Press Release: 26th May 2019

Join us for a great family day out at this year’s Montgomeryshire Literary Festival

Flyers advertising Children's Activities

Not only will this year’s Monty Lit Fest feature a star-studded line up of literary talent – it’s also a perfect family day out.

Now in its second year, the 2019 Monty Lit Fest will take place over the weekend of 14-16th June in the stunning and historic setting of Gregynog Hall, near Newtown.

Here are just some of the reasons to bring the whole family:

  • While parents enjoy hearing from authors including Horatio Clare, Neil Spring and Clare Mackintosh, the Woodland Pack Company will be running a bespoke childcare service, offering a range of nature-based activities from their outdoor bell tent, including storytelling, the chance to make a Mary Poppins Kite or a Harry Potter Wand – and much more.
  • Ornithologist, author and writer, Matt Sewell will be running a Spotting and Jotting workshop on the afternoon of Saturday 15th June, encouraging adults and children to look out for and draw our feathered friends.
  • Older children might like to join their parents at a Saturday afternoon session with Elizabeth Garner, who will be telling the story of her father, Alan Garner’s timeless classic, The Owl Service.
  • The gardens and grounds of Gregynog offer plenty of opportunities for family picnics and adventures in between Festival sessions – with Gregynog catering for the whole family with everything from cafes and bars to ice cream and treats.

Festival founder, Simon Baynes, said: ‘Being at Gregynog means that this year’s Festival really can offer something for all the family. We firmly believe in encouraging the next generations of readers to come along and have their first taste of what the literary world can offer – while having a whole lot of fun and letting off a little literary steam of their own. We’re also pleased to be able to offer the childcare that allows parents to join in with the Festival’s main programme. ’

How to find out more

Online ticket sales and full programme details – including the programme for children – are available via the Festival’s website:
Accommodation for the weekend, as well as a fine array of food and drink, is available at Gregynog Hall. And, once again, the Festival bookshop will be run by Oswestry’s Booka Bookshop.
For more information about the programme, interview requests, speaker biographies and photographs, contact:
Press passes are available for the weekend. Please contact

About us

The Montgomeryshire Literary Festival is run by the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival Trust. It aims to celebrate writing in Wales and the Welsh borders, with an annual festival circulating through key locations in Montgomeryshire. The inaugural 2018 Festival took place at Bodfach Hall, Llanfyllin and, in 2020, the Festival will take place in the town of Montgomery.

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