Bore da folks,

After months of hard work behind the scene we can now reveal the current lineup of this years’ Llandeilo Lit Fest

Of course there may be updates and changes but for now, you can browse through these highlights. Until the programme booklet is printed and the website fully updated this is the inofficial preview:

All online tickets for this year’s festival are now live at
and paper tickets can be purchased from March 1st at the Red Cross Book Shop in Llandeilo.

Sian Northey, writer and writing teacher, lives and breathes books.

Phil Steele in conversation.
Nerves of Steele reveals the remarkable story of the successful Welsh rugby international, Phil Steele. An uplifting story about the strength of the human spirit overcoming mental anguish and personal tragedy.

Hongian Mas yn yr Hangout.

Poetry Slam with Elinor Wyn Reynolds, Eurig Salisbury, Hywel Griffiths and Emyr Lewis.

Carmarthen Suffragettes Renowned local historian Mary Thorley gives an insight into two Carmarthenshire women who took on the British Parliamentary system, Llandeilo’s Rachel Barrett and Llanddarog’s Alice Abadam.

Matthew G Rees, Carly Holmes and Sally Spedding will scare us out of our wits with horror writing.

Mari George entertains children with Welsh lego stories.

Queer Rural
Mike Parker and partner Peredur inherit a remote farmhouse – and he tells the story of members of this rural community who are very much overlooked.

Sally Spedding and Alan Martin talk about the role of history in their writing.

Cooking demonstration based on the second book by the TV chef and local food campaigner, Lisa Fearn

Tir Hela’r Cof- Memory’s Hunting Ground

Bilingual photographic representation of Pembrokeshire, based on Emyr’s book.

BBC Wales newsreader Lucy Owen reads from her latest book, The Sea Horse. One night grieving nine-year-old Coral cries so much, she fills her house with tears and wakes to find a magical underwater world, right inside her own home! (For children 5+).

Join Nick Brunger for a guided walk through some specially selected parts of Llandeilo’s past.

WALES: ENGLAND’S COLONY THE CONQUEST, ASSIMILATION AND REBIRTH OF WALES Martin Johnes is Professor of Modern History at Swansea University and explores the relationship that has been central to making and defining Wales as a nation.


Meet Simon Buckley, Evans & Evans Brewery – 250 years and still standing. Meet the Brewer. @ White Horse Inn


Locating Lynette Roberts: “Always observant and slightly obscure” explores the life and work of the modernist poet and novelist. Roberts was born in Argentina and lived in Llanybri. However, in later life she slipped into obscurity as mental illness took its toll and eclipsed her talent.

WRITING NOVELLAS AND SHORT FICTION: Cath Barton was the winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2017: AmeriCymru Prize for a Novella, for The Plankton Collector.

Bily A’r Minpinnau Story and activity in Welsh for children 5+.


CYMRU MEWN 100 GWRTHYCH/ WALES IN 100 OBJECTS: A fabulously illustrated book published in Welsh and English by the former Librarian of Wales, Andrew Green. Simultaneous translation available.


Poetry performance from two of Wales’ finest performing poets make you laugh, think and cry.

Eric Ngalle Charles LAST RITUAL

The playwright, actor and asylum seeker, Eric Ngalle Charles performs Last Ritual. His own story about a childhood in Cameroon, being a victim of human trafficking and settling in Cardiff.

JONATHAN CRAYFORD AND JASPER FFORDE: Back to the Future, a new novelist meets an old hand in the futuristic genre Jonathan has had great success with his debut novel, The Legacy of the Sky Pendant. He will be in conversation with the renowned absurdist fiction author, Jasper Fforde.

Noel James And Neil Rosser

Noel James made it onto ITV’s BGT in 2018 but he’s been entertaining us with his surreal comedy for 25 years. Neil Rosser’s Band play danceable and witty tunes about life in Wales

Crime And Cocoa

What do crime and chocolate have in common? Find out whilst nibbling on your favourite comfort food and discover whether you like your crime dark, milky or vanilla… With Huw Francis, Sally Spedding and Phil Rowland supplying the crime readings and Heavenly supplying the chocs.

Heavenly Exquisite Desserts Sally Spedding Phil Rowlands

WALES’ SPORTS GREATS Chair: Alun Wyn Bevan Welsh cricketer, Malcolm Nash has just written his biography and Alun Gibbard has authored numerous sports books. His latest, being Derek & Nigel Two Heads One Tale, is about two of the world’s greatest rugby refs


Rhys Milsom Poetry Workshop

One of the brightest young talents on the Welsh literary scene will be holding an interactive workshop. So sharpen your pencils and get those creative juices juicing.

Folded Book With Pockets
FOLDED BOOK WITH POCKETS with Nina Vangerow Learn how to fold a single sheet of paper into a a little book with pockets to hold keep sakes, tickets or photographs. Cost includes materials and refreshments.