Line-up 2012

 

2012 Dinefwr Literature Festival Programme

 
 See below for biographies of all Dinefwr Literature Festival 2012 performers:

Literature

A Gymri di Gymru

Show from local actors Llio Silyn and Rhian Morgan ... read more

Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry ... read more

Alex Clark

Alex Clark Alex Clark will chair the panel event with one of the founders of Unbound, and some of the authors who’ve published with them. She will also be in conversation with Laura Bates, founder of  Everyday Sexism Project, and with Shaun Usher, the curator of Letters of Note. Alex Clark is a critic, journalist […] ... read more

Alhaji Sheku Kamara

New Welsh World Poetry 30 writers originally from 25 countries feature in a new book showcasing global voices in Wales now: Are You Happy With That? (Hafan Books). Some of the contributors to the collection will be at Dinefwr. Among them are: Amani Omer Bakhiet Elawad, Soleïman Adel Guémar, and Alhaji Kamara. Amani Bakhiet (from Sudan) crafts […] ... read more

Alun Cob

Sorry, this entry is only available in Cymraeg. ... read more

Amani Omer Bakhiet Elawad

New Welsh World Poetry 30 writers originally from 25 countries feature in a new book showcasing global voices in Wales now: Are You Happy With That? (Hafan Books). Some of the contributors to the collection will be at Dinefwr. Among them are: Amani Omer Bakhiet Elawad, Adel Guémar, and Alhaji Kamara. Amani Bakhiet (from Sudan) […] ... read more

Andrew Lycett

The biographer of Dylan Thomas in conversation with Thomas’ grandaughter ... read more

Andrew Motion

Renowned poet visits Dinefwr ... read more

Aneirin Karadog

A native of Pontypridd ... read more

Aneirin Karadog

Aneirin Karadog is the Children’s Poet Laureate for Wales 2013 – 2015, and you can also see Aneirin on S4C as he presents the programmes Heno and Sam ar y Sgrîn. He was also a member of the band Genod Droog, and the hip-hop band Y Diwygiad. Aneirin won the chair at the 2015 Urdd […] ... read more

Angharad Penrhyn Jones

Here We Stand Presenter Beti George will interview Angharad Penrhyn Jones, a campaigner and commentator on environmental and social justice issues and the co-editor of Honno’s new anthology about women campaigners, Here We Stand. They will be joined by Angharad Tomos, one of the anthology’s contributors and a prominent language activist, and a former chair […] ... read more

Angharad Tomos

Taith i Wlad y Rwla Why is Dewin Dwl so silly, and is the Dewin Doeth that wise after all? And what is Ceridwen’s favourite book? Come to meet Angharad Tomos, the creator of Gwlad y Rwla, the popular Welsh series of books for children, to get answers for all your questions. Mair Tomos Ifans will […] ... read more

Archie Miles

Herefordshire author Archie Miles comes to Dinefwr ... read more

Atinuke

Atinuke is a Nigerian storyteller ... read more

Attila The Stockbroker

Attila The Stockbroker “Whether he’s ranting a poem or bashing out a song, there is something magnificent about Attila in full flight” – Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 4 High energy performance poet and songwriter Attila the Stockbroker did his first gig at Bush Fair Playbarn in Harlow on 8 Sept 1980 supporting The De-Fex, The […] ... read more

Ben Dant (Cyw)

Ben Dant Ahoy! Come over to play games and have loads of fun with one of Cyw most popular characters, the brave pirate, Ben Dant. In partnership with S4C.   Performing on Saturday. ... read more

Bethan Gwanas

Workshops for Welsh Learners One of Wales’ most popular authors, and Welsh tutor Bethan Gwanas will run two workshops for Welsh learners at the festival. The first will be aimed at foundation and intermediate level learners, and the second will be suitable for advanced learners, and fluent Welsh speakers. Bethan will read extracts from her work, […] ... read more

Beti George

Here We Stand Presenter Beti George will interview Angharad Penrhyn Jones, a campaigner and commentator on environmental and social justice issues and the co-editor of Honno’s new anthology about women campaigners, Here We Stand. They will be joined by Angharad Tomos, one of the anthology’s contributors and a prominent language activist, and a former chair […] ... read more

Brautigan Book Club

The Brautigan Book Club isn’t a normal book club ... read more

Bridget Christie

Bridget Christie:  A Bic For Her Why does BiC think women need special biros to write with?  Who decided Thatcher and Beyonce were feminist icons?  What did Sir Stirling Moss say about women’s brains? How does Bridget break the law? And why hasn’t she been nicked yet? This year Bridget has written and starred in her […] ... read more

Bx3

A humorous brand new poetry show for kids. ... read more

Byron Rogers

Sunday School Presents: In Conversation with Byron Rogers Sunday School is delighted to welcome this rare and uniquely talented writer in conversation with the author Dan Tyte about his life in exile as a Carmarthen born, Oxford educated, and London trained journalist and his outstanding body of work including The Bank Manager and the Holy Grail, The […] ... read more

Byron Vincent

From surreal punk rock disquisition about the socialist inclinations of the Smurfs ... read more

Carly Holmes

New writers from University of Wales Trinity Saint DavidThe Creative Writing Centre of University of Wales Trinity Saint David has produced many writers, some of whom have gone on to achieve successful writing careers. Three of the latest succesful writers, Carly Holmes, David Hughes, Ros Hudis will give a taste of their work, and talk […] ... read more

