Andri Magnason reading in the Laugharne Weekend Festival

Andri Snær Magnason is participating in The Laugharne Weekend festival Friday the 3rd of April 2009. Other writers reading in the festival include Irvine Welsh and DBC Pierre.

More information here: 

From the website of The Laugharne Weekend 2009 

 Here’s the programme. There will probably be one or two additions over the next few days. Check back in case of any cancellations or time changes.





The Marquee: Mick Jones & Nick “Topper” Headon 9.30 – 11.00 pm

Mick Jones and Nick “Topper” Headon will be interviewed about their careers by
their former tour manager Johnny Green

  Irvine Welsh & Patrick McCabe 6.00 – 8.00pm

Irvine Welsh’s debut novel Trainspotting played an influential role in mid-nineties British culture and was turned into a film starring Ewan MacGregor and directed by Danny Boyle. Since then he has gone on to establish  himself as an essential British author with books such as Glue, Filth and his latest, Crime

“Mind-bendingly good” – GQ


Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland in 1955. Twice short

listed for The Booker Prize for his novels The Butcher Boy and Breakfast On Pluto

(both made into films by Neil Jordan). His latest novel The Holy City was published by Bloomsbury in January 2009

“ McCabe may well be the lodestone of Irish fiction” – New York Observer


Musical Afternoon #1 1.30 – 5/00 pm


Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish folk musician who has collaborated with Will Oldham

and toured and trodden the boards with Joanna Newsom, Waterson/Carthy and Smog.

“Infused with the enduring melodies and lyrical twists of ancient folk music — mesmerising” – The Observer/

 Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon is a singer-songwriter from Cardiff, Wales, who sings in both English and Welsh. She appeared as a guest vocalist on Neon Neon’s album Stainless Style. She recently released the double A-side single No One Can Drag Me Down/Disappear (described by Gruff Rhys as “Bobbie Gentry and Nico fight over a Casio keyboard; melody wins!”).



Cardiff alt-rock trio who have just released their first album on Domino Recordings. Threatmantics claim they are not like other rock and roll bands, “This is mainly due to their lead guitar being a viola and their drummer and keyboardist being the same person. At the same time.”



The Millennium Hall



Louis de Bernieres w/ the Antonius Players & Buddug James 8.00 – 11.00 pm

Louis de Bernieres was born in London in 1954. In 1993 he was chosen by Granta

as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists and his next novel Captain

Corelli’s Mandolin went on to become a phenomenal bestseller. His latest novel

A Partisan’s Daughter was short-listed for the Costa Prize. Louis plays the flute,

mandolin, clarinet and guitar and performs regularly with the Antonius Players. At

Laugharne he will be reading from his works and playing music with the Antonius



Buddug James is an opera singer from Cardigan. She will be performing Castravida a one

woman show basesd on the life of a fictional castrato and featuring arias by Handel and

Gluck .


Stuart Maconie 5.30 – 6.30 pm

Stuart Maconie is an English radio presenter, writer, journalist and critic. His books

include Cider With Roadies (about his experiences as a music journalist) Pies and

Prejudice (about the modern reality of the north of England) and his latest book

Adventures on The High Teas: In Search of Middle England. Stuart currently presents a show with Mark Radcliffe on Radio Two every Monday to Thursday and the Freak Zone show on BBC 6 Music every Sunday. “The best thing to come out of Wigan since the A58 to Bolton” – Peter Kay


Andri Snaer Magnason 3.00 – 4.00 pm

Prizewinning Icelandic writer and Bjork collaborator reads from his eco-conscious bestseller Dreamland: Self-help For A Frightened Nation.



The Stable Door


Stella Duffy & Charlotte Greig 5.00 – 6.00 pm

Stella Duffy was born in the UK, grew up in New Zealand and now lives in London. She

has written eleven novels including her latest The Room of Lost Things and has twice been

short listed for the Orange Prize.

“Always surprising, always moving and as fresh as tomorrow” – Neil Bartlett


Charlotte Greig has recorded five critically acclaimed folk albums and written a book

on girl groups Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow ?. Her first novel A Girl’s Guide To

Modern European Philosophy was published in 2007 and is a bittersweet coming-of-age

tale. “Sparkling and funny as well as intelligently thoughtful” – Tessa Hadley


Trevor Byrne & Denis Kehoe 3.30 – 4.30

Trevor Byrne was born in Dublin and is currently a tutor of creative writing at Glamorgan

University. His debut novel Ghosts and Lightning will be published in June 2009


Denis Kehoe was born in Dublin in 1978, where he now lives. Nights Beneath the Nation is his first novel. ‘This passionately written novel offers a bruised account of repression and loneliness, tempered by flickering instants of beauty and compassion… Kehoe writes like a dream, subtle rhymes and nuances drawing the reader towards a latent vein of mystery and eroticism.’ – The Independent


Jeb Loy Nichols & Fflur Dafydd  2.00 – 3.00

Singer-songwriter and award-winning Welsh language novelist, Fflur Dafydd, reads from her first English language novel, Twenty Thousand Saints.


The Missouri born Wales resident Jeb Loy Nichols has been ploughing his own country soul

furrow for over a decade with his latest album being the excellent Days Are Mighty. He

recently had a London exhibition of his paintings and published his first novel  The


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