A Symphony of Dragons – Short Stories to enchant you…

The Last Krystallos

The first day of Spring sees the release of my new book:
A Symphony of Dragons – a collection of bewitching dragon themed tales…

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I knew when I began my current wip (work in progress) that I wanted to release a book of short stories, for several reasons… First, I wanted to share some of my writing not related to my novels. I’ve been writing flash fiction for quite a few years now, and some of those stories have cried out to be included, along with some previously published works from other anthologies. Secondly, I wanted to revisit my novels; I wanted to write a final story for The Hope Within Novels – a story that takes you back to Freya, Meg, and Jasmine, and explore what they’ve become. I think you’ll love Ruby! And, thirdly, in writing The Seren Stone Chronicles, I wanted to…

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“Murder at the Star: Who Killed Thomas Thomas?” by Steve Adams

Llandeilo Litfest

Saturday, 29th April ,
1 pm
at the Fountain Fine Art Gallery

We proudly present a late addition to the programme, an event of particular local interest: “Murder at the Star”, a book which examines an unresolved murder in Garnant, a Welsh mining village near Ammanford, Carmarthenshire.
Steve Adams, local journalist and Seren author, will be talking murder, coal and missing fingers.
He’ll give a short talk, read from the book and then take questions.

The murder of God-fearing, bible-quoting, partially deaf Thomas Thomas at the branch of Star Stores he managed in Garnant, South Wales has remained an unsolved mystery since it happened in 1921. His body was found on the morning of Sunday February 13th, his head smashed, his throat cut and with a stab wound to the stomach, any of which could have killed him. Over £126 was missing from the store safe, yet there were oddities about…

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The Llandeilo Lit Fest Team

Source: Our Team

Our Team

Philippa Davies: Programming, Editing

Philippa Davies has had 11 books traditionally published and 3 self-published, both fiction and non-fiction. Her novel The Gritties was made into the Wales BAFTA award winning film ‘Y Streic A Fi’. She teaches self-publishing for the National Union of Journalists, and runs online writing courses with over 4000 students for Udemy and The Economist. She’s also web editor at FYI Network.

 Alison Evans: Programming, Marketing & Publicity

Alison Evans works as an editorial assistant with Welsh publisher, Parthian Books. She is involved with all aspects of publishing from production and design, to marketing and launch events, and has represented Parthian internationally as part of their growing number of titles in translation.

In addition, Alison has almost a decade of experience in the voluntary sector, coordinating fundraising and support activities for various charity and community organisations. She is also part of the planning team for the first Llansteffan Literary Festival taking place in June 2017.

Christoph Fischer: Website, Fundraising, Committee Chair

Christoph Fischer is an author of historical and crime fiction. He has worked for the British Film Institute and their festivals in his early career and organised two Llandeilo Book Fairs since arriving in Carmarthenshire with his Welsh partner. He created and administrates several online author groups, hosts a lively book blog, reviews for the Historival Novel Society and lends his support to other local initiatives, such as the Festival of the Senses.

Gaynor Jones: Welsh Language Programming, Editing and Publicity

Gaynor  Jones runs Ail Argraffiad Dress Agency in Llandeilo having taken it over last year on the previous owner’s retirement. She grew up in the area and has worked for over 20 years in communications and media, working with the BBC, ITV and independent companies. She also has experience in the PR sector and has organised events ranging from conferences and award ceremonies, to awareness campagins and music festivals.

Will Macmillan Jones: Deputy Book Fair Co ordinator & General Factotum

Will Macmillan Jones is a storyteller, author and poet working close to Llandeilo. He is proud to be one third of the Tin Plate Poets collective, a group whose work is heavily rooted in the local area, its people, and its history. As a novelist his work is character driven, focussing on either the darker side of the paranormal world in a collection of novels about the occult or the intentionally hilarious* . He also has a serious interest in writing Flash Fiction – very, very short stories – for which he has won awards. Will has a professional accountancy background as a consultant in International Taxation, which he claims provides much of his source material.
*In The Banned Underground collection of stories about a magical Rock N Roll Band. He suffers from an addiction to footnotes, which his editor is treating.
Thorne Moore: Publicity Materials and Design

Thorne Moore is a Pembrokeshire author published by Honno Press. She has assisted in running the Narberth (formerly Tenby) Book Fair for several years, and has helped with the printed publicity for the Llandeilo Book Fairs. Her novel “A Time For Silence”, was a finalist for the People’s Book Prize and runner-up for the Beryl Bainbridge debut novel award. Her novel “The Unravelling”, won a Chill With A Book award. She has also published a book of short stories and “Shadows” will be published this year by Endeavour Press.