Catherine Fisher

Poet and children’s novelist Catherine was born in Newport ... read more

Caught By The River

Caught By The River ... read more

Celia Pacquola

Multi award-winning Australian comedian ... read more

Cenwyn Edwards

Cenwyn EdwardsCenwyn is a media consultant who has held several senior positions in ITV Wales, including Controller of Factual Programmes and Head of Current Affairs. He started his career as a news reporter and political journalist and after over 20 years at ITV, he moved to S4C. More recently, he was Director of Television at […] ... read more

Ceri Wyn Jones

Children’s Poet for Wales 2003-04 ... read more

Claire Keegan

Critically acclaimed writer comes to Dinefwr ... read more

Clare Ferguson-Walker

Clare Ferguson-Walker Born in Carmarthen and brought up in West Wales, Clare won her first international poetry competition at the age of 19. Since then her career has encompassed fine art sculpture, singing, page and performance poetry as well as stand up comedy. Clare writes about life’s issues, skillfully cutting to the heart of universal human […] ... read more

Clare Potter

Clare Potter is a writer, (performance) poet and teacher ... read more

Clare Scott

Workshop: Spirit of Place Dinefwr Park is a site that is rich in history and there are plenty of intriguing tales to be told.  Newton House has a reputation for being one of the most haunted houses in Britain.  There is a contrast between the glorious pastoral landscape that enhances well-being and the tensions of battles […] ... read more

Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones was born in 1975 near Aberaeron, Wales where he now lives and works. Cynan Jones’ debut novel The Long Dry (Parthian, 2006) won a Betty Trask Award and has been translated into a number of languages. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines including Granta and New Welsh Review and his short story, The Dig, was shortlisted for […] ... read more

Dal dy Dafod

A popular Welsh music and poetry show. ... read more

Damian Walford Davies

The Poets Graves: Mererid Hopwood, Damian Walford Davies and Paul WhiteJoin the three author of Poets’ Graves (Gomer 2014), a striking creative record of literary graves in Wales. The book contains atmospheric photographs of 68 gravesites by the photographer Paul White who works in black-and-white using a Japanese wooden field camera & traditional photographic methods. […] ... read more

Dan Anthony

Steve and the Sabretooth Tiger: Dan Anthony and Huw Aaron It’s the summer holidays, but for nine-year-old Steve life in his home town is full of hidden menace. Steve finds himself an unlikely hero on an impossible mission to outwit flesh-eaters and sabretooth tigers – and save the human race!Join Dan Anthony, the author of Steve’s […] ... read more

Dan Kieran

Unbound: Crowd-fund your Book Unbound is the crowd-funding publishers. Pitch an idea, persuade people to donate, and when  an author reaches their financial target – the book gets published. Journalist Alex Clark will discuss the publishing revolution with Dan Kieran, the co-founder and CEO of crowd-funding publishing platform Unbound, Shaun Usher who published his  imensly […] ... read more

Daniel Glyn

The comic radio presenter ... read more

Daniel Glyn

12 Steps to Becoming a HeroMischievous brothers Dan and Math Glyn will look at popular films and books, such as Finding Nemo, Star Wars, and the Wizard of Oz looking at the twelve steps every story has in common, from leaving home to returning with the prize. Dan will also perform some stand-up poetry suitable […] ... read more

Daniel Kitson

Lucinda Ding and the Monstrous Thing - Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn Daniel Kitson (Comedian, Loves Snorkeling) and Gavin Osborn (Musician, Owns Wellies) are powerful agents of art in their own right but when combined the pair become an unstoppable, mind blowing juggernaut of melancholy narrative,  breathless songwriting and a whimsical, heartsmashing glory that will leave […] ... read more

Daniel Morden

Daniel Morden Presents Dark Tales From The Woods Daniel Morden tells stories from his award-winning collection. In the 1920s a Liverpudlian philologist recorded the stories told by a Roma community in Denbighshire. The Wood family told wild fairy tales, filled with drama and danger, in which horses spoke, horns grew from princesses heads overnight and murderers […] ... read more

David and Helen Orme

David and Helen Orme are coming to Dinefwr ... read more

David Crystal

World-renowned linguistics expert David Crystal is coming to Dinefwr ... read more

David Owain Hughes

New writers from University of Wales Trinity Saint David The Creative Writing Centre of University of Wales Trinity Saint David has produced many writers, some of whom have gone on to achieve successful writing careers. Three of the latest succesful writers, Carly Holmes, David Hughes, Ros Hudis will give a taste of their work, and […] ... read more

David R Edwards

Huw Stephens presents: Lyricism with David R Edwards, Geraint Jarman, Sweet Baboo and Steven Camden The BBC Radio 1 and Radio Cymru presenter, Huw Stephens, will join us at the Dinefwr Literature Festival on the Friday evening to present his personally curated show, Lyricism. Featuring musicians and poets discussing their lyrics, influences and inspirations plus some very special live performances, Lyricism is […] ... read more

David Rees Davies

Acclaimed artist David Rees Davies ... read more

David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse David Whitehouse was born in 1981. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian Guide, Sunday Times Style, the Independent, Esquire, Wonderland, Man About Town, Time Out, the Observer Magazine and ShortList, and has won awards from The Times and the Evening Standard. His first short film, ‘The Archivist’, produced by Warp Films and […] ... read more

