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Saturday April 29th
at the Fountain Fine Art Gallery
A most prolific writer about Wales and with 30 titles to his credit, Pembrokeshire’s Phil Carradice will be reading from his latest novel for young adults:
Star Gazers (to be released in April)
About the book:
In a Middle-Eastern state, Yaniv plans to follow in his father’s soldiering footsteps – he wants to travel, adventure and respect. So the offer to escort some stargazers on a mysterious journey seems like a great chance. But his first mission isn’t as straightforward as it is expected to be. Along the way Yaniv meets treachery, violence, danger and royalty, as well as a very attractive young girl. What are the stargazers really searching for? And who can he really trust?
Darlleniad gan Phil Carradice o’i nofel ddiweddaraf Star Gazers
Dydd Sadwrn, Ebrill 29ain am 1 o’r gloch yn Oriel y Ffynnon
Mae Phil yn awdur 30 o lyfrau am Gymru, yn ddarlledwr radio profiadaol bydd yn darllen o’i gyfrol diweddaraf i oedolion ifanc. Mae’n gyn-athro ac yn ddarlithydd ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd.
Mae Yanhji yn bwriadu dilyn ei dad i’r fyddin mewn gwladwriaeth yn y dwyrain Canol, wedi’r cyfan mae’r bachgen yn chwilio am barch, antur ac am weld y byd. Mae’n cynnig hebrwng criw o wylwyr sêr ar siwrnau llawn dirgel. Ond am beth mae’r bobl yma yn chwilio? Stori llawn antur a dirgelwch
Saturday April 29th
at Eve’s Toy Shop.
In her Ben and The Spider trilogy Angela has created three tales of how young Ben helps a Spider Wizard, through loyalty, friendship, perseverance and a wonderful Gran.Inspired by Castell Coch, near her home village of Tongwynlais, Angela is a published poet, who after taking early retirement from the University of South Wales, started to experiment with writing for children.
A popular speaker in schools and book fairs, Angela will be reading from Ben and the Spider Lake.
Angela Fish yn darllen Ben and the Spider Lake
Lle: Eve’s Toy Shop, 4 o’r gloch , dydd Sadwrn, Ebrill 29ain
Mae trioleg Ben and The Spider yn olrhain hanes Ben a’r Spider Wizard .
Cafodd Angela eu hysbrydoli gan Gastell Coch, sydd ger ei chartref yn Nhongwynlais. Mae Angela wedi ymddeol o Brifysgol De Cymru ac wedi cyhoeddi barddoniaeth ac yn arbrofi gydag ysgrifennu ar gyfer plant. Mae’n siaradwraig poblogaidd Iawn mewn ffeiri llyfrau.
Oed: 5-9 oed
Eloise will read from “Elen’s Island” (ages 5 – 9) and “Gaslight” (ages 9+).
What would it feel like to have an island of your own to discover and explore?
Elen’s Island is a delightful, magical tale from Saundersfoot author, Eloise Williams, which takes you on a journey of adventure through the eyes of a young girl Elen. A perfect read for children aged 6 and over, Eloise was inspired to create her setting, the island Aberglad, after moving to West Wales.
Eloise worked for 10 years as an actress and had run creative workshops for young people for over fifteen years. You can expect energy, smiles, lots of participation, and to be charmed, enchanted and whisked away…
‘An absolute treat.’ Jamie Owen, BBC newsreader.
Lle: Eve’s Toy Shop, 1 o’r gloch, dydd Sadwrn, 29ain Ebrill
Gallwch chi ddychmygu cael eich ynys personol eich hunan!?
Mae Elen’s Island yn stori hudolus am ferch o’r enw Elen sy’n ein tywys ar daith anturus a hudolus. Llyfr delfrydol ar gyfer plant 6 -9 oed.
Bydd Eloise yn darllen “Elen’s Island” a “Gaslight” (oed 9+)
Bu Eloise yn actio am 10 mlynedd ac yn cynnal gweithdai creadigol ar gyfer plant am 15 mlynedd. Gallwch ddisgwyl egni, gwenu, a thaith llawn hud ac antur .
Have you seen her?
