Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Introducing the authors and talks at the Llandeilo Christmas Book Fair: December 9th: "Walking Wales: The Art Lover's Guide to Wye Valley Way" by Jacqueline Jeynes

This year's Christmas Book Fair will be just like a Mini-Literature-Festival all over Llandeilo.
It gives me great pleasure  to introduce one of our authors and speaker (12:00 at the Fountain Fine Art Gallery) 


Travel writer Dr Jacqueline Jaynes




On the day of our Book Fair, Sat Dec 9th, you will be able to find Jacqueline in the Horeb Chapel and at noon she'll be talking in the Fountain Fine ArtGallery about her book “Walking Wales: The Art Lovers Guide to the Wye Valley Way”. This is a wonderful book about images about places along the route from the National Library of Wales digital collections, ranging from 18th-20th century with well-known artists including Turner and David Cox.

Reviews: Art lovers guide to the Wye Valley 


What an ambitious undertaking, walking so far in such a short time and facing the best and worst that Welsh weather can provide and the odd bull! Magnificent; you painted a great mental picture. I mentally packed all the essential gear, turned my socks inside out and taken note of the walking tips. I sat comfortably in my armchair and travelled with you without a speck of rain or a blister! Congratulations you ‘two middle aged ladies’; is ‘Andalucía’ your next adventure? Alison

I am a great fan of road movies and travel writing, I like the subplots and the interweaving of parallel stories that unfold, you took me to familiar and unfamiliar places and I could hear you delivering your stories along the way.  I wanted to hear more snippets of discussions and conversations that undoubtedly would have arisen when two people share time together as well as the practicalities needed to undertake your mission. Alison – Aberystwyth University

Book has arrived, it looks fab! Nicky & Alistair

I am inspired to try [the walk] myself! Jane – Wye Valley Canoes

Thank you for sending your lovely book on the Wye Valley Walk. We have both enjoyed reading it through and following your adventures. Mike & Lesley, Myrtle Place Monmouth

Dr Jacqueline Jeynes









From Jacqueline's Amazon Biography:

Non-fiction is my speciality - although there may still be a novel in the background somewhere? - and covers a wide range of topics which generally seem a bit of an odd mix to people. First books published were on Health & Safety in small firms (with a revised version out soon) as I was working in this area, then art history as this is my passion. Working as secretary of Midlands Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOWs) group for 25 years led to my book on how they and their families coped, so social/WWII history. 

Oh yes, we made and sold Peg Looms so my book on peg loom weaving is one of the few existing titles that leads the beginner through the process. And finally, my travel writing and long-distance walks combined with the arts has led to my latest title on "Walking Wales: the Art Lover's Guide to Wye Valley Way". This has now started a new series so basically I am very busy for the next year or so with new titles.

Distance learning tutor wins Writer of the Year

Dr Jacqueline Jeynes
Aberystwyth University distance learning tutor, Dr Jacqueline Jeynes has been awarded “Writer of the Year” by Freelance Market News/The Writer’s Bureau.
Jacqueline won the award based on the writing of the distance learning History of Art courses for the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University, and has also become a travel journalist and advisor for Silver Travel Advisor aimed at the 50+ age group.
She has already been on three trips for them within the last year, visiting the land of the Magyar’s in Hungary, the lands of the Ancient Greeks in Thessaloniki, and just before Christmas she stayed in the Iberian Peninsula, travelling to the Algarve in Portugal.
This isn’t the first brush with success that Jacqueline has had, having been shortlisted for an innovation and sustainability award from the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, for the development of the Distance Learning modules that she has written.
2015 looks to be another exciting year, as two new books by Jacqueline will be published in the summer on very different subjects.
The Forgotten Prisoners of War: FEPOWs and their families will be released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII’s VJ Day on the 14th August.
The second, Walking Wales: an Artists View of the Wye Valley Way, is on a far more relaxing subject and based on a trek of 135 miles over 15 days. The book will include Jacqueline’s photographs plus art images from the National Library of Wales digital collection, and is the first of three in the Walking Wales series.
Explaining the difference in topic between the two books, Jaqueline said: “I have always enjoyed walking, especially the challenge of long distance treks. I’ve previously done one to Venezuela with YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) and have also been to Cuba for the charity MIND, which was hard walking but had fantastic views.
“The other book is on a completely different topic, with the imposed publication deadline being because of VJ day’s anniversary in August 2015, so I’m hoping to publish it before then. My father was a prisoner of war in Japan, and I carried out research, partly in my role as secretary of the Midlands FEPOW’s group, on the families as little has been said about them.
“I had a short article published in Your History magazine about my father’s experiences between the ages of 18-21. All the research is being combined with contributions from families in the UK, Australia and Canada, although there are still opportunities to contribute further recollections before May.”

