Press Release: 25th June 2019

‘Literary festivals don’t come much better than this.’

‘What a fantastic weekend. Great venue, amazing staff and an exceptional selection of authors…See you next year.’

‘Diolch yn fawr…I listened to, and talked to, so many interesting people…’

‘…such a great event, local literature/history mixed with other genres…great stuff’

Never mind the rain; there was plenty of light and sunshine at the 2019 Montgomeryshire Literary Festival, which took place at Gregynog Hall during the weekend of 14th – 16th June.

Throughout the Festival, the audience was treated to a dazzling array of literary talent, including bestselling authors Sir Simon Jenkins, Horatio Clare, Neil Spring and Clare Mackintosh.

We learnt how mid-Wales and the borders influence and inspire writers; how the history of Wales really can be told in 100 of its most significant objects and the story behind Alan Garner’s classic, The Owl Service.

Non-fiction and fiction were celebrated at their very best, whatever the genre: literary fiction, ghost stories and thrillers; memoir, biography and military history.

The winners of the 2019 New Welsh Writing Awards were applauded, and the next generation of authors were given guidance in our book pitch workshop.

We heard about the process authors go through when they write, the crucial relationship between author and agent and how a sense of place can be captured, evoked and represented in writing.

People left with their bags weighed down from the purchase of many signed books from Festival bookshop provided by Booka of Oswestry, expressing their satisfaction after a weekend well spent in the glorious Gregynog Hall.

All in all, a weekend to remember.

Festival founder, Simon Baynes, said: ‘What a weekend we had, with writers and readers brought together for a festival of literary delights. In just our second year, we’ve established ourselves as a major event on the literary circuit, receiving tremendous feedback from an audience who recognise that Montgomeryshire and the borders needs and deserves its own festival. We look forward to 2020, when we’ll be in Montgomery, building on this year’s event with yet more literary talent; the planning starts now!’

Photos attached of:
1. Sir Simon Jenkins signing books in the pop-up Booka Bookshop.
2. Neil Spring.
3. Clare Mackintosh in conversation with Sarah Morris of Monty Lit Fest.
4. Myfanwy Alexander introducing the judges and winners of the New Welsh Writers Award: from left to right: Myfanwy Alexander, Gwen Davies (judge), J L George (award winner), Peter Goulding (award winner) and Cynan Jones (judge).

About us
The Montgomeryshire Literary Festival is run by the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival Trust. It aims to celebrate writing in Wales and the Welsh borders, with an annual festival circulating through key locations in Montgomeryshire.
The 2020 Festival will take place in the town of Montgomery on Friday 12th -Sunday 14th June.
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