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Category Archives: Books & Writing

Working together to save the Library

Everyone loves a good book and whilst your local library is a haven for discovering something new to read, it offers so much more besides: computer access, free Wifi, magazines and newspapers to mention a few. But with proposed budget cuts, the future of the local library is under continued threat. A newly formed group […]

Crickhowell Literary Festival 2015

Crickhowell lends itself well to becoming the setting for the newest literary festival in South Wales. The local area has been an inspiration for writers for centuries. Rev. Thomas Price (Carnhuanawc), lived and preached in the area in the early nineteenth century. Carnhuanawc was a vocal and active promoter of the Welsh language and culture, […]

FOOD: An Exhibition at Broadleaf books

For a few days this coming September, Broadleaf Books in Abergavenny will host a group exhibition ‘FOOD’, bringing together works by contemporary visual artists from Wales and across the U.K. Abergavenny-based artists Melissa Appleton and Edwin Burdis are working with Broadleaf Books owner, Joanna Chambers, to curate the exhibition in the intimate setting of the […]

Book Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it […]

Crickhowell Literary Festival

Deborah Moggach whose novel These Foolish Things was adapted for the screen as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will be talking at the festival

The First Crickhowell Literary Festival will take place this year between 4th – 11th October. Initially conceived as a three day event, the wealth of local talent and the willingness of writers from throughout the UK to take part, has lead to a busy week-long programme. The Festival features something for everyone – there will […]


Those of you who are familiar with Flash Fiction will know that the fourth annual National Flash Fiction Day is coming up on 27th June. If you’re not sure what Flash Fiction is, then read on. Flash Fiction is widely recognised as a style of fictional literature of extreme brevity, although there is no formal […]

Book Review: The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

She is the missing girl. But she doesn’t know she’s lost.   Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him […]

Book Review: Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood

In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge, and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley’s best friend. She is also Ernest’s […]

Write Club

If you’re reading this in the Crickhowell area, you’re very lucky. The lovely and talented Rebecca Loncraine offers a range of Creative Writing classes in the area. This article is really aimed at those of you in and around Brecon. Book clubs are wonderful. It’s great to be able to discuss a brilliant book with […]

Romantic Classics

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us this month’s recommendations. With Valentine’s Day recently in mind, we take a look at some classic books with an enduring theme published by Vintage Classics. We’ve long been a fan of this publisher’s choice of cover art, and think they make the perfect gift for a loved one. […]