Please note that all main sessions at Monty Lit Fest will be filmed and the footage will be posted online during and after the event for the purposes of promoting the festival.

Tickets may be purchased online, through the post, or on the day* (unless we sell out!)
*Tickets for Lunchtime Workshop will not be available on the day. These must be booked in advance and information provided in advance as requested.

Prices are as follows:

Single session: £8 except where indicated
Half-day Saturday (morning / afternoon): £15
Full Day (Saturday or Sunday): £30
Full Weekend (all main sessions from Friday evening through to end of Sunday): £50

Please note the Lunchtime Workshop is not included in the ‘Full Weekend’ or ‘Full Day’ tickets as these workshops have very limited places.


All other links on this page are to specific ticket options

Please note this event will be filmed and the footage may be used for the purposes of promoting the festival.


As last year, we will be offering tickets via postal booking as well as online ticket sales.
The form will be available once we have finalised prices for all activities, including the Children’s Programme.

Please CLICK HERE to download the booking form, then print out, complete, & return by post.

Link to Monty Lit Fest 2019 booking form

If you have any queries, please e-mail for more information.

Please note this event will be filmed and the footage may be used for the purposes of promoting the festival.


Friday 14th June

6pm – Ysgrifennu cyfoes yn y Gymraeg – Myfanwy Alexander fydd yn arwain ein sesiwn agoriadol. Bydd yn trafod Ysgrifennu Cyfoes drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg gyda grŵp o Awduron.
This session on the theme of “Contemporary Writing in Welsh” is a panel discussion in the Welsh language, led by Myfanwy Alexander. Tocynnau £5 / Tickets £5

7pm – Sir Simon Jenkins: The Architecture of Wales
Bestselling author Simon Jenkins offers his frank and – at times controversial – views on Welsh architecture.

Saturday 15th June

10am – “A Quarter of Wales: Writing Powys” with Myfanwy Alexander, Tom Bullough and Horatio Clare
Powys covers a quarter of the Welsh landmass, but is home to only 3% of its population. How does Powys influence, and how is it represented in, the region’s literature? Three leading authors take stock.
Kindly sponsored by  Field Mouse Research

11am – Tom Bullough: Powys in Fiction
The history, joys and challenges of writing fiction set in mid-Wales, with readings from Tom’s novel Addlands and a novel-in-progress, A Bird Is Born Twice.

12 noon – Horatio Clare
Acclaimed author, essayist and reviewer, Horatio Clare, shares tales of his writing adventures, from the pursuit of swallows, to travel round the world on container ships and icebreakers, to adventures in Africa and hunting the ghost of J S Bach.

1-2pm – Lunch break, including free concert by internationally renowned harpist Professor David Watkins.

2pm – Elizabeth Garner: The Story of The Owl Service
How the design on a dinner service, the 4th Branch of The Mabinogion, and the Welsh valley of Llanymawddwy combined to inspire the creation 50 years ago of her father’s iconic novel.

3.15pm – Neil Spring in conversation with Cathryn Summerhayes
Hear from thriller writer Neil Spring, in conversation with Curtis Brown literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes.

4.30pm* – Peter Caddick-Adams: D-Day defeat: could the Germans have won?
Military historian and broadcaster Peter Caddick-Adams imagines an alternative D-Day outcome in which the Germans emerge victorious.

4:30pm* – Matt Sewell: Spotting & Jotting
Artist, illustrator and author Matt Sewell brings his popular ‘Spotting & Jotting’ workshop to Monty Lit Fest. Learn how to draw and identify your favourite birds and create your very own bird book in 40 minutes!

6pm – A celebration of Gregynog Hall with Trevor Fishlock and Prue Keely Davies
Journalist, broadcaster and author, Trevor Fishlock tells the moving story of the Davies sisters of Llandinam and Gregynog, while garden historian Prue Keely Davies shares the history of Gregynog’s stunning gardens.

*Please note that Peter Caddick-Adams’s talk and Matt Sewell’s workshop will be running at the same time in different rooms.

Sunday 16th June

10am – Andrew Green: Wales in 100 Objects
The history of Wales brought to life through some its most significant objects.

11am – A Sense of Place: panel discussion with Elizabeth Garner, Robert Harvey, George Westropp and Simon Baynes
A panel discussion exploring how a sense of place is captured, evoked and represented in writing.
Kindly sponsored by Luned and David Corser

12 noon – Clare Mackintosh
The bestselling author of I Let You Go, I See You, Let Me Lie and, new for 2019, After the End.

1–2:30pm – Lunch Break

1–2:30pm – Lunchtime Workshop – Book Pitch Surgery with Gwen Davies and Julia Forster
An opportunity to discuss your 200-word pitch – or the opening of your work in progress – in two short one-to-one sessions with publishing professionals.
Limited to 15 places. Buffet-style lunch included.

2.30pm – New Welsh Writers Award winners, featuring author Cynan Jones and Gwen Davies, editor of New Welsh Review
Hear from the winners of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2019, together with award judges, author Cynan Jones and Gwen Davies of New Welsh Review.

4.30pm – end of Festival

Children’s Programme

The children’s programme will run parallel with that of the main authors. Full details can be seen on our ‘Children’s Activities’ page

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