The Festival, founded by Simon Baynes, is being organised by Myfanwy Alexander, Amanda Jenner and Simon and Maggie Baynes. It will be held in the ten acre gardens of Bodfach Hall which are set within the hundred acre Bodfach estate just outside Llanfyllin. It is a familiar place to many people as the gardens are regularly opened for charity and the Llanfyllin Show is held on the parkland every August. More can be seen about the gardens and the history of Bodfach at https://www.bodfachtrust.org.uk/garden_open_news.php
Our intention is to make the Monty LitFest an annual event, held at a different location in Montgomeryshire each year. We are very keen to involve as many people as possible in its organisation and are therefore setting up a Festival Committee; if you would like to join, please email Simon on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07880 786573. Festival tickets (available via Eventbrite) can be purchased for individual talks or you can buy a Morning/Afternoon/Day Pass which provides a discounted rate for the talks. Car parking is free.
Food and drink for the Festival will be provided by Cwpan Pinc of nearby Llangadfan http://www.cwpanpinc.co.uk/ and there will be a special tent and activities for children organised by Llanfyllin-based professional childminders Closeknit Teule Agos. We are very keen to make the Monty LitFest a day out for all the family.
Festival themes and authors
This first Festival showcases several wonderful authors who live in Montgomeryshire and has two main themes: history and love of the countryside. The talks will be on the hour with the first author speaking at 10am and the last at 5pm with an hour free for lunch at 1pm. Each session will last for 50 minutes, including Q&A, and will be held in a central marquee with a PA system so everyone can hear clearly. The day will finish with live music from Ruth and Ken Powell from 6pm to 7.30pm.
The authors speaking will be signing copies of their books for you to purchase from a pop-up bookstore at the Festival provided by Oswestry’s amazing independent Booka Bookshop http://www.bookabookshop.co.uk/