1899. All Nansi knows is that she and her mother were running away from someone, and then she was being fished out of Cardiff docks with no memory of how she got there. Her mother hasn’t been seen since. With nobody else to turn to, she works for Pernicious Sid at the Empire Theatre. She loves it when she gets the chance to perform and dreams of being a star, but Sid also makes her steal, sneaking into rich houses dressed as a maid, telling her the money will pay for a detective to find out who she is. Life is hard but Nansi is a fighter, determined to protect her friend Bee and, most of all, to find her mother.
Everything changes when Constance and Violet join the theatre. At first it looks like Violet might be Nansi’s big break, but it’s Con that holds the real secret. Who can Nansi trust? As she starts to get closer to the truth, she’s soon on the run for her life.
Can she save her mother? Can she save herself?
Eloise Williams’s wild, dark Victorian thriller has a brave, complex heroine who will break your heart and make you cheer. ‘It’s hard to drown when you’re as good at swimming as I am…’
‘Gaslight’ MG Novel coming April 2017 from Firefly Press
‘Elen’s Island’ Highly Commended ‘Tir na n’Og Awards’ 2016
‘Seaglass’ MG Novel Runner-up in Wells Literature Festival Children’s Novel competition 2016
Saturday 29th April
at Eve’s Toy Shop
Tir-na-n-og Award winner Wendy White will read from her new book ‘Saint David’s Day is Cancelled‘, aimed at 7 to 10 year-olds (but she assured us that her talk is suitable for 4 to 104 year-olds!)
She will talk a little about growing up in Llanelli and how she started writing. Her new book is about a group of children who run a class newspaper. Their head teacher, Mrs Right (who’s often Mrs Wrong), has cancelled their St. David’s Day’s celebrations and the children have just one week to save the concert.
Former teacher Wendy White from Llanelli is also the author of Welsh Cakes and Custard and Three Cheers For Wales. Her fun and lighthearted session is for children with accompanying adults.
Interactive and lively, and with our heroes Betsi and Emyr, here’s a chance to celebrate and delight in the quirks of growing up in West Wales.
Lle: Eve’s Toy Shop, 3 o’r gloch , dydd Sadwrn, Ebrill 29ain
Magwyd Wendy White yn Llanelli ac astudiodd ym Mhrifysgol Dewi Sant Llanbed. Gweithiodd fel cynorthwydd llyfrgell cyn hyfforddi fel athrawes cynradd. Enillodd ei chyfrol Welsh Cakes and Custard,wobr Tir na-N’og yn 2014, ac mae wedi ysgrifennu 2 lyfr arall i blant, Three Cheers for Wales a Saint David’s Day is Cancelled. Bydd yn cyhoeddi ei nofel gyntaf ar gyfer oedolion, Not Thomas, ym mis Mehefin o dan yr enw Sara Gethin.
at the Horeb Chapel, Cawdor Inn
Meet charismatic Siôn and enjoy a reading from his work.
‘Good, honest, mean-minded, violent, foul-mouthed stuff’
(Martin Rowson) .
Cawl is Siôn Tomos Owen’s debut full-length collection. Consisting of short stories, poems, essays and cartoons and comics, Cawl is an anthology of one multi-prize winning, funny, angry young man’s creative endeavours and social and political frustrations, by the presenter and cartoonist of S4C’s documentary series Pobl Y Rhondda.
Multi talented Siôn has appeared at the Hay and Laugharne Festivals, BBC Radio 5 Live Poetry Slam and his work been published in several magazines. The publication of Cawl was successfully crowdfunded by publishers Parthian Books with Sion.
‘Siôn Tomos Owen is a down ‘n’ dirty Welsh Robert Crumb, as exhilarating and slightly terrifying as a Saturday night in the rougher parts of Swansea’ ( Martin Rowson, Guardian cartoonist)
Sion Tomos Owen yn darllen ei waith difyr am gymeriadau Cwm Rhondda, Cawl
Dydd Sadwrn 29 Ebrill am 4 o’r gloch yng nghapel Horeb, y Cawdor
Dewch i gwrdd â Siôn y cartwnydd a’r cyflwynydd carismataidd sydd wedi ein cyflwyno i gymeriadau y Rhondda yn ei gyfres gwych am y cwm ar S4C. Bydd yn darllen ei gasgliad cyntaf o straeon byrion, cerddi, traethodau a chartwnau.
