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

11:00 - 12:30
Children's Elmer Workshop with Talent Shack
Elephants are big, have trunks, and are grey. But what about Elmer, whose skin is covered with colourful patchwork? Elmer, by David Mckee, tells the tale of an elephant who sticks out, both with his patchwork and his sense of humour, and how he and his community learn to accept and value his unique characteristics. Join Shelley Norton of Talent Shack for this bilingual Elmer workshop for children ages 2-7. In this event, the world of Elmer will be brought to life through reading, crafts, drama and singing, and the children will be encouraged to take an active part in creating new stories of their own. Tickets for this event are £3 per child and accompanying adults need not pay, but will be required to stay with their child.
14:00 - 16:30
'Ten Million Stars Are Burning' with John Osmond
John Osmond was the director of the independent Welsh think-tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs, until May 2013. He has contributed to numerous books on the subjects of Welsh politics, culture and devolution, and is also a former journalist and television producer. His latest book is the novel ‘Ten Million Stars are Burning’. Set in the 1970s, this documentary novel plays out against the political and cultural events experienced in Wales during the tumultuous and exciting era around the first devolution referendum. The story is told through the eyes of two fictional characters: Owen James, a journalist, and Rhiannon Jones-Davies, a language activist, student, and later a television producer. In this event, John will be interviewed by Jon Gower. Jon has filled half a bookshelf with his own titles in Welsh and English, including Y Storïwr (Wales Book of the Year, 2012), Norte (shortlisted for same prize, 2016) and The Story of Wales. He is a former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent. His latest book is the noir crime thriller ‘Y Duwch’, published in June this year. Tickets for this event are £5.
16:00 - 17:30
One Hundred Years of Kyffin Williams with Rian Evans & Jon Gower
In this bilingual event, Rian Evans will discuss her new book ‘Kyffin Williams: The Light and the Dark’ with Jon Gower. Sir Kyffin Williams deserves to be ranked alongside the great British and European artists of the 20th Century, according to the new work marking the centenary of his birth. Born in Llangefni, Anglesey, on 9 May 1918, Sir Kyffin became one of the defining Welsh artists of the last 50 years. The book fulfils the difficult task of presenting an overview of Williams’ extensive career following his death in 2006. Rian Evans is a Welsh critic and art writer, currently working on Kyffin Williams’ biography. Mae Rian Evans yn beirniad Cymraeg ac yn awdur celf, sy'n gweithio ar fywraffiad Kyffin Williams ar hyn o bryd Jon Gower has filled half a bookshelf with his own titles in Welsh and English, including 'Y Storïwr' (Wales Book of the Year, 2012), 'Norte' (shortlisted for same prize, 2016) and 'The Story of Wales'. He is a former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent. His latest book is the noir crime thriller ‘Y Duwch’, published in June this year. Mae Jon Gower sy'n ysgrifennu yn Gymraeg a Saesneg wedi llenwi hanner silff lyfrau bellach â'i waith ei hun, sy'n cynnwys 'Y Storïwr' (Llyfr y Flwyddyn, 2012), 'Norte' (Rhestr Fer Llyfr y Flwyddyn 2016) a 'The Story of Wales'. Mae'n gyn ohebydd y celfyddydau a chyfryngau i BBC Cymru. Ei lyfr diweddaraf yw 'Y Duwch', a gyhoeddwyd ym mis Mehefin eleni. Tickets for this event are £5.
19:30 - 21:00
Poetry Showcase
After a successful evening last year, the poetry showcase is back! Join us for an evening of poetry and music at Waterloo Tea. Stephen Payne, local poet and author of Pattern Beyond Chance, will compere the evening and introduce poets Philip Gross, Fiona Moore and Helena Nelson. There will also be music from Kevin Brennan. Philip Gross has published twenty collections of poetry, including A Bright Acoustic (2017) and The Water Table, winner of the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009. He is a keen collaborator, and a science-based collection for young people, Dark Sky Park, comes from Otter-Barry Books, July 2018. Fiona Moore's first collection The Distal Point has just been published by HappenStance Press and will be a PBS Autumn Recommendation. Fiona is co-editing Magma 72 on climate change. Helena Nelson is an award-winning poet as well as editor/creator of HappenStance Press. Her most recent book of poems was Down With Poetry! (2016) Kevin Brennan is a full-time politician and occasional musician. The MP for Cardiff West is a member of the rock band MP4, but his musical roots are more acoustic, having written songs and played in folk clubs since he was a teenager. Tickets for this event are £5.


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