Deborah Kay Davies

Deborah Kay Davies was born and grew up in the Eastern Valley ... read more

Deborah Kay Davies

Deborah Kay Davies was born in South Wales and now lives in Cardiff. She has taught Creative Writing at Cardiff University and the University of Glamorgan. Her first collection of stories, Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful (Parthian, 2008) won the 2009 Wales Book of the Year Award. After her first novel, True Things About Me (Canongate Books, […] ... read more

Dewi Prysor

Trawsfynydd native comes to Dinefwr ... read more

Dylans Mobile Bookstore

Dylans Mobile Bookstore promises to feed your need to read. ... read more

Ed Holden

Welsh beat-boxer, rapper and producer Ed Holden aka Mr Phormula ... read more

Eirlys Bellin

Welsh Comedy Showcase Join Welsh language stand-up comedians Daniel Glyn, the curator of Machynlleth Comedy Festival; S4C favourite Eirlys Bellin and comedy veteran Noel James, who’s performed all over the UK, including at Glastonbury, Reading and Edinburgh festivals. Eirlys Bellin Eirlys Bellin is an actor and comedian from Cowbridge near Cardiff. She’s a familiar face […] ... read more

Elen Caldecott

Elen is the award-winning author of numerous children books ... read more

Elis James

Elis James Elis is one of the bright young things of Welsh comedy, a rising star who has supported Rhod Gilbert, Rob Brydon and Stephen Merchant on tour and performed to both critical and popular acclaim at Edinburgh and at Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney Comedy Festivals over the last 4 years. Recently Elis has […] ... read more

Eric Jones

Eric Jones Mountaineer, climber and adventurer Eric Jones is 77 years old. He started parachuting in 1961 and has been to Europe, America, Australia, Africa and the North Pole. He started climbing solo in 1962, and has conquered the north face of the Eiger, the Matterhorn and many other European summits since. His various adventures […] ... read more

Eurig Salisbury

The Welsh Children’s Poet ... read more

Gareth Potter

Actor, musician, DJ ... read more

Gavin Osborn

Lucinda Ding and the Monstrous Thing - Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn Daniel Kitson (Comedian, Loves Snorkeling) and Gavin Osborn (Musician, Owns Wellies) are powerful agents of art in their own right but when combined the pair become an unstoppable, mind blowing juggernaut of melancholy narrative,  breathless songwriting and a whimsical, heartsmashing glory that will leave […] ... read more

Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Cloudspotting For BeginnersGavin Pretor-Pinney will take you on an illustrated tour of the sky that will educate, entertain and enthral. He will show you how to distinguish the different cloud formations, from the common Cumulus to the rare and fleeting Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud. He will argue that, far from being things to complain about, clouds are the most […] ... read more

Geraint Jarman

Huw Stephens presents: Lyricism with David R Edwards, Geraint Jarman, Sweet Baboo and Steven Camden The BBC Radio 1 and Radio Cymru presenter, Huw Stephens, will join us at the Dinefwr Literature Festival on the Friday evening to present his personally curated show, Lyricism. Featuring musicians and poets discussing their lyrics, influences and inspirations plus some very special live performances, Lyricism is […] ... read more

Geraint Lewis

The Short Story Jon Gower and Geraint Lewis, two respected and prolific authors who love short stories, will share their experiences. Both will discuss the magic and difficulties using the genre by referring to certain examples from their recent published works Breision (Gomer, 2013) and Brodyr a Chwiorydd (Y Lolfa, 2013). Both books vastly contrast […] ... read more

Gerald Morgan

Dinefwr: a Phoenix in the Welsh LandscapeGerald Morgan will be introducing his new book, published by Gomer Press, Dinefwr: a Phoenix in the Welsh Landscape. This is the first full-scale history of Dinefwr through the centuries: its castle, mansion and estate, and of the Princes of Deheubarth and of the Rice family who took their […] ... read more

Gillian Clarke

The Welsh National Poet will be at Dinefwr. ... read more

Gillian Clarke

Gillian Clarke is the National Poet of Wales since 2008 and President of Tŷ Newydd, the writers´ centre in North Wales which she co-founded in 1990. In 2010 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and was the first woman to win the Wilfred Owen Award in 2012. She’s published thirteen books for […] ... read more

Gillian Slovo

South African born Gillian Slovo is the author of twelve novels ... read more

Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys Presents American Interior Photograph: Ryan Owen Eddleston and Dylan Goch Performing on Sunday. The festival is overwhelmingly excited to welcome the king of Welsh music projects, Gruff Rhys, back to Dinefwr this year. Gruff will be presenting his latest delightful project: American Interior. It is a unique project that firmly establishes Gruff Rhys as a […] ... read more

Gwilym Hughes

Gwilym Hughes Join Gwilym on the walk and talk around Dinefwr Castle, find out about its history and experience the spectacular views of the Tywi Valley for yourself. Gwilym Hughes is Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Assistant Director at Cadw since 2007. He is Head of the Historic Environment Branch and Head of the […] ... read more

Hannah Ellis

President of the Dylan Thomas Society, and Dylan Thomas’ grandaughter ... read more

Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore is an acclaimed bestselling author, poet, children’s novelist and short-story writer living in Bristol.   Her novel A Spell of Winter won her the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction. Other awards and prizes she has won include the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award, the Cardiff International Poetry Prize and the Signal Award. She is […] ... read more

