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Aled Sam a Myfyrdodau Canol Oed a 100 lle cyn Brexit
Aled Sam yn darllen darnau o’i lyfrau diweddaraf, gyda’i dafod yn sownd yn ei foch wrth gwrs. Cewch tipyn o donic wrth glywed am ei fywyd beunyddiol, troion trwstan a lle I fynd cyn inni orfod llosgi ein pasports coch! Dyma gasgliad o ryfeddodau Ewrop – llefydd, profiadau, blasau hyd yn oed – oll yn deilwng i’w profi cyn bod teithio yn Ewrop yn mynd yn anoddach.
Mae Aled Sam yn wyneb a llais cyfarwydd ers blynyddoedd, yn cyflwyno rhaglenni i Radio Cymru a S4C. Mae’n cyfrannu colofn wythnosol i’r cylchgrawn Golwg.
Sesiwn yn Gymraeg
Aled Sam is a long-time resident of Llandeilo and has broadcasted programmes on Radio Cymru and S4C. This is a reading of his two latest volumes, voicing the humorous trials of a middle age man and shining a light on a 100 European destinations worth visiting before Brexit.
Session in Welsh
Stand-up comedy with Noel James – Friday 21:00 at the Angel Inn
An evening of stand-up comedy with the popular comedy performer and writer from Swansea Valley.
For eight years, Noel has performed comedy throughout the UK. He does it for a living and has performed at all the major clubs and festivals. Glastonbury, Reading, Edinburgh to name but three.
Surreal, bizarre, absurd, intelligent, and yet, somehow strangely attractive. No, seriously he is a very accessible act who generally goes down well anywhere.
“Liberates the lunatic side to our personalities – brilliantly!” – Time Out
“Stands out like a droll giant in a comedy land of trite dwarfs” – The Independent
Noson o gomedi gyda’r awdur a digrifwr poblogaidd o Gwm Tawe.
Ers with mlynedd mae Noel wedi perfformio ar draws y Deyrnas Unedig. Dyma’I fywoliaeth ac mae e’ wedi perfformio ym mhob clwb a gŵyl; Ynys Wydrin, Reading a Chaeredin i enwi dim ond tair.
Swrreal, rhyfedd, gwirion, deallus ac eto yn hynod ddeniadol. Na, o ddifri’ mae’n berfformiwr hawdd myn ato sy’n boblogaidd mewn unrhyw le.
TV Credits worth mentioning include:
Ymddangosiadau ar y teledu:
Packing Them in -Channel 4
The Stand-up Show -BBC
Fflur Dafydd & Siôn Owen Tomos – Writers working for TV Sunday April 28th 15:00 Horeb Chapel
Fflur Dafydd, un o sgriptwragedd mywaf profiadol Cymru a Siôn Tomos Owen, cartwnydd a cyflwynydd yn S4C – Cymraeg
Mae Fflur Dafydd yn awdures brofiadol ac yn un o ddramodwyr teledu mwyaf poblogaidd Cymru. Bu’n gweithio ar Pobl y Cwm cyn ysgrifennu cyfres lwyddiannus Parch, a ffilm y Llyfrgell/Library Suicides. Mae’n fardd ac yn gyfansoddwraig a chantores, mae ei gwaith wedi ei gyfieithu I’r Saesneg. Mae’n ddarlithydd mewn ysgrifenuu creadigol ac wedi ennill nifer o wobrau llenyddol dros y blynyddoedd.
Fflur Dafydd is a poet, award winning novelist, composer, singer and writes TV drama series for S4C. Siôn Tomos Owen is a presenter and cartoonist.
Session in Welsh
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.
Saturday 11am at Eve’s Toy Shop
Na Nel! Reading with Meleri Wyn Jones
Stori i blant
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.
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!
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
Saturday 3pm Mark Waghorn Design “Reading Room”
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 Elfyn
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
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 Quilting
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.
Sunday 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.
If 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.
The 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.
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.
Saturday 15:00 Eve’s Toy Shop
Tudor Wales – Sunday 29th April 12:30 at Fountain Fine Art Gallery
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
Cymru yn oes y Tuduriaid. Sul 29ain Ebrill 12.30. Oriel y Ffynnon
Bydd Nathen Amin, awdur ‘Tudor Wales’ a ‘The house of Beaufort,’ yn trafod oes y Tuduriaid yng Nghymru gyda Mari Griffith, awdur ‘The Root of the Tudor Rose.’
Nathen Amin’s first book Tudor Wales was released in 2014 and was well-received, followed by a second book called York Pubs in 2016. His third book, the first full-length biography of the Beaufort family, The House of Beaufort, was released in 2017 and became an Amazon #1 Bestseller for Wars of the Roses. He is currently working on his fourth book, Pretenders to the Tudor Crown, for release in 2019.
