Monmouth Literary Festival 2014

June 23rd, 2014

Welcome to the Monmouth Literary Festival 2014 which has been organised by students of Monmouth Comprehensive School, Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls and Monmouth School. The Festival aims to share the talent and diversity of young people within our community and to develop friendships between students of all the schools, as well as celebrating literature for young people.

The Festival will be held from 23rd June 2014 to 27th June 2014 at different venues across the schools and town. The theme for this inaugural year is poetry, tying in with the celebrations of the centenary of Dylan Thomas, but some exciting new fiction writers are also included in a programme designed to appeal to a wide audience. Overall, the aim is to involve more than 1000 students from 10 schools during the course of the week.

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We look forward to the Monmouth Literary Festival becoming an annual event in the Monmouth calendar.

Download the 2014 Monmouth Literary Festival Programme Here (PDF – 758Kb)

Coming to share their expertise and provide stimulus to develop creativity will be:

Leo Aylen: Poet, author, actor, director, broadcaster and screenwriter.  Leo’s poems are miniature plays in a variety of settings and include riddles, puns, verbal acrobatics and audience participation.

C J Daugherty: Making her third visit to Monmouth this year, this popular new author (whose books have already been translated into 21 languages) inspires her audiences and, together with her film-maker husband, Jack, they give a fascinating insight into the process of writing and film-making.

Rhian Edwards: A poet, singer and songwriter.   Her poems bristle with sensual wit, chronicling relationships young and old, personal portraits and the minutiae of life as we live it.

Sam Hay: Sam Hay grew up in Scotland and trained as a journalist in Edinburgh.  Sam then moved to the BBC in London for 10 years before her first book for children was published in 2005.  Since then she has written more than 20 children’s books, including novels, non-fiction titles and educational texts.

Daniel Morden: Since 1989 Daniel Morden has travelled the world as a professional storyteller.  He is one of the UK’s most popular tellers of traditional stories, with a repertoire that ranges from The Iliad and The Odyssey performed with Hugh Lupton to his work for families fusing music and story with Oliver Wilson-Dickson.

Laura Powell: An exciting new teen author who has made a name for herself with her latest books: Burn Mark and Witch Fire.  Laura originates from the Brecon Beacons area of Wales.

Cat Weatherill: An author and performance storyteller combining stories with action rhymes, music, singing, hand puppets and physical objects to create lively, interactive and entertaining sessions.

M R Hall: A screenwriter and best-selling author of crime fiction.  Matthew wrote exclusively for the screen for ten years, producing more than 40 hours of prime-time drama for BBC1 and ITV before writing his first novel, The Coroner. The Coroner was nominated for the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger in the best novel category.

 

On Wednesday 25th June, Matthew will be giving a talk about his new book, “The Burning”. Tickets are available for £2, and the talk start at 7.30pm. Read more

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