Dinefwr Literature Festival
The Dinefwr Literature Festival, a new event with an exciting line-up, is taking place in west Wales at the end of this month. Highlights will include Gruff Rhys, Howard Marks, Emmy The Great, Julian Cope, Tim Burgess, Josie Long, Joe Dunthorne and loads more.
Held at the beautiful Dinefwr Park and castle (owned by the National Trust) - a short stroll away from Llandeilo with its small cafes, delis, clothes shops and great pubs - the event is bound to be not only one to watch, but one not to miss this year.
John Rostron from Sŵn Festival, is involved with some of the line-up, and he told me more about the new event.
Hi John, can you give me the lowdown on the Dinefwr Festival?
"I'm really excited about it. Literature Wales made an approach to myself and Huw Stephens about a new event they were hoping to put on, and asked if we'd curate the music. They pitched it as a 'Green Man Festival - of literature' and they had a really strong vision of what they wanted to create.
"They completely understood what we do with Sŵn. It's a great fit. I've spent the first part of this year talking to a whole host of acts, pulling together a musical line up to compliment the speakers and comedy and other events that their team have been confirming."
Who will be the musical highlights?
"We've got Gruff Rhys playing two different sets on two nights, Julian Cope, Emmy The Great, Ghostpoet, Jodie Marie, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog and Georgia Ruth Williams among others."
Can Wales sustain another boutique festival right now?
"If it's as good as this, then yes. Dinefwr is quite a small festival - reminiscent of the early Green Man Festivals - with just a few thousand capacity. I think literature fans have a lovely run now with Hay, Laugharne and Dinefwr, and I know people who can't make the former two because of weddings who are delighted to have Dinefwr in the calendar now too!"
Is it a nice site?
"Stunning. A beautiful old house, a castle up on the hill, acres of land and forest and even deer roaming about the place. I couldn't believe how beautiful the site was!"
Poets, comedy, nature walks, cartoonists, and even sci-fi: this festival is much more than just music - have a gander - full details here... and see you there!