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Christmas Book Fair in Llandeilo to be held on Dec 9th

The next opportunity to meet authors, listen to their readings and get signed copies of their books will be on December 9th.


This time the Llandeilo Book Fair will be held in the Shire Hall and in the Horeb Chapel - bringing the authors right into the heart of town.


Y cyfle nesaf i gwrdd ag awduron, gwrando arnynt yn darllen a chael copïau o’u llyfrau wedi’u llofnodi bydd ar Ragfyr 9fed

Y tro hwn cynhelir Ffair Lyfrau Llandeilo yn Neuadd y Sir a Chapel Horeb – dod â’r awduron i galon y dref

Confirmed authors include familiar and new faces:
Mae’r awduron yn cynnwys wynebau cyfarwydd a newydd:

Kate Glanville, Cheryl Rees-Price, Anne Signol, Alex Martin, James Morgan, Rob Walton, Sam Smith, Colin Parsons, Graham Watkins, Christoph Fischer, Thompson Authors, Judith Arnopp, Angela Fish, David Lewis, Lisa Shambrook, Sarah Jane Butfield, Thorne Moore, William Scott Artus, Judith Barrow, Carol Ann Smith, Jacqueline Jeynes, Jo Hammond, Dafydd Wyn, Nicola Beechsquirrel, Carol Lovekin, JK Samuel, Sally Spedding, Charles Griffin, Kate Murray, Steve Adams, Will MacMillan Jones, Hilary Sheppard
as well as
Parthian Books, Cambria Publishing, Cyfoes and Thunderpoint Publishing.

Yn ogystal â
Llyfrau Parthian Books, Cwmni cyhoeddi Cambria, Cyfoes a Chwmni Cyhoeddi Thunderpoint

There'll be plenty of readings and events in businesses and locations all over town, making this a mini Lit Fest before Christmas. Due to popular demand we'll also have another book hunt.

For updates on the programme and the festival locations watch this space.

Bydd digon o ddarlleniadau a digwyddiadau mewn busnesau a lleoliadau ar draws y dref, felly bydd hon yn ŵyl fer cyn Nadolig. O ganlyniad i nifer helaeth o geisiadau a dderbyniwyd, cynhelir helfa lyfrau arall. .


I gael y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am raglen a lleoliadau’r Ŵyl gwyliwch y safle hwn.



Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Our next events


Towards the end of this year 
Llandeilo Lit Fest 
Carmarthenshire Libraries 
are organising a series of 
Book Fairs in 
Llanelli Library, 
Ammanford Library, 
Carmarthenshire Library and one in 
Llandeilo.


Provisionary dates are:
Carmarthenshire October 21st - Carmarthen Library
Ammanford October 28th - Ammanford Library
Llanelli - November 4th - Llanelli Library
Llandeilo - December 9th - Llandeilo Library and/or Shire Hall and Horeb Chapel


The Llandeilo Lit Fest will be held April 27 - 29th 2018.

