|Carol Ann Duffy|
Some very exciting news that I announced this week -- Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke will both feature in a double-bill at this year’s PENfro Book Festival.
The literature event, now in its third year, is held at Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran, in north Pembrokeshire.
We also have top scriptwriter Lucy Gannon (Coronation Street, Eastenders, Soldier Soldier, Frankie) who will discuss her work in one of the ‘meet the writers’ sessions.
The evening with Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke, which will include readings from their work, headlines the programme on the Saturday, September 14, in the fabulous Oak Hall, Neuadd y Dderwen.
All of us on the PENfro committee are delighted about this news.
The PENfro festival is set to launch on the evening of Thursday, September 12, with a lively musical and literary evening; and runs until the Sunday afternoon, September 15.
There will be plenty going on throughout the event for people of all ages who love books.Popular local live literature group The Cellar Bards and Friends take the stage in the Oak Hall on the Friday evening with performances and readings of a wide range of poetry and prose from guests -- and there will be an open mic session.
The winners of the first PENfro Poetry Competition will be announced at this event and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to read their work.
There is a day of workshops for writers and would-be writers on the Saturday, covering everything from poetry to fiction, to screenwriting, journalism and e-publishing.
The popular Book Fair is on the Sunday and there will be opportunities to meet several local authors at book launches as well as to attend interviews and talks by many writers.
There will be events for children on Saturday and Sunday and the winners of the
children’s short story competition will be announced during the weekend.
More news will follow over the next few weeks as the programme details are confirmed.
For updates see the website: http://penfrobookfestival.org.uk
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*This project has received funding from PLANED through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007 – 2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development.