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08:30 – Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Economy Debate: What Does the Future Hold? sponsored by Quantum Advisory

Join a panel of some of the leading figures in Welsh business as they discuss the economy, jobs, Brexit and how to create the wealth needed to support schools, hospitals and culture. Chaired by BBC Wales business correspondent, Brian Meechan, we'll be debating how 2018 shaped up and what 2019 is likely to hold for us.
Sponsored by Quantum Advisory

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11:00 – Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Character Mask Masterclass with Holly Müller

Holly Müller is a Welsh writer whose debut novel My Own Dear Brother, a historical fiction set in post war Austria, is published worldwide by Bloomsbury. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of South Wales and taught on their undergraduate degree. She has performed her work at literary events, including Hay Literature Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival and has written for the Independent and Guardian.

Holly’s ‘Character Mask Workshop’ will focus on how to create compelling and complex fictional characters by understanding the social ‘masks’ they wear; discover and deepen your ideas for characters in a fun group setting.

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12:15— Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Getting published Masterclass with Hazel Cushion, Accent Press

Need help navigating the often complex process of publishing your work? The Getting Published masterclass covers everything you need to know to get into print. From exploring self-publishing options, how to find an agent and a publisher, building an author profile and platform, tips on how to get your book to sell and much more. With advice from industry expert Hazel Cushion, the founder and managing director of Accent Press.

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13:00 – Splott Stage

Year of the Sea with Ifor ap Glyn, Dafydd Elis Thomas and Lleucu Siencyn

2018 is the Year of the Sea.  Since January, Visit Wales has been celebrating Wales’ outstanding coastline, inviting visitors to discover new epic experiences all around our shores.  Ifor ap Glyn is the National Poet of Wales. Working in Welsh and English, Ifor won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1999 and 2013. His Welsh language poem Blwyddyn y môr 2018 (The Year of the Sea 2018) has been commissioned by Visit Wales and Literature Wales to celebrate Wales’ epic shores in this special year.  He’ll be joined in discussion by Culture Minister, Dafydd Elis Thomas, and Literature Wales Chief Executive Lleucu Siencyn on what words and waves mean to Wales.

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17:00 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Ifor ap Glyn - A History of the Welsh language in 50 words 

Join the National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn, as he brings his popular BBC Radio Cymru series ‘Hanes yr Iaith mewn 50 gair’,  exploring the history of the Welsh language through individual words.  Learn how the stories behind words such as 'cant', 'pili-pala', 'newydd', 'wedi' and 'talcen’ are about so much more than words.

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17:00 — splott Stage

Roy Noble -   Down the Road and Round the Bend 

Take a trip into every nook, cranny and corner of Wales without leaving your seat, on a tour led by  broadcasting legend Roy Noble. Roy will regale you with fascinating histories and traditional stories- some you may know, others less so- that explore the length and breadth of the country.  Expect tall tales like the spirit of Penderyn and the maid of Cefn Ydfa, and sit back as Roy seamlessly blends anecdote and personal insight with historical detail, suffusing each with his  passion, knowledge, and natural gift for storytelling.  

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18:15 — Splott Stage

A Pitch in Time with Cathryn Summerhayes

Aspiring writer looking for an agent to catapult you and your story to mega-stardom? Then you’re in the right place. Pitch your novel to literary agent, Cathryn Summerhayes, (@taffyagent on Twitter) from Curtis Brown. If you’ve got a story to tell, you need to be there.  You’ll have the opportunity to pre-pitch your idea through Twitter in the weeks running up to the event.  Look out for details from @cardiffbookfest.

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18:30 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Poems at The Park Hotel.  A brief literary history of one of Cardiff’s major landmarks with Peter Finch

Peter Finch, author of the new Real Cardiff The Flourishing City, tracks some of the creative outrages perpetrated in the name of literature at this 150-year old institution.  We’ll also hear a little about how, in an age of wind-power, the world’s greatest coal port has boomed again. Cardiff – as much a destination now as it is a place to live.

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19:30 — Splott Stage

Poetry showcase - The Friday Night Poetry Party

Our Friday night Festival fixture showcases some of Wales’ most exciting and engrossing poets. Expect words of wonder from Elizabeth Parker, Claire Williamson, Ross Cogan, Rhian Elizabeth, Mari Ellis Dunning and Rhys Owain Williams.

