2014 Dinefwr Literature Festival — first names announced

Friday 07 March 2014

Dinefwr Literature Festival, a celebration of words, music and landscape, returns to the stunning surroundings of Dinefwr Park and Castle in the heart of the Carmarthenshire countryside this summer.

  • Cate Le Bon (© Piper Ferguson)

    Cate Le Bon (© Piper Ferguson)

  • Charlotte Church (© Kirsten McTernan)

    Charlotte Church (© Kirsten McTernan)

  • Huw Stephens (© Neil Thompson)

    Huw Stephens (© Neil Thompson)

  • Plu


  • Deborah Kay Davies (© Jeff Moreau)

    Deborah Kay Davies (© Jeff Moreau)

  • Huw Aaron (© Luned Aaron)

    Huw Aaron (© Luned Aaron)

The three-day bilingual festival is back with an eclectic programme of national and international writers, award-winning poets and emerging English and Welsh literary talent, along with ground-breaking comedy, music, art, cinema, cabaret and creative activities for children.

Among the first names to be announced are:

  • the Welsh singer and songwriter Charlotte Church
  • BBC Radio 1 DJ and writer Huw Stephens
  • comedian Bridget Christie
  • the 2014 Costa Award-winning debut novelist Nathan Filer
  • the writer and poet Owen Sheers
  • Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds
  • National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke
  • performance poet and author Steven Camden aka Polarbear
  • British poet, novelist and children’s writer, Helen Dunmore
  • and singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon.

The Dinefwr Literature Festival is currently Cate’s only planned gig in Wales ahead of her UK tour this autumn and follows recent sell-out shows in London and Cardiff.    

The weekend’s music is curated by SŴN’s John Rostron, who brought The Staves, Gruff Rhys and Ghostpoet to Dinefwr in 2012.

This year’s full music line-up is yet to be announced but early names confirmed include:

  • Carmarthenshire’s beguilingly intimate Welsh pop duo, Trwbador
  • the Alex Dingley Band
  • alternative folk band, Plu.

There will be English and Welsh-language events taking place over the weekend, with confirmed writers from Wales including:

  • Cynan Jones
  • Aneirin Karadog, the Welsh language Children’s Poet Laureate
  • Deborah Kay Davies, 2009 winner of the Wales Book of the Year
  • Rhian Edwards, multi-award winning poet and musician.  

Dinefwr Literature Festival prides itself on being family-friendly, so there’ll be plenty of entertainment throughout the weekend for children including the brilliant Wimpy Kid Show in which host Alastair Watson brings to life Jeff Kinney’s international bestselling children’s books.

The festival also welcomes Nicola Davies, former presenter of the Really Wild Show and Sarah KilBride, author of the Princess Evie books.

Festival events will take place in Newton House, the National Trust’s stunning seventeenth-century property, and in marquees in the grounds of the landscaped park, home to the famous White Park Cattle. This year the ancient castle, which is reached by a woodland walk, will host performances specially commissioned for the mythical setting.  


Both weekend and day tickets are available for the festival.

Adult Weekend passes are £65, with a discount for National Trust, Cadw and Literature Wales members and the students and staff of University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Discounts are also available for local residents and OAPs.

Adult Day tickets start at £25; children under 5 go free, and weekend and day tickets for children aged 6-16 are £10 and £5 respectively.

Camping tickets are additional: £20 per tent for a maximum of four people sharing and £30 for live-in vehicles.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.dinefwrliteraturefestival.co.uk/tickets

The Dinefwr Literature Festival is organised by Literature Wales in partnership with National Trust, Cadw, and University of Wales Trinity Saint David and is supported by Arts Council of Wales Lottery funding.