Some videos and pics from PENfro Festivals.

The 2016 Festival

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Owen Sheers with Richard Davies on Saturday evening at PENfro

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Dave Urwin reading at PENfro Book Festival on Friday evening with Wendy Smit-Taylor.

 CLICK HERE for video of Owen Sheers reading ‘Late Spring’ at this year’s PENfro Book Festival! 


The 2014 Festival 

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Jonathan Edwards, Dan Anthony, Trevor Fishlock, Rowan Williams, Ceri Wyn Jones and Stephen Wade – just some of the authors who helped make PENfro Book Festival 2014 such a success.


The 2013 Festival – Sunday events


A short video compilation of the events that took place on Sunday 15th September 2013 at the PENfro Book Festival held at Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire. There were three evening events prior to the Sunday Book Day. On Saturday Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke read in the Oak Hall and during the day there were a number of well-attended workshops. Thursday evening was Hungarian Dances – the Concert of the Novel – Jessica Duchen reading from her novel to superb musical accompaniment. Friday evening was a poetry evening with local poetry group, poet Tim Wells and the winners of the PENfro poetry competition.

The 2013 Festival – Lucy Gannon on Writing for Television


One of the UK’s leading TV screenwriters talks about her career and writing for television.  Lucy’s credits include the new series of Frankie, Soldier Soldier, Lewis and many more. Among her many awards are The Richard Burton Drama Award, The Susan Smith Blackburn Award, The BAFTA Cymru, and the Contribution To The Media Award (Women in Film and Television) and, most recently, the RTS Award (South West England) for Best Writer for her film The Best Of Men.

The 2013 Festival – Sunday Book Fair


Brian John talks about the Book Fair at the 2013 PENfro Book Festival

The 2013 Festival – Daniel Morden


Storyteller Daniel Morden talks about his award-winning book ‘Dark Tales from the Woods’ which won the Tir NA Nog prize – stories from which he read at PENfro 2013.

The 2013 Festival – Peter Lord: Relationships with Pictures


Peter Lord discusses his new book, Relationships with Pictures, describing, using fifteen pictures, the evolution of his own sense of self; from post-War childhood, art college in the 1960s, through the tension between incomers and local people in Wales in the 1970s and 80s, and finally through his exploration of the influence they have had in the lives of the artists who created them.
Peter Lord is an art historian and Research Fellow at Swansea University. He publishes, lectures and broadcasts widely, in English and in Welsh.

The 2013 Festival – Jim Perrin


Jim Perrin is best known as a rock climber and acclaimed travel writer. He has twice won the Boardman Tasker Prize. His first full-length fiction work, bringing together four long stories – A Snow Goose and other tales – is published in October and Jim will read from it and talk about his other work in conversation with Mark Charlton whose book Counting Steps he describes as ‘an astonished journey into fatherhood’.

The 2013 Festival – Jackie Morris


At PENfro Book Festival 2013, Jackie talked about the latest book she has written and illustrated called Song of the Golden Hare which began with a coming together of a few ideas while out walking. Jackie says of it: ‘The day was crisp clear bright and from the top of the hill it was possible to see the distant land of Ireland. It began with a boy who loved music and hares. It began with a desire to paint hares, a whole book of them.’  She also read (in this clip) from another of her books: Little Evie in the Wildwood.

The 2013 Festival – Dr Kirsti Bohata: ‘Jill’ and the work of Amy Dillwyn


Amy Dillwyn was a remarkable woman and novelist. Dr Kirsti Bohata discusses her and her classic novel, Jill in conversation with Janet Thomas.

The 2013 Festival – What Makes a Good Read?


Francesca Rhydderch, Paula Brackston and Katherine Stansfield discuss their latest books in conversation with Richard Davies.

The 2013 Festival – Grahame Davies: Alcemi Dŵr / The Alchemy of Water


Grahame Davies yn sgwrsio â Ceri Wyn am Alcemi Dŵr – llyfr darluniadol am lynnoedd, afonydd, traethlinau a sgydau, gyda barddoniaeth Grahame Davies a Tony Curtis a ffotograffau Mari Owen a Carl Ryan.
Grahame Davies in conversation with Ceri Wyn on The Alchemy Of Water –illustrated book about Welsh lakes, rivers, shorelines and waterfalls, featuring the poems of Grahame Davies and Tony Curtis and the photographs of Mari Owen and Carl Ryan.



Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch reading from her new collection of poems ‘Banjo’ at the 2012 Festival.  Samantha will also be at this year’s festival on Thursday evening as the judge for our poetry competition.


Francesca Rhydderch (who was at the 2013 Festival on Sunday 15th September) discusses the themes and inspiration behind her debut novel The Rice Paper Diaries.


Atinuke delighted children and adults alike with her Amazing Tales from Africa at the 2012 Festival.


Penfro Festival poem performed by Clare Ferguson-Walker