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20:00 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Sali Hughes is Pretty Iconic: A Look at Beauty Products That Changed the World

Britain’s most trusted beauty writer returns home to Wales to coincide with the paperback launch of her best-selling book that sets you straight on what’s hype and what’s holy in the beauty industry.  Delving into the products that are simply the best at what they do, the inventions that changed our perception of beauty and the launches that completely broke the mould, pick up a treasure trove of knowledge from the Guardian columnist, delivered in her wise, witty, inclusive and discerning style.  And if that wasn’t enough, earlier this year Sali launched Beauty Banks, a non-profit organisation galvanising the beauty community to provide toiletries and cosmetic products to people living in serious poverty. Hear how you can get involved and so much more.

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20:45 — Splott Stage

Artist meets Atlas: The new literary geographies of Niall Griffiths' Sheepshagger

The author Niall Griffiths and the art collective Locus (led by Richard James, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) collaborated to reinterpret Griffiths’s novel Sheepshagger as a sound/art-work. This pairing originated from a literary geography project led by Professor Jon Anderson (Cardiff University) and Professor Kirsti Bohata (Swansea University) which created an online Literary Atlas of English language novels set in Wales. This AHRC funded project coupled artists with a chosen novel to interpret its literary geography in new and innovative ways. In this session, Niall Griffiths discusses how his work was inspired by the wilds of Ceredigion, and how in turn Sheepshagger came to influence Locus’ sound-art project. This latter work will be digitally exhibited during the session.

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09:30 — Splott Stage

Create your Own Comic with Huw Aaron

Want to create your own comic? Come and meet the creator of Wales’ best Comic, Mellten (Y Lolfa) to learn how to create your own amazing comic and share it with the world! Huw Aaron is a cartoonist and illustrator. His doodlings can be found in a number of children’s books and comic strips and he has also written and illustrated the Welsh language comic/jokes/story/puzzle book Llyfr Hwyl y Lolfa.

8+ Welsh Language Event Also suitable for non-welsh speakers

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10:00 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Read Women 2018

In the year that we celebrate 100 years of women winning the vote, we celebrate the literary achievements of women past and present. A panel will discuss some of our favourite female authors and look at how we reclaim some of those voices missing from the literary canon, and the women writers forgotten to history. With A.N Devers from Second Shelf  Books, Sian Norris from Bristol Women's Literature Festival, writer Durre Shahwar, chaired by Diana Wallace from Cardiff  University.

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10:15 — Cathays Stage

Seaglass with Eloise Williams

Lark struggles when her family and their friends go on holiday in a lonely caravan site on the Welsh coast for the autumn half term.. Her mother is ill, her little sister Snow has stopped speaking and she has fallen out with her best friend. Who is following her in the fog? Does she keep seeing a strange girl in a green dress, or is her sister playing tricks on her? When a local woman tells her ‘the girl’ comes to take sisters, Lark knows only she can save her family.  Join Eloise Williams, the best-selling author of Gaslight, as she reads from her new novel Seaglass, a salty, wind swept ghost story about friendship and family. For ages 9+.

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11:15 – Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Steve Howell and Roger Awan Scully - Taking the Political Temperature

It’s a cliche to say a week is a long time in politics but it’s never been more true than it is now. Journalist and author, Steve Howell, spent the 2017 general election as a key member of Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle. His book, Game Changer, gives an insider’s account of how a battle that was widely tipped to see a Conservative landslide and Labour kept out of power for a generation became a dramatic campaign that took Jeremy Corbyn closer to Downing Street than many thought possible. But the academic, Roger Awan Scully, warns in The End of British Party Politics that the 2017 result leaves the unity of the UK in a perilous state with the four home nations each favouring different parties. Far from politicians becoming closer to the public, he argues parliament is becoming more distant from those it’s supposed to serve.

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11:30 – Splott Stage

Three Tales with Cynan Jones

Better known for his multi-award winning work for adults, Cynan Jones has turned his pen towards tales for younger people in a new book of three masterfully crafted and thought-provoking stories for children.  An unlikely friendship between a forgotten scarecrow and a lost doll. An unhappy partnership between a right hand and a left. And an unbendy giant who forgets how to listen. These three lyrical tales will transport you from a concert hall to a forest of flowers, and from giant-sized mountaintops to a village in a Valley full of people just like you and me. For ages 8-12.

