Monday, 28 November 2016

Meet the sponsors of the Book Fair

A big thank you to all the local businesses who put up our posters and leaflets. Llandeilo is a very dynamic and vibrant small town with a huge variety of shops. Here are some of the prizes that have been donated for the raffle in aid of the Welsh Air Ambulance. Come along on Dec 10th to have a chance to win some of these great prizes.
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Papillon

Organica

Deb's Wool Shop

The Little Welsh Dresser,
Scorpio
Cuckoo's Nest

Eve's Toy Shop, 

In Stitches
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Dragon's Garden












Sunday, 27 November 2016

Meet the participants of the Llandeilo X-Mas Book Fair (Dec 10th): Jacqueline Jeynes

Dr Jacqueline Jeynes – Writer of the Year 2015.
As a published author of several business books on health and safety and small firms since 2000, Jacqueline published her practical guide on Peg Loom Weaving in 2012 as there was no other full-length guide available at the time.
Her father was a FEPOW – Far East Prisoner of War - so while working with the Midland Association of FEPOWs, she collected their individual stories over 25 years and published her book in 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.
She is currently working on a series of Walking Wales: the Art Lover’s Guide to.., incorporating old paintings from the National Library of Wales alongside up-to-date photographs from her long-distance treks.
Jacqueline is writer/tutor of Aberystwyth University Distance Learning modules on art history, and is a travel writer for Silver Travel Advisor (aimed at 50+ age group). She regularly presents workshops and talks on writing non-fiction.

Pen Coed Publishing was established in Ceredigion in 2016 by established author Dr Jacqueline Jeynes. “We have a growing list of non-fiction publications from the only full-length practical guide on Peg Loom Weaving; the stories from WWII prisoners of war held in Japan and the Far East and families that waited for them; to a series of Art Lover’s Guides to Walking in Wales.” There are several other publications due in the coming year so this is an exciting time for the new business.

Meet the participants of the Llandeilo Book Fair Dec 10th: Wendy White


On Dec 10th at 11:15 am: Wendy White, ‘Tir-nan-Og’ winner, reads from her children's book 'Welsh Cakes and Custard.'



Wendy White grew up in Llanelli and studied at Lampeter University. She worked as a library assistant before training to become a primary school teacher and has taught at schools in Berkshire and Carmarthenshire. She is an award-winning author of children’s books. Welsh Cakes and Custard and Three Cheers for Wales are about the adventures of Betsi Wyn and Emyr Rhys and feature their grandparents too, Mam-gu and Da-cu. Each book includes five stories with a strong Welsh flavour, a child-friendly recipe and some traditional songs. Wendy writes for adults under the pen name Sara Gethin.








9:45 am: The Llandeilo Town Band
 will open the event with festive music.
10:00 am: Book Fair opens with Hayley Addis: “The Goblin Circus” (children & adults) reworking fairy-tales
10:45 am: Will MacMillan Jones presents his ‘Enchanted Darkness,’ a performance for children and adults.
11:15 am: Wendy White, ‘Tir-nan-Og’ winner, reads from her children's book 'Welsh Cakes and Custard.'
11:45 am: Hugh W. Roberts reads “What If Summer Never Arrives” from his brand new book “Glimpses”
12:15 am: Colin R. Parsons reads his Christmas Story “Norman's Christmas Spirit”
12:45 am: Short Story Competition Award Ceremony.
1:00 p.m. Sharon Tregenza reads from her Middle Grade/Mystery Adventure “Shiver Stone”
1:00 p.m. Carol Lovekin reads from her magical novel ‘Ghostbird.’      
1:30 pm: Rachel McGrath reads from her children’s book ‘Willow and Coco meet Santa.’
2:00 pm: Poetry Readings. (Open Mic)
2:30pm:  Welsh Poem Recital Competition.
3:00 pm: Liz Riley-Jones reads from her Celtic fantasy novel ' Hiraeth a burden - baich' and talks about the significance of the Welsh Language in it.
3:30 pm: Graham Watkin reads from his best-selling mythology collection ‘Welsh Legends and Myths.’ 
4:00 pm: Kate Glanville reads from her novel ‘Stargazing.’
4:30 pm: Christoph Fischer reads from his Carmarthenshire-set murder mystery ‘The Body In The Snow.’
17:00: Book Fair closes with the announcement of Raffle Prize winners.
Catering by THE HANGOUT at the YARD Llandeilo (traditional, healthy and vegetarian options)

Gift Wrapping in aid of the Air Ambulance all day long

Saturday, 26 November 2016

A day for kids and the whole family: Llandeilo Book Fair Dec 10th


1:30 pm: Rachel McGrath reads from her children’s book ‘Willow and Coco meet Santa.’

