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Friday 20 October - Literature Events

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2.00PM Mayor's Parlour - Town Hall


Christine Purkis


Betrayal and Jane Evans – based on true Welsh stories

In her novels Betrayal and Jane Evans, Christine Purkis brings to life two amazing Welsh histories. Jane Evans is a fictional account of the real first woman on the drove, who went on to work under Florence Nightingale, nursing wounded soldiers in inhumane conditions in the Crimea. In Betrayal, Peggin is a maid for the Ladies of Llangollen, a couple who moved in the literary circles of Byron and Wordsworth, and are nowadays icons for the LGBTQ+ community.

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3.00PM Mayor's Parlour - Town Hall



Honno has been championing Welsh Women’s Fiction for nearly 40 years and are proud to have published first novels by many women considered “too old” by some mainstream publishers. Introducing new novels in 2023, Kathy Biggs (Scrap) and Judith Barrow (Sisters) have been taking bookshops by storm with their new titles. Chaired by Honno Business Manager Lynzie Fitzpatrick, this will be a warm, funny chat, perfect for writers looking for hope and readers looking for their next favourite read.

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Thursday 19 October 3.00PM

Mayor's Parlour - Town Hall

Alun Davies

Pwy yw Moses John? 9781800993754

Mae’r awdur Alun Davies yn trafod darllen ac ysgrifennu nofelau ditectif. Mae Alun wedi ysgrifennu 4 nofel ditectif yn y Gymraeg erbyn hyn – y drioleg boblogaidd Ar Drywydd Llofrudd, Ar Lwybr Dial ac Ar Daith Olaf, ynghyd a’i nofel dditectif diweddar Pwy yw Moses John? Mae Alun hefyd wedi ysgrifennu nofel i bobl ifanc Manawydan Jones – Y Pair Dadeni ag enillodd Gwobr Tir na n-Og 2023.


In this Welsh-language event, author Alun Davies discusses reading and writing detective novels. Alun has written four detective books in Welsh – the popular Cardi-noir trilogy Ar Drywydd Llofrudd, Ar Lwybr Dial and Ar Daith Olaf, as well as his most recent detective novel Pwy yw Moses John? Alun has also written a novel for Young Adults, Manawydan Jones – Y Pair Dadeni which won the Tir na n-Og Book Prize in 2023.

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5.00PM Andrew Teilo

Pryfed Undydd

Andrew Teilo fydd yn siarad am ei gyfrol newydd o straeon byrion, Pryfed Undydd, a fydd yn cyhoeddi ar ddiwedd Hydref gan Y Lolfa.

Andrew Teilo will be speaking about his first collection of short stories, Pryfed Undydd, which will be published at the end of October by Y Lolfa.

Mae Andrew Teilo yn actor ac wedi chwarae rhan Hywel Llywelyn ar Pobl y Cwm ers 1991. Dyma ei gyfrol gyntaf o straeon byrion. Mae Andrew yn by wyn Llandeilo.


Andrew Teilo is an actor and has been on the cast of S4C’s Pobl y Cwm since 1991. This is his first collection of short stories. Andrew lives in Llandeilo.


6.00PM Rhian Edwards and Eric Ngalle Charles.

Poetry That Speaks

Vibrant, dazzling, inspiring: Rhian Edwards and Eric Ngalle Charles are two of the most accomplished performers on the poetry scene. Eric Ngalle Charles was born in Cameroon, a country rich in mythology, but with a troubled colonial history. Arriving in Wales as a penniless migrant, after being trafficked to Russia by a criminal gang, he has remade his life as a poet. Rhian Edwards has won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, the Roland Mathias Prize, and Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice. She is co-editor of Poetry Wales.

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7.00PM Mayors Parlour Town Hall

Julie Brominicks

The Edge of Cymru

The Edge of Cymru is the story of Julie Brominicks’ walk around Wales along the Coastal Path and Offa’s Dyke. As her walk unwinds, the history of Wales is also unwound, from the twenty-first century back to pre-human times. Julie’s writing is lyrical, with engaging and striking coinages and images which carry the reader along too. A quest of personal discovery, the narrative of The Edge of Cymru is also a refreshingly different way of looking at place, identity, memory and belonging.

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8.00PM Mayors Parlour Town Hall

Horatio Clare and Niall Griffiths

Novelist and twice winner of Wales Book of the Year Niall Griffiths joins non-fiction author Horatio Clare (recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award and Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year) for readings and lively discussion of the concerns they share in their writings about injustice, the environment, masculinity, and mental health. Niall is the author of eight novels, including Grits, Kelly + Victor and Broken Ghost. Horatio Clare’s most recent book is Heavy Light: A Journey through Madness, Mania & Healing.

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