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Masterclass: An Introduction to Blogging with Rachel Carney

Are you intrigued by the idea of blogging, wondering how to start your own blog or create a simple website? Join book blogger Rachel Carney to discover more about blogs, and ‘book blogs’ in particular, and get practical tips on how to create a blog of your own.

Rachel started her blog www.createdtoread.com in March 2016 and has seen it grow significantly since then. She’s also written and self-published a book, ‘How to Start a Book Blog: A Step by Step Guide’.

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12:30 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Is This a New Golden Age of Crime?

From Agatha Christie to Dorothy L. Sayer to the hard boiled US novels of Raymond Chandler, crime has a long and distinguished literary history. Are we now in a new golden age of crime and how does the genre adapt in a world where people may want less grit and more escapism? Two Welsh crime writers discuss the state of contemporary crime writing. B. E. Jones draws from her experience as a crime reporter and police press officer in her novels. Her latest, Halfway, is another dark psychological thriller that offers up twists that keep readers hooked to the very end. In 2016, Cardiff writer Amy Lloyd was catapulted to the spotlight when she won the Daily Mail Bestseller Competition for her novel The Innocent Wife. Her tense, twisty psychological thriller has been tipped by Lee Child and Peter James and spent time in The Sunday Times bestseller list.

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12:45 – Splott Stage

John Osmond - Ten Million Stars are Burning 

The topsy turvy times the world experienced in the 1970s have provided hugely inspirational to artists over the ensuing years.  Welsh politics here proved an equally fertile ground, as former journalist and director of the Institute of Welsh Affairs John Osmond, uses the exciting yet tumultuous run-up to the 1979 devolution referendum as the backdrop to his tale.  A fictional work containing real-life characters and situations – people like Leo Abse MP, Gwynfor Evans MP, Geraint Talfan Davies and many more- this discussion on Ten Million Stars are Burning will prove gripping whether you were there or not.

Chaired by Jon Gower.

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13:45 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

The Royal Literary Fund Talk: Christopher Brookmyre and Dr. Marisa Haetzman- writing as Ambrose Parry

This beautifully written crime novel transports you back to 19th century Edinburgh, mixing crime with medical mystery on a journey through a world where women are routinely discriminated against and rules on social class are rigidly enforced. The award-winning author of international bestsellers, Christopher Brookmyre, and his wife, Dr. Marisa Haetzman, a consultant whose master’s research unearthed the material for the book, teamed up to write the vivid and evocative, The Way of All Flesh. The first in a series that introduces a new duo of investigators, medical student, Will Raven, and housemaid, Sarah Fisher. With relentless pace and vibrant characters, this novel is an immersive experience.

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14:00 — Splott Stage

Deborah Kay Davies - Tirzah and the Prince of Crows

Deborah  Kay Davies won  the Wales Book of  the Year 2009 award  with her first work of  fiction, the short story  collection Grace,  Tamar and  Laszlo the Beautiful.  When  her debut  novel, True  Things  About Me,  came  out in  2010, she  was selected  by BBC TV as  one of the 12 best  new British novelists.  And when the novel was  published in New York in  2011, Lionel Shriver chose it  as her personal book of the year.  Her latest novel, Tirzah and the Prince of Crows, is a hauntingly beautiful coming of age tale set in the Welsh valleys of the 1970s.

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14:00 – Cathays Stage

Food for good, Self publishing in the Public Sector

Ceri Harris is the Equality and Diversity Manager in Velindre NHS Trust and the developer of the Velindre Cookbook, a cookbook of patient and family members' favourite recipes, family photos and memories. Food that makes them smile. Over the last year Ceri has discovered all the highs and lows of being a self-publisher of a book, within the confines’ of the public sector where intellectual property rights, business cases and governance are a minefield. Ceri will explain how she did it and why. And the difference she hopes it will make. 

All proceeds from the sale of the book go directly to Velindre’s patients and research. 