Rachel McGrath grew by the beach in Australia, and moved to the UK in her early thirties to pursue her career in Human Resources. Since her early teens she has had ambitions to write professionally, but it wasn’t until 2015 that her first novel, a memoir, was published.

Since then she has published several novels and children’s stories. Her writing has received several literary awards including the People’s Book Prize, Reader’s Favorite and more recently the New Apple Literary Awards.1:00 p.m. Sharon Tregenza reads from her Middle Grade/Mystery Adventure “Shiver Stone” 

Sharon Tregenza is an award winning children’s author. She was born and brought up in Cornwall but has lived in several countries including, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates.
Her debut novel “TARANTULA TIDE” won the Kelpie’s Prize and the Heart of Hawick Award. “THE SHIVER STONE” is a children’s mystery/adventure set in Pembrokeshire, and is published by Firefly Press. It was short listed for the Tir na n-Og and the Somerset Teachers Award.
Sharon has an MA in Creative Writing and another MA in Writing for Young People. She is a member of the Society of Authors, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Scattered Authors Society.
www.sharontregenza.com
www.faceboook.com/sharontregenzabooks

twitter.com/Sharontregenza



Angela Fish is a writer who specialises in intergenerational communication, women’s Ben and the Spider Gate was published in 2015 and the second, Ben and the Spider Prince was released in May 2016. The third in the series, Ben and the Spider Lake, will be out in September 2016. She is a member of the London Book Fair Authors’ Club and lives in south Wales.
writing and Welsh Writing in English. She gained her MPhil in Literature at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) in 1995, and became a principal lecturer there until 2009.  She also established and directed the Wales Centre for Intergenerational Practice, based at the university, in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government and the Beth Johnson Foundation.  Her publications include non-fiction, fiction, short stories and poetry, often with Welsh and feminist themes, and she has worked with local schools and communities to improve communication between the generations. She has been in demand, nationally and internationally, as a conference presenter and an invited speaker in her field. Her first book for children,

10:00 am: Book Fair opens with Hayley Addis: “The Goblin Circus” (children & adults) reworking fairy-tales
Hayley "Haloquin" Addis is an Enchantress, weaving magic through words in storytelling and teaching about real Faery magic. She is the author of "Your Faery Magic" (non-fiction) and the creator of storytelling show The Goblin Circus(fantastical), with an illustrated storybook in the works! When not writing or making magic Hayley dances, studies for her Philosophy Doctorate and dabbles in arts and crafts. Despite running a circus she still can't juggle. Find her at www.aworldenchanted.com /www.thegoblincircus.com 
10:45 am: Will MacMillan Jones presents his ‘Enchanted Darkness,’ a performance for children and adults.

Will Macmillan Jones writes Dark Fantasy, fantasy he fantasises is funny, and books for children. Some of his pieces have won awards but he doesn’t like to talk about that as it draws attention to the fact that other pieces haven’t.
www.willmacmillanjones.com

11:15 am: Wendy White, ‘Tir-nan-Og’ winner, reads from her children's book 'Welsh Cakes and Custard.'

Wendy White grew up in Llanelli and studied at Lampeter University. She worked as a library assistant before training to become a primary school teacher and has taught at schools in Berkshire and Carmarthenshire. She is an award-winning author of children’s books. Welsh Cakes and Custard and Three Cheers for Wales are about the adventures of Betsi Wyn and Emyr Rhys and feature their grandparents too, Mam-gu and Da-cu. Each book includes five stories with a strong Welsh flavour, a child-friendly recipe and some traditional songs. Wendy writes for adults under the pen name Sara Gethin.




12:15 am: Colin R. Parsons reads his Christmas Story “Norman's Christmas Spirit”

He loves writing for children and young adults in the genres of: fantasy, sci-fi, steam punk and the supernatural.
He has published many books including his best selling series Wizards' Kingdom, also The Curious World of Shelley Vendor books and his Crank Tech One series.


