The most intimate, understated – and for both these reasons – enjoyable literary festival in the UK”

The Huffington Post


The Laugharne Weekend - Emyr Young

The Laugharne Weekend – Emyr Young

“Carving a niche for itself as a halfway house between literature and music, Laugharne’s success is built on two key factors.  First, its remarkable natural location in a remote corner of Carmarthenshire, southwest Wales and the village’s associations with Dylan Thomas, whose Boathouse, writing shed and the string of local pubs with legendary stories of the poet’s drunken antics make up Laugharne’s year-round tourist trail. Second, the energy and vision of the organisers, whose line-ups bring a laid-back, post-punk attitude to proceedings of which the town’s most (in)famous resident would have been proud.” The Arts Desk

The Laugharne Weekend festival started in 2007 and festival acts have included Patti Smith, Ray Davies, Roger McGough, Alexei Sayle, Lionel Shriver, Roddy Doyle, Michael Sheen, Carol Ann Duffy, Robert Wyatt, Mark Billingham, Rhys Ifans, Geoff Dyer, Jon Ronson, DBC Pierre, Jah Wobble, Cerys Matthews and Bruce Reynolds. 

2013 Line Up includes

 Sir Peter Blake – Caitlin Moran – Tracey Thorn – John Cooper Clarke

Mark Thomas – Charlie Higson – Jeremy Vine – Mark Watson – Grace Dent

Robin Ince – Beth Orton – Jackie Kay – Stuart Maconie – Robyn Hitchcock

Mark Billingham – John Harvey – Belinda Bauer – John Niven – John Hegley

John Osborne – Owen Sheers – Porky The Poet (Phill Jupitus) – M.R. Hall

Kate Tempest – Rachel Trezise – Niall Griffiths – Jemima Dury – Alasdair

Roberts – Owen Martell – Bookshop Band – Charlotte Williams – Martin Rowson

Desmond Barry – Anthony Reynolds – Simon Thirsk – Pete Brown – Charlie Connelly

Caught By The River – Luke Wright


Plus Laugharne’s Got Talent

& Welsh bands including Pen Pastwn, Sen Segur, Trwbador, The Gentle Good


” Compared to the corporate sponsored hyper-events-the Hays and the Oxfords-with their green rooms and vip areas and media parties, Laugharne feels open, easy and happily small” – The New Statesman

“Almost spiritually uplifting” – The Arts Desk

“The small seaside township is full of “Laugharne moments” which capture the delightful nature of the festival” – The Word

“One of Europe’s most eclectic festivals” – Sunday Telegraph

“One of Wales’ most important cultural events” – The Western Mail

“A multitude of fantastic cult writers and musicians” – Uncut   

 The Laugharne Weekend is supported by Arts Council Wales, Carmarthenshire Council, Literature Wales and South West Wales Tourism.

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