This year the Edge Festival hosts the most eclectic bunch of great writers it has been our pleasure to feature. Ian McDonald, is an architect who also writes and inaugurated the architecture lecture last year, with his presentation on Architecture on the Edge and this year he will explore that theme further. He will talk about, and show slides of quirky buildings squeezed onto the sides of cliff, splendid structures lording it over the sea, humble dwellings that sit in the rocky landscape like limpets next to a rock pool. This is a superbly engaging talk and you don’t have to be an architect to enjoy it. Miriam Nash is an up-and-coming poet who has already been published by the prestigious poetry press, Bloodaxe. The sound of the sea reverberates through her work, springing as it does from her early years living on the Isle of Erraid where Robert Louis Stevenson’s family once worked as lighthouse engineers. Miriam comes highly recommended by poets who know about these things.
The star attraction of our literature day is Robert Minhinnick, a luminous presence on the Welsh literature scene for decades. He is also know for his work as an environmental campaigner, a founder of Sustainable Wales when these things were less fashionable and pressing. He is here, however, as a poet, one who was short listed for the T.S.Eliot prize in 2017. He has also won the the Forward Prize for the best poem on two separate occasions, a unique achievement for a British poet. The film of his short-listed book, “Diary of the Last Man” will also be screened.
We always give a slot to a new and upcoming writer, this year that is Nick Yeo. His is a fresh face with a new take on poetry, Nick gives us a glimpse of the direction of poetry.
The transformational effect of poetry is explored by Steve Thorp. A proponent of the healing and wellness potential of the written word, Steve arrives at the festival fresh from a stint as poet in residence at Oriel y Parc. He will read and conduct a workshop.
Judy Schunemann is a Solva story teller. It’s a first for the festival to feature a story teller and in Judy we have one of the best, listen entranced to a unique event — every story telling is different, influenced by the audience as much as the story teller.
The writer’s programme concludes with John Osmond. John has just published his first novel, “Ten million Stars are Burning”. This is a fiction debut for a journalist who has documented the political scene in Wales since before the first devolution referendum in 1979. Whilst being fiction, the book is populated by real people and the events chronicled happened. It is an extraordinary work that mixes fact and fiction whilst shining a powerful light on the events running up to the failed devolution vote.
This year’s literature events are bigger and better than ever — make sure of your ticket.