales and Carmarthen have a wealth of talented writers and artists who need a platform to show off their craft. We hope our festival has given them a boost to make sure they are not forgotten in a world with less and less bookshops and more and more anonymous, online warehouses.
We hope we managed to be inclusive by bringing Welsh and English language art into one event and had a little bit to offer for everyone.
Thanks to all the performers and artists, many of whom waived their fees to ensure the festival could come off the grounds.
Thanks to all the business owners in Llandeilo for supporting out event, thanks to the many donors, the enthusiatsic audiences and literature lovers, our sponsors Birdshill, Literature Wales and the Town Council.
Thanks to the committee members for their hard work and the invaluable volunteers, the many individuals who advised us in the planning process, the schools fro supporting us with the competitions, the Tref Llandeilo Town Band and the town itself, who has been so wonderfully supportive.
Too many people to mention individually but be sure that nobody’s forgotten.
Here are a few pictures from the festival.
Diolch yn fawr!
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