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Dinefwr Literature Festival reveals inaugural line-up

Gruff Rhys
Image caption Super Furry Animal singer Gruff Rhys is among the musicians due to play at the festival

A new festival celebrating Wales' literature and landscape, has announced its first line-up of guests.

The Dinefwr Literature Festival will feature writer Howard Marks, musicians Julian Cope and Gruff Rhys and poets Sir Andrew Motion and Gillian Clarke.

The event will run from 29 June - 1 July at Dinefwr Park and Castle in Carmarthenshire.

Lleucu Siencyn, of Literature Wales, said the event would "bring the ancient surroundings alive".

The three-day bilingual festival is a collaboration between Literature Wales, the National Trust and the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

Its organisers say it will be the first of its kind, and promise an eclectic mix of high quality literature, music, comedy and cinema.

Other festivals guests will include award-winning writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair; poet and broadcaster Luke Wright; novelist, poet and football devotee, Joe Dunthorne together with writer and professor of linguistics, David Crystal and Irish short-story writer Claire Keegan.

Among the Welsh language writers attending will be Rhys Iorwerth, John Davies and Dewi Prysor.

The weekend's music will be curated by Swn's John Rostron and BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens.

Ms Siencyn, chief executive of Literature Wales, said: "Wales has an unbroken tradition of celebrating poetry and song.

"From the National Eisteddfod to the Hay Festival, we like to shout out loud about literature."

Gillian Clarke, the national poet of Wales, said there was "nowhere better than Dinefwr to celebrate with a festival of words."

Both weekend and day tickets are available for the festival.

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