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15:00 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Lyndall Gordon and Angela V. John  - Trailblazers and Outsiders - the Women who Changed the World sponsored by Chwarae Teg

In the year celebrating women's rights and achievements, biographers Lyndall Gordon and Angela John discuss the women who broke the mould, changing expectations for women, both in life and in art. Lyndall Gordon's Outsiders tells the stories of five novelists - Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf - and their famous novels. A woman's reputation was her security and each of these five lost it. As writers, they made these identities their own, taking advantage of their separation from the dominant order to write their novels. In Angela V. John's Rocking The Boat: Welsh Women who Championed Equality 1840-1990, we meet seven Welsh women who, in a range of imaginative ways, resisted the status quo in Wales, England and beyond during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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16:15 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Rosamund Young — The Secret Life of Cows

In this affectionate, heart-warming chronicle, farmer Rosamund Young observes her herd. She shows that cows love, bond and form life-long friendships. They babysit for one another; invent games; hold grudges, and grieve. The reason most of us don’t know about this is because modern farming leaves no room for the natural behaviour celebrated here. This charming, gorgeously illustrated book s a fascinating study of animal sentience, a wonderful piece of nature writing, and an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world.

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16:30 — Splott Stage

You’ve Got to Know Where You’re From To Know Where You’re Going: How Can We Get More Working Class Writers? with Niall Griffiths, Lisa Blower and Matt Scott

The publishing industry is the domain of the middle-classes.  Does that mean the less privileged have less powerful tales to tell?  You know the answer to that. Young people from the working class backgrounds have picked up pens for centuries, creating some of our narrative tradition’s most vibrant and vital pieces of literature.  So why aren’t they cutting through? What more can we all do? What works can inspire them? The panel includes award-winning writer and academic Lisa Blower, Grits and Sheepshagger author Niall Griffiths and is chaired by Matt Scott, co-founder of Slung Low, a novelist who’s taught English in a Cardiff comprehensive and lived in the US, where he researched innovative approaches to education.

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17:30 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Will Hutton — Saving Britain

It's been over 20 years since the writer and broadcaster shared his analysis of what was wrong with British society and how to fix it with The State We're In. In his latest book, Saving Britain, the prolific writer dissects Brexit. Will Hutton argues: "Britain's Brexit voters are right. They have been shamefully neglected. But the answer is to change Britain, not to leave Europe. This book sets out how we can radically improve the lives of people and communities shut out from prosperity." A former editor-in-chief at The Observer, Will is now the principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford, and the chair of the Big Innovation Centre. Chaired by ITV Wales’ Brexit correspondent, Carole Green.

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17:45 – Splott Stage

New Welsh Fiction: Wales Book of the Year winner Crystal Jeans, Lloyd Markham and Joao Morais

Crystal Jeans won this year’s Wales Book of the Year English-language Fiction Award for Light Switches Are My Kryptonite, “a funny, dark, shocking and warm novel which propels us through a week in its main character’s life and his journey of self-discovery”. Her housemate Lloyd Markham joined her on the shortlist for his novel, Bad Ideas\Chemicals.  Joao Morais has been likened to “a Welsh Irvine Welsh’ (Independent on Sunday) and his new short story collection, Things That Make the Heart Beat Faster, shines an unflinching beam on the quickened pulse of urban living.

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18:45 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Will Millard - The Old Man and the Sand Eel

Fresh from his BBC Two series My Year with the Tribe, we’re thrilled Will Millard has dropped back into western civilisation to share the story of his new beautifully written memoir about fishing, family and the wilds of Great Britain at the Cardiff Book Festival.  Writer and adventurer Millard never felt more at home than when he was out with his granddad on the riverbank, whiling away the day catching fish. As he grew older his competitive urge to catch more and bigger fish led him away from that natural connection between him, his grandfather and the rivers of his home. That is, until the fateful day he let a record-breaking sand eel slip through his fingers and he knew that he had lost the magic of those days down by the river, and that something had to change. The Old Man and the Sand Eel is at its heart the story of three generations of men trying to figure out what it is to be a man, a father and a fisherman. It plots Will's scaly stepping stones back to his childhood innocence, when anything was possible and the wild was everywhere.

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19:00 — Splott Stage

Dystopia Now? with Sophie Mackintosh and Dan Tyte

Anyone with a passing interest in current affairs could be forgiven for thinking they were reading direct from the pages of a dystopian classic rather than today’s rolling news.  If you’ve wondered if you’re watching the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or Sky News, then come and hear Sophie Mackintosh and Dan Tyte in discussion on their new novels. Mackintosh’s The  Water  Cure is an “extraordinary, otherworldy debut” (The Guardian) which imagines  a world very close to our own: where women are not safe  in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise  a daughter. Tyte’s The Offline Project is the story of a social media saturated millennial who breaks down and goes to live off-grid with a community of former internet addicts in the Danish woodland, aiming to see if they can restart society without humankind’s biggest ever crutch, in “an exceptionally funny, well-observed and street-smart book, as self-aware as it is sensitive.” (The Big Issue ). Chaired by ITV Wales’ correspondent, Carole Green.

