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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20:00 — Cardiff Book Fest Bar
Parthian is celebrating twenty-five years in the industry. Publisher, Richard Davies, is looking back to seeing if it’s all been worth it and also looking forward with books from Wales and, through its Carnival of Voices, from a wider Europe including new work from the Basque Country, Slovakia, and the Baltic countries. There will be drinks!
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.
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.
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
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.
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+.
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.
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.
11:30 – CATHAYS STAGE
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Yomi Adegoke, Niall Griffiths and Lisa Blower
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 Yomi Adegoke, co-author of the new inspirational black girl bible Slay in Your Lane.
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.
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.
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.
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 Cymru). Chaired by ITV Wales’ correspondent, Carole Green.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russia: From Our Own Correspondents with Angus Roxborough 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.