Saturday 11th June

Hammad Rind: Writing a first novel workshop

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Saturday 12th June -11am-12:15pm - St Illtud's Church, Mezzanine - £7.50

Due to stairs in the Galilee Chapel, this event has no disabled access. Do get in touch with us if you would like to attend.

This workshop on writing a novel will be followed by readings from Hammad's debut novel 'Four Dervishes' and a Q&A session.

Hammad Rind is a Welsh-Pakistani novelist and translator.

He was born in Punjab, Pakistan, and currently lives in Cardiff. His first novel, Four Dervishes, a social satire based on a dastan by Persian poet, Amir Khusro, with elements of magic realism, was published by Seren Books in 2021. He regularly leads workshops on storytelling and Eastern literature. His work has appeared in several publications including The Madras Courier, James Joyce Broadsheet, Y Stamp and Porridge Magazine.


Twitter/Instagram: @hammadhrind

Children's Event: Alex Wharton

Saturday 11th June - 11am - 12pm - CF61 Community Centre - FREE

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Join us with your children (9+) for this exciting poetry reading and Q&A with author Alex Wharton. He will have you all laughing and sharpening your pencils. The winner of our children's poetry competition for local schools will also be announced at this event.

Alex Wharton is an award-winning writer and performer of poetry.

When he's not running writing workshops and visiting schools he is busy with his family, their two dogs and two horses. Alex also enjoys exploring nature and is training to become a beekeeper.

Find out more about Alex and his work at www.alexwhartonpoet.co.uk.

Phil Carradice and Deborah Fisher: Truth is Stranger than Fiction.

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Saturday 11th June -12pm-1pm - The Old School, Llantwit Major - £5

Join author and broadcaster Phil Carradice in conversation with Deborah Fisher, as they discuss the topic "Truth is stranger than fiction": writing accessible history.

Phil Carradice

Phil Carradice is a writer and broadcaster, well known for his radio series "The Past Master". A poet, novelist and non-fiction writer, he has written over 80 books.

Deborah Fisher

Deborah Fisher is a retired librarian and IT practitioner who lives in Colwinston in the Vale of Glamorgan and concentrates on historical and literary research. Her past publications include Who’s Who in Welsh History (1997), Princesses of Wales (2005), Princes of Wales (2006) and Royal Wales (2010). She is currently the Publications Officer of Cowbridge History Society.

Catherine Fisher: The Clockwork Crow.

Saturday 11th June - 2pm-3pm - Llantwit Major Library - FREE

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Catherine Fisher is an award-winning poet and writer for children.

Her work has won the Welsh Books Council Tir na n'Og Prize and been shortlisted for the Costa, Carnegie and Blue Peter Awards. Her novel Incarceron was a New York Times Best Seller. Visit catherine-fisher.com to find out more. Thanks to Vale Libraries for supporting this event.


Richard Parry performs 'Maud'

Saturday 11th June - 12.30pm - 1:45pm - St Illtud's Church - £5

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Experience Tennyson’s great poem of love & turmoil in a gripping dramatic performance by award winning writer and actor Richard Parry.

This dramatic literary classic is re-created in a rollercoaster performance for theatre and concert hall championing the wonderfully touching and beautiful songs by Arthur Somervell and bringing to the stage Tennyson’s tragic romantic hero. Romantic love, forbidden courtship, a capitalist economy in crisis, social division, emotional instability, and the struggle for a just society… Tennyson’s Maud rings with the issues of 1853. It is remarkably prescient in today. Maud was Tennyson’s favourite poem – and very close to his heart. He called it his “little Hamlet”. Somervell’s song settings of Maud were some of the most celebrated vocal music of their time. Presenting the dramatic poem and the songs in compelling music-theatre this show was first performed by Richard for the Fishguard International Music Festival.

