The Llangwm Literary Festival takes place between August 11 and 13 in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire, with plenty for activities for all ages.
There is plenty of excitement at this year’s litfest about the arrival of ‘The Beast and the Bethany’ in the hands of acclaimed children’s author, Jack Meggitt-Phillips, who will be running two workshops to develop children’s writing, and entertain.
And there’s lots more for children, with a visit from best-selling author Gill Lewis, who is coming down from North Pembrokeshire to explore the swashbuckling adventures of everyone’s favourite rat, Tilbury Twitch-Whiskers, in Moonflight.
Animals are quite a theme this year as Llangwm prepares to welcome Freshwater East’s ‘Dewi the Dragon’ who has kindly agreed to bring his author-keeper, Sandy Lawrence, with feathers, crayons and sequins for a stick puppet workshop.
The award-winning biographer Miranda Seymour will visit Llangwm for the first time to share her illuminating biography of Jean Rhys. Best known for her dramatic exploration of Bertha Rochester in ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’, Seymour’s book is a fascinating account of the loves and life of the partly-Welsh Rhys, who is at least as fascinating as the heroines of her novels.
Taking to heart the need to balance a health mind with a health body, Ellie Brick will be back with her signature Stretch and Dance class, followed swiftly by a talk and cookery demonstration by Pembrokeshire food legend Ellen Picton (the sequence of scheduling leading one Llangwm resident to label the sessions ’Get Fit, then Get Stuffed’.
And it is not just books at Llangwm this year. St Jerome’s Church is hosting 17 different craft-makers on 11 and 12 August, and there’s a pop-up exhibition of beautiful local art at Llangwm Village Hall. Songs, Poems and Pints will take place in the Big Marquee as the Rugby Club is being refurbished.
There’s much more besides, and whatever, the weather, visitors can be assured of a warm welcome on the Cleddau.
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