xx minifest: October 27 2012

The xx minifest of women’s writing will showcase writing by and for women from Wales and the world. Held at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on Saturday 27th October 2012 this afternoon and evening of fiction, poetry, interviews and entertainment will feature the Booker-longlisted novelist Nikita Lalwani, award-winning poet Rhian Edwards, Dylan Thomas prize-winner Rachel Trezise and Sunday Times shortlisted short-story writer Roshi Fernando, and many others.

This inaugural event aims to bring together readers and new and established writers, plus editors and critics, to enjoy the burgeoning range and depth of writing by women from Wales in English.

To enjoy everything from cutting-edge performance at our literary salon to the launch of new books by classic authors, plus bookstalls, eating and drinking, join us from 2.30pm til late on Saturday 27th October price £15 day ticket or £4 per event.

For more details contact Chapter Arts Centre, www.chapter.org

This festival is organised by Penny Thomas (Publisher at Honno and Fiction Editor at Seren), Amy Wack (Poetry Editor at Seren), Susie Wild (Associate Editor at Parthian) and Carole Burns (Senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Winchester and author of Off The Page).

We would like to thank our funders and supporters who include Chapter Arts Centre, Literature Wales, The Co-operative, Mslexia, Honno, Parthian, Seren, Gomer and our media partner WM (the women’s supplement of the Western Mail).

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS:

2.30pm
INTRODUCTION – Women’s writing, the state of the art
Dr Katie Gramich of Cardiff University joins authors and editors to introduce the xx minifest

3pm -3.45pm
NEW FICTION: Booker-longlisted prizewinning novelist Nikita Lalwani, from Cardiff, speaks about her new novel The Village. Hosted by Carole Burns.

4pm – 4.45pm
NEW POETRY: with poets Rhian Edwards, Emily Hinshelwood and Anna Lewis. Hosted by Amy Wack.

5pm
Honno Welsh Women’s Press 25th anniversary RECEPTION plus bookstalls in Foyer

5.45pm WELSH WOMEN’s CLASSICS with series editor Jane Aaron, Diana Wallace editor of Here Are Lovers by Hilda Vaughan and Jill Piercy, biographer of Brenda Chamberlain. Hosted by Penny Thomas.

6.30pm Break

7.30pm
CARDIFF LITERARY SALON xx special: talk and performance featuring Roshi Fernando, Rachel Trezise, Sarah Coles, Alexandra Claire and Holly Muller. Hosted by Susie Wild.

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