The Llangwm Literary Festival 12 – 14 August 2016

Llangwm, Pembrokeshire launches its literary festival with a fascinating programme of writer presentations.

There will also be creative writing and art workshops, yoga and storytelling for kids, shamanic drumming, foraging, music and lots more. There will be plenty to do, whatever the weather!

Venues in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire – Friday 12 August – Sunday 14 August 2016


The festival will be opened by David Lort-Philips, and features Griff Rhys Jones, Ferdinand Mount, Ben Rawlence, Diana Darke and winner of the Welsh Book Awards 2016, Tom Morris. Brother David Hodges is coming over from Caldey Island to read his poems, Julia Horton-Powdrill will be inviting you to “Come Forage with Me”, Amelia Stone will be running a children’s workshop of Yoga and Storytelling and David Horspool will discuss Richard III and Henry Tudor with Harry Mount. 

Llangwmlitfest - Griff Rhys Jones

In the run-up to the Rio Olympics, Anne Lauppe-Dunbar will be in conversation with Phoebe Blackburn about her novel Dark Mermaids which documents the horrible side effects of doping in sport in East Germany. On a brighter note, Disability Sport Wales is running a session with Paralympic Athlete, Nathan Stephens, on why Paralympic sport matters. Seriously inspiring stuff!

Llangwmlitfest - Nathan Stephens

Festival president, Michael Pugh, will talk about his horse-ride from Moscow to Transylvania through war-torn Ukraine and places where life is often stranger than fiction. Continuing the Eastern European theme, Pushkin Prize nominee, Bobo Lo will read from his latest book “Russia and the New World Disorder” to explore what really goes on in the mind of Vladimir Putin when he eats his breakfast! Llangwm residents, Pippa and Dee de Mengel, will talk about their round the world voyage on a small boat.

This festival has something for everyone, and includes a singer-song writing session for people with learning difficulties and a poetry session for sufferers of dementia. In addition, there is a music programme provided by Llangwm’s Legendary Village Voices choir, folk musician Paul Hayes, and the iconic Vagrants Crew.  Most ticket cost £5, £2:50 or are free.

In addition to readings from Llangwm’s talented authors, local artists will be opening their studios during the festival weekend. Festival goers will be able to enjoy delicious local food served by The Cottage Inn, The Wesleyan Chapel, and the best of local producers, coordinated under the careful eye of The Little Dragon Brewery’s Morgan Coe.

We are very lucky to be supported by Valero, Milford Haven Port Authority, Literature Wales, Furniture Directory, Vincent Davies, South Hook LNG and a number of excellent hotels that will be accommodating our visiting writers and guests.

For more information on the festival (tickets, attendance, participation and sponsorship opportunities), please contact or call 07970 812050, or visit our website:

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