Penarth Literature Festival 2-9 October 2016
The Penarth Literature Festival is fast approaching now, and tickets are still available for all events, so don't miss out! Hopefully you've had the chance to pick up a Festival programme either from us or from one of many other venues around the town, and to visit the festival website www.penarthlitfest.org.uk, but I thought it would be helpful to give you a quick roundup of the events we have in store.
We can book tickets for you in the shop without additional cost, or you can book online or by phone (transaction charges apply). Full details of all events and booking information is in the programme and on the website www.penarthlitfest.org.uk. PLEASE spread the word and encourage your family, friends and neighbours to attend the events too - we want this year's Festival to be the biggest and best ever!
Now read on to find out just how exciting a week you have ahead of you:
Sun 2nd Oct at 7.30pm at Waterloo Tea
Actor and writer Dick Johns, whose recent 4-night run at Chapter was a sellout, reads from his short story collection 'Dignity and Other Stories'.
Mon 3rd Oct at 7.30pm at Penarth Athletic Club
Former Glamorgan and England cricketer Steve James discusses his recently published book 'The Art of Centuries' with fellow ex-Glamorgan player and Penarth resident Mark Frost.
Tues 4th Oct at 8pm at All Saints Church
Author Ben Rawlence talks about his book 'City of Thorns', the personal stories of 9 refugees he came to know while working at the Dadaab camp in Kenya, with Jonathan Cox who previously worked at the Welsh Refugee Council.
Wed 5th Oct at 7.30pm at All Saints Church
Local historians Jonathan Hicks and Phil Carradice discuss their books about the Battle of Mametz Wood and Jutland respectively with local barrister Rhys Taylor, and consider which of these two great 1916 battles was more significant in the overall course of WW1.
Also on Wed 5th Oct - a workshop on writing a successful short story from 7-9.30pm at the Kymin, and the Proteen club night for teenagers from 5.30-7pm at the Library.
Thurs 6th Oct at 7.30pm at the Paget Rooms
Three renowned Welsh authors, Llwyd Owen, Lois Arnold and Jon Gower, talk about their respective novels in an event suitable for both Welsh speakers and learners.
Also on Thurs 6th Oct - a film & literature quiz night at the Pier Pavilion from 8pm.
Fri 7th Oct at 7.30pm at the Paget Rooms
Hang Fire Smokehouse comes to Penarth as the first ladies of American BBQ tell their story and share samples from their recent cookbook, with full bar available and live blue grass music from top band Whiskey River - the perfect Friday night out!
Sat 8th Oct at 7.30pm at Waterloo Tea
Award winning Welsh poet Tony Curtis reads from his latest collection 'From the Fortunate Isles', published to mark his 70th birthday.
Sun 9th Oct at 7.30pm at the Albion
We round off the Festival with the ever popular Poems & Pints night where anyone is welcome to share a favourite poem, whether their own work or someone else's.
Mon 3rd Oct at 2pm at Penarth Library
S4C presenter Anni Llyn drops in to share her popular 'Cyw' stories at Amser Stori, the library's regular Welsh story time for preschool children and their carers.
Tues 4th Oct at 10.30am at Holm House
Coffee, cake and crime with author Harry Bingham, who discusses his latest Wales-based thriller 'The Dead House' with fellow crimewriter MR Hall.
Wed 5th Oct at 11.30am at the Pier Pavilion
Art Deco expert Genista Davidson introduces her book 'Art Deco Traveller', a UK directory of examples of the style featuring two Penarth LitFest venues, the Pier Pavilion which hosts this event and the Washington Building, home of Waterloo Tea.
Also on Wed 5th Oct - a workshop on writing a successful short story from 2-4.30pm at the Kymin, and classic film Jane Eyre, adapted from Charlotte Bronte's timeless novel, at 2.30pm at the Pier Pavilion.
Thurs 6th Oct at 2.30pm at All Saints Church
Karen Swan, author of many romantic novels including 'The Paris Secret' and 'Christmas at Tiffany's', and Tracy Rees, author of historical romances 'Amy Snow' and 'Florence Grace', discuss their work with local author Laura Kemp, with tea and cupcakes served and a rose for everyone to take home!
Fri 7th Oct at the Paget Rooms
Event for local primary schools with Elen Caldecott, author of the popular 'Marsh Road Mysteries' series
Sat 8th Oct at 3pm at All Saints Lesser Hall
Historian and biographer Angela John talks about her book 'The Actors' Crucible', which presents an alternative view of Port Talbot, and questions why it has generated so many top actors including Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Sheen.
Also on Sat 8th Oct - meet local children's author Michelle Briscombe at Penarth Library from 10-11am or at Griffin Books from 11am to 1pm, or catch family film 'Swallows and Amazons' at 2pm at the Pier Pavilion
Sun 9th Oct at 2.30pm at All Saints Church
Journalist Oliver Balch and novelist Tom Bullough discuss their books on life in the Welsh Borders (one memoir, one fiction) with bestselling fantasy author and novelist Jasper Fforde, who also lives in the borders region.