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  1. 1. Laugharne Weekend Festival 2010 29/12/2010 10:53 Line Up For a schedule with dates and times – click here – but do check back in case of timing tweaks. NICK KENT In 2002 Nick Kent was presented by the NME with the "God Like Genius" award for his thirty years as a rock journalist. His document of the seventies "Apathy For The Devil" is a compelling story of inspiration, success and burnout from a classic wordsmith. HOWARD MARKS Kenfig Hills Howard Marks has written two best selling books "Mr Nice" and "Senor Nice" about his life as a drug smuggler and his life afterwards. The film of "Mr Nice" with Rhys Ifans taking the part of Howard comes out in October 2010. "He sounds like Richard Burton and looks like a Rolling Stone" - Daily Mail A.C. GRAYLING A.C. Grayling teaches philosophy at Birkbeck College London and is a fellow of St Annes Oxford. His new book "Thinking of Answers: Questions In The Philosophy Of Everyday Life" is a collection of essays that make thinking and reading a delight. "If there is any such person in Britain today as the Thinking Man, it is A.C. Grayling" - The Times RODDY DOYLE Roddy Doyle is a novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. Several of his books have been turned into successful films starting with "The Commitments" in 1991. His latest novel "Dead Republic" is a magnificent, epic novel that explores the history of modern Ireland and is the sequel to "A Star Called Henry" and "Oh Play That Thing" "This is Irelands most famous living writer" - The Guardian TWIN TOWN As they have done for every Laugharne Weekend the cast of Twin Town will reassemble and do a script reading of the classic Welsh cult film JULIAN COPE Has blazed the most singular of trails across the popular culture of the last thirty years from the Teardrop Explodes to The Modern Antiquarian, megaliths to Japrocksampler. World shut your mouth indeed. A spoken word event. Page 1 of 6
  2. 2. Laugharne Weekend Festival 2010 29/12/2010 10:53 NICKY WIRE Nicky Wire is the bassist and lyric writer for the Manic Street Preachers. At Laugharne he will talk to Phil Wilding about his influences and inspirations. STUART MACONIE Stuart Maconie is an English radio presenter, writer, journalist and critic. His books include "Cider With Roadies", "Pies And Prejudice" and his latest "Adventures On The High Teas: In Search of Middle England". Stuart currently presents a show with Mark Radcliffe on Radio Two and his Freak Zone show on Radio Six every Sunday. "The best thing to come out of Wigan since the A58 to Bolton" - Peter Kay THE FALLEN Three of the members of the classic 1979/80 era Fall - Steve Hanley, Martin Bramah and Mike Leigh (nb not the film director!) - reassemble to tell stories of life in and out of the Fall and maybe even revisit some early Fall material. A Laugharne one-off. KEITH ALLEN PRESENTS LAUGHARNES GOT TALENT The legendary Keith Allen will run a talent competition over three nights to prove that Laugharne truly does have talent. So if youre a Laugharne local who can sing, tell jokes, play an instrument, write poetry etc come and prove that you truly do have talent. MARTIN CARTHY Snger and guitarist Martin Carthy has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music since his debut solo album in 1965. He has been a member of Steeleye Span, The Watersons, Brass Monkey and can currently be found in Imagined Village. FIONN REGAN Fionn Regans debut album "The End Of History"was short-listed for the Mercury Prize and his second album "The Shadow Of An Empire" has been released to rave reviews. "True brilliance" - Mojo "One of the finest singer songwriters to emerge in recent years" - BBC6 Music ALASDAIR ROBERTS Scotish singer/guitarist Alasdair Roberts has released 5 albums and his last album "Spoils" was in most of the end of year best of 2009 polls. "Beautiful, literate and compelling" - BBC ROBIN ROBERTSON Scottish poet Robin Robertson has published four collections and won several prizes including The Forward Prize for Best Collection, The E.M. Forster Award and last year his poem "At Roane Head" won the 2009 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. "He writes as if his poems have arisen from a pact with the devil" - The Independent DAN RHODES Laugharne regular Dan Rhodes new novel "Little Hands Clapping" blends lavishly entertaining storytelling with his macabre imagination, entrancing original and magic touch. "Totally sick and brilliant, in all the right ways" - Douglas Coupland LAURA DOCKRILL Laura Dockrill is a poet and illustrator. A graduate of The Brit School, she went on to study creative writing at Middlesex University while designing artwork for Kate Nashs music and merchandising. "A singular talent in the rave new world of poetry" - Phill Jupitus JANE BUSSMAN Page 2 of 6
