Full programme details for this year’s  Montgomeryshire Literary Festival  have been released, featuring a stellar line up of leading authors including Horatio Clare, Sir Simon Jenkins and Clare Mackintosh.


Press Release Now in its second year, the 2019 Monty Lit Fest will take place over the weekend of 14-16th June in the stunning and historic setting of Gregynog Hall, near Newtown. As with last year’s inaugural Festival, the event celebrates authors with personal and literary links with Wales and the Welsh borders:

  • • Hear Simon Jenkins’ often controversial views on Welsh architecture.
  • • Meet bestselling author, Clare Mackintosh, who will be talking about her work and her brand-new novel, After the End.
  • • Find out how mid-Wales has inspired, and continues to inspire, authors as wide ranging as Alan Garner and Tom Bullough.
  • • Listen to stories of Horatio Clare’s writing adventures around the world, and how they have influenced his work.
  • • Learn from Andrew Green how the history of Wales can be told through 100 of its most significant objects – and see some of them for yourself.
  • • Ponder an alternative outcome to the D-Day landings with military historian, Peter Caddick-Adams.
  • • Be inspired by the winners of the 2019 New Welsh Review Writing Awards in conversation with author Cynan Jones and NWR editor, Gwen Davies.

…and more. Budding authors can take advantage of two lunchtime sessions, one with top literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes and the second a hands-on working lunch with Gwen Davies and Julia Forster of New Welsh Review. Festival founder, Simon Baynes, said: ‘I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring to this year’s Festival such a range of literary talent. From bestselling thriller writers to writers in Welsh; from Welsh architecture to ‘what if’ military history; from Powys in fiction to the newest Welsh writing talent, this year’s Festival really does have something for everyone. We’re also delighted to be teaming up with Gregynog Hall, a fitting backdrop for a weekend of stories and readings, debate and literary delights.’ The Festival will also shortly release its children’s programme, featuring sessions with authors and illustrators and supervised trails through the Gregynog grounds. Accommodation for the weekend, as well as a fine array of food and drink, is available at Gregynog Hall. And, once again, the Festival bookshop will be run by Oswestry’s Booka Bookshop. How to find out more Online ticket sales and full programme details are available via the Festival’s website: https://montylitfest.wordpress.com/tickets/ . For more information about the programme, interview requests, speaker biographies and photographs, contact: baynes@bodfach.com. Press passes are available for the weekend. Please contact baynes@bodfach.com. 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 inaugural 2018 Festival took place at Bodfach Hall, Llanfyllin and, in 2020, the Festival will take place in the town of Montgomery. https://montylitfest.wordpress.com