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Festi ival fever; Festival season is well an nd truly underway. Today Wales' latest offering is launched and next week one of it ts most established events returns. Karen Price profiles the Dinefwr Literature Festiva al and Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Dinefwr Literature Festival.

AS Lleucu Siencyn arrived at Dinefwr Park in Carmarthenshire last summer for a business meeting with the National Trust, she immediately knew it would be the perfect setting for a festival.

A year on, the chief executive of Literature Wales and her team are launching the inaugural Dinefwr Literature Festival in the beautiful surroundings. "As we went down the sweeping driveway and saw Newton House in the distance and the castle on the hill, we felt it was the ideal place for a festival," she says.

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There will also be comedy, film and a host of events for the whole family.

"Everything is very fluid and organic," says Siencyn. "Festival goers can just decide what they want to do from one minute to the next."

The bilingual festival, which runs from today until Sunday and is a partnership with the National Trust and the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, will feature more than 100 events.

Among the literary highlights will be a visit from Dylan Thomas' granddaughter Hannah Ellis who will be in conversation with Thomas' biographer Andrew Lycett.

There will also be a 'welcome event' with the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, who will premiere a new poem which she has penned to celebrate the festival's launch.

Other events with a literary focus include a visit by Swansea-based Joe Dunthorne, whose debut novel, Submarine, was turned into a film; a celebration of 25 years of women's writing from Honno; a talk on Welsh identity by Jasper Rees and an audience with linguist David Crystal.

There's plenty on offer for families and those who love Doctor Who will be pleased to know that the Tardis will be landing on the festival site for the occasion.

It ties in with the festival event - Science Fiction of Doctor Who - an unofficial hands-on exploration of the science and fiction of time travel and alien biology with author Mark Brake and rapper Jon Chase.

As far as Siencyn's concerned, she admits she's looking forward to welcoming Brautigan Book Club, which celebrates the work of cult American novelist Richard Brautigan through readings and performances. There will also be a visit from Brautigan's daughter.

"I'm a big fan of his writing."

And while there may be threats of downpours once more this weekend, festival-goers shouldn't worry too much about the inclement weather.

"Most of the events are undercover, so don't worry about the weather."

? Dinefwr Literature Festival runs from today until Sunday. For tickets call 0844 888 9991 or visit Jodie Marie is one of the music highlights at the first Dinefwr Literature Festival
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Article Type:Travel narrative
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 29, 2012
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