Budding poets to join talented line-up at new literature event
TALENTED local school children will be joining leading names from literature, music and comedy at the Dinefwr Literature Festival this month.
Pupils will be showing off their poetry skills on the morning of Saturday, June 30, at the major new bilingual festival, which takes place at the National Trust's Dinefwr Park and estate.
The festival line-up already boasts more than 100 events over three days, celebrating all aspects of the spoken word.
The schools' outreach programme, which has been delivered by National Trust and write4word with the financial support of Literature Wales, was led by Carmarthen-based writers Clare Scott and Elinor Wyn Reynolds.
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The pupils will be sharing the spotlight with famous names such as National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, and The Staves, who will have just returned from supporting Bon Iver's US tour.
Lleucu Siencyn, one of the festival's directors and chief executive of Literature Wales, said: "We have a whole host of authors, rappers, comedians, cult musicians and up-and- coming talent taking part in the event.
"The diversity and wealth of talent appearing at the festival is what makes it so exciting.
"There are plenty of big names and popular acts in the line-up, but the festival is not just about artists who are already popular.
"We want to celebrate emerging talents too.
"These young people could be the authors, poets and musicians of the future. We are delighted to have them joining the festival line-up and hope everybody comes along to support them."
And festival organisers have come up with new ways of encouraging people to support the event. Jacqui Kedward, property manager with the National Trust Carmarthenshire, said: "The families and friends of children taking part, as well as Dinefwr's many loyal visitors, will want to be part of this exciting event — and we want to see them there.
"Because the relationship that Dinefwr Park and estate has with the local community is so special we are offering two-for-one tickets to anyone living within the SA postcode.
"By doing this we hope that lots of people from the area are able to come along to this very special event."