Richard Parry

Actor/baritone Richard Parry is a remarkably versatile theatre performer and cultural campaigner. He studied singing privately with Mark Wildman, head of voice at the Royal Academy of Music and has gone on to perform in opera and song recital in UK and Europe with The English Bach Festival, Clonter Opera and Opera North and appear as a baritone recitalist at international music festivals. As an actor and writer in British theatre and television he’s won Time Out, London and Edinburgh Fringe awards. Richard is the founder and creative director of the Coleridge in Wales Festival, a celebration of the international importance of the Welsh cultural life in questions of culture, economy and sustainability. He has led the Welsh Government funded ‘Landscapes of Faith’ project and during lockdown established a New Library and cultural centre initiative at Llantwit Major. https://www.worldclassfacilitation.org/maud-classical-music-theatre/


Katie Munnik discusses her novel, 'The Aerialists'.

Saturday 11th June -12:45pm - 1:45pm - Llantwit Major Town Hall - £5.98

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Due to the historic nature of this building, there isn’t disabled access. Do get in touch with us if you would like to attend however!


Join Katie Munnik and discover the real history behind 'The Aerialists' as she shares archival images and Victorian newspaper clippings and seeks fiction's space within the facts of history.

Katie Munnik is a Canadian writer living in Cardiff.

In 2017, she won the Borough Press Open Submission, and her debut novel, The Heart Beats in Secret, was a USA Today Bestseller. The Aerialists is her second novel.

The Aerialists: the true story lies.

The Aerialists is a rich historical novel inspired by the life of Louisa Maud Evans, the Victorian hot air balloonist who captured Cardiff's heart .

www.katiemunnik.com

https://www.unseenhistories.com/the-aerialists-katie-munnik

Jon Blake: Writing for Children Workshop

Saturday 11th June - 1pm - 2pm - The Old School, Llantwit Major - £7.50

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Jon shares all you ever needed to know about writing for children.

Jon Blake is the author of over sixty titles for children, teens and adults, including the critically acclaimed YA novel The Last Free Cat and Axel Scheffler's first picture-book, You're A Hero Daley B (worldwide sales 250,000+).

Brought up in Southampton and resident in Cardiff since 1987, Jon is a BBC Talent award-winner and has been shortlisted for the Children's Book Award, Laugh Out Loud Awards and Writer's Guild Best Children's TV Script. A former teacher and creative writing tutor at the universities of Glamorgan and Newport, Jon now runs popular creative writing courses at the Bute Park Visitor Centre.

www.jonblake.co.uk www.parkwrite.com

Teena Clouston: Creativity and Wellbeing Workshop

Saturday 11th June - 1pm - 2.30pm - St Illtud's Church, Mezzanine -£5

(Please be aware that due to the stairs in the historic Galilee Chapel, this event has no disabled access.)

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Join Teena in this workshop to explore the nature of creativity: what it is, the different types of creativity, and how it can enhance your sense of personal wellbeing and life balance.

Teena is Professor of Occupational Therapy, Wellbeing and Life Balance, Cardiff University and will be introducing the importance of creativity.

Teena's work explores what drives the busyness of everyday life, and how this impacts on our health and wellbeing by causing us to focus our personal resources of time and energy on the things we have to do, rather than than those we choose to do. The latter include the creative and aesthetic pursuits that give meaning to our everyday lives.

Her most recent book on this subject is Challenging stress, burnout and rust-out: Finding balance in busy lives, published by Jessica Kingsley.

https://teenaclouston.wordpress.com/

Phil Cope: Water That Plays the Oldest Music*

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Saturday 11th June - 2pm-3pm - CF61 Community Centre -£5

An illustrated talk on the sacred springs, holy wells and spas of Wales, with photographer and writer, Phil Cope. Phil will offer a brief illustrated introduction to the world of wellsprings, their origins, their cultures, and a few of their fascinating tales, followed by a closer look at the wells within Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, alongside an assessment of the threats to and the state of our wellsprings sites today, leaving space at the end for comments and contributions, questions and complaints...


Phil Cope is a writer, photographer, and exhibition and book designer.

