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Top authors to appear at 2022 Monty Lit Fest


Ever wanted to meet your favourite author? Monty Lit Fest 2022 might just be your chance.

Over the weekend June of 10-12, the festival will showcase more than 20 brilliant writers with a range of sessions that offer something for everyone.

The festival will celebrate writing from Wales, the Borders and beyond, bringing together a stellar line-up of literary talent for book-lovers to enjoy.

Hear from bestselling crime authors, Sophie Hannah and Janice Hallett, explore historical fiction with Hope Adams and Alix Nathan and discover the challenges of writing sequels in Welsh with Bethan Gwanas, Sioned Wiliam and Myfanwy Alexander.

For those interested in non-fiction, there will be a chance to meet Horatio Clare or Mike Parker. Discover the ancient Persians with Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones or get back to the land with Patrick Laurie, Bella Bathurst and Roger Morgan-Grenville.

Poetry lovers can join Frieda Hughes for an evening of conversation and readings while M. Wynn Thomas will reveal which 12 poems he has chosen to illustrate the history of Wales.

Foodies can listen to Carwyn Graves as he takes a gastronomic history tour of Wales and learn how to write a food review that has the chance of being published in Taste.Blas magazine.

Children go free to hear about the latest re-telling of the stories of The Mabinogion with Matt Brown and Eloise Williams.

If the usual literary festival fare is not for you, just enjoy a pint at the Late Lounge, exercise your brain cells at the Big Quiz Night or help us celebrate the 175th anniversary of Montgomery Cricket Club at a literary cricket tea.

Festival chair, Sarah Morris, said: “I’m blown away by the brilliant authors we’ve got lined up for this year’s Monty Lit Fest, a real chance to celebrate the written word in all its forms.

“Whether you’re an avid reader, an aspiring writer or have never been to a literary festival before, we’d love you to join us. The whole community in Montgomery is ready to give everyone a friendly welcome for what promises to be a very special weekend.”

The festival’s main venue will be Montgomery Town Hall, with other local venues in the town playing a supporting role.

Festival-goers can also enjoy an exciting new art exhibition in The Institute, opposite Montgomery Town Hall. ‘It’s All in a Title’ is a wide range of work by local artists based on book titles and is the perfect accompaniment to Monty Lit Fest.

For music lovers, local musicians will be busking around Montgomery throughout the weekend.

Festival goers will be able to buy books from two bookshops: a pop-up Festival shop run by Oswestry’s Booka, as well as Montgomery’s own Montgomery Bookshop.

Full programme details are available on the Festival’s website: montylitfest.com.

Tickets are on sale online, or in-person, locally, from the Bookshop and the Ivy House Café in Montgomery. Tickets may be purchased for individual sessions or for the whole weekend.