13 LITERARY HIGHLIGHTS TO BOOKMARK AT CITY Festival; from Local History, Politics, Feminism and Sport, Cardiff's Book Festival Has Something for Everyone

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13 LITERARY HIGHLIGHTS TO BOOKMARK AT CITY Festival; from Local History, Politics, Feminism and Sport, Cardiff's Book Festival Has Something for Everyone


Whether you want poetry or sport, classic fiction or a biting commentary, there is something for everyone at the inaugural Cardiff Book Festival, which runs from Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30.

The line-up is jam-packed with must-see talks, debates and information on local history.

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We've grabbed some highlights to help guide you through the weekend...

Is Football the New Welsh National Sport? 1 Rugby has long been the national sport of Wales as the oval ball delivered success on the field that Welsh football fans could only dream of. But after the team's heroic performance at Euro 2016, has football become the new national sport of Wales? Two WalesOnline sports writers - football correspondent, Chris Wathan, and rugby fanatic, Carolyn Hitt - go head-to-head. Let battle commence.

Details: Friday, 7.30pm, Yr Hen Lyfrgell.

Owen Sheers: On Life, In Words 2 From Zimbabwe (The Dust Diaries), to the war torn fields of Pink Mist, or the rugby pitch in his non-fiction work, Calon, wherever his writing takes him, Owen Sheers' heart is still in Wales.

His latest offering, I Saw A Man, is a gripping and stylish novel.

He will be at the festival to talk about his life and words.

Details: Friday, 6pm, Yr Hen Lyfrgell.

3 Miranda Sawyer: Mid-Life Moments What exactly is a mid-life crisis, and what happens when one arrives? The respected journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer tackles this most challenging of times with humour and candid insight in her book Out of Time.

For Sawyer, her mid-life crisis made its presence felt when she was 44. Here she discusses how our tastes and our bodies change as we get older; and the unexpected new pleasures the second half of life can offer.

Details: Saturday, 4.30pm, The Angel Hotel.

4 Roald Dahl Walking Tour A hunt for what remains of one of the finest writers Wales has produced with author and poet Peter Finch.

Dahl was born in Cardiff in 1916 and left for boarding school when he was 10. In that time he managed to live in three different houses and to move around Cardiff enough for the city to seep into his creative consciousness.

Visit his birthplace and take in other places of historical significance. This two-hour walk is aimed at adults but children are welcome. Details: The City Cross at Cathedral Green, Llandaff, Saturday, 11am and 2pm. Cost - PS12 per session.

5 Rachel Trezise and Thomas Morris: Short Stories "A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage," according to Lorrie Moore.

Two Welsh masters of the art of short story writing share their thoughts on what makes the form so enduring.

Rachel Trezise won the Dylan Thomas prize for her first collection, Fresh Apples, which was followed up by the eagerly awaited, Cosmic Latte.

Thomas Morris won the Wales Book of the Year 2016 with his debut, We Don't Know What We're Doing. Details: Saturday, 12.30pm. Cardiff Central Library, 5th Floor Creative Suite.

6 Martin Williams: Who do our politicians work for? Think the MPs' expenses scandal put paid to politicians lining their own pockets? Think again.

Investigative journalist, Martin Williams, exposes the greed and corruption that remain at the heart of our democracy in Parliament Ltd.

His work has appeared in the Guardian and Private Eye and the latest revelations in his book are guaranteed to shock and anger people.

Details: Saturday, 6pm, The Angel Hotel.

7 Sophie Hannah: Queen of Crime If anybody could bring the beloved Hercule Poirot back to life in a series of new books, it had to be Sophie Hannah.

One of the best known writers in the UK, the doyenne of darkness has revived Agatha Christie's best loved characters, staying true to the wit and style of the original, but putting on a fresh spin with new stories - much to the delight of Christie fans new and old. …

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