Literature, poetry and more

The Edge Festival hosts a full programme of literature, talks, poetry, storytelling and more.

At #Edge6 the first two sessions will take place in the Clubhouse. The programme will then continue in the Literature Tent. Both the Clubhouse and the Literature Tent are on the Festival Field.

To really enjoy each session, we recommend joining from the start. Start times are listed below.

Saturday 30 July 2022

Ian McDonald, Architect and Artist
10:30 – 11:15 (Clubhouse)

Ian is the Solva Edge Festival’s Director of Literature and Art.

Before settling in Solva, Ian’s work as an architect took him all over the UK as well as to Central Europe and South Asia – including working on social housing in Germany and documenting medieval Hindu temples in southern India. In his slideshow talks, he has drawn on this experience to give a global perspective on the built environment and how it interacts with – among other topics – art, literature and identity. 

“Performing the City”

Cattle on the streets of London
Spaceship on the streets of Tokyo…

From John Nash’s ‘Swiss cottage’ in Tipperary to Marie Antoinette’s ‘milkmaid’s hut’ at Versailles; from Catalan casas to Milanese monoliths, buildings have always performed for us.

But – from contested capitals to ugly, lovely seaports – so have towns and cities.

This talk will look at the ways in which our buildings and our cities and their inhabitants – us – perform every day.

Peter Stevenson, Author, Illustrator and Storyteller
11:15 – 12:00 (Clubhouse)

Peter Stevenson is a storyteller, children’s writer, book illustrator, folklorist, film maker, crankie maker, purveyor of Magical Lantern Shows, concertina and banjo player, organiser of the annual 3-day Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival and Y Mabinogi Project in collaboration with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and runs Stories@Medina, a storytelling club that encourages collaborations with visual artists, musicians, dancers and puppeteers. He has illustrated, compiled and written many children’s books, travelled the country with storytelling shows for adults that use hundreds of projected illustrations, crankies, and live music, has written four books for the History Press, ‘Ceredigion Folk Tales’, ‘Welsh Folk Tales’, ‘The Moon-Eyed People: Folk Tales from Welsh America’, and ‘Boggarts Trolls & Tylwyth Teg: Folk Tales of Hidden People and Lost Lands’.
To learn more about Peter please click here.

“Boggarts, Trolls & Tylwyth Teg: Folk Tales of Hidden People and Lost Lands”

The Grimms called them The Quiet Folk, in Māori they are Patupaiarehe, in Wales Y Tylwyth Teg, hidden people who live unseen, speak their own languages and move around like migrants, shrouded from our eyes. In mythology, lost lands are coral castles beneath the sea, ancient forests where spirits live, and mountain swamps where trolls lurk. Strip away the mythology, and they become valleys and villages flooded to provide drinking water to neighbouring kingdoms, campsites where travellers are told they can’t travel, and reservations where the rights of first nations people are ignored.

Galwodd y Brodyr Grimm nhw Y Bobl Dawel, ym Māori maent yn Patupaiarehe, yng Nghymru Y Tylwyth Teg, pobl gudd sy’n byw’n anweledig, yn siarad eu hieithoedd eu hunain ac yn symud o gwmpas fel ymfudwyr, ymhell o’n llygaid. Ym mytholeg, mae tiroedd coll yn gestyll corawl o dan y môr, fforestydd hynafol lle mae ysbrydion yn byw, a chorsydd mynyddig lle mae ellyllon yn stelcian. Os cewch wared â’r fytholeg gwelir dyffrynnoedd a phentrefi a foddir er mwyn darparu dŵr yfed i deyrnasoedd cyfagos, gwersyllfaoedd lle mae teithwyr yn cael eu gwahardd a rhandiroedd lle mae hawliau pobl y cenhedloedd gwreiddiol yn cael eu hanwybyddu.

