2019 Main Programme

Click the session title to purchase a ticket online for that specific session.

Please note we have a number of money-saving options for Full Weekend, One Day, or Saturday morning/afternoon tickets. Please visit our Tickets page for full details
Please note this event will be filmed and the footage may be used for the purposes of promoting the festival.


Monty Lit Fest info leaflet - links to pdf file of leaflet

Please click on the image above to view a pdf copy of our information leaflet

Friday 14th June

6pm – Ysgrifennu cyfoes yn y Gymraeg – Myfanwy Alexander fydd yn arwain ein sesiwn agoriadol. Bydd yn trafod Ysgrifennu Cyfoes drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg gyda grŵp o Awduron.
This session on the theme of “Contemporary Writing in Welsh” is a panel discussion in the Welsh language, led by Myfanwy Alexander. Tocynnau £5 / Tickets £5
Kindly sponsored by Menter Maldwyn

7pm – Sir Simon Jenkins: The Architecture of Wales
Bestselling author Simon Jenkins offers his frank and – at times controversial – views on Welsh architecture.

Saturday 15th June

10am – “A Quarter of Wales: Writing Powys” with Myfanwy Alexander, Tom Bullough and Horatio Clare
Powys covers a quarter of the Welsh landmass, but is home to only 3{9eb311ef921740cd46a12bd5827aa43b2a9260ed0af1752f36cc5994eb6d10c3} of its population. How does Powys influence, and how is it represented in, the region’s literature? Three leading authors take stock.
Kindly sponsored by  Field Mouse Research

11am – Tom Bullough: Powys in Fiction
The history, joys and challenges of writing fiction set in mid-Wales, with readings from Tom’s novel Addlands and a novel-in-progress, A Bird Is Born Twice.

12 noon – Horatio Clare
Acclaimed author, essayist and reviewer, Horatio Clare, shares tales of his writing adventures, from the pursuit of swallows, to travel round the world on container ships and icebreakers, to adventures in Africa and hunting the ghost of J S Bach.

1-2pm – Lunch break, including concert by internationally renowned harpist Professor David Watkins.

2pm – Elizabeth Garner: The Story of The Owl Service
How the design on a dinner service, the 4th Branch of The Mabinogion, and the Welsh valley of Llanymawddwy combined to inspire the creation 50 years ago of her father’s iconic novel.

3.15pm – Neil Spring in conversation with Cathryn Summerhayes
Hear from thriller writer Neil Spring, in conversation with Curtis Brown literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes.

4.30pm* – Peter Caddick-Adams: D-Day defeat: could the Germans have won?
Military historian and broadcaster Peter Caddick-Adams imagines an alternative D-Day outcome in which the Germans emerge victorious.

4:30pm* – Matt Sewell: Spotting & Jotting
Artist, illustrator and author Matt Sewell brings his popular ‘Spotting & Jotting’ workshop to Monty Lit Fest. Learn how to draw and identify your favourite birds and create your very own bird book in 40 minutes!

6pm – A celebration of Gregynog Hall with Trevor Fishlock and Prue Keely Davies
Journalist, broadcaster and author, Trevor Fishlock tells the moving story of the Davies sisters of Llandinam and Gregynog, while garden historian Prue Keely Davies shares the history of Gregynog’s stunning gardens.
Kindly sponsored by The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust

*Please note that Peter Caddick-Adams’s talk and Matt Sewell’s workshop will be running at the same time in different rooms.

Sunday 16th June

10am – Andrew Green: Wales in 100 Objects
The history of Wales brought to life through some its most significant objects.

11am – A Sense of Place: panel discussion with Elizabeth Garner, Robert Harvey, George Westropp and Simon Baynes
A panel discussion exploring how a sense of place is captured, evoked and represented in writing.
Kindly sponsored by Luned and David Corser

12 noon – Clare Mackintosh
The bestselling author of I Let You Go, I See You, Let Me Lie and, new for 2019, After the End.

1–2:30pm – Lunch Break

1–2:30pm – Lunchtime Workshop – Book Pitch Surgery with Gwen Davies and Julia Forster
An opportunity to discuss your 200-word pitch – or the opening of your work in progress – in two short one-to-one sessions with publishing professionals.
Limited to 15 places. Buffet-style lunch included.

2.30pm – New Welsh Writers Award winners, featuring author Cynan Jones and Gwen Davies, editor of New Welsh Review
Hear from the winners of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2019, together with award judges, author Cynan Jones and Gwen Davies of New Welsh Review.

4.30pm – end of Festival

Children’s Programme

The children’s programme will run parallel with that of the main authors and will include sessions with Elizabeth Garner, Andrew Green, Myfanwy Alexander and others.