Phil Cope is a writer, photographer, and exhibition and book designer. His latest volume entitled The Golden Valley, a visual biography of the Garw (where he lives) was published by Seren in June 2021, in response to the pandemic lockdown. Previous books of his include Altarations: new photographs of vodou altars (Ffotogallery, 2000); Let Paul Robeson Sing! a celebration of the life of Paul Robeson and his relationship with wales (Paul Robeson Cymru, 2001); The Gentle Giant: John Charles and the future of football (Gentle Giant Trust, 2004); Altaring Liverpool: a book about change (Liverpool Community Spirit, 2004); Wise and Foolish Dreamers: Wales and the Spanish civil war (Welsh Centre for International Affairs, 2007); White Gold: a book about sugar (The Haiti Fund, 2008); Following The Flame / Dilyn Y Fflam: a celebration of wales at the Olympic and Paralympic games (London 2012); Sacred North: walking in the footsteps of the earliest Christian missionaries to Cumbria, Northumberland, Scotland, and beyond (with Fr John Musther, culture & democracy, 2018); plus his series of large-scale volumes on sacred springs and holy wells, including Holy Wells Wales, a photographic journey (Seren, 2008); Holy Wells Cornwall (Seren, 2010); Borderlands (Seren, 2013); Holy Wells Scotland (Seren, 2015); and The Living Wells of Wales (Seren, 2019).

In previous lives, Phil has been a Drama and an English teacher; spent two years as the principal of an isolated Algonkin Native Indian Reserve college in Northern Canada; taught at the Shah of Iran’s Imperial Court in Tehran, as well as in Wales, Greece and Haiti. After working in community theatre and theatre in education as a writer, actor and director, in 1980 he set up Valley and Vale, Wales’ largest community arts team, which he led for sixteen years, including work within the Vale of Glamorgan and in Cowbridge from one of V&V’s five bases in St Donat’s Arts Centre.

* From the poem At Gumfreston Church by Welsh writer, Tony Curtis.

The Eclectics with poet David Hughes

Saturday 11th June - 3pm-4pm - St Illtud's Church - £5

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At St Illtud's main church, The Eclectics will be singing a wide variety of a cappella songs, interspersed with original poetry from David Hughes. Join them for a diverse and entertaining hour.

David Hughes was born in Bargoed in the Rhymney Valley but has spent most of his life in and around the Swansea area.

Swansea singing group The Eclectics have sung everything from Beatles' songs to African lullabies together and bring their audiences much joy with their beautiful harmonies and close group dynamic.

David Hughes was born in Bargoed in the Rhymney Valley but has spent most of his life in and around the Swansea area. Trained as a teacher and later as a social worker in which latter profession he worked for over 30 years. His first collection of poetry 'Tidy Boy' was published by Swansea Poetry Workshop in 1998 and won the Harri Webb award in the following year. He has been involved with other writers in a number of community/public art schemes. His second collection 'Working Out' was published by Parthian in 2021.

https://www.parthianbooks.com

Louise Mumford in conversation with Chris Lynch: Scream Tea

Saturday 11th June - 3pm - 4:30pm - The West House Hotel - £20 .

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Due to the historic nature of this building, there isn’t disabled access. Do get in touch with us if you would like to attend however!

Join Harper Collins Thriller author, Louise Mumford, in conversation with Doctor Who spin-off author Chris Lynch, in our Scream Tea event. Enjoy a thrilling conversation at the same time as a delicious afternoon tea at the West House Hotel.

Chris Lynch writes novels and short stories, most recently a range of 'Doctor Who' spin offs.

These featured Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart and characters from the "Haisman Universe", reaching #1 on Amazon in multiple categories. His book "Curse of the Mirror Clowns" was nominated for a Scribe award in 2019. Chris has also written a feature film, currently in post-production with a major US distributor attached, as well as TV pilots, comic books, audio dramas, and a best-selling book on digital marketing.

Louise Mumford is a Welsh author.

Louise’s debut novel, Sleepless, a “frighteningly inventive” thriller inspired by her own insomnia, was published in December 2020 by HQ HarperCollins. A UK Amazon Kindle Top 50 bestseller, it was the Asda Karin Slaughter Killer Read for July 2021. Her second thriller, The Safe House, is published in May 2022.

