March 9, 2009
Glamorgan’s creative writing lecturers Des Barry and Trevor Byrne are among those appearing at Wales’ coolest literary festival, The Laugharne Weekend, on April 3, 4 and 5. The annual festival is a celebration of Welsh literature as well as cult writing and music.
Two of Glamorgan’s brightest creative writing graduates also appear. Dan Rhodes, named as one of Granta’s top 20 young British writers, and Rachel Tresize, winner of an Orange Futures prize for her autobiographical novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl, and most recently the Dylan Thomas prize for Fresh Apples, a collection of short stories, form part of the stellar line-up that includes Ray Davies, Irvine Welsh, Alexei Sayle, Louis de Bernieres, A.L. Kennedy, Mark Steel, Howard Marks in conversation with Rhys Ifans, Shirley Collins, Jon Ronson, Stuart Maconie, Keith Allen and Luke Haines.
Laugharne has always been an area of inspiration to writers and artists. The most notable of these, of course, was Dylan Thomas who spent the last four years of his life at the boathouse, now a heritage centre dedicated to him.