Nathen is also the founder of the Henry Tudor Society and has featured discussing the Tudors on BBC radio and television, as well as in print and online media across the UK. He has a degree in Business and Journalism and now lives in York, where he works as a Technical Writer.
Mari Griffith turned to writing historical fiction in retirement after a working lifetime of producing, promoting and presenting a variety of programmes on the staff of BBC Wales. Her first novel Root of the Tudor Rose became an Amazon best seller and she followed that with The Witch of Eye, the story behind the most sensational treason trial of the 15th century. Both books were featured as a ‘Book of the Month’ by the Welsh Books Council and Mari is currently working on her third book.
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.
“The Boy From Elsewhere” – an afternoon of poetry and reminiscence by Nicholas McGaughey. Sunday April 29th 15:30 Fountain Fine Art Gallery
In the reading Nicholas will read his poetry about his life growing up in Cwmrhydyceirw, 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 fluff 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.
Dydd Sul Ebrill 29ain 15.30 Oriel y Ffynnon
“The Boy From Elsewhere” – prynhawn o farddoniaeth a chofio gyda Nicholas McGaughey.
Bydd Nicholas yn darllen ei farddoniaeth am dyfu lan yng Nghwmrhydyceirw ger Abertawe, am fyw yn y cymoedd ac am rai o’r bobl anghyffredin mae e’n adnabod. Bydd hefyd yn adrodd straeon am ei fywyd fel actor teithiol gyda’r RSC a’r Theatr Genedlaethol Frenhinol pan fu’n cymryd rhan y llais cyntaf mewn cynhyrchiad o “Dan y Wenallt” pan syrthiodd trwy ddrws yn y llawr yng nghanol perfformiad. Cewch glywed hefyd am ffilm “Gladiator” a sut lladdodd e’ Oliver Reed…a oedd eisoes wedi marw! Roedd hefyd yn seren cyfres sebon Pobl y Cwm yn chwarae rhan y twpsyn hoffus Brandon Monk.
Mae’r rhan fwyaf o gerddi Nick yn straeon bychain y mae wedi eu casglu ar hyd y ffordd, darnau o wlân y mae’n eu gweu yn siwmper tyllog…pob amser yn ddoniol…ond nid wastad yn fwriadol.
Ymddangosodd cerddi Nick mewn nifer o gylchgronau a chasgliadau gan gynnwys Poetry Salzburg Review/Popshot Magazine/A New Ulster/Envoi/Poetry News/Dream Catcher/“Dusk” Anthology/The Welsh Poetry Competition Anthology aThe Poetry Shed.
Myfanwy Alexander – Sut ichi yn mynd ati I sgwennu comedi a nofelau digrif?
Sesiwn ddifyr gan un o’r nofelwyr mwyaf doniol sydd yn ysgrifennu yn yr iaith Gymraeg, bydd yn sgwrsio am y grefft o lunio nofel ddigri gyda Heddyr Gregory
Magwyd Myfanwy Alexander yn Sir Drefaldwyn, ac ar ôl byw ym mhob cornel o Brydain dychwelodd i fagu chwech o ferched mewn tŷ to gwellt ger Llanfair Caereinion. Fel sgwennwr a darlledwr mae wedi cyfrannu i sawl rhaglen radio a theledu, gan gynnwys nifer o gyfresi dychan. Enillodd wobr Sony am y gyfres gomedi The LL Files i Radio Wales yn 1999. Hi yw hanner tîm Cymru ar y Round Britain Quiz ar Radio 4. Cyhoeddwyd ei nofel gyntaf, A Oes Heddwas? yn 2015 ac mae’r Arolygydd Daf Dafis wedi bod ar drywydd sawl trosedd a dirgelwch ym mherfeddion y canolbarth oddi ar hynny.
Myfanwy Alexander in conversation with Heddyr Gregory about writing comedy and satire. Do you want to know how to go about writing comedy? This is an opportunity to learn more about the skill with one of Wales best satirical writers
Myfanwy Alexander was raised in Montgomeryshire. After living in every corner of Britain she returned to bring up six girls in a thatched house near Llanfair Caereinion. As an author and broadcaster in English and Welsh she has contributed to several radio and television programmes, including a satirical series. She won a Sony award for The LL Files for Radio Wales’s comedy series in 1999 and she is also a member of the Wales team on the Round Britain Quiz on Radio 4. Her first novel, A Oes Heddwas? was published in 2015 and Inspector Daf Dafis has had a number of crimes to solve since then including one in English, located at the Bloody Eisteddfod !
Heddyr Gregory has worked in broadcasting and is currently Shelter Cymru’s Media Officer. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Cymru’s book review programme Y Silff Lyfrau
Session in WELSH