Hollie McNish

Hollie McNishHollie McNish is a UK poet who straddles the boundaries between the literary, poetic and pop scenes. She has garnered titles like “chick of the week” (MTV), “internet sensation” (Best Daily)” , “really, really amazing” (Davina McCall) and poet Benjamin Zephaniah stated “I can’t take my ears off her”. Her latest poem ‘Embarassed’ was […] ... read more

Horatio Clare

Variously an author, journalist, teacher and radio presenter, Horatio Clare ... read more

Howard Marks

Call him Mr Nice.. ... read more

Hunga Munga

The creative collective presents ‘The New Scavengers’ ... read more

Huw Aaron

His cartoons regularly tickle the pages of Private Eye, Reader’s Digest and The Oldie, among other magazines. ... read more

Huw Stephens

Huw Stephens is a DJ, broadcaster, writer and promoter. He currently broadcasts shows on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Cymru. He joined BBC Radio 1 at 17, becoming the youngest ever Radio 1 dj. He broadcasts to millions every week on his day and night time shows, where he champions new music of all […] ... read more

Iain Sinclair

Multitalented author from Wales ... read more

Ifor Thomas

Ifor has performed his poetry all over the UK at venues as diverse as the Hay Literary Festival ... read more

In Chapters

In Chapters is a regular music and literary revue based in Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre ... read more

Jackie Morris

Illustrator ... read more

Jacob Sam-La Rose

Jacob Sam-La Rose Jacob Sam-La Rose’s poetry has been characterised as vivid, masterly and carefully structured. He is widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets, and as an advocate for the positive impact of new technology on literary and artistic practice and collaboration. He lives in London. Jacob […] ... read more

Jam Bones

Spoken word enterprise based in Cardiff ... read more

James Acaster

James took his first full solo show ... read more

James Attlee

James Attlee is a non-fiction author ... read more

James Endeacott

James Endeacott The first record James Endeacott bought with his own money was Space Oddity by David Bowie when he was 10, and he’s been working in and with music ever since. In his early 20′s he joined a band called Loop. He then went on to work for Rough Trade Records in the early 1990′s, […] ... read more

Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde will be in Dinefwr ... read more

Jasper Rees

Journalist, author and Welsh learner extraordinaire. ... read more

Jeni Williams

New Welsh World Poetry 30 writers originally from 25 countries feature in a new book showcasing global voices in Wales now: Are You Happy With That? (Hafan Books). Some of the contributors to the collection will be at Dinefwr. Among them are: Amani Omer Bakhiet Elawad, Soleïman Adel Guémar, and Alhaji Kamara. Amani Bakhiet (from Sudan) crafts […] ... read more

Jenny Sullivan

Jenny Sullivan will be in Dinefwr ... read more

Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy Jeremy Hardy has been a stand-up comic since 1984 and will be one until he dies or wins the lottery. Best known for his work on Radio 4, notably on News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation.  He has also done various bits of television, […] ... read more

Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong used to work in a bakery putting the jam in doughnuts ... read more

Jez Alborough

Much-loved children’s author and illustrator to read for us ... read more

Joe Dunthorne

Joe Dunthorne is coming to Dinefwr ... read more

John Davies

Renowned historian visits Dinefwr ... read more

John Goodby

‘I, in my intricate image’: reading and re-reading Dylan ThomasDylan Thomas was one of the greatest poets of the mid-twentieth century. But his academic and critical reputation, unlike his popular one, has been in the doldrums for the last forty years. Just why has such an exciting writer been under a critical cloud for so […] ... read more

John Harrison

Fiction and travel writer John Harrison ... read more

John Hegley

One of the funniest men alive ... read more

John Osborne

John Osborne is the author of Radio Head and The Newsagent’s Window, both published by Simon&Schuster. ... read more

Josie Long

“Truly compelling… absolutely hilarious” ... read more

Kat Banyard

Kat Banyard interviews Charlotte Church Kat Banyard will be in conversation with Welsh singer, Charlotte Church on Saturday. Kat Banyard Kat Banyard is author of The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Women and Men Today. In 2014 her book was dramatised in the play Blurred Lines, premiering at the National Theatre. Kat is also founder […] ... read more

Ken Murphy

Ken Murphy Ken’s talk on Dinefwr will concentrate on the hidden landscape. This will include an account of the discovery and excavation of two Roman forts, the investigation of not one but two ‘lost’ medieval towns, and the examination of the 17th and 18th century formal gardens at Dinefwr. Ken Murphy is the Director of […] ... read more

Kristina Stephenson

Kristina Stephenson’s Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Wizard’s Whisper Join bestselling author/illustrator Kristina Stephenson for a wonderful hour of interactive musical storytelling based on her latest book Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Wizard’s Whisper, complete with hilarious songs and silly sound effects. In his latest adventure we follow Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in […] ... read more

Laura Bates

Laura BatesLaura Bates studied English at Cambridge University and went on to be a freelance journalist. She has written for the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, Red Magazine and Grazia among others. She is also contributor at Women Under Siege, a New-York based organisation working to combat the use of sexual violence as a […] ... read more

Llio Silyn

Dynes a Hanner  A show about some of Wales’ most interesting and colourful heroines including Jemeima Niclas, Gwenllian, Melangell and Marged Fwyn Ferch Ifan from two local actresses Rhian Morgan and Llio Silyn.  Welsh language event.  Performing on Friday.     Llio Silyn Originally from Penrhyndeudraeth in Meirionnydd, Llio graduated with a degree in drama in 1982 from Aberystwyth […] ... read more

