Over the past two years hundreds of book lovers have flocked to the picturesque market town of Cowbridge to meet a host of celebrities and celebrated authors. These authors have given very generously of their time to participate in our “fledgeling” festival, they made us laugh, they made us cry but most of all they made us think! Visitors from across the UK have been treated to interesting and enthusiastic presentations and lively debates covering every genre from historical to autobiographical, crime, travel, humour and nature.
Although the two previous years were very successful and in a short time we established a reputation for staging quality events we have decided to adopt a different approach for 2013. This coming year we are changing our format to having a calendar of events running throughout the year offering more flexibility to both authors and organisers. It will enable us to attract high profile authors with new books to promote, as and when they are published rather than at a fixed time in May.
Eileen Younghusband / 4th July 2013
Eileen Younghusband and popular BBC personality Roy Noble talk about her latest book, Men I Have Known . The third book by this remarkable lady is not a straightforward autobiography, it is a tribute to the variety, skills and
different characters of the huge range of people she has come across during her long and rich life. A life enriched by travel and adventure but also coloured by more than its fair share of tragedy.
The book charts her life through the extraordinary men she has met during her 91 years, giving a unique, intimate and personal perspective on some of the most influential men of the twentieth century. Eileen writes about Winston Churchill, Augustus John, Rex Harrison, Dylan Thomas, members of NASA, musicians at Glyndebourne, actors, caterers, soldiers, politicians, and even Idi Amin!
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant / 13th July 2013
A childrens nursery favourite comes to Cowbridge
Nanny Lea tells the wonderful story of this lovable elephant. Elmer is an elephant who has a colourful body, with yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black and white arranged as a patchwork. He has a cheerful and optimistic personality, and he loves practical jokes.
Terry Walton / 22nd October 2013
Terry Walton talks about his latest book The Allotment Almanac. The book describes life on the allotment month-by-month with all this much-loved Radio 2 gardener’s best tips for vegetable-gardening success. From a gardener who has been working on his allotment for over 50 years, a brilliant guide to organic vegetable growing and allotment life in general.