Edinburgh International Book Festival
Events with Parthian Europa Carnivale novelists Alys Conran, Ece Temelkuran and Uršuľa Kovalyk. Programme launch: 8 June 2017
Journeying Across the Arab Spring with Ece Temelkuran
Eleni Cay at Blackwells, 7pm
Rhondda Book Fair, 10.30am - 3pm
8th - 10th September
14th - 15th September
Penned on the Bont, Carnegie House, Bridgend, 7 - 9pm
22nd - 24th September
23rd September, Book Launch: The Crucible of Modern Wales: Merthyr Tydfil 1760-1912 by Joe England
Redhouse, Merthyr, 10.30am-12.00pm
The scale of its industrialisation, the ferocious ravaging of the natural landscape, the transformation of thousands of agricultural labourers into industrial workers, its juxtaposition of wealth and poverty, chapels and beer houses, workers’ riots and middle-class reformism made Merthyr unique. But it foreshadowed the Wales to come.
Joe England will sign copies of the book and discuss the themes and writing of his book with Professor Dai Smith and with the audience.
Admission is free. Tea and coffee will be available.
28th September The Castle Cafe Cellar Bar, Cardigan, 7.30pm
4th - Crickhowell Literary Festival, 7.30pm-9.30 pm
Gwenno Dafydd on Stand Up and Sock it to Them, Sister!
Writer, actress and performer Gwenno Dafydd looks at the genesis of female comedy from the time of music hall and supper clubs in Victorian London through to the excitement and challenge of the international world of stand-up. Tickets are available here.
5th – First Thursday, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 7.30pm
Susie Wild showcases her debut poetry collection Better Houses at this popular spoken word event. She will be a guest feature along with Rebecca Parfitt and Maria Donovan.
7th - Crickhowell Literary Festival, 4pm-5.30pm
Dai Smith: ‘Merthyr: a crucible of modern Wales and the touchstone of Aberfan’
Dai Smith interrogates Joe England’s claim that Merthyr was the crucible in the development of Wales as a country in the nineteenth Century. Moving on a century, he asks why Huw Lewis’s moving memoir of growing up in Aberfan in the 1960s and 70s, The Song of the Skylark, has so much to say about the country we have lost and may now have an opportunity to rebuild again. Tickets are available here.
8th - Crickhowell Literary Festival, 11am-12.30pm
Nathan Munday – Seven Days
European creation myths are the theme in Nathan Munday’s map of the highs and lows of the grand narrative as he treks with his father through the Pyrenees. Seven Days was runner up in the New Welsh Review travel essay award 2016. Tickets are available here.
7th – Temple University, all day
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