Lloyd Jones

Mr Lloyd Jones ... read more

Lucy Caldwell

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981 ... read more

Lucy Christopher

Lucy Christopher grew up in Australia but now lives in Wales ... read more

Luke Wright

4Talent award winner Luke Wright is coming to Dinefwr. ... read more

Mair Tomos Ifans

Taith i Wlad y Rwla Why is Dewin Dwl so silly, and is the Dewin Doeth that wise after all? And what is Ceridwen’s favourite book? Come to meet Angharad Tomos, the creator of Gwlad y Rwla, the popular Welsh series of books for children, to get answers for all your questions. Mair Tomos Ifans will […] ... read more

Mari George

Yn nyfroedd Aberhafren Hot off the press, this session will see the launch of brand new poetry volumes by Mari George and Rhys Iorwerth. They’ll be joined by colleagues from the Aberhafren team of poets – current champions of the BBC Talwrn y Beirdd radio series. Providing some much-needed wisdom will be nemesis Myrddin ap […] ... read more

Mark Blayney

Performance poet ... read more

Mark Blayney

Be your own life coach – with ABBA Sven is a man with a guitar and a dream. Once, he was the fifth member of ABBA – until their manager decided that SABBA was not a good name for the band, and dropped him into a life of obscurity. Many years later, racked with guilt […] ... read more

Matt Sewell

From the collective Caught By The River ... read more

Matthew Glyn

Matthew Glyn Matthew Glyn writes scripts, dramas and books for children. He is also a film reviewer for Radio Cymru, S4C and BBC Wales. Matthew has also delivered workshops for FilmCLUB Cymru and the PICS Film Festival about the literacy of film. Performing on Sunday.  ... read more

Menna Elfyn

Murmur – Translating the Poems of Menna Elfyn Menna Elfyn has published thirteen collections of poetry, and her latest, Murmur (Bloodaxe Books) was one of the Poetry Book Society’s Recommended Translations. Murmur was selected from many different translations, from several different languages, and this is the first time a collection of translated Welsh poems has received […] ... read more

Mererid Hopwood

Mererid was born in Cardiff, and received her education in Bryntaf and Llanhari school ... read more

Mererid Hopwood

The Poets Graves: Mererid Hopwood, Damian Walford Davies and Paul WhiteJoin the three author of Poets’ Graves (Gomer 2014), a striking creative record of literary graves in Wales. The book contains atmospheric photographs of 68 gravesites by the photographer Paul White who works in black-and-white using a Japanese wooden field camera & traditional photographic methods. […] ... read more

Mike Parker

The Map Addict himself ... read more

Mike Wozniak

Mike Wozniak - Take The Hit Mike’s wife’s parents have moved in. Permanently. Not so much a show as a person getting out of the house. But fear not, Wozniak has more show business in his moustache than he does in his little finger. Where do you keep yours? Let’s find out if we get around […] ... read more

Molly Naylor

Molly Naylor is a writer, performer, poet ... read more

Myrddin ap Dafydd

A Summer Sunshine War  Poetry, stories and songs about the Great War, including family history from Myrddin ap Dafydd and Twm Morys. Welsh language event. Myrddin ap Dafydd Poet and publisher originally from the Conwy Valley living in the Llŷn Peninsula. He’s won two National Eisteddfod chairs, and has published several volumes of poetry, the […] ... read more

Nat Segnit

Nat Segnit was born in London and educated at Lincoln College, Oxford ... read more

Nathan Filer

Nathan Filer  Nathan Filer is a writer and lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. His novel The Shock of the Fall won the 2013 Costa Book of the Year. It has been sold in eighteen countries, including Israel from where he was once deported for reasons of national security. His poems have featured on BBC radio […] ... read more

Neil Ansell

One of the Caught by the River collective performers ... read more

Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies trained as a zoologist and studied geese, whales and bats in the wild before becoming an author and TV presenter on shows such as The Really Wild Show. She is the author of more than 35 books for children, both fiction and non fiction, all about animals and human relationships with the natural […] ... read more

Noel James

Welsh Comedy Showcase Join Welsh language stand-up comedians Daniel Glyn, the curator of Machynlleth Comedy Festival; S4C favourite Eirlys Bellin and comedy veteran Noel James, who’s performed all over the UK, including at Glastonbury, Reading and Edinburgh festivals. Noel James Noel has been performing comedy across the UK for forty years. He’s performed at the […] ... read more

Open University

We’re happy to be working in partnership with the Open University to bring you two workshops on the Friday night. ... read more

Owain Llŷr

Editor, author, photographer ... read more

Owen Sheers

Rhian Edwards and Owen Sheers Two of Wales’ most prominent poets share a stage.Rhian Edwards won the 2011 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, and won the 2013 Wales Book of the Year with her debut poetry collection, Clueless Dogs. Owen Sheers was the Artist in Residence for the Welsh Rugby Union in 2012. In […] ... read more

Pascale Petit

Pascale Petit’s latest collection is What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo ... read more