Sally Spedding :  Committee Secretary

Sally Spedding writes dark fiction, exploring what lies beneath often beguiling exteriors in people and settings. Her eleventh publication is ‘The Yellowhammer’s Cradle,’ set in rural Argyll in 1851. She hopes her ‘How to Write a Chiller Thriller’ (2014) is encouraging more writers to step outside the limiting ‘genre box.’ Sally is also an award winning short story writer and poet. ‘Trespass’ was recently included in ‘The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (ed.Maxim Jakubowski) and she has won and adjudicated the International Welsh Poetry Competition twice, being most recently published in The French Literary Review and The Seventh Quarry. A keen networker, and supporter of new writing talent, Sally enjoys meeting her readers and is looking forward immensely to participating in this first Hwyl Llandeilo LitFest.

Graham Watkins: Book Fair Coordinator

Graham took up writing in 2003 after selling his business. His books include fiction and non-fiction many with Welsh themes. His most recent book The Sicilian Defence, a thriller set in Sicily, was, he says, inspired by events which took place on the island during a holiday with his wife. When he isn’t writing, Graham is a hobby farmer and angel investor.

The LitFest would also like to thanks the following people for their contributions to the organisation and creation of the festival:
Simon Buckley, Angie Davies, Richard Davies, Julian Dutton, Simon Hicks, Raymond Ibbotson, Chris Jones, Kate Kindred, Mike Kindred, Paul Kindred, Tracey Kindred, Jeff Spedding, Edward Thomas, Mandy Thomas, Simon Wright
and in particular
Daz Smith for the Logo design and
Meryl Thomas and David Thorpe for programming advice.

#LlandeiloLitFest Tickets are now on sale

Source: Ticket sales

Tickets are now on sale. 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.
You can buy online https://llandeilolitfest.org/calendar/
or directly in Llandeilo from these shops:

Peppercorn  peplong12
5 King Street, Llandeilo
01558 822410
Dress Agency
19 Carmarthen St, Llandeilo SA19 6AE
Phone: 07775 847710

Red Cross Book Shop.
Rhosmaen Road
01558 823256



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William Williams Pantycelyn

Llandeilo Litfest

Dydd Iau, 27ain Ebrill am 2 o’r gloch, Llyfrgell Llandeilo

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William Williams Pantycelyn

Yr Athro Densil Morgan ac Elinor Jones yn trafod bywyd, gwaith a dylanwad William Williams Pantycelyn i nodi 300 mlwyddiant yr emynydd a’r bardd o Lanfair ar y Bryn.

Thursday, 27th April, 2 o’clock, Llandeilo Library

Prof. Densil Morgan and Elinor Jones explore the work and life of the world’s most prolific hymn writer and Llandovery’s most famous son,  in the year of his 300th anniversary.

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Welsh Wednesdays Review: “Sugar Hall” by Tiffany Murray

sugar_hall_pbk72.jpgSugar Hall

Tiffany Murray
The book came with a high recommendation by another author, I pursued Tiffany to come to the Llandeilo Lit Fest, but things didn’t work out this time round. My interest was aroused, though, and with her book being part of the reliably great catalogue of Seren  I couldn’t resist getting it.
This is a ghost story with some dark tones and some amazing psychological writing. When a boy reports he can see a different boy with a collar around his neck, his mother doesn’t know how to respond other than to shrug it off as a childish notion.
Yet, as the story progresses, it isn’t just her son who gets affected by the ghost’s appearance.
Murray tells also the story of this mother, not an uninteresting one at that, namely that of a girl coming to Britain from Germany via the Kindertransports of 1938.
There is a stark contrast between the innocence and naivety of the young with the chilling darkness of the ghost story. I’m not usually one for books with such dark undertones but I found it very engaging, not least because of the historical component. There are small snippets of newspaper articles and other short material separating the chapters that add to the richness and the layered texture of the novel. While not all of them made perfect sense to me, some stayed with me for a long time, regardless. Very engaging and gripping.