There will be another Book Fair on Saturday 28th April at the Civic Hall.
If you are interested in participating in any of the events please email LLandeiloLitFest@mail.com

Thursday, 20 April 2017

All you need to know about your Festival experience in Llandeilo

All you need to know about your Festival experience in Llandeilo


Getting there: Llandeilo is located in Carmarthenshire

Llandeilo is connected to Swansea, Cardiff and Shrewsbury via direct train lines: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/LLL.aspx
and via buses to Llandovery, Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford.
http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/bus-timetables
It’s well connected for travel by car via the A40 and isn’t far from the end of the M4 near Swansea.

Entry to the Book Fair is free.
Tickets for the festival:

You can buy festival tickets online with direct links from our websitehttps://llandeilolitfest.org/calendar/
but you can also buy paper tickets at Peppercorn,  5 King Street, Llandeilo, Dress Agency 19 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo and The Red Cross Book Shop Rhosmaen Road, or, if still available, on the door on the day.
Please note that due to the size limitations of the venues events can sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, even for the free events.

Parking:

The main parking square on Crescent Road provides central and cheap parking but you can also park and walk from an overflow car park at the Llandeilo Rugy Club http://llandeilo.clwbrygbi.cymru/find-us on Saturday and Sunday you can  take advantage of our Free Park and Ride service from Bro Dinefwr School in Ffairfach (http://brodinefwr.org.uk/Contact-Us/ SA19 6PE) with a shuttle bus running approximately every twenty minutes into town from 10am to 10pm.

Shopping: Dress Agency main

Llandeilo is a beautiful market town with a broad selection of shops and restaurants.
Excquisite jewellery, fashionable clothing, gifts, kitchen ware, art and crafts, fair trade shopping, traditionally Welsh items, wool, heavenly chocolate temptations, plants, antiques and garden ornaments – Llandeilo has a lot on offer besides the book fair and the LitFest.
as you will notice if you participate in the book hunt through the local businesses.
16444161_10212036955621561_1356546103_oFrom 10am onwards on the Saturday the Book Fairy will be hiding books and vouchers for signed copies of books by festival and book fair authors all day long and all over town.  A treasure map will be provided to help you find them.
Llandeilo has a great selection of places to eat, from a quick snack to à la Carte meals with 4 star Hotels, Restaurants, Inns, Cafes or Take-aways. If you are getting tired from all the book hunting you can find refreshments everywhere:
Food at the Book Fair at the Civic Hall will be provided by The Hangout on Saturday and Caffi Iechyd Da on the Sunday.
Our venues, the Angel and The Cawdor Hotel on Rhosmaen Street both have a bar and restaurant section. We also recommend Cafe Braz on King Street, the Ginhaus Deli on Market Street or The Plough Inn in Rhosmaen.
If you are thinking of making a weekend of it – and don’t let the Bank Holiday Monday on May 1st and the beautiful Carmarthenshire Countryside put you off this http://www.visitllandeilo.co.uk/?Where_to_Stay

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Introducing the participants of the #LlandeiloBookFair: Publisher profile: Gomer

Welsh books - from Wales - about Wales by welsh authors. Buy Welsh, English and Bilingual books online from the largest independent publisher in Wales ...the home of beautiful books. It all happens here, at our factory in West Wales where we print, fold, bind and despatch to clients . http://www.gomer.co.uk


Gomer have supplied the Lit Fest with plenty of authors and will be selling their books at the Llandeilo Book Fair both days.












Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Introducing the participants of the #LlandeiloBookFair: Publisher profile "Library of Wales" / "Parthian"

Today I have the honour of introducing "Library of Wales" and Parthian Books, who will be present at the Llandeilo Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday. Their exquisite catalogue includes several of our Lit Fest authors, too.
A Carnival of Voices in Independent Publishing 
Central to our mission is our belief in the power of a great book, and what we publish reflects a diverse and contemporary Wales that casts a keen eye on the wider world. Exciting, vibrant, surprising, relevant and original... in recent years, our authors have garnered critical acclaim and prestigious accolades including The Dylan Thomas Prize, The Betty Trask, the Wales Book of the Year, the Orange Futures Award, The Rhys Davies Prize, the Journey Prize, the Edge Hill Readers' Award and The Stonewall Award.
Image result for library of wales logo parthian
https://www.parthianbooks.com/https://www.parthianbooks.com/collections/library-of-wales
Poetry 