Paul Henry

Paul Henry, one of Wales’s leading poets, is coming to Dinefwr ... read more

Peter Finch

Peter Finch is a poet, psychogeographer and literary entrepreneur ... read more

Phil Carradice

Phil Carradice is a novelist, poet and story writer ... read more

Philip Ardagh

Philip ‘Beardy’ Ardagh is the award-winning author of the Eddie Dickens adventures ... read more

Philip Gross

Born in 1952 in Delabole, Cornwall, Philip ... read more

POETica

POETica present 60 mins of advanced level lyrical artistry ... read more

Randall Maggs

Randall Maggs  Poet Randall Maggs lives on the west coast of Newfoundland. His poetry has appeared in numerous reviews and anthologies, and his most recent collection, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems (Brick) was launched in 2008. In 2009, Night Work won the Winterset Award and E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize, and in 2010, the Kobzar Literary […] ... read more

Ray Woods

Ray Woods is a botanist with a particular interest in lower plants ... read more

Rhian Edwards

Rhian Edwards is a poet and musician and has delivered over 400 stage, radio and festival performances world-wide. She lives in South Wales with her husband Blake, their daughter Megan and their dog Lola. Renowned for bridging the gap between page and performance poetry, Rhian won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry for 2011-2012, winning both […] ... read more

Rhian Morgan

Dynes a Hanner  A show about some of Wales’ most interesting and colourful heroines including Jemeima Niclas, Gwenllian, Melangell and Marged Fwyn Ferch Ifan from two local actresses Rhian Morgan and Llio Silyn.  Welsh language event.       Rhian Morgan From Cwmtawe originally, Rhian studied drama at Aberystwyth University where she came under the inspiring influence of […] ... read more

Rhys Iorwerth

Caernarfon’s young Chaired poet ... read more

Rhys Iorwerth

 Rhys Iorwerth It’s been a busy two years for Rhys Iorwerth - winner of the Chair at the 2011 National Eisteddfod – since he appeared at Dinefwr in 2012. As well as leaving his twenties behind, the poet from Caernarfon has continued to organise the popular Bradgy’r Beirdd poetic nights in west Cardiff, where he lives. […] ... read more

Rhys Mwyn

Rhys Mwyn, who is well known as a Punk Rock musician, is now an author and an antiquarian. Rhys Mwyn writes a weekly column for newspaper yr Herald Gymraeg on history, culture and archaeology. He is an occasional broadcaster, and often visits societies across Wales to speak about his various expertise and interests including walking, […] ... read more

Richard King

One of the Caught By The River performers ... read more

Rob Auton

Rob Auton - The Sky Show The Sky show is a poetry/comedy/theatre show about the sky and the things in it; you know, clouds, birds, weather etc. The Sky Show is suitable for people who have seen the sky and enjoy looking up. Following on from 2012’s Yellow Show, a show about the colour yellow, ‘Dave Funniest Joke of […] ... read more

Rob Gittins

The Poet and the Private Eye – the last days of Dylan Thomas New York. 1953. A private investigator takes on a tail job, his quarry a newly-arrived visitor from the UK. The private eye has never heard of him, but he will. The mark is the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. And in three weeks time, Mr […] ... read more

Robert Minhinnick

Robert Minhinnick publishes his ‘New Selected Poems’ ... read more

Robert Penn

One of the Caught by the River performers ... read more

Robin Durnford

Robin Durnford Robin Durnford is a poet from the west coast of Newfoundland, Canada. She has published a collection of poems, A Lovely Gutting, and a limited edition handbound chapbook of prose-poetry entitled Fog of the Outport, the latter of which was recently featured on CBC TV’s Land & Sea program.     ... read more

Ros Hudis

New writers from University of Wales Trinity Saint DavidThe Creative Writing Centre of University of Wales Trinity Saint David has produced many writers, some of whom have gone on to achieve successful writing careers. Three of the latest succesful writers, Carly Holmes, David Hughes, Ros Hudis will give a taste of their work, and talk […] ... read more

Sally Spedding

Born in Porthcawl to a Welsh mother and a Dutch father ... read more

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts Sam Roberts is originally from the Llŷn Peninsula, but proudly identifies himself as a Cofi. He attended the Caernarfon Gramar School and the Liverpool College of Building. He spent nine years with the Royal Marines, and 37 years as a Warden for Snowdonia National Park. He retired in 2010, but still enjoys sailing, […] ... read more

Sarah KilBride

Princess Evie’s Ponies Join Princess Evie and her lovable ponies for some sparkly fun. Evie’s ponies aren’t any old ponies – Oh no! Whenever Evie rides them through the tunnel of trees, she is whisked away on magical adventures in faraway lands. Come along to this glittering session dressed in your best princess outfit and […] ... read more

Scrabble Sunday

Be there and be square ... read more

Shaun Usher

Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience “Funny, tragic, brilliantly incisive, historic, lyrical, romantic and studiedly offensive, this stupendous compendium of letters ancient and modern is my book of the year. You will never tire of it.” – Stephen Fry Shaun Usher will present his eagerly awaited book, Letters of Note, a collection of over […] ... read more

Simon Munnery

Star of BBC2’s Attention Scum and Radio 4’s Where Did It All Go Wrong ... read more

Small World Theatre

Small World Theatre will re-enact the tale of The Fisherman and the Mermaid ... read more

