Press Release: 3rd February 2020


Montgomeryshire Literary Festival is now in its third year and, for the first time, will take place in the historic town of Montgomery. Over twenty events are planned throughout the three day festival, running from 12th-14th June, ranging from authors’ presentations and interviews, poetry readings, writing workshops to an open mic evening, art trail, music, and even a literary cricket tea. Most sessions will take place in Montgomery Town Hall but smaller venues such as Monty Brewery Visitor’s Centre, Ivy House Cafe, St Nicholas’ Church and Montgomery Cricket Club will also be hosting events.

Here are just some of the writers who have confirmed their attendance at Monty Lit Fest 2020:

  • Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid
  • Historian William Hague
  • Poet Frieda Hughes
  • The Warlow Experiment author, Alix Nathan
  • Cricket writers Marcus Berkmann and Roger Morgan-Grenville for a ‘Literary Cricket Tea’
  • Mike Parker, author of On The Red Hill
  • and the award-winning writer Cynan Jones, who will lead a workshop on writing short stories.

And as a special treat for fans of storytelling combined with music, Chocolat author Joanne Harris’s #Storytime band will be performing on the Saturday evening!

The programme will be finalised in the next few weeks and tickets go on sale on 1st March.

Four adults holding up books and smiling
Discovering books, From left to right: Sarah Morris, Chair of Monty Lit Fest, Richard Eaves and Barry Lord – Bookshop owners and Cyndy Humphreys, local committee member.

New Chair of the Monty Lit Fest committee, Sarah Morris, comments, “During the previous two years the festival took place in a single location; Bodfach Hall then Gregynog Hall, so it’s a big change this year to have at least five different venues hosting authors. We hope it will add interest to our exciting programme of speakers and make Montgomery a very special place to be on 12th – 14th June; both for the local community and for book-loving visitors.”

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