Here's the full programme:

9:45 am: The Llandeilo Town Band will open the event with festive music.
10:00 am: Book Fair opens with Hayley Addis: “The Goblin Circus” (children & adults) reworking fairy-tales
10:45 am: Will MacMillan Jones presents his ‘Enchanted Darkness,’ a performance for children and adults.
11:15 am: Wendy White, ‘Tir-nan-Og’ winner, reads from her children's book 'Welsh Cakes and Custard.'
11:45 am: Hugh W. Roberts reads “What If Summer Never Arrives” from his brand new book “Glimpses”
12:15 am: Colin R. Parsons reads his Christmas Story “Norman's Christmas Spirit”
12:45 am: Short Story Competition Award Ceremony.
1:00 p.m. Sharon Tregenza reads from her Middle Grade/Mystery Adventure “Shiver Stone”
1:00 p.m. Carol Lovekin reads from her magical novel ‘Ghostbird.’      
1:30 pm: Rachel McGrath reads from her children’s book ‘Willow and Coco meet Santa.’
2:00 pm: Poetry Readings. (Open Mic)
2:30pm:  Welsh Poem Recital Competition.
3:00 pm: Liz Riley-Jones reads from her Celtic fantasy novel ' Hiraeth a burden - baich' and talks about the significance of the Welsh Language in it.
3:30 pm: Graham Watkin reads from his best-selling mythology collection ‘Welsh Legends and Myths.’ 
4:00 pm: Kate Glanville reads from her novel ‘Stargazing.’
4:30 pm: Christoph Fischer reads from his Carmarthenshire-set murder mystery ‘The Body In The Snow.’
17:00: Book Fair closes with the announcement of Raffle Prize winners.
Catering by THE HANGOUT at the YARD Llandeilo (traditional, healthy and vegetarian options)

Gift Wrapping in aid of the Air Ambulance all day long















Friday, 25 November 2016

Meet the participants of the Llandeilo Christmas Book Fair: Greg Howes

Greg Howes is a writer, genealogist and historical researcher based in Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK. Greg has lived in Wales for the last twenty six years, though originates from Thame, Oxfordshire, England, UK.

He is the author of the Gothic fiction novel, “The Man Behind the Glass” (released in 2014) which is based around a character called Septimus Blackwood, a Victorian photographer with a difference. The story is set in London’s East End in the year 1860, and is about a man’s quest to capture life and cheat death through photography. Septimus races against time to discover his family’s long lost legacy buried deep amongst the forgotten rivers and cellars of old London.  Unbeknown to him a mysterious old woman looks on....A tale that will pick the pocket of your dreams for now and evermore.


Greg is now writing his second novel, “The Movement of Light,” and a further selection of short stories and dark poems. When not writing or researching, Greg likes to roam around the wild, historical and romantic landscape ofWales. The first book he ever bought (aged 9) was a non fiction book called “Ghost and Hauntings”.  He believes the film “The Amazing Mr Blunden” viewed when just aged 8 greatly inspired his love of the Gothic.  


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Raffle in aid of Air Ambulance Wales

Thanks to the Little Welsh Dresser for their generous donation to the Raffle at the Llandeilo Book Fair in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance

In April the authors of the Llandeilo Book Fair donated books for a raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance Wales. The tickets raised close to £100.


This year we have local businesses involved who generously donated to the raffle for this good cause.
After all, Christmas is the season of goodwill and kindness.







Wales Air Ambulance is the national air ambulance charity for Wales, providing emergency air cover for those who face life-threatening illness or injuries.

Our dedicated aircrews are on standby for everyone, in any part of our diverse landscape and communities, 365 days a year. We also operate the National Children’s Air Ambulance for Wales.

The charity is funded by your support – we rely entirely on donations to raise £6.5 million each year to operate the four helicopters in the mid, north and south of the country.





Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Meet the participants of the X-Mas Llandeilo Book Dair: Angela Fish



Angela Fish is a writer who specialises in intergenerational communication, women’s writing and Welsh Writing in English. She gained her MPhil in Literature at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) in 1995, and became a principal lecturer there until 2009.  She also established and directed the Wales Centre for Intergenerational Practice, based at the university, in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government and the Beth Johnson Foundation.  Her publications include non-fiction, fiction, short stories and poetry, often with Welsh and feminist themes, and she has worked with local schools and communities to improve communication between the generations. She has been in demand, nationally and internationally, as a conference presenter and an invited speaker in her field. Her first book for children,Ben and the Spider Gate was published in 2015 and the second, Ben and the Spider Prince was released in May 2016. The third in the series, Ben and the Spider Lake, will be out in September 2016. She is a member of the London Book Fair Authors’ Club and lives in south Wales.


Angela Fish
BA(Hons), MPhil, PGCEd, FHEA