Soleïman Adel Guemar

New Welsh World Poetry 30 writers originally from 25 countries feature in a new book showcasing global voices in Wales now: Are You Happy With That? (Hafan Books). Some of the contributors to the collection will be at Dinefwr. Among them are: Amani Omer Bakhiet Elawad, Adel Guémar, and Alhaji Kamara. Amani Bakhiet (from Sudan) crafts […] ... read more

Steven Camden

Steven Camden is a Birmingham born writer and spoken word artist currently living in London. Under his performance moniker of Polarbear he has performed his narrative spoken word around the world from Glastonbury to California and has toured four feature length theatrical monologues nationally and internationally. His most recent piece, Mouth Open Story Jump Out, […] ... read more

Stwnsh

Anni ac Owain o griw Stwnsh ... read more

Susie Wild

Susie Wild Susie Wild is the author of The Art of Contraception and Arrivals. Editor at Parthian Books, she recently compiled the illustrated Rarebit anthology of short stories to celebrate their 21st birthday. Susie is also a co-organiser of XX Women’s Writing Festival in Cardiff, the literary programmer of Do Not Go Gentle festival in Swansea, a critic for The Stage, and a […] ... read more

Sweet Baboo

Huw Stephens presents: Lyricism with David R Edwards, Geraint Jarman, Sweet Baboo and Steven Camden The BBC Radio 1 and Radio Cymru presenter, Huw Stephens, will join us at the Dinefwr Literature Festival on the Friday evening to present his personally curated show, Lyricism. Featuring musicians and poets discussing their lyrics, influences and inspirations plus some very special live performances, Lyricism is […] ... read more

Taste from the Fire

Come and join our workshops and create your own Dinefwr inspired pizza! ... read more

The Box

The Box at Dinefwr Cinema Space ... read more

The Junket Club

The Junket Club is a nomadic comedy venture ... read more

The Two Dylans

The Two DylansDavid Boucher, Mike Jones, Jeff Towns Following the success of ‘The Two Dylans’, at venues and festivals throughout England and Wales, the show comes to the Dinefwr Literature Festival. A group of celebrated authorities on the works of Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan will illustrate and discuss these legendary icons of the twentieth […] ... read more

theAbsurd

Exciting poetry, music and art collective ... read more

Tim Burgess

Charlatans singer ... read more

Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi was born in Madras, India, in 1975 to Welsh-Gujarati parents ... read more

Tom Anderson

The surfer, traveler and author from Porthcawl ... read more

Tom Cheesman

Tom Cheesman lectures in German at Swansea University. ... read more

Tom Cheesman

New Welsh World Poetry 30 writers originally from 25 countries feature in a new book showcasing global voices in Wales now: Are You Happy With That? (Hafan Books). Some of the contributors to the collection will be at Dinefwr. Among them are: Amani Omer Bakhiet Elawad, Soleïman Adel Guémar, and Alhaji Kamara. Amani Bakhiet (from Sudan) crafts […] ... read more

Tom Wrigglesworth

Yorkshire funny man ... read more

Tony Bianchi

Author and Poet ... read more

Twm Morys

A Summer Sunshine War  Poetry, stories and songs about the Great War, including family history from Myrddin ap Dafydd and Twm Morys. Welsh language event. Twm Morys Twm is a poet, singer and broadcaster. He’s well known for being the lead singer and founder of the folk group Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion. He won the […] ... read more

Tyler Keevil

The Salinger-esque author from Canada ... read more

Tywi Printmakers

This three hour workshop will focus on creating multicolour collagraph prints. This printmaking method is suitable for all ages and abilities. It’s based on collage, something which is familiar to most people. The difference is that the collage is then inked and printed onto paper using a printing press. The emphasis is on bold shapes […] ... read more

Viv Albertine

Viv AlbertineIn 1970, Viv Albertine knew she wanted to be in a band, but had never seen a woman play electric guitar. Seven years later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-female punk band, the Slits. A confidante of the Sex Pistols and the Clash, Viv was a key player in British punk […] ... read more

Wendy Cope

The popular poet Wendy Cope ... read more

Wimpy Kid Show

A must for all Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans and great family entertainment. Host Alastair Watson brings the books to life with fun activities including The Wimpy Kid Draw-Along and The Wimp Wars! Quiz. The event also includes exclusive clips of author Jeff Kinney talking about the books, his involvement in the films and […] ... read more

Music

Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds

The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments. Not as a gag, but because they really like the noise. They think the songs are better than people remember. They love folk instruments. It works. They do songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sham 69, The Undertones, The Ramones, The […] ... read more

Alex Dingley Band

Alex Dingley hails from Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire and is a former member of Welsh language group Texas Radio Band. His debut album ‘I Lost My Honey In The Grass’ was recorded by Mr Huw in the shadow of Snowdon in the spring of 2007. The album was recorded with a DIY ethic and sounds on […] ... read more

Alexis Taylor

Alexis Taylor Alexis Taylor is a musician, producer, DJ and songwriter from London, a co-founder of Grammy-nominated pop group Hot Chip, and member of improvised/non-improvised music project About Group. He released his first solo album, Rubbed Out, on Treader in 2008, and his most recent solo release was the EP Nayim From The Halfway Line, […] ... read more

Baby Queens

Baby Queens Baby Queens are a family affair (two sisters, two cousins and an adopted sister) from Cardiff. They’ve released two E.P’s on Cian Ciaran’s (Super Furry Animals) label Strangetown Records. The E.P’s mixhip hop, rock, soul and reggae. For many, the lead track from their debut E.P., the cinematic, slow burn of ‘Red Light’ […] ... read more

