More Details about The Laugharne Festival

The Laugharne WeekendThe Laugharne Festival
March 31st/April 1st

Festival Directors John Williams and Richard Thomas are pleased to announce the first Laugharne Weekend literary festival to be held in Laugharne, West Wales on March 31st/April 1st 2007.

The festival aims to celebrate Welsh literature as well as cult writers and outlaw voices. Laugharne has a unique character which has been of great inspiration to writers and artists. The most notable of these, of course, was Dylan Thomas. He had a long affinity with Laugharne, spending the last four years of his life in the boathouse which is now a heritage centre dedicated to him. It is an ideal location for the festival to take place combining a fantastic literary heritage with beautiful scenery and a strong local community.

The festival will bring together some unlikely bedfellows from the world of books, cinema, music and even sport in a unique event with performers ranging from former drug smuggler extraordinaire Howard Marks to Rugby's greatest ever full back JPR Williams rubbing shoulders with actor Keith Allen, New Order's Peter Hook, Booker short-listed author Patrick McCabe, that true pioneer of Welsh music, Meic Stevens and noted music journalist and writer Nick Kent.

It's a weekend where you can see a whole range of the finest writers from the Celtic fringes rubbing shoulders with psychedelic rockers, train robbers and Lily Allen's dad.
The venues are intimate and range from a capacity of 65 to 200 people at the Millennium Hall. Weekend tickets are available, priced at £40.00 but these will be limited in number. Tickets will also be available for individual performances, priced between £5 and £10. All tickets will be available in advance.
The full Laugharne running order is listed below.

Tickets are available from
Saturday March 31st

Millennium Hall Laugharne
Deke Leonard - 1.30 Admission £5
Meic Stevens/Richard James - 4.00 Admission £7
Keith Allen - 6.30 Admission £5
Jackie Leven - 8.00 Admission £5
Howard Marks - 9.30 Admission £10

Stable Door Laugharne
Owen Sheers & Niall Griffiths - 12.30 Admission £5
Rachel Trezise & Lynsey Hanley - 2.00 Admission £5
Nick Kent - 3.30 Admission £5
Joolz Denby & John Williams 5.00 Admission £5

Sunday April 1st

Millennium Hall Laugharne
JPR Williams - 1.00 Admission £5
Bruce Reynolds & Howard Marks - 3.00 Admission £10
Peter Hook - 5.00 Admission £5
Twin Town - 7.00 Admission £10

New Three Mariners Laugharne
Nick Reynolds & Keith Allen - 12.00 Admission Free
Patrick McCabe & Dan Rhodes - 1.30 Admission £5
Johnny Green - 3.00 Admission £5
Tessa Hadley & Desmond Barry Admission £5
Festival closing party at 9.00 with Nick and Zoe from
the Alabama Three plus Edward James -Admission Free

Laugharne village
'This timeless, mild, beguiling island of a town with its seven public houses, one chapel in action, one church, one factory, two billiard tables, one St. Bernard (without brandy), one policeman, three rivers, a visiting sea, one Rolls-Royce selling fish and chips, one cannon (cast-iron), one chancellor (flesh and blood), one portreeve, one Danny Raye, and a multitude of mixed birds, here we just are, and there is nowhere like it anywhere at all.'
Dylan Thomas

Brief biography of artists

Keith Allen
Llanelli born actor/comedian Keith Allen will read from his forthcoming autobiography. His CV ranges from TV's The Comic Strip, most notably in The Bullshitters, Morse, Roger Roger and Bodies to films appearances in Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and Twin Town. Currently starring as the Sheriff Of Nottingham in Robin Hood and, in real life as Lily Allen's dad.

Desmond Barry
Desmond Barry was born and brought up in wales. His first novel "The Chivalry Of Crime" combined the fictional of a young gunslinger with the true story of Jesse James. He has followed this up with "A Bloody Good Friday" (set in Merthyr) and
"Cressida's Bed"

Joolz Denby
Joolz Denby was short-listed for the Orange Prize in 2005 for her novel "Billie Morgan".

Johnny Green
Acclaimed author and road manager of The Clash, in conversation with pals. All of 'em coulda been contenders. This will take a good hard look at punk rock 'n' roll and the state of the world. Forget a lazy stroll down Memory Lane. Stones will be unturned and bright lights shone into dark corners.

Niall Griffiths
Liverpool born and Aberystwyth based, Niall won "Welsh Book Of The Year" for his novel "Stump" and was described by Time Out as "one of Britain's most talented young writers".
Tessa Hadley
Tessa Hadley was born in Bristol and teaches English and creative writing at Bath Spa University. She has published two novels "Accidents In The Home" and "Everything Will Be Alright" and a short story collection "Sunstroke And Other Stories"
"Fantastically subtle, absorbing and insightful" - The Guardian

Lynsey Hanley
Lynsey Hanley's fascinating new book "Estates:An Intimate History" explains the history of the British council estates from the utopian ideal to Thatcher's right to buy and beyond.
"A wonderful mix of personal and cultural history" - Alexander Masters

Peter Hook
Mancunian bassist Peter Hook is currently writing a trio of books about his bands Joy Division and New Order and the ownership of the Hacienda club.

Richard James
The former co-founder member of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci released one of last years most delightful nu-folk inspired albums, The Seven Sleepers Den.

Nick Kent
Growing up in Cardiff, Nick saw several seminal shows there including Dylan Hendrix and Pink Floyd. Much of the seventies were spent on the road with Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. A collection of his journalism "The Dark Stuff" is being published by Faber & Faber this April.

Deke Leonard
Best known as guitarist in Welsh psychedelic legends "Man" Deke's memoirs were turned into a BBC Wales radio programme and got short-listed for a Sony Radio Award.

Jackie Leven
Celtic troubadour Jackie Leven has released over twenty solo albums plus four with seventies' psychotics Doll By Doll and collaborated with crime writer Ian Rankin. His latest album "Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt Me" was decribed as a "career high" by Uncut.

Patrick McCabe
Twice short-listed for the Booker Prize for his novels "The Butcher Boy" and "Breakfast on Pluto (both made into films by Neil Jordan).

Howard Marks
Former drug smuggler extraordinaire and the pride of Kenfig Hill will read and discuss his books "Mister Nice" and "Senor Nice".

Bruce Reynolds
Bruce was the "brains" behind the infamous Great Train Robbery of 1963 and remained on the run for over 5 years. He will be discussing life on the run with Howard Marks.

Dan Rhodes
Dan was chosen by Granta as one of their Best British Novelists in their once a decade list in 2003.

Owen Sheers
Abergavenny author and poet whose novel "Resistance" is due out in June and is already causing huge excitement in literary circles.

Meic Stevens
Made his first recordings for Decca back in 1965, recommended to A&R chief Dick Rowe by Jimmy Saville, no less. Has championed Welsh language songs ever since through folk-tinged music which is stark, graceful, melodic and imaginatively psychedelic. His 2004 autobiography, Solva Blues, finds him typically "scaling the heights but falling short of fame".

Rachel Trezise
Rhondda author who was the winner of the inaugral Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006.

Twin Town
Director Kevin Allen is to bring most of the original cast of Welsh film classic Twin Town and do a script reading of the film.
JPR Williams
Rugby's greatest ever full-back will be interviewed and take part in a Q&A session.
John Williams
John Williams' novels include "Faithless" and "The Cardiff Trilogy" while his non fiction includes "Bloody Valentine" and the riveting crime travel books "Into The Badlands" and "Back To The Badlands". He was born in Cardiff where he currently lives.