New titles for 2017 include poetry collections from Terry Hetherington and Robin Reeves winner Natalie Ann Holborow, Wales Young People’s Laureate Sophie McKeand, Christina Thatcher, Eleni Cay and Susie Wild. Recent releases include poetry from Kate Noakes, Jasmine Donahaye, Mark Blayney, M.A. Oliver-Semenov, Norman Schwenk, Siôn Tomos Owen and Jemma L. King. 
The Classics of Welsh Literature

We also publish the Library of Wales series edited by Professor Dai Smith. The series includes books such as Border Country, The Black Parade and Dannie Abse’s Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve. Recent books include W. H. Davies's Young Emma and Alun Richard’s Carwyn, along with a bumper, two volume, short story anthology edited by Dai Smith Story I and Story II.
In Translation
Over the years we have developed good translation links throughout Europe and beyond, and our books have appeared in fifteen foreign-language editions including French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Danish, Turkish, Portuguese and Russian. We have recently announced our first book deal with New Star publications in China for the thriller The Colour of a Dog Running Away.

Featuring eight writers - eight women - from six countries - from the Basque coast at Donostia, to Slovakia, to Romania, to Germany, to Turkey and from Wales - the  new Parthian Europa Carnivale project represents a collection of new European fiction and poetry, written by some of the most talented contemporary female authors writing today.

The eight books we have chosen tackle a number of extremely important or relevant themes, some of them universal despite their foundations in differing languages, histories and cultures. These writers have woven the tales of a number of extraordinary women challenged by religion, health, love, war and politics; from The Equestrienne’s feeble Karolina, whose passion for trick-riding is threatened by the goliath that is capitalism, to My Mother’s Hands’s Nerea, who must battle more intimate, personal demons in the face of her mother’s amnesia, each story, be it long or short, showcases a masterful depiction of the human spirit in the face of adversity and oppression.

PEC, which began with the publication of Goldfish Memory  by Monique Schwitter in Spring 2015, has eight books either published or in the process of translation, with new voices being discussed for 2017. The books already released have garnered critical acclaim and a wealth of prestigious prizes, including the PEN International/New Voices Award, the Beterriko liburua, the Rotahornpreis and, most recently, the PEN Translates Award.

Our backlist also includes a growing number of titles in translation such as PetrogradHarry Selwyn’s Last RaceTo Bury the Dead
Under the Dust, The Bridge Over the RiverStrange LanguageMartha, Jac and Shanco, Feet in Chains from Spanish, Catalan, German, Basque and Welsh. 

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Introducing the participants of the #LlandeiloBookFair: Publisher profile: Seren Books

I'm delighted to introduce Welsh publisher Seren to this blog. Seren provided the Lit Fest with several wonderful authors and they will be present at the Llandeilo Book fair both days.

https://www.serenbooks.com/

Seren is Wales’ leading independent literary publisher, specialising in English-language writing from Wales. Many of our books are shortlisted for - and win - major literary prizes across the UK and America.
Our aim is not simply to reflect what is going on in the culture in which we publish, but to drive that culture forward, to engage with the world, and to bring Welsh literature, art and politics before a wider audience.
At the heart of our list is a good story told well or an idea or history presented interestingly or provocatively. We’re international in authorship and readership, though our roots remain here in Wales, where we prove that writers from a small country with an intricate culture have a worldwide relevance.
Since its beginnings in 1981, Seren has developed into one of the most interesting publishing houses in Britain. Based in Bridgend, Seren continues to nurture and publish new talent whose quality is recognised around the world.

Notable books they’ll be bringing along:

Iolo Williams’ stunning guidebook Wild Places

A new Writing Motherhood anthology, 

and
local author Maggie Harris’ short story collection Writing on Water.

They’ll also bring along
Keidrych Rhys’ The Van Pool, what with this being of local interest. 


And there’s Rhian Edwards’ new illustrated poetry pamphlet Brood