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Bainbridge in festival limelight
Beryl Bainbridge
Beryl Bainbridge will be reading her work at the festival
Novelist Beryl Bainbridge is one of a host of writers sharing their work and experiences with the audience at a literary festival this weekend.

The Welsh Academy event is being held over three days at the Ty Newydd creative writing centre near Criccieth.

Workshops by established poets, journalists and novelists will be held at different venues in and around Criccieth.

Dame Beryl Bainbridge, who recently won a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to literature, will be joined on Saturday night by Cardiff-born Booker Prize winner, Bernice Rubens.

Bernice Rubens won the prize for her novel The Elected Member while Beryl Bainbridge is the author of 23 books, including An Awfully Big Adventure and According to Queeney.

Jan Morris and Twm Morys
Jan Morris and Twm Morys will invite people to take a train journey with them

Saturday's events will end in a Stomp - an informal eisteddfod-style poetry evening set in a pub, where writers compete against each other with their bardic offerings.

Ty Newydd Assistant Director, Sian Northey, said it was difficult to choose a festival highlight.

"Obviously Bernice Rubens and Beryl Bainbridge will be worth seeing and hearing on the Saturday night," she said.

"The Stomp will also be great - the tickets are almost sold out, so the Marine Hotel will be packed."

Bilingual dimension

There are tickets left for the Literature Loco on Sunday where travel writer Jan Morris and her son, poet Twm Morys, will recite their work to the rhythm of a Ffestiniog Railway train on a journey from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

"They are always great together," said Ms Northey.

"I'm not sure what exactly they will do because you never know what will happen when they are together.

"But the bilingual dimension is always interesting with Jan writing in English and Twm in Welsh," she added.

The festival is held at Ty Newydd every two years, and in Cardiff Bay in the years in between.

Ty Newydd in the village if Llanystumdwy is a Grade II listed building which was the last home of former British prime minister, David Lloyd George.

Ty Newydd writing centre
Ty Newydd was renovated by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis

The house was renovated by Portmeirion architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the 1940s although different parts of it date back to the 16th and 18th Century.

Lloyd George's nephew, WRP George, who is appearing at the Lloyd George Museum, Llanystumdwy, on Saturday morning, will be another highlight according to Ms Northey.

He will be acting as a literary investigator revealing the lives behind the letters of authors such as Patagonian writer, Eluned Morgan and William George.

Sian Northey said the festival had started well with a Rap Yo! event at Criccieth's Marine Hotel on Thursday evening.

"We had eight schools from the local area and from Cardiff Bay for an evening of performances with Twm Morys and rap artist Leon Charles from Cardiff.

"We hope the rest of the festival goes just as well!" she said.

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