Rhian Edwards: Poetry Workshop

Saturday 11th June - 4pm - 5pm - St Illtud's Church - £8.14

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Stretch your poetic legs with award-winning poet, Rhian in this hour-long poetry writing workshop, exploring the theme of Belonging.

Rhian recently became the poetry editor of Seren, alongside Zoe Brigley, following Amy Wack's retirement after 30 years as poetry editor.

She is a multi-award winning poet. Her first collection of poems Clueless Dogs (Seren 2012) won Wales Book of the Year 2013, the Roland Mathias Prize for Poetry 2013 and Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice 2013. It was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2012. Rhian’s second full collection The Estate Agent’s Daughter (Seren 2020) was a National Poetry Day Recommended Read for 2020.


Rhian also has two pamphlets of poems Parade the Fib, (Tall-Lighthouse 2008), which was awarded the Poetry Book Society Choice for autumn 2008. Brood (Seren 2017) is an illustrated pamphlet of bird poems, containing beautiful and original charcoal magpie drawings by artist Paul Edwards. Rhian’s poems have appeared in the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, New Statesman, Spectator, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, Arete, Prague Revue, the London Magazine, Stand, Planet Magazine, the New Welsh Review and the Lampeter Review. Rhian is a poet and musician and has delivered over 400 stage, radio and festival performances world-wide.


Rhian lives in South Wales with her daughter Megan and their dog Teddy.

Gareth Thomas: Iolo Morganwg

Saturday 11th June - 4-4.45 pm - CF61 Community Centre- £5

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Welsh language event

Join Gareth as he examines the evidence around Iolo Morganwg in this fascinating Welsh language event.

Iolo Morganwg - Arwr cenedlaethol neu dwyllwr o fri? Beth yw’r gwir gyfraniad Iolo Morganwg at ein hunaniaeth Gymreig? Naill ai ffugiwr, twyllwr, dihiryn, celwyddgi digywilydd oedd Iolo, neu’r athrylith a osododd sylfaeni ein Cymru gyfoes? Ydy e’n dal yn berthnasol heddiw? Cyfle i archwilio’r dystiolaeth.

Iolo Morganwg – National hero or infamous cheat? What was Iolo Morganwg’s real contribution to Welsh identity? Was Iolo a forger, cheat, rogue, and shameless liar or the genius who laid the foundations of our modern Wales? Does he have anything to say to us today? A chance to examine the evidence.

Mae fy ngwreiddiau yng Nghwm Rhondda ond ces i fy magu yng Ngwynedd, Caerdydd a Llundain.

Astudiais ddrama yn y Barri ac actio yn Llundain. Gweithiais yn Lloegr am lawer rhy hir fel actor, athro, Chyfarwyddwr Theatr a Chanolfan y Celfyddydau.

Wedi cyrraedd hanner cant a theimlo fy mod i’n colli fy Nghymreictod dechreuais ddysgu Cymraeg trwy gwrs gohebol Prifysgol Morgannwg. Enillais wobr ym Maes D yn Eisteddfod Eryri 2005 am ddweud cyfres o jôcs! Dychwelais i fyw yng Nghymru degawd yn nôl gyda’r bwriad o ysgrifennu llawn amser a gwella fy iaith. O ran iaith, ces i’r anrhydedd o flwyddyn fel Llwydd Cymrodorion y Barri yn 2018. O ran ysgrifenni dw i wedi cyhoeddi dwy nofel. A Welsh Dawn, (Y Lolfa 2014),‘Llyfr ddylai fod ar restr ddarllen pawb.’ Angharad Tomos. I, Iolo/ Myfi Iolo (Y Lolfa 2017/2018), ‘Methu ei roi e lawr. Mae’n eich swyno chi i barhau i ddarllen.’Dr Dai Lloyd AM Golwg.