  3. 3. Laugharne Weekend Festival 2010 29/12/2010 10:53 Jane Bussman is an award-winning writer for tv and radio including Smack The Pony, South Park, The Fast Show and Brass Eye. Her book "The Worst Date Ever" tells the ill fated attempt to find love in equatorial Africa. "One of the funniest books Ive read for a long time" - Sunday Times DAVID QUANTICK David Quantick is a writer who specialises in music and comedy. He began as a writer for the NME before going on to write for Spitting Image, Brass Eye, Harry Enfield, Mitchell and Webb and Harry Hill. He is the author of the bestselling series of Grumpy Old Men Books and his latest book is "The Dangerous Book For Middle-Aged Men" LOUISE WELSH Literary crime writer Louise Welsh’s first novel, "The Cutting Room", won several awards, including the 2002 Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger, and was jointly awarded the 2002 Scottish First Book of the Year Award. Her second book, "Tamburlaine Must Die", a novelette written around the final three days of the poet Christopher Marlowes life, was published in 2004. Her third novel, "The Bullet Trick" (2006), is a present-day murder mystery set in Berlin. Her latest book is "Naming the Bones" (2010), set in the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, where she lives. HELEN GRIFFIN For many people the highlight of last year was Helen Griffins performance of the one woman play "Caitlin" and we are pleased to welcome back her amazing portrayal of Dylan Thomas wife CHARLIE CONNELLY Charlie Connelly is a best selling travel writer, award-winning broadcaster and the author of eight books including "Attention All Shipping" which was a Radio 4 book of the week. In his latest book "And Did Those Feet" he sets out on foot along British historical routes and includes eight pages on Laugharne. "Simple yet brilliant" - Daily Mail "Engaging and very funny" - The Times MY FATHERS PLACES My Fathers Places was Aeronwy Thomas memoir of growing up in Laugharne with her parents Dylan and Caitlin. It ws published posthumously last autumn. Welsh actress Carys Eleri will read fom the book CLINTON HEYLIN Clinton Heylin has written on all aspects of popular culture but is mostly associated with Bob Dylan. His second volume on the songs of Bob Dylan "Still On The Road" comes out in April 2010 "Arguably the worlds greatest rock biographer" - Irish Independent "The only Dylanologist worth reading" - New York Times MARK OLSON A leading figure in Americana music, Mark was one of the founding members of The Jayhawks. Post Jayhawks he has recorded solo, with The Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers as well as re-uniting with Gary Louris of The Jayhawks. RICHARD JAMES After Gorkys Zygotic Mynci split their bassist Richard James released a classic album in "The Seven Sleepers Den" which The Times described as "a triumph of quiet perserverance : crafted perserverance, insidious and cool". His latest album "We Went Riding" comes out this spring. TREMBLING BELLS For many people including Paul Weller "Carbeth" the debut album by Trembling Bells was the best album of 2009 and we are excited to welcome their unique folk/jazz/psychedelia to Laugharne VIV ALBERTINE Viv Albertine was the guitarist and songwriter in The Slits between 1977 - 82 since then she has been working as a television director before recently returning to music Page 3 of 6
  4. 4. Laugharne Weekend Festival 2010 29/12/2010 10:53 KATELL KEINEG Katell Keineg grew up in Brittany and Wales and made her name as a singer/songwriter in New York playing the Sin E alongside Jeff Buckley et al. Her wonderful new album "At The Mermaid Parade" will be released on Honest Jons Records this spring. TIFFANY MURRAY Tiffany Murrays first book "Happy Accidents"was short-listed for the Bollinger/Wodehouse Prize and her second novel "Diamond Star Halo" came out this year to ecstatic reviews. She teaches creative writing in Wales and lives in the Welsh marches. "Cider With Rosie with an impeccable soundtrack" - Mark Radcliffe "Heartfelt writing... it fizzes" - The Guardian RACHEL TREZISE Rachel was the winner of the inaugral Dylan Thomas Prize for her short story collection "Fresh Apples". Her latest novel "Sixteen Shades of Crazy" is published by Harper Collins in May 2010 ANTHONY REYNOLDS & CHARLOTTE GREIG A collaboration between author and alt folk singer Charlotte Greig whose music has