A weekend of words in Wales

A weekend of words in Wales

This weekend, a host of literary talent will descend on the National Trust’s Dinefwr Park, in Carmarthenshire in south-west Wales, to celebrate the written and spoken word in both English and Welsh.

The three-day inaugural Dinefwr Literature Festival will be a feast of bilingual storytelling, poetry, music, comedy and literature, with a diverse line-up that includes, among many more, musicians Ghostpoet, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) and Emmy the Great, Wales’s National Poet Gillian Clarke, and former UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion.

As well as taking part in interactive performances and writing and comedy workshops, festival-goers can go on a nature stroll through the woodlands with Conde Nast Traveller contributor and writer Horatio Clare, go bird-watching and paint pictures of birds, learn circus skills, play scrabble, and sample food from the local area. Budding scientists and explorers will be particularly interested in exploring the concept of time-travel with author Mark Brake and rapper Jon Chase, in a children’s workshop that coincides with the arrival of Doctor Who’s Tardis.

The backdrop of the festival is Dinefwr Park and its 12th-century castle, rich in cultural history. In 1176, ruler Rhys ap Gruffydd (Lord Rhys) organised a festival of music and poetry, which was revived later in the 15th century, and eight-hundred years later is once again a literary landmark.

Dinefwr Literature Festival takes place 29 June-1 July 2012 at Dinefwr Park and Castle. For more information contact Dinefwr Literature Festival (0844 888 9991; www.dinefwrliteraturefestival.co.uk). To book tickets visit www.ticketline.co.uk/dinefwr-literature-festival

Stay: Boutique hotel The Cawdor has individually designed rooms and two family apartments, a little more than a mile from the festival. Doubles from ?65 per night, including breakfast.
The Cawdor Hotel, 72 Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire (01558 823500; www.thecawdor.com)

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