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Gwyneth Lewis and Joe Dunthorne pick their desert island discs

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 11:01 UK time, Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Welsh DJ and BBC Wales Music blogger Bethan Elfyn will host a Desert Island Discs event with authors Gwyneth Lewis and Joe Dunthorne next month.

Organised by Literature Wales, Bethan will chat to both writers about which tracks they'd like to take to a desert island and why. In between the discussion of song choices and snippets of the songs, both authors will read pieces from their latest works.

Bethan Elfyn

Bethan Elfyn

Bethan said, "It'll be a chance to get to know the writers in a new context, and a little of their personalities and their lives. I'm totally honoured to be involved, and hope my Paxman style of interviewing won't put them off!"

Joe Dunthorne is the author of the novel Submarine (2008), which was recently adapted for the screen by Richard Ayoade, who also directed the Swansea-based film. Dunthorne's latest novel Wild Abandon was published earlier this month.

Author Joe Dunthorne. Photo © Angus Muir

Author Joe Dunthorne. Photo © Angus Muir

Gwyneth Lewis was responsible for composing the poetry on the Wales Millennium Centre building where this event is being held.

Some of her latest works include A Hospital Odyssey (2010), The Meat Tree (2010), which was part of Seren's New Stories from the Mabinogion series, and Sparrow Tree (2011).

Gwyneth Lewis. Photo © Tim Brett

Gwyneth Lewis. Photo © Tim Brett

For info and to book tickets, which are limited and priced at £4 (£3 concessions), contact Literature Wales on 029 2047 2266 or visit their website: www.literaturewales.org.

Bethan Elfyn will also host a second Desert Island Discs event in the Welsh language, Dy CD Di, in which she will discuss musical choices with Dewi Prysor and Catrin Dafydd on Thursday 15 September.


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