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20:00 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

The Avant Garde Vegan Gaz Oakley with The Occasional Vegan Sarah Philpott

Returning to the city in which he became a chef aged 15, since changing his diet, local boy Gaz Oakley has become one of the world’s most watched vegan chefs. Using the  techniques he’d learned working in professional kitchens, Gaz’s beautiful, innovative vegan dishes have turned him into an online sensation. His YouTube and Instagram @AvantGardeVegan channels have now been joined by books in inspiring people all over the world to follow  a healthier lifestyle. His first book Vegan  100  was  an instant  hit worldwide, while his new book, Vegan Christmas, aims to help anyone  cook their own vegan  version of an extravagant festive feast.  Gaz will be sharing his story, top tips and delicious recipes in discussion with Sarah Philpott, the author of the cookbook The Occasional Vegan.

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20:15 — Splott Stage

Eric Ngalle Charles - The Last Ritual

The Last Ritual is a performance of the new one-man play by the Cameroon-born Wales based writer, poet playwright, actor and Creative Wales Fellow, Eric Ngalle Charles. First performed at the Hay Festival in May 2018, The Last Ritual is based on the author’s last days in the village of Small Soppo in Buea, Cameroon. It looks at love and ultimate betrayal, exploring the theme of witchcraft, and the practice of it. Directed by Peter Scott of 3 Crate production.

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10:45 — Splott Stage

Mandy Sutter and Angela Graham - Writing psychology from the perspective of place: Witness, exile and belonging

Mandy Sutter won the New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 for ‘Bush Meat’, and is a former director of Ilkley Literature Festival.  Angela Graham was recently awarded a Literature Wales bursary for her forthcoming short story collection and an Arts Council of Northern Ireland bursary for her novel in progress. Her story collection focuses on her identity as a Catholic who was brought up in a Protestant area of Belfast but is also partly set in Wales and Italy. Angela is from Belfast and now works in the television industry in Cardiff, while Mandy is based in Ilkley but is Welsh (from Pembroke) on her maternal side; Bush Meat is her second novel, the first being a chick-lit story for the mature lady, Stretching It.  Chaired by the New Welsh Review’s editor Gwen Davies.

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12:00 — Splott Stage

Fifty Not Out: The Six Sixes Revisited

When Garry Sobers hit Malcolm Nash for an historic 36 runs off six deliveries at Swansea in 1968, cricket’s Everest was finally conquered.  In 2006, the ball supposedly used in the over fetched a record £26,400 at Christie’s - but was it the right one? When it was put up for sale again in 2012, the plot thickened... To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sobers’ achievement, Grahame Lloyd, author of Howzat? The Six Sixes Ball Mystery, recalls both the famous feat and the bizarre fate of the sold ball.

Featuring film, poetry and song, this talk examines an iconic moment, a disturbing tale of fake news and a whodunnit? – but with a ball instead of a body.

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12:15 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

The Asparagus Thieves with Eddie Butler

Still perhaps best known as a broadcaster and former rugby player, Eddie Butler is gradually acquiring a cult following as a novelist. His latest novel sees the setting shift from rugby as with his previous work- The Head of Gonzo Davies and Gonzo Davies, Caught in Possession- but maintains that gritty edge. The Asparagus Thieves spans the era from the First World War to the present day, with settings ranging from the suburbs of Cardiff and rural Pembrokeshire to Mallorca and Mametz Wood. The plot centres on Tallis Hall, a manor house that touches the lives of all the characters.

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13:15 — Cathays Stage

Jon Gower and Rian Evans - Kyffin Williams: The Light and the Dark

The recently-published monograph Kyffin Williams: The Light and The Dark celebrates the artist in his centenary year. Author Rian Evans and Jon Gower discuss the complex alchemy which conditioned his creative output.

