This October, Literature Wales will catch the London train to the London Welsh Centre, where the inaugural London Welsh Literature festival will be held. As the hub for promoting social and cultural activity within the Welsh community in London, the Centre will host the very best of Welsh writing across three days in the heart of the city.
As the festival begins on National Poetry Day, we’ll be sending both our Young People’s Laureate for Wales, Martin Daws, and Bardd Plant Cymru, Aneirin Karadog to the centre to meet with schoolchildren for a poetry and performance workshop. Both laureates will also join up with poets Molly Naylor, Joe Dunthorne, and Rufus Mufasa on the Saturday for an afternoon of quick paced, punchy performances.
As a preview of Wales-wide and world celebrations of the centenary of Dylan Thomas in 2014, the festival will host an event with Thomas’ granddaughter and honourable Patron of DT100 Hannah Ellis. She’ll be joined by leading Welsh poet and novelist Owen Sheers.
Other highlights of the festival will include a discussion on Welsh identity with this year’s National Eisteddfod Crown winner and former Londoner Ifor ap Glyn, journalist and author Jasper Rees and writer Peter Daniels; a conversation with BBC News presenter Huw Edwards; music from acclaimed string quartet The Kane Players; and an evening to remember the Senghenydd Mining Disaster featuring Boyd Clack.