Hwyl Llandeilo Litfest

Welsh Books Council

Hwyl Llandeilo Litfest - 23 April 2018

Llandeilo town will host some top talent for the Award winning  Hwyl Llandeilo Litfest,  26-29 April. For the second time the small town will be a platform for writers, poets, artists, comedians and musicians.

Among them will be the writer Owen Sheers, book collector, Jeff Towns, the Western Mail's Martin Shipton and author Mari Griffith.

The events will begin on Thursday, 26th April with a talk in the Library about the radical politician and author, W Llewelyn Williams of Llansadwrn. That evening Dr Seimon Brooks and Adam Price AM will discuss the shortcomings of Welsh nationalism in the Cottage Inn, Pentrefelin.

On Friday night there will be something for everyone, an evening with journalist Eddie Butler, stand-up comedy with Noel James and a book launch by Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales.

Christoph Ffischer, one of the organisers said: "It's great that high profile writers like Owen Sheers and Jon Gower who attend festivals across the world are attending ours. It is also a privilege that the National Poet of Wales has chosen to launch his new bilingual book, Cuddle Call, (it can be read in Welsh or English!) at the Festival".

Taking part in the events will be Tim Hartley football fan and author of two books on Welsh football. There will be an opportunity to hear Graham Watkins talk about the ironmasters of Merthyr; Judith Barrow will be celebrating the struggles of the suffragettes and Fiddlebox will be putting on some klezmer music.

There will be discussions on new Welsh media platforms; readings on climate change and a tribute to the late poet, Anthony Jones from Carmarthen.

The Book Fair is once again located in the Civic Hall on Saturdays and Sundays, childrens' sessions, writing and illustration workshops for all ages will be held at various venues around town. In addition there will be a guided tour and a picture hunt for the children.

The bilingual programme contains established names, such as mother and daughter Menna Elfyn and Fflur Dafydd, art historian, Peter Lord and local author Kate Glanville.

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