Penarth Literature Festival

Penarth Literature Festival (formerly Penarth Book Festival) was established in 2012 and brings writers and authors to Penarth for exclusive meet the author events over the weekend.

Hourly Schedule

Day 1

10:30 - 12:30
Meet the Author Morning with Laura Kemp & Evonne Wareham
Have you ever wondered what life is like as an author? Why not take the chance to come to Griffin Books and chat one to one with local authors Evonne Wareham and Laura Kemp about their books and their writing experience. Laura Kemp is a former journalist living in Penarth. She writes tender but hilarious romantic comedies which are unashamed love letters to the everywoman. Her most recent novel, ‘The Year of Acts of Surprising Kindness’ has been described as ‘the most feel-good, heart-warming novel you’ll read this year’. Evonne Wareham writes romantic thrillers and romantic comedy with a light dusting of crime, set in memorable locations. She was born in Barry and spent her childhood there. The first in a new series of light romantic comedies, with a touch of mystery and crime ‘Summer in San Remo’ will be available in paperback in July 2018. Please note this is a FREE, UNTICKETED EVENT.
15.00 - 17:00
Welsh Poets in Fact and Fiction with Gareth Thomas & Phil Carradice
This event will see two local authors discuss two famous figures from Welsh literary history – Iolo Morganwg and Hedd Wyn. Gareth Thomas and Phil Carradice will discuss the lives and works of the two poets and process of creating fiction out of fact. Gareth Thomas worked in England as an actor, teacher and arts centre director for forty years before moving back to Wales in 2011. He fell in love with the landscape and history of the Vale of Glamorgan, and this is how he discovered Iolo Morganwg, an obsession which led to ‘I,Iolo’ an imaginative recreation of the life of the Cowbridge literary genius and inventor of the Gorsedd of Bards. This novel is also published in a Welsh edition ‘Myfi,Iolo’. Phil Carradice is a freelance writer, consultant and broadcaster. He regularly holds creative writings workshops in various schools, colleges and societies. A former teacher and headteacher, he hails from Pembroke Dock, but now lives in the Vale of Glamorgan. He has written many books on many topics, but 'The Black Chair' is his only fictionalised work based on the life of Hedd Wyn. Tickets for this event are £5.
19:30 - 12:00
'Down the Road and Round the Bend' with Roy Noble
In this event, radio and television presenter Roy Noble will talk about and read from his new book ‘Down the Road and Round the Bend’. Seamlessly blending anecdote and personal insight with historical detail, Roy has compiled a selection of humorous and engrossing explorations of traditional Wales spanning the length and breadth of the country, suffusing each with his passion, knowledge and natural gift for storytelling. Tickets for this event are £5.


07 Jul 2018


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