The village of Machynlleth will host its first bilingual literary festival named Amdani, Fachynlleth! Literature & Travel Festival from November 26 to 28.
This first festival, translated into Let’s go, Machynlleth! will pay tribute to award-winning Welsh historian, travel writer and author Jan Morris. She passed away in November of last year, so this event will take place on the first anniversary of her death.
With the blessing of his son Twm Morys and many author friends agreeing to participate, it will be a celebration of his life and achievements and attendees will hear from renowned speakers on the theme of travel to Wales and beyond.
Some of Jan’s sketches and paintings will also be on display for the first time, and artist Dan Llywelyn Hall will unveil a new portrait at the opening of the festival which will be on display throughout the weekend.
Sights including the home of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Tabernacle, and the Wynnstay Hotel are on board in the city.
Confirmed speakers for the bilingual event include:
Twm morys, Jan’s son, writer, musician and poet, will officially open and close the festival and Simon Jenkins (The Guardian) will speak about the neglected architectural masterpieces of Wales, a subject close to the heart of Jan Morris.
There is also Derek Johns, Agent of Jan Morris for 20 years, Paul Clement, literary journalist and author of five travel books, British writer Dea Birkett, Who’s gonna do it discuss female travelers, Ursule Martin will tell the story of walking 5,500 miles through three winters, 14 countries and a pandemic, and many more.
Charles Dark, owner of the Wynnstay Hotel in Machynlleth who was instrumental in creating the festival, said: âBringing together some of Britain’s most knowledgeable and acclaimed travel and literature experts is extremely exciting.
âIt’s truly a team effort between The Tabernacle and The Wynnstay, and we look forward to what should be a weekend full of laughs, informative material and sharing wonderful travel-themed stories.
âIn addition to the speaker events, we will also have the opportunity for attendees to chat with speakers at dedicated meals, as well as exhibits for everyone to enjoy.
“I cannot thank the speakers enough for agreeing to participate, as they are the best of the best and we look forward to welcoming them to the beautiful town of Machynlleth.”
Tickets are now on sale for Â£ 10 each.