Kate Potts, Bloodaxe-published Poet
13:00 – 13:30 (Literature Tent)

Kate Potts’ collection, Feral, which sets out to explore and trouble the boundary between animal and human, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and a Telegraph poetry book of the month, described by Tristram Fane Saunders as ‘musical, joyously weird, and filled with moments of pure pleasure’.

Kate teaches creative writing for Middlesex University and The Poetry School, freelances as a mentor and editor, and is marketing manager for an independent publisher.
To learn more about Kate, please click here


Kate will read selected poems from Feral plus new work from her current Arts Council funded book project Pretenders, which brings together a variety of voices to explore imposter feelings and imposter syndrome.

Abigail Parry, Bloodaxe-published Poet
14:30 – 15:00 (Literature Tent)

Abigail Parry’s first collection, Jinx, is published by Bloodaxe, and deals in trickery, gameplay, masks and costume. The poems in Jinx have won a number of awards – including the Ballymaloe Prize, the Troubadour Prize and an Eric Gregory Award – and the book itself was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney and Felix Dennis Prizes. It has been described as ‘vaudevillian sleaze’ (Stephanie Sy-Quia) and ‘a risky, dangerous collection’ (Bidisha).


Sunday 31 July 2022

Deb Winter, Storyteller
10:30 – 12:00 (Literature Tent)

Deb Winter has won the hearts of audiences across Wales & beyond with her powerful and heartfelt shows: a diverse range, from her grippingl tale of addiction in ‘The Red Shoes’ and her passionate ‘green’ stories through to her quirky, humorous ‘Refried Fairy Tales’ (Grimm’s classic stories re-imagined for the modern princess).  She tells beautifully-crafted, compelling stories: reviews also commend her lively delivery and her warmth and authenticity as a storyteller.
To learn more about Deb, please click here.

“The Stars were Singing”

A powerful telling of an Inuit tale of betrayal, transformation and a shamanic journey in the High Arctic. An ancient tale but very much for our times.

2nd half:
After a short breather, we’ll set off into the forest with some familiar story ingredients getting a remix in the cauldron of creativity.
If following Deb down a path through the woods, be sure to leave a trail, because you might not be able to work out where you’re going! But the journey will be….interesting.

Euron Griffith, Seren-published Author
13:30 – 14:00 (Literature Tent)

Born in Bangor, Euron Griffith has a Creative Writing MA from the University of Glamorgan. Between 2011 and 2016 he published three novels in Welsh – ‘Dyn Pob Un’ (about a TV researcher who becomes an accidental serial killer), ‘Leni Tiwdor’ (about a private eye who is also a record collector), ‘Tri Deg Tri’ (about a hitman who can talk to animals), and a children’s novel ‘Eilian a’r Eryr’. His English language short story collection, ‘The Beatles in Tonypandy’ appeared in 2017 from Dean Street Press. Griffith lives in Cardiff, where he works as a radio and tv producer and plays in a band. His first novel in English, ‘Miriam, Daniel and Me’ is available now.

“Prose: novel/short stories”

Euron will read a passage from ‘Miriam, Daniel and Me’ and talk about the book in general. He will also read a short passage from forthcoming novel ‘The Confession of Hilary Durwood’.

Copies of ‘Miriam, Daniel and Me’ will be available to purchase at #Edge6.

Daniel Butler, Seren-published Author
15:00 – 15:30 (Literature Tent)

Daniel Butler has been a freelance writer and journalist since 1989, specialising in rural and environmental issues. He has published 6 books about nature and the countryside, including ‘The Red Tail, Sharing the Seasons with a Hawk’ (Cape, 1994). He moved to live the good life in Wales in 1993 and for seven years was a Country Living columnist (Diary of a Smallholder). His journalism has also been published in the Telegraph, Countryside, The Independent, Daily Express, Country and Border Life, the Central Office for Information, and the Brecon Beacons National Park. His particular passions are birds of prey, edible fungi and forestry. His new book ‘The Owl House’ is available now.

“Prose: nature writing”

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