Thank you for Your Support

Since 2011 The Cowbridge Book Festival has been pleased to offer followers of the Festival a varied and stimulating series of events. However, due to circumstances beyond our control we are no longer able to continue with Book Festival Events.

The trustees are delighted to report that in 2015 the Festival events raised £1,700 and this has been divided equally between Bloodwise and The Noah’s Ark Appeal, Children’s Hospital of Wales. This brings the total raised since 2011 to nearly £30,000 all of which has been given to these charities.

Over the years we have had many memorable events and this achievement would not have been possible without the support of all the authors who gave so generously of their time, their publishers, and in particular Alan Owen, regional manager for Penguin Random House. Finally a great team of volunteers who ensured the smooth running of the events and provided refreshments.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking the following for their support over the years, TicketlineUK, Janda Photography, Nicklby’s Book Shop, United Free Church, The Staff at Old Hall, David Barnes Dry Cleaners, The Bear Hotel, The Duke of Wellington, The Barry Advertiser and all our advertisers. A special mention should be made of The GEM and reporters Tim Chapman and Phil Irwin whose advice and support, in helping promote our events, has always been appreciated.

And of course, a big thank you to all the “Book Worms” who have supported us over the last five years. Feed back from the authors has always been positive with many commenting on the engaged and friendly audiences they met in Cowbridge.

We have had some wonderful, thought provoking speakers and raised a considerable sum for local charities I hope that festival followers have enjoyed attending events as much as we enjoyed presenting them.

REVIEW OF 2015 EVENTS – Details





The aim of the competition is to stimulate an interest in and reward good creative writing. The task was to write either a short story or a one act play.

Once again the standard of the entries has been excellent and the results of the competition are as follows: – Results


PS GOOD NEWS for budding authors – Vale Courses has agreed to pick up the Creative Writing Competition which will now run in the autumn. Details will be published in the Vale Courses September prospectus. For those of you wishing to get your creative thinking hats on, the theme this year will be along the lines of a Historical Novel.