Dinefwr Literature Festival showcases some of the
best literary and musical talent from Carmarthenshire
In just over a week’s time The Dinefwr Literature Festival will return to the stunning Dinefwr Park and Castle in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. From Friday 20 to Sunday 22 June award-winning poets, novelists, musicians and comedians will arrive in Carmarthenshire from all corners of Wales and the UK, including a special delegation from Canada.
The festival organisers are particularly proud that this year’s event will feature a host of musical and literary talent from Carmarthenshire and the surrounding area. Most notably, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon returns from California to her home patch to perform at Dinefwr on Saturday 21 June. Cate will join a stellar line-up which includes Carmarthen-born performance poet and stand-up comedian Clare Ferguson-Walker who has been described by Phill Jupitus as “Absurdly talented”; local actresses Rhian Morgan and Llio Silyn; Alex Dingley (of The Alex Dingley Band) who hails from nearby Llansteffan; rising comedic star Elis James; plus Llandeilo’s very own electric pop-duo Trwbador, to name but a few.
On Friday evening the festival will showcase emerging talent from University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Creative Writing programme; and local literary enterprise Write4Word, famous for their Poems & Pints evenings, will host an hour of creative readings in association with WISPA – The Wales Ireland Spoken Word Alliance.
Children and young people have been given an opportunity to take part as well. As part of the festival’s educational outreach programme, a series of writing workshops have taken place in Carmarthenshire’s schools, libraries and local community groups. Some of Wales’ best writers and illustrators, including Dan Anthony, Rhian Edwards, Phil Carradice and Huw Aaron, have visited primary and secondary schools bringing creative writing and literature alive.
Lesley Cresswell, Children’s Librarian with Carmarthenshire Libraries, said: “We are very pleased and excited to be working with Dinefwr Literature Festival. This gives a fantastic opportunity for local children to meet real-life authors, who will hopefully inspire them with a love of reading and literature for the rest of their lives”.
In total, over 400 children and young people from Carmarthenshire have taken part in the festival’s outreach programme. A selection of the work produced in the workshops will be displayed at exhibitions around the site, and some of the children who have taken part will also get the chance to perform at a very special schools event in Dinefwr Castle.
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