Literature Wales is pleased to announce that the Dinefwr Literature Festival will return to the National Trust’s beautiful Dinefwr Park in Carmarthenshire from Friday 20 – Sunday 22 June 2014.
Literature Wales, the National Trust and The University of Wales Trinity Saint David will also welcome Cadw on board as a partner, allowing the majestic Dinefwr Castle to be used as a stage for various events and activities during the three day festival.
The Dinefwr Literature Festival was hailed a triumph following its debut in June 2012, with over 2,500 visitors venturing through the gates to enjoy over 100 events featuring authors, poets, musicians, artists, actors and comedians. Among the highlights in 2012 were the former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, rock star and writer Julian Cope, comedian Josie Long, folk band The Staves and Irish writer Claire Keegan.
Welsh writer Horatio Clare said: “I thought it was one of the best, richest and most interesting atmospheres I had found at ANY festival: the house, the ancient grounds and castle, the weather, the ghosts, the white cattle and the cream of Welsh writing and performing – how blessed we were! I think those who were there were in at the beginning of something quietly huge.”
Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales said: “The Dinefwr Literature Festival is a literature festival with a difference – a little bit Glastonbury, mixed in with laid-back west Wales attitude. We’re delighted to be returning to Llandeilo in 2014. In addition to another fantastic weekend of events for the whole family we will also be running an extensive new educational outreach programme for local school children.”
Local Member of Parliament, Jonathan Edwards, officially opened last year’s festival and is looking forward to what the 2014 Festival has to offer: “I’m very proud to represent such an important historical and culturally rich area of Wales that naturally lends itself to hosting events such as the Dinefwr Literature Festival. I’m very much looking forward to what is in store next year. The festival will create unique learning opportunities for young people and will once again bring a significant boost to the local economy".
National Trust Wales’s Manager of Dinefwr Park and Castle, Jacqui Kedward said: “Since the 12th century, when Lord Rhys hosted the first ever National Eisteddfod, this glorious part of Carmarthenshire has been a centre for Welsh literature and arts. It is fitting that National Trust Wales can once more host this fantastic event that reflects Dinefwr’s rich literary heritage by celebrating the best of the arts in Wales today.”
David Alston, Arts Director at the Arts Council of Wales, commented: “The Arts Council of Wales is delighted to be supporting the Dinefwr Literature Festival in its second edition. We are keen to support Literature Wales’ development of its reach into West Wales, especially its focus on family events, and on creating and loving literature. In the year of Dylan Thomas100, the visitor, or local to west Wales, will be able to build in other destinations, performances and creative experiences into their visit.”
The Dinefwr Literature Festival is being organised by Literature Wales in partnership with the National Trust, Cadw, and The University of Wales Trinity Saint David. For more information about the Dinefwr Literature Festival please contact Literature Wales on: 029 2047 2266 / firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the festival’s website: www.dinefwrliteraturefestival.co.uk