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Mont Lit Fest launched

Created on 15/04/2018 @ 18:56
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Montgomeryshire is to get its very own literary festival it has been announced.

The inaugural Montgomeryshire Literary Festival – Gwyl Llên Maldwyn 2018 or Monty Lit Fest will be held on Saturday, June 9 at Bodfach Hall and will showcase several wonderful authors who live in Montgomeryshire and has two main themes: history and love of the countryside.

Full details can be seen on the Monty Lit Fest website:

The authors speaking at the Festival are: novelist Myfanwy Alexander; naturalist and broadcaster Iolo Williams; writer and doyenne of television interviewers Mavis Nicholson; historian Matthew Dennison; leading Literary Agent and historian Andrew Lownie; poet and politician Lord Gowrie, and author Adele Nozedar of Brecon Beacons Foraging.

The day will finish with complimentary live music performed by Ruth and Ken Powell from 6.30pm to 8pm. Full biographical details and photos of the authors and musicians are attached including the times of each talk.

The Festival, founded by Simon Baynes, is being organised by Myfanwy Alexander, Amanda Jenner and Simon and Maggie Baynes. It will be held in the 10-acre gardens of Bodfach Hall just outside Llanfyllin - a familiar place to many people as the gardens are regularly opened for charity and the Llanfyllin Show is held on the parkland every August.

The intention is to make the Monty Lit Fest an annual event, held at a different location in Montgomeryshire each year involving as many people as possible in its organisation and a Festival Committee is being set-up. Anyone interested should contact Simon Baynes on or ring 07880 786573.

Festival tickets are available via the website or by emailing to receive a hardcopy order form for a postal application.

The tickets can be purchased for individual talks (£7 each) or you can buy a Morning or Afternoon Pass (£15 each) or a day pass (£30) which provide a discounted rate for the talks (excluding the Botanical Gin workshop at 6.30pm which is a fundraising event for the Festival with tickets priced at £20). Car parking is free.

Food and drink for the Festival will be provided by Cwpan Pinc of nearby Llangadfan and there will be a special tent and activities for children organised by Llanfyllin-based professional childminders Closeknit Teulu Agos run by Shan Mayor.

The talks will start at 10am and will last for 50 minutes each, including Q&A, and will be held in a central marquee with a PA system so everyone can hear clearly.

The authors speaking will be signing copies of their books for you to purchase from a pop-up bookstore at the Festival provided by Oswestry’s award-winning independent Booka Bookshop

For more information or any enquiries, please contact Simon Baynes on 07880 786573 or or write to: Bodfach Hall, Llanfyllin, Powys SY22 5HS.

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