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13:30 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Russia: From Our Own Correspondents with Angus Roxburgh and Trevor Fishlock  

From meddling in other nations' elections, to invading neighbouring countries and facing allegations of chemical attacks on UK soil, Russia has been reasserting its position on the world stage. The BBC's former Russia correspondent, Angus Roxburgh, reported on the fall of communism before becoming an advisor at Putin's Kremlin. Writer and broadcaster, Trevor Fishlock, has reported from across the world including Russia. As well as sharing their insights into the current global situation, Angus and Trevor will lift the lid on the good, the bad and the ugly side of being a foreign correspondent.

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14:30 — Splott Stage

Menna Elfyn on Eluned Phillips

One of Wales’ greatest poets, Menna Elfyn, discusses her biography of Eluned Phillips, an unsung heroine of Welsh literature.  The controversial figure led an incredible life at a time of great change – taking her from rural Carmarthenshire to bohemian Paris and urbane Los Angeles across the majority of the 20th Century. Just the second woman to win the National Eisteddfod crown and the only woman to win it twice, Phillips was unusual among Welsh writers of her generation in that she embraced a bohemian lifestyle which took her to pre-war London and Paris, where she made the acquaintance of such major artists as Augustus John, Dylan Thomas, Edith Piaf, Jean Cocteau, Maurice Chevalier and Pablo Picasso, the last of whom showed her the unfinished ‘Guernica’ with the paint still wet on the canvas.

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14:45 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

The One Who Wrote Destiny with Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh  Shukla has become something of  a cultural powerhouse. His debut  novel, Coconut  Unlimited, was shortlisted  for the Costa first  novel award. The engine behind the gigantic success  of The  Good Immigrant,  Nikesh  Shukla oversaw the curation of a collection  of essays that became a national  bestseller, winning the Books Are My  Bag people's choice award and landing  on the shortlist for Book of the Year at the  British Book Awards. His latest novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny, is a big-hearted,  charming carousel of  a novel about three generations  of the same family, riven by feuds  and falling-outs, united by fates and  fortunes. Chaired by BBC Wales’ Steve Duffy.

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15:45 — Splott Stage

Richard Skinner -  WRITING A NOVEL:  Bring Your Ideas To Life The Faber Academy Way    

From the Head Tutor of the Faber Academy, the essential companion for your writing life. ulling together his years of experience as a novelist and a teacher, Richard Skinner covers the basics of writing great fiction – narrators, characters, settings – with charm and rigour. But more than that, he argues that the journey towards a final manuscript is as important as the finished article itself. Many of Richard's students have gone on to secure publishing deals and many more have left his courses with work to be proud of. With its balance of warmth and wisdom, Writing a Novel will give any aspiring writer the confidence to face the blank page -- and to fill it.

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16:00 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff   

All in the Mind with Robyn Hollingworth 

Robyn Hollingworth was living the dream in London in her mid-20s but gave up her job in fashion and her social life to become a carer for her father when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My Mad Dad is her hilarious and heartbreaking memoir about returning to Pontypool to reverse roles, looking after an idolised parent who was unable to care for themselves. 

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17:00 — Splott Stage

Gary Raymond and David Llewellyn - Literary Thrills

Gary Raymond’s, The Golden Orphans, and David Llewellyn’s, A Simple Scale, are literary thrillers with a stunning sense of history. One transports us to “the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war”, where a terrible secret lies. The other mixes the personal with the political in a journey through 30s Leningrad, 50s California and post-9/11 New York. Both are impossible to put down until the end, when you’ll want to start reading from the beginning again.

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17:15 — Tiger Bay Stage sponsored by FOR Cardiff 

Stuart Cosgrove - Soul Music, the Soundtrack of Radical Times

The writer and broadcaster, Stuart Cosgrove, will be discussing Memphis 68, the second book in his soul music trilogy, which won the 2018 Penderyn Music Book Prize. On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, it focuses on the events surrounding his murder, and on Stax Records. The first book, Detroit 67, looked at the rise of Motown and there'll be a chance to get a sneak peak at the third in trilogy, Harlem 69, which addresses the Black Panthers, and how the roots of African American music from disco, funk, hip hop and R n B were to be found in that famous Borough.

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18:15 — Splott Stage

Know Your Place

Know Your Place is a book written about the working class by the working class. It’s a book written for those of us whose families never quite felt like they belonged in a bookshop – those of us told we’d never amount to much. Cardiff Book Fest challenges these perceptions by bring together Welsh writers including Ben Gwalchmai and Durre Shahwar whose essays in the collection examine class, homophobia, locality, race, Welsh working class identities.

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