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

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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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While, of course, strong emphasis on with a host of authors the Dinefwr Literature also has a strong emp music, which is being c the Cardiff-based Sw al. there's a literature s' events, e Festival phasis on curated by n Festivhey "We asked Swn if th like to curate the mu would sic for us and we really like what they're doing. There are exciting new bands like The Staves and singer-songwriter Jodie Marie as well as established names like Gruff Rhys and Julian Cope. We'd never be able to access musicians like that if we weren't working with Swn."

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. …