Mae yr aml-dalentog Siôn wedi ymddangos ynn Ngŵyl y Gelli, Gŵyl Talacharn ac ar Slam Barddoniaeth Byw BBC Radio 5 ac wedi cyhoeddi mewn nifer o gylchgronau. Llwyddodd I gyhoeddi y gyfrol drwy gymorth crowdfunding a Parthian Books.
Friday April 28th
at the Angel Inn
2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, and inspires David’s session on Five Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn’t Know About The Spanish Civil War.
He’ll discuss the Welsh involvement in the war; how the Spanish Civil War is still important; how it’s been portrayed in popular literature; and some of the stranger than fiction facts that inspire him to keep writing novels on the subject…
Wrexham based David Ebsworth has written six historical novels since 2009, when he retired as negotiator and regional secretary for the Transport & General Workers Union. Until the Curtain Falls is his latest political thriller, set in the final months of the Spanish Civil War and a sequel to his 2013 best seller in similar setting.
Lle: Yr Angel, 6 o’r gloch, dydd Gwener, 28ain Ebrill
Mae 2017 yn nodi 80ain ers Rhyfel Cartref Sbaen, pwnc sydd wedi ysbrydoli yr awdur David Ebsworth am flynyddoedd ac sy’n sail y sesiwn: Five Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn’t Know About The Spanish Civil War
Daw David o Wrecsam ac ers 2009 ysgrifenodd 6 nofel hanesyddol. Mae ei gyfrol diweddara Until the Curtain Falls wedi ei leoli yn Sbaen yn ystod misoedd olaf y Rhyfel Cartref ac yn ddilyniant i nofel ysgrifennodd yn 2013.
Bydd David yn trafod hanes rhai o’r unigolion o Gymru aeth i frwydro yn y rhyfel, sut y portreir y rhyfel mewn llenyddiaeth, a pham bod y cyfnod chwyldroadol hwn wedi ei ysbrydoli I lenydda.
Friday April 28th
at the Horeb Chapel, Cawdor Hotel
What were Sherlock Holmes and his creator Arthur Conan Doyle really like? How do your ideas about this cherished character match up with extensive research?
The Game’s Afoot is an enthralling dramatized encounter between them both, described as a ‘tour de force’ (Books by the Beach festival director).
David Stuart Davies is a top expert on Sherlock Holmes with 11 books and two plays based on the character to his credit. Since 1999, he’s also edited the Crime Writers Association monthly publication, Red Herrings.
A gripping hour, promising entertainment and surprise.
Lle: Capel Horeb, 7.30, dydd Gwener, 28ain Ebrill
Pa fath o gynmeriadau oedd Sherlock Holmes a’i grewr, Arthur Conan Doyle?
Mae’r llyfr The Game’s Afoot yn son am gyfarfyddiad dychmygol rhwng y ddau ddyn. Cafodd y llyfr ei disgrifio fel campwaith.
Mae David Stuart Davies yn arbenigwr ar Sherlock Holmes ac wedi ysgrifennu 11 llyfr a dramau am fywyd y ditectif enwog. Cewch awr llawn adloniant sy’n dilyn helyntion y ddau arwr.
Sherlock Holmes & The Ripper Legacy
Reviewed in the Sherlock Holmes Journal
This novel is one of David Stuart Davies’ best, intriguing and engaging from start to finish. I was a little afraid that this might be another Jack the Ripper meets Sherlock Holmes tale, but it’s actually something very different.
The plot revolves around the kidnapping of an eight-year-old boy, whose family engage the Great Detective to investigate. Holmes and Watson are drawn into a shadowy world of secrecies and conspiracies and face a race against time to unravel the overlapping strands of the case. Davies’ writing is first rate and the structure of the book works well – short, punchy chapters, easily devoured, leading you to want to read more…and more. At times it is almost cinematic in feel and would work well as a television or film adaptation. Including bits of narrative from the perspective of different characters, alongside Dr Watson, added a fresh dimension. In short, a good story told with great skill and affection.