been described by Q as "Achingly beautiful" and the critically acclaimed songwriter and author Anthony Reynolds, formerly of Jack TOBY LITT Toby Litt has written ten novels including Deadkidsongs, Corpsing and I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay, His latest is called Journey Into Space. In 2003 he was names as one of Granta’s twenty best young British novelists. TREZZA AZZOPARDI Trezza Azzopardi was born in Newport and now lives in Norwich. Her new novel "The Song Hour" is published in May 2010 and has been commissioned for Radio Fours Womans Hour. She has written three previous novels including the Booker Prize short-listed "The Hiding Place" "Astonishingly accomplished" - The Independent CATRIN DAFYDD Catrin Dafydd is a bilingual Welsh author. She made the longlist of the 2006 Wales Book of the Year award for her debut Welsh language novel Pila Pala and her first English language novel, Random Deaths and Custard (2007), was nominated for the Spread the Word 2009 award by the World Book Day team. Her latest novel is Y Tiwniwr Piano. NIALL GRIFFITHS Liverpool born and Aberystwyth based, Niall Griffiths won Welsh Book of The Year in 2005 for his novel "Stump" and was described by Time Out as "One of Britains most talented writers" PHIL RICKMAN Crime novelist Phil Rickman is known for blurring the boundaries between crime and horror, the realistic and the supernatural, especially in his Merrily Watkins series of novels, featuring a down-to-earth female priest of the Church of England employed as an exorcist. His new novel The Bones of Avalon is set in Elizabethan Britian He has a radio show on BBC Radio Wales on literary matters, Phil the Shelf. PHILIP WILDING Philip Wilding is a Rhondda born journalist writer and producer for both radio and television. His debut novel "Cross Country Murder Song" is a 21st century road trip to the heart of darkness and has been described by Nicky Wire as "245 pages of dark, disturbing, romantic, American splendour" PATRICK JONES Page 4 of 6
  5. 5. Laugharne Weekend Festival 2010 29/12/2010 10:53 Patrick Jones is a poet, playwright, human rights activist and filmaker his latest cd of his poetry is "Tongues for A Stammering Time" "Strong stuff" - Harold Pinter RUPERT THOMSON Rupert Thomson has written 8 novels and a memoir "This Partys Got To Stop" which is published in April 2010. He has been short-listed for several literary prizes and currently resides in Barcelona. "When someone writes as well as Thomson, it makes you wonder why other people bother" - The New Statesman COWBOIS RHOS BOTWNNOG Welsh language stylings from three brothers from the Lleyn peninsula of North Wales. PETER FINCH Peter Finch is a poet, editor, a sometime bookseller and latterly a travel writer, responsible for the excellent Real Wales series He will launch his latest poetry collection, Zen Cymru at Laugharne THE GENTLE GOOD The Gentle Good is also known as Gareth Bonello, a Welsh singer/songwriter whose honest and tender vocals are well matched to an intricate guitar style that owes much to the great guitarists of the sixties folk revival WILL HODGKINSON Will Hodgkinson writes on music for The Guardian and Mojo and is the presenter/interviewer for the "Songwriter" programmes on Sky Arts. He travelled over Britain making field recordings for his latest book "The Ballad of Britain" IAN BONE & RAY ROUGHLER JONES Anarchist Ian Bone was once described by The Sunday People as "the most dangerous man in Britain". His autobiography "Bash The Rich" is being filmed by director Greg Hall and at Laugharne he will be reading from his next book "Did Dylan Thomas Kill Swansea Jack" Ray Roughler Jones came to West London from Swansea in the late seventies and started his legendary magazine "The Roughler" which featured contributions from The Clash, Will Self and Neneh Cherry. His autobiography comes out in May 2010 NO THEE NO ESS No Thee No Ess are a Swansea band who revolve around the duo of Paul Battenbough (King of Despair) and Andy Fung (Cymbient). They have released two albums, "Looking At The World" and ‘The Pocket Symphonies of No Thee No Ess’ TU CHWITH Welsh radical magazine Tu Chwith will provide readings and music from a selection of their contributors Y NIWL Y Niwl are a North Walian surf band, the drummers a mutant metronome, the bassist walks like a panther and the guitars bend and twist their way into your face until youre dancing like a teenage weirdo Click here to read some of the great reactions from press and artists from the last couple of years Laugharne Weekends. Page 5 of 6
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