Lies Damned Lies and History
Time travelling in literature and history – Jasper Fforde and Jodi Taylor with moderator Hazel Cushion (Accent Press)
Saturday April 29th
at the Angel Inn
One of the highlights of the Hwyl Llandeilo Lit Fest is a joint session between Jasper Fforde and Jodi Taylor, with Hazel Cushion from Accent Press as moderator.
Jasper Fforde‘s first novel, The Eyre Affair, was published in 2001. Fforde is mainly known for his Thursday Next novels, although he has written two books in the loosely connected Nursery Crime series and has begun two more independent series, The Last Dragonslayer and Shades of Grey.
Fforde’s books are noted for their profusion of literary allusions and wordplay, tightly scripted plots, and playfulness with the conventions of traditional genres. His works usually contain elements of metafiction, parody, and fantasy.
Thursday Next is a detective who works for Jurisfiction, the policing agency that works inside fiction. The books are set in an odd alternative world, and blends SF, Fantasy, Literature, Horror, and a bit of romance. They are a series of books based upon the notion that what we read in books is just a small part of a larger BookWorld that exists behind the page.
Follow the time-travelling disaster magnets of St Mary’s from the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and from Hastings to the Sack of Constantinople in this, the eighth book in bestselling The Chronicles of St Mary’s.
Jodi Taylor’s first novel Just One Damned Thing After Another was originally self-published and downloaded by more than 60,000 readers on Amazon. It now has over 900 five stars. There are seven books in The Chronicles of St Mary time travel series so far, with the eight novel out in April 2017. Jodi is an Amazon and Audible number 1 bestselling author who also writes as Isabella Barclay. For up to date information, check out her Facebook page:www.facebook.com/AuthorJodiTaylor or her website: www.jodi-taylor.com
Both books are exceptionally funny and intelligent, quirky and hugely entertaining.
Moderator Hazel Cushion:
Hazel Cushion is the founder and Managing Director of award-winning publisher Accent Press She started it in her front bedroom when she was a single mother to 7 year-old triplets. This year Hazel launched the bookshop café Octavo’s in Cardiff Bay. Hazel has won numerous business accolades and been invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen in recognition of her contribution to business in Britain. She is on the board of the Independent Publishers Guild.
Teithio drwy amser a hanes – Jasper Fforde a Jodi Taylor yn cael eu holi gan Hazel Cushion o Gwasg Accent
Dydd Sadwrn, 29ain Ebrill am 7 o’r gloch yn yr Angel
Adnabyddir Jasper Fforde fel awdur cyfres nofelau Thursday Next, mae ei lyfrau yn plethu metaffuglen, paradoi a ffantasi. Jodi Taylor yw awdur cyfres The Chronicles of St Mary sy’n dilyn criw o deithwyr amser ar eu hanturiaethau dros y byd a thrwy cyfnodau hanes. Dechreuodd Hazel Accent Press yn ei hystafell wely ac erbyn hyn mae wedi sefydlu caffi llyfrau Octavio ym Mae Caerdydd ac ennill sawl gwobr busnes.
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.