Lit on the Lawn


11 .00 am                  Phil Carradice

12.00 noon              Jane Fraser

12.45pm                    Lunch

2.15 pm                     Cath Barton

2.45 pm                     Tristan Hughes & Tyler Keevil in             conversation

3.45 pm                     Tea

4.00 pm                     Kate North

4.30 pm                     Michel Faber

‘ 5.30pm                      Finish of day event.

7.30pm for 8.00pm John Otway – see separate entry below for details or

Cath Barton 

Cath Barton is an English writer who lives in Abergavenny. She won the New Welsh Writing AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella 2017 for The Plankton Collector, now published by New Welsh Review under their Rarebyte imprint, and given a special mention in the Saboteur Awards Best Novella category 2019. Her second novella, In the Sweep of the Bay, will be published by Louise Walters Books in September 2020 and her collection of short stories The Garden of Earthly Delights, inspired by the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, follows from Retreat West Books in early 2021. Cath is a regular contributor to Wales Arts Review.

Phil Carradice

Making History Enjoyable “I have always believed that history should be made readable, as enjoyable as a novel, and that is what I have tried to do.”

Phil Carradice is a prolific writer – a poet, novelist and historian – and broadcaster, public speaker and creative writing tutor. He has written over 60 books, with a range of publishers, including recent titles for Pen & Sword Books about such diverse historical events as the Cuban Missile Crisis 1962, The Battle of Fishguard 1797, The Shanghai Massacre 1927, and Prague Spring 1968 (forthcoming).

Michel Faber

Michel Faber has published nine books, the first being a collection of short stories in 1998. He has been acclaimed as a writer of exceptional quality with an international reputation and the Festival is very fortunate to be able to welcome him to Caerleon.

In addition to the Whitbread-shortlisted Under the Skin, he is the author of the highly regarded The Crimson Petal and the White; The Book of Strange New Things, which was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clark Award and won the 2015 Saltaire Book of the Year; and most recently Undying, his first poetry collection.

Born in Holland, brought up in Australia, he now lives in the UK.

Michel’s work is not easily categorized but has elements of science fiction, horror and thriller genres. He speaks passionately about literature and his writing and this promises to be a Festival session not to be missed – by his fans and for those coming to his work for the first time.


Tristan Hughes

Tristan Hughes is the author of four novels, Eye Lake, Revenant, Send My Cold Bones Home and Hummingbird, as well as a collection of short stories, The Tower. He is a winner of the Rhys Davies Short Story Award, an O Henry Award, and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award.  He is currently a senior lecturer in creative writing at Cardiff University.


Tyler Keevil

Tyler Keevil grew up in Vancouver and in his mid-twenties moved to Wales.  He has published several books and his short fiction has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including The Missouri ReviewNew Welsh Review, and PRISM: International.  He has received a number of awards for his writing, most notably The Missouri Review‘s Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize, the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Prize.  He is the director of the MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.

His most recent novel is No Good Brother (The Borough Press/HarperCollins, 2018).

Kate North

Kate North writes poetry and fiction and is from Cardiff.   She has previously published a novel, Eva Shell (2008), described as “forensic in its dissection of…emotional landscapes and frequently very funny with it… Wales Arts Review, (2015). Her first poetry collection was Bistro (2012), described as “skilful” and “particularly poignant,” in New Welsh Review, (2012), as “sparkling with energy and vitality,” in Orbis: Quarterly International Literary Journal, (2012) and as containing “beautifully compact insights and unexpected images,” in Cha: Asian Literary Journal, (2012).

Kate is a Reader in Creative Writing and runs the MA English Literature and Creative Programmes at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is Chair of Literature Wales, a national company.

Her 2018 poetry collection, The Way Out, contains poems that relate the personal, the political, the everyday and the absurd. Zoë Brigley has described the writing as ‘muscular’ and ‘commanding’ and Philip Gross says that reading it is ‘like being outbound on a journey’. She has just published a short story collection called Punch which Rachel Tresize describes as ‘…original and inventive…sincere and gutsy…’

Jane Fraser

Jane an award-winning writer of short story, historical fiction, memoir and haibun.

She lives and works in Llangennith, a small village at the north-western edge of Gower. Her writing is often informed by this place. Her first collection of short stories The South Westerlies has been recently published.

Please note that whilst the day and evening events are separately priced at £10 and £15 respectively, a day pass of £20 provides entry to all of the events.





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