“What a truly amazing day. It was magical to be in that landscape, and to hear breathtaking words about it while we were there. It was a really spectacular experience that will live long in my memory” 2012 Audience Member
Further, faster and bumpier than ever before, Literature Wales’ 2013 Literary Tourism Events Programme will take you on horseback, bicycle, canoe or on foot, to explore the Wild West, the legends of Arthurian and Medieval Wales, Submarine Swansea, Neolithic Anglesey and the ghosts of Ceredigion.
Located across Wales and beyond, these experiences take you to the heart of the places and themes which inspired and forged the nation’s creative writers – from old favourites such as RS Thomas, Dylan Thomas and Dafydd ap Gwilym, to current greats such as Rachel Trezise, Dannie Abse, Niall Griffiths and Joe Dunthorne. Sparkle on the Taf Estuary, soar with the birds of Ynys-hir, wobble on the tracks of Waldo Williams, rock out in prehistory with a legendary punk musician, and re-visit a teenager’s Swansea - you don’t have to be an experienced rambler, cyclist, horse-rider or canoeist to take part. Just bring yourself, sturdy shoes and plenty of anticipation.
Look out for special Thomas tours: to mark the RS Thomas 2013 Centenary, and to whet your appetite for the Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations in 2014.
Literature Wales CEO Lleucu Siencyn said: “What could be better than getting outside to play in Wales’ stunning landscapes, whatever the weather? Literature Wales’ literary tours offer so much – they’re fun, sociable, quirky, active, interesting and totally unique. Why not take the chance to explore this landscape in the company of some of Wales’ best writers”
Tour highlights (English language) include:
Saturday 18th May – Literary Ogmore
Cross the River Ogmore on horseback with writers Tom Anderson and Kate North, and listen to the iconic Dannie Abse talk about his love for this part of the Glamorgan coastline.
Saturday 15th June – The Wild West
Spend a Saturday evening with some of Wales’ finest and most sociable writers: Niall Griffiths, Cynan Jones and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch invite us to their favourite Ceredigion pubs to enjoy readings over drinks.
Friday 21st June – Neolithic Literary Anglesey
A Midsummer Day hike taking in five outstanding prehistoric monuments through the fantastical, archaeological and mystical eyes of punk rock musician Rhys Mwyn and writer and storyteller Fiona Collins.
Saturday 6th July – Submarine Swansea
Joe Dunthorne’s brilliant novel Submarine was quickly adapted into the hugely popular feature film starring Craig Roberts. Join both for a screening and foray into the places from Joe’s teenage years, the book and the film.
Saturday 20th July – Dylan Thomas’ Taf Estuary and New York Treat
Ride the eddies of Dylan Thomas’ life by canoe with Jeff Towns and John Goodby. If paddling isn’t your thing, share an evening of jazz and boutique New York food with Daniel G. Williams.
Saturday 14th September – Medieval Literature and Arthurian Legends at St. Asaph and Holywell
Follow the winding paths of the north-eastern corner of Wales with Raluca Radulescu, delving deep into the literary footsteps of King Arthur.
The 2013 programme runs from April to October 2013 with ticket prices starting from as little as £7.00 (£6.00 concessions). All tours work in partnership with other national organisations.
To request a brochure, book a place or for more information, contact Literature Wales on: firstname.lastname@example.org / 029 2047 2266.