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Best sellers confirmed for Monty Lit Fest

Created on 05/04/2019 @ 19:37
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A stellar line-up has been confirmed for the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival which will feature leading authors including Horatio Clare, Sir Simon Jenkins and Clare Mackintosh.

Now in its second year, the 2019 Monty Lit Fest will take place over the weekend of June 14-16 in the stunning and historic setting of Gregynog Hall, near Newtown.

As with last year’s inaugural Festival, the event celebrates authors with personal and literary links with Wales and the Welsh borders.

The weekend will include:

·      Hear Simon Jenkins’ often controversial views on Welsh architecture.

·      Meet bestselling author, Clare Mackintosh, who will be talking about her work and her brand-new novel, After the End.

·      Find out how mid-Wales has inspired, and continues to inspire, authors as wide ranging as Alan Garner and Tom Bullough.

·      Listen to stories of Horatio Clare’s writing adventures around the world, and how they have influenced his work.

·      Learn from Andrew Green how the history of Wales can be told through 100 of its most significant objects – and see some of them for yourself.  

·      Ponder an alternative outcome to the D-Day landings with military historian, Peter Caddick-Adams.

·      Be inspired by the winners of the 2019 New Welsh Review Writing Awards in conversation with author Cynan Jones and NWR editor, Gwen Davies.

Budding authors can take advantage of two lunchtime sessions, one with top literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes and the second a hands-on working lunch with Gwen Davies and Julia Forster of New Welsh Review.

Festival founder, Simon Baynes, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring to this year’s Festival such a range of literary talent. From bestselling thriller writers to writers in Welsh; from Welsh architecture to ‘what if’ military history; from Powys in fiction to the newest Welsh writing talent, this year’s Festival really does have something for everyone.

“We’re also delighted to be teaming up with Gregynog Hall, a fitting backdrop for a weekend of stories and readings, debate and literary delights.”

The Festival will also shortly release its children’s programme, featuring sessions with authors and illustrators and supervised trails through the Gregynog grounds.

Accommodation for the weekend, as well as a fine array of food and drink, is available at Gregynog Hall. And, once again, the Festival bookshop will be run by Oswestry’s Booka Bookshop.

Online ticket sales and full programme details are available at

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