Easter 1955. As Lilia Sugar scrapes the ice from the inside of the windows and the rust from the locks in Sugar Hall, she knows there are pasts she cannot erase. On the very edge of the English/Welsh border, the red gardens of Sugar Hall hold a secret, and as Britain prepares for its last hanging, Lilia and her children must confront a history that has been buried but not forgotten.

Based on the stories of the slave boy that surround Littledean Hall in the Forest of Dean, this is a superbly chilling ghost story from Tiffany Murray.

‘A beautiful and haunting book. Tiffany Murray is a wonderful storyteller.’ Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit

Sugar Hall is not just a brilliantly effective ghost story. It also pries open a window on to a vanished decade, exploring the long consequences of old sins and the suffering of the exile, the refugee and the powerless. Chillingly empathetic, it’s a book that cries out to be read again – and again.’ Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy and The Scent of Death

‘A shiveringly good read, Sugar Hall reminds me of the days when I used to read under the bedcovers with a torch, because I simply had to find out what happened next.’Aminatta Forna, author of The Hired Man

‘Tiffany Murray isn’t quite like anyone else writing today. She’s a mad geneticist of a writer, specialising in taking narrative elements we think we know and splicing them with the unexpected, giving us Emily Bronte the rock chick (Diamond Star Halo) or Stella Gibbons with a louchely 70s drug habit (Happy Accidents). Sugar Hall lingers in the mind like a half-remembered nightmare and confirms Murray’s as an intensely British talent.’ Patrick Gale, author of Notes from an Exhibition and A Perfectly Good Man.

‘As darkly tantalising as any enchanted forest, a novel that sees a writer with the lightest of touches take on the deepest of our fears – spellbinding.’ Tim Butcher, author of The Trigger

Sugar Hall is a dark tale brightly told, beautifully written and thoroughly unsettling.’ Emylia Hall, author of The Book of Summers and A Heart Bent Out of Shape

‘Tender, troubling and telling, Sugar Hall is a box of delights. With prose delicate as moth scales, Tiffany Murray has written her best book to date, a simply delicious and creepy read,’ Jon Gower

‘A mysterious, complex and riveting novel, poised between this world and the next.’ – New Welsh Review

The Book Hunt #LlandeiloLitFest

Llandeilo Litfest

16444161_10212036955621561_1356546103_oOn Saturday 29th of April Llandeilo will be the scene of a town wide book / treasure hunt.

A map with all the festival locations will include markations for participating businesses and notable town locations.

Books and / or clues for the hunt will be left in those businesses and locations all over Llandeilo for you to find literary treasures and some other surprises.

More details will be released nearer the time via the Facebook page of the Llandeilo Book Fairy. https://www.facebook.com/Llandeilo-Book-Fairy-328261400907790/

The hunt will be a collaboration with the Llandeilo Book Fairy who recently brought the fabulous idea of the Kidwelly Book Hunters to town.16523452_10154840607377347_1480942931_o

Here is an article about the idea


Dewch I  ymuno yn helfa lyfrau Llandeilo ar ddydd Sadwrn, 29ain Ebrill.  Bydd digon o gyfle I chi a’r teulu I chwilio am lyfrau sydd wedi cuddio o mewn mannau dirgel o gwmpas y dref mewn…

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Award Ceremony for Short Story and Drawing Competition

Llandeilo Litfest

Sat 29th April 
at 3pm
Civic Hall

Award ceremony for the short story and drawing competition

Seremoni wobrwyo y cystadleuthau stori fer a darlunio.

The April Book Fair will be holding a short story competition and a drawing competition.

“Budding artists and storytellers needed. If you are aged six or less and know what a fiery dragon looks like, get drawing or painting!

And, if you are aged seven to eleven the competition is to create an exciting Celtic character and write a mini saga (short story in just 100-200 words) inspired by your creation.

The third competition, for eleven to sixteen year olds is to create an image of a legendary person or animal that appears in a Welsh story. Then, around your  image, use your  writing skills to describe the character in no more than 400 words.’

Send entries to 
Gurrey Manor
Gurrey Banc
Carmarthenshire SA19 6AJ

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