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Punk pioneer at Dylan's boathouse
[Clockwise, L-R, from top left]: Patti Smith, Lionel Shriver, Will Self, Roger McGough
The festival aims to attract an eclectic line-up each year
Singer-songwriter Patti Smith, who was influential in the birth of the punk movement, is among the big names taking part in a fledgling literary festival.

She will be joined by Will Self, Booker Prize-winner DBC Pierre and actor Keith Allen at The Laugharne Weekend.

It was launched in 2007 with the aim of attracting an eclectic line-up each year to the Carmarthenshire town famous for its association with Dylan Thomas.

Smith will appear at the boathouse, where the poet lived with his family.

She is perhaps most widely known for the song Because the Night, co-written with Bruce Springsteen, but it was her 1975 debut album Horses that helped earn her the title "punk's poet laureate".

In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine included her in its list of "The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and the following year she received one of France's top cultural honours when she was presented with the Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters.

Festival director Richard Thomas said he expected tickets for her appearance would be extremely sought-after, as the boathouse holds a maximum audience of just 24.

Other venues in the town include pubs and the village hall.

Mr Thomas got the idea for the festival after watching a television programme about actor Neil Morrissey's links with Laugharne.

'Magnificent finale'

"Given the town's literary history, it's such an obvious idea," he said.

"Last year's festival was a success and the festival now looks certain to become an annual event."

He said last year's "magnificent finale" was a cast reunion of the 1990s cult film Twin Town, which was set in Swansea.

Many of those who appeared for a script reading last year will be returning again.

Other names returning are former Welsh drug baron turned author Howard Marks, and the winner of the first Dylan Thomas prize for young writers Rachel Trezise.

New faces include Roger McGough, one of Britain's best known poetry voices, and Lionel Shriver whose novel We Need To Talk About Kevin won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005.

In total there are more than 30 writers and poets - many from Wales - taking part in the festival, from 28 - 30 March.

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