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One of the highlights of the forthcoming Hwyl Llandeilo Lit Fest will be a joint session between Jasper Fforde and Jodi Taylor.


Jasper wrote the hilarious and intelligent Thursday Next series. Thursday Next is a detective who works for Jurisfiction, the policing agency that works inside fiction. The books are set in an odd alternative world, and blends SF, Fantasy, Literature, Horror, and a bit of romance. This is how I recently described the series: They are a series of books based upon the notion that what we read in books is just a small part of a larger BookWorld that exists behind the page.

Follow the time-travelling disaster magnets of St Mary’s from the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and from Hastings to the Sack of Constantinople in this, the eighth book in bestselling The Chronicles of St Mary’s.

I’m a big fan of the cult figure Thursday Next, whose time travel bring her in contact with plenty of characters from literature. The first book “The Eyre Affair” involves the Bronte sisters and had me in stitches as well as in awe of the originality and cleverness. Some of you may have seen “The Last Dragon Slayer” on TV and know of Jasper’s versatility as writer. I cannot wait to meet the man.

jasper-fforde-22-feb-2011-003I also just caught up with Jodi’s seventh book “Lies, Damned Lies and History”, which preceeds the one being launched in April. Equally quirky but travelling and trying not to interfere with history instead of literature, “The Chronicles of St Mary’s” series has its own unique flabour and recipe. Much of the seventh book has a Welsh connection and involves King Arthur and Georgian times. I couldn’t be more pleased to meet the author in this double bill.jodi-taylor-cropped-headshot

Both books are exceptionally funny and intelligent, quirky and hugely entertaining.
Moderator will be Hazel Cushion from Accent Press

hazelcushionHazel Cushion is the founder and Managing Director of award-winning publisher Accent Press She started it in her front bedroom when she was a single mother to 7 year-old triplets. This year Hazel launched the new book publishing and marketing services company Octavo, and the bookshop café Octavo’s in Cardiff Bay. Hazel has won numerous business accolades and been invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen in recognition of her contribution to business in Britain. She is on the board of the Independent Publishers Guild.




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