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon hails from Carmarthenshire, rural West Wales and is currently a resident of Highland Park, Los Angeles, having relocated across the pacific, coinciding with the recording of her new album. Her first album Me Oh My was released on Gruff Rhys’s Irony Bored label in 2009 and was followed by Cyrk (OVNI/Turnstile) which […] ... read more

Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Formerly a child star in the classical sphere, Charlotte has now reinvented herself and has a rock musician ensuring that the image of the Voice of an Angel is a thing of the past. Since 2012 Charlotte has released three EP’s – ONE, TWO, and THREE, and the next, […] ... read more

Climbing Trees

Climbing Trees Pontypridd’s Climbing Trees suffuse gospel, blues and country influences into a heady brew they call “Cymrucana”. With their debut album ‘Hebron’ they’ve managed to transplant the musical heart of America – The Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Grizzly Bear – to their spiritual home in Pembrokeshire without missing a beat. Performing on Saturday. ... read more

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog

The three musical Cowboys from North Wales ... read more

Dan Bettridge

Dan Bettridge Dan Bettridge is a 20 year-old singer songwriter from Ogmore-by-Sea. Since his debut release – ‘Hunter’s Heart’ – in January 2013, Dan has had his tracks aired on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, and on BBC Radio Wales, and has performed sold-out headline shows, and performed at festivals such as Green Man and Sŵn. Dan was featured […] ... read more

Emmy The Great

Critically acclaimed Emmy to sing for us ... read more

Gabrielle Murphy

Gabrielle Murphy Gabrielle Murphy is a 17 year old singer / songwriter from Treherbert in the Rhondda Valleys. She played a startling, debut set on the Young Promoters Network stage at last year’s Sŵn Festival. She very much reflects the natural eclecticism of her generation, encompassing a multitude of genres. Performing on Sunday. ... read more

Georgia Ruth

The exquisite harpist and singer, Georgia Ruth ... read more

Ghostpoet

Obaro Ejimiwe aka Ghostpoet : British singer and producer ... read more

Gruff Rhys

The inimitable Gruff Rhys added to line-up ... read more

Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys Presents American Interior Photograph: Ryan Owen Eddleston and Dylan Goch Performing on Sunday. The festival is overwhelmingly excited to welcome the king of Welsh music projects, Gruff Rhys, back to Dinefwr this year. Gruff will be presenting his latest delightful project: American Interior. It is a unique project that firmly establishes Gruff Rhys as a […] ... read more

Hard Côr

Hard Côr Hard Côr is Wales Millennium Centre’s very own Urban Choir who seamlessly blend traditional choral music with the hip-hop elements of beat-boxing and Emceeing to create a distinctively unique sound. Performing on Friday. ... read more

Houdini Dax

Houdini Dax A Cardiff trio who are known for their harmonies, live performances and their own blend of indie rock n’ roll songs. Influences range from The Beatles to Tame Impala, Supergrass to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. They’ve had recent sold-out shows at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff and support slots with such artists as […] ... read more

Huw Stephens

Huw Stephens is a DJ, broadcaster, writer and promoter. He currently broadcasts shows on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Cymru. He joined BBC Radio 1 at 17, becoming the youngest ever Radio 1 dj. He broadcasts to millions every week on his day and night time shows, where he champions new music of all […] ... read more

In Chapters

In Chapters is a regular music and literary revue based in Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre ... read more

Jeb Loy Nichols

One of the Caught by the River collective performers ... read more

Jodie Marie

Narberth Singer ... read more

Julian Cope

The legendary Julian Cope comes to Dinefwr ... read more

Kizzy Crawford

Kizzy Crawford Merthyr Tydfil’s Kizzy Crawford has achieved a lot in her 18 years. She won the Arts Connect Original Singer-Songwriter prize in 2012. She has performed live in front of hundreds of thousands on Welsh T.V., played at WOMEX when it was hosted in Cardiff in 2013, and released a critically lauded debut E.P., […] ... read more

Plu

Formed of sibling trio – Elan, Marged and Gwilym Rhys from Snowdonia, North Wales, Plu (meaning Feathers in Welsh) play alternative Welsh language folk music with hints of country/ Americana. As well as their own material Plu play adaptions of traditional songs of Welsh and other origins. Plu were invited to record an acoustic session […] ... read more

Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson  Richard Dawson was, until he appeared at TUSK and Supersonic festivals in 2012, the North East of England’s hidden jewel – a skewed troubadour who sings and plays guitar with a rare intensity and singular style. His voice has been compared to everyone from Tim Buckley to Richard Youngs while his guitar playing recalls […] ... read more

Steve Eaves

The Welsh blues singer, Steve Eaves ... read more

Sŵn

Sŵn is extremely proud to be curating the musical content for the inaugural Dinefwr Literature Festival ... read more

The Staves

The three sisters who are going on a tour in the US with Bon Iver ... read more

Trwbador

Trwbador is a bilingual avantpop duo from Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.  Their self-titled debut album has received critical acclaim by the likes of Q Magazine and BBC Radio DJ’s Gideon Coe, Huw Stephens and Adam Walton. This eagerly awaited debut was shortlisted for the 2012-2013 Welsh Music Prize alongside Euros Childs, NeonNeon, Racehorses, Sweet Baboo and Georgia […] ... read more

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