Monty Lit Fest would have taken place during the weekend 12-13th June this year, so the team went virtual instead! For the online launch party of Burning Issue on Friday 12th, author Myfanwy Alexander was joined by panel host and Chair of Monty Lit Fest, Sarah Morris, and the award-winning comedian Tudur Owen. In addition to entertaining discussions, centred loosely around Myfanwy's new book with questions from the online audience, there was also a quiz with the prize of a bottle of Montgomery Vineyard sparkling wine for the winner (congratulations, Gareth Jones!) with the runners up receiving signed copies of Burning Issue. On Saturday 13th June, Monty Lit Fest hosted the online discussion “Monty Lockdown Reads”. The fantastic panel – comedy producer Steve Doherty and local authors Julia Forster, Alix Nathan, and Mike Parker, chaired by Sarah Morris, created the ultimate lockdown reading and listening list, based on their own recommendations combined with suggestions from a very engaged and active audience. The full list is posted on the Monty Lit Fest website to help you find your next great read or audio entertainment. https://montylitfest.com/monty-lockdown-reads/ Keep an eye on Monty Lit Fest’s social media as they will be offering a chance to vote for your favourites from this list, resulting in a Top Ten Lockdown Reads to be revisited at Monty Lit Fest 2021 in Montgomery! Image: The Monty Lockdown reads Lit Fest panel
In February, when Montgomeryshire Literary Festival was still scheduled to take place in 2020, a competition was launched for children to design a bookmark. The Monty Lit Fest committee is delighted to announce that the winner is Woody Jones, aged 10, who is a pupil at Montgomery Church in Wales Primary School. The competition was open to all children under the age of 12, who were asked to design a bookmark depicting their love of books. The entries received were of a high standard and included designs in pencil, felt tip, crayon, paint and computer-generated graphics. The wonderful creations were judged online by the sponsors of the festival including Eaves & Lord Bookshop, Field Mouse Research, Halls, Harrisons, Montgomery Vineyard and Walkers are Welcome Montgomery, with some help from 12 of the Lit Fest authors, and Woody’s design was chosen as the winner. Woody loves doodles and his bookmark reflects this with a striking black and white design. It will be reproduced as printed bookmarks, to promote the Literary Festival which will now take place in Montgomery from 11-13th June, 2021. Woody also won a personalised book bag, donated by The Clever Baggers, and a signed book by children’s author Debi Evans, in addition to some other prizes. The close runners-up were Sicily Dickinson in second place and Daisy Evans in third, who also received book bags and books. It is planned that all 27 entries will be displayed at the festival next year and as many of the judges commented, the entries were marvellous, it’s a shame there couldn’t be more than one winner. The Monty Lit Fest committee would like to thank everyone who entered, the judges and those who donated prizes for this competition, and to offer congratulations to Woody. Monty Lit Fest is an annual festival which celebrates writing in Wales and the Welsh borders. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic is was necessary to postpone this year’s festival but to find out more about the 11th – 13th June 2021 event in Montgomery, visit the website at www.montylitfest.com, follow Monty Lit Fest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, sign up to the newsletter via the website or email email@example.com. You can also keep an eye on the Monty Lit Fest Facebook page for unfurling information about fun online events over the weekend of 12-14th June 2020, when Monty Lit Fest was originally due to be held in Montgomery. Events planned so far include a virtual launch party for Myfanwy Alexander’s new novel, ‘Burning Issue’!”
Eaves & Lord bookshop in Montgomery is preparing for Montgomeryshire Literary Festival’s arrival in the town with a stunning display of books by authors who will be speaking at the Festival. Barry Lord, one of the owners of Eaves & Lord, said, “Excitement is already building for the Festival and it will be a wonderful event for the town of Montgomery.” The bookshop is one of the proud supporters of the Lit Fest, which takes place here in Montgomery from 12th to 14th June. Whilst summer seems a long way off, now is a great time to purchase some of the visiting writers’ books and decide which events you want to attend. Tickets for festival events will go on sale in early April at Eaves & Lord and online at www.montylitfest.com, where the full 2020 line up and other information is also available. To involve the local community in the Festival, Monty Lit Fest Committee is running a competition for children, under the age of 12, to design a bookmark illustrating their love of books. Imaginative designs have already been received and the deadline for entries has been extended to March 18. Many local businesses have also shown their support and there are a few sponsorship and advertising opportunities still available, with a deadline of March 16 for submissions. To find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monty Lit Fest is coming to Montgomery on June 12 to 14 this year and to celebrate the event, they are running a competition for children, under the age of 12, to design a bookmark illustrating their love of books. The deadline for entries is March 2 and designs should feature the child’s own work. There will be one lucky winner who will receive a goody bag of prizes, plus several runners-up; the winning design will be reproduced as a printed bookmark and used to promote the Literary Festival. Full details of the bookmark competition can be obtained by emailing email@example.com New Chair of the Monty Lit Fest committee, Sarah Morris, says, “The start of a lifetime’s love for books often happens in primary school. With today’s youngsters being able to access stories from a plethora of sources, we are intrigued to discover what it is about books that still holds an enduring place in the hearts of our children.” 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 moved to Gregynog Hall, Tregynon in 2019. The 2020 Festival will take place from 12 to 14 June in Montgomery, with main events staged in the Town Hall and a variety of alternative events hosted in smaller venues around the town. For more information on the Festival and to keep up to date with the programme of events, go to the website at www.montylitfest.com
Montgomeryshire Literary Festival is now in its third year and, for the first time, will take place in the historic town of Montgomery. Over twenty events are planned throughout the three day festival, running from 12th-14th June, ranging from authors’ presentations and interviews, poetry readings, writing workshops to an open mic evening, art trail, music, and even a literary cricket tea. Most sessions will take place in Montgomery Town Hall but smaller venues such as Monty Brewery Visitor’s Centre, Ivy House Cafe, St Nicholas’ Church and Montgomery Cricket Club will also be hosting events. Here are just some of the writers who have confirmed their attendance at Monty Lit Fest 2020: Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid, the historian William Hague, poet Frieda Hughes, The Warlow Experiment author, Alix Nathan; the cricket writers Marcus Berkmann and Roger Morgan-Grenville for a ‘Literary Cricket Tea’; Mike Parker, author of On Red Hill, and the award-winning writer Cynan Jones, who will lead a workshop on writing short stories. And as a special treat for fans of storytelling combined with music, Chocolat author Joanne Harris’s #Storytime band will be performing on the Saturday evening! The programme will be finalised in the next few weeks and tickets go on sale on 1st March. New Chair of the Monty Lit Fest committee, Sarah Morris, comments, “During the previous two years the festival took place in a single location; Bodfach Hall then Gregynog Hall, so it’s a big change this year to have at least five different venues hosting authors. We hope it will add interest to our exciting programme of speakers and make Montgomery a very special place to be on 12th – 14th June; both for the local community and for book-loving visitors.” Monty Lit Fest is an annual festival which celebrates writing in Wales and the Welsh borders. To find out more, visit the website at www.montylitfest.com, follow Monty Lit Fest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, sign up to the newsletter via the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.