My roots are in the Rhondda although I was raised in Dyffryn Nantlle, Cardiff and London. I studied drama in Barry and acting in London. I worked in England for far too long as an actor, teacher, theatre and arts centre director. Having reached 50 and fearing the shrivelling of my Welsh roots I started learning Welsh through a correspondence course. In 2005 I won a prize in the Eisteddfod Learner’s pavilion for telling jokes. I returned to Wales a decade ago with the intention of writing full time and improving my Welsh. As to the language I had the honour of serving a year as President of Cymrodorion Y Barri in 2018. As for the writing I have two published novels, A Welsh Dawn, (Y Lolfa 2014),‘A book that should be on everybody’s reading list.’ Angharad Tomos, and I, Iolo/ Myfi Iolo (Y Lolfa 2017/2018): ‘Could not put it down. It makes you want to keep on reading.’ Dr Dai Lloyd AM Golwg

Tony Curtis: Novel Launch

Saturday 11th June - 5pm - 6pm - St Illtud's Church - £5.98

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Join Emeritus Professor of Poetry, Tony Curtis, for the first live launch of his new novel: Darkness in the City of Light.

TONY CURTIS has published over forty books of poetry, criticism, art commentary and fiction.

He is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature. In 2016 Seren published his From the Fortunate Isles: New & Selected Poems which brought together fifty years of his poetry. In 2017 Cinnamon published his selected stories Some Kind of Immortality. Two new books appeared at the end of 2021 – his first novel Darkness in the City of Light, set in wartime Paris, and Where the Birds Sing our Names, an anthology for the children’s charity Ty Hafan. Both were published by Seren. Tony is currently working on an eleventh collection of poetry and a new novel.

You can also hear Tony reading from the Ty Hafan poetry anthology on Sunday 12th June.

www.tonycurtispoet.com

Rufus Mufasa & Taylor Edmonds: Poetry

Saturday 11th June - 5pm - 6pm - Llantwit Major Town Hall - £7.50

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Due to the historic nature of this building, there isn’t disabled access. Do get in touch with us if you would like to attend however!

Join Rufus Mufasa and Taylor Edmunds as they share a stage for the first time in this hour of dynamic and exciting performance poetry.


Literary activist Rufus Mufasa is a pioneering participatory artist who advocates hip hop education and poetry development accessible to all.
Lyricist, rapper and performance art poet, with an MA in scriptwriting.Rufus is a Hay Writer at Work, supports several intergenerational projects, mentors men at Parc Prison and is planning her fourth visit to Finland, where she recently headlined the Helsinki Literature Festival. As well as being the first Welsh artist to perform at Ruisrock festival, she mentors Finnish beat poets, and now writes trilingually as a result. rufusmufasa.com
You can also see Rufus at the Friday Indonesian event and at the Sunday sharing event: Poetry and Pints.

Taylor Edmonds is a poet, writer and creative facilitator from Barry.

Her debut poetry pamphlet Back Teeth will be published in September 2022 with Broken Sleep Books. She is currently Poet in Residence for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.

Taylor's notable publications and commissions include COP26, Parthian, Black Ballad, Poetry Wales, BBC Wales, The National Literacy Trust, Arts Council Wales, Swansea University and Butcher's Dog Magazine. In 2020, Taylor received a Rising Star award from Literature Wales. She is also a team member of Where I’m Coming From, a community-focused organisation and platform for underrepresented writers in Wales.

(photo by Mathew Horwood)

Open Mic

Saturday 11th June - St Illtud's Church

7pm - 10pm - £5

This is your chance to show us what you've got! Come and join our celebration of words and music in the ambient, candle-lit setting of St Illtyd's Church.

From 7pm till 8pm it's open to the floor for anyone who wants to perform a piece of poetry or some music. If this is you, then do get in touch with our compere Peter Cronin at petercronin@live.co.uk soon, as spaces are limited.*

After a break, where we shall draw the raffle prizes, it's straight on to performances from some of Llantwit's best poets and musicians for a treat of local talent. The evening will conclude at around 10pm.

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*5 minutes per slot. Only one slot per person.