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The full line-up for the 2020 festival will be announced shortly.
Names already confirmed include Max Porter, Kerry Hudson, Mark Thomas, Jeremy Deller, Jess Phillips MP, Carys Eleri, Wreckless Eric, Cold War Steve, Eimear McBride, Nathan Filer, Martin Parr, Martin Carthy, Jane Couch...
Max PorterMax Porter's debut 'Grief Is A Thing With Feathers' was one of those unclassifiable books that connected with readers on a profound level. His new novel, 'Lanny', was long listed for this year’s Booker Prize for his book ‘Lanny’.
Find out more at www.maxporter.co.uk
Kerry HudsonKerry Hudson’s book ‘Lowborn’ has been one of the most talked about books of the last year. It's a powerful, autobiographical exploration of poverty in today’s Britain.
More info: https://kerryhudson.co.uk/
Mark ThomasMark Thomas is a comedian, political satirist. presenter and journalist. He's a “libertarian anarchist” still fighting the good fight.
More info: https://markthomasinfo.co.uk/
Martin CarthyQuite simply the greatest living English folksinger. Welcome back to Laugharne!
More info: https://carthyonline.wordpress.com/ (fansite)
Elizabeth MacnealElizabeth Macneal’s debut novel ‘The Doll Factory’ was a top five Sunday Times bestseller, a Radio 4 Book of The Week and a Radio 2 Book Club Choice In 2919.
More info: http://elizabethmacneal.com/
Jess PhillipsJess Phillips charmed one and all on her last visit to Laugharne. She's the MP for Birmingham Yardley, and she's written two books ‘Everywoman’ and ‘Truth To Power’
More info: https://twitter.com/jessphillips
Wreckless EricOne of the great British one-offs, ever since he announced himself with the immortal Whole Wide World and began an august career of off-kilter pop.
More info at Eric's thoroughly entertaining blog: http://thedysfunctionalworldof.blogspot.com/
Susan MurraySusan Murray’s ‘How Not To Die In A Plane Crash’ was one of the comedy hits of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe so fasten your seat belts for a darkly hilarious bumpy ride.
More info: http://susan-murray.co.uk/
Ned PalmerNed Palmer has written ‘A Cheesemonger’s History of
The British Isles’ which takes us on a journey across Britain and Ireland uncovering the histories of our favourite cheeses.
More info: https://twitter.com/CheeseTastingCo
Martin ParrBoth a wonderfully original photographer and a brilliant collector of images, Martin Parr is known for his photographic projects that take an intimate, satirical and anthropogical look at aspects of modern life.
More info: https://www.martinparr.com/
Brian BilstonThe mysterious Brian Bilston came to notice a comic poet and has since published his first novel Diary Of A Somebody. 'Achingly funny. Without doubt it should win next year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for the best comic novel, even if my own novel is in contention as well' -
More info: https://twitter.com/brian_bilston
Jeremy DellerA very welcome return to Laugharne for the man who gives conceptual art a good name.
More info: https://www.jeremydeller.org/
Eimear McBrideEimear McBride's two novels, the Women’s Prize-winning debut, ‘A Girl is A Half Formed Thing’, and The Lesser Bohemians show this brilliant Irish writer finding a new language of modern women's lives and desires.
More info: https://eimearmcbride.co.uk/
Cold War SteveIt's hard to satirise these times we live in but Twitter star Cold War Steve gives it a darn good go with his photomontages that are still just ever so slightly weirder than actual Boris Jonson photo-ops.
More info: https://twitter.com/Coldwar_Steve
Daniel RachelDaniel's last book, his oral history of Rock Against Racism, won the Penderyn Prize. He will be talking to an all star panel about his new book, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, an oral history of the 90s.
More info: https://danielrachel.com/
Amy RigbyAmy Rigby's charming Girl To City is the latest in a series of memoirs putting women's lives back into the heart of pop history. Punk rock to New York to motherhood - Amy Rigby will be telling it like it is in words and music.
More info: http://www.amyrigby.com/
Kate SpicerBurnt out journo Kate Spicer's memoir Lost Dog tells the story of how her life was turned round by a rescue lurcher called Wolfy.
More info: https://twitter.com/spicerlife
Chris BryantChris Bryant is MP for The Rhondda and he will be discussing his book on the history of Parliament with historian David Kynaston.
More info: https://twitter.com/rhonddabryant
Nathan FilerNathan Filer’s debut ‘The Shock of The Fall’ has sold over half a million copies in the U.K. and won The Costa Book of The Year Award. He will be talking about his new book on mental health, This Book Will Change Your Mind.
More info: https://www.nathanfiler.co.uk/
Nick RevellAfter being voted best act at the 2019 Laugharne Weekend comedian Nick Revell returns with more surreal tales from his Radio 4 series ‘Broken Dream Catcher’
More info: http://www.nickrevell.com/
Jane CouchJane Couch MBE was Britain's first female professional boxer, now she's written her life story, The Final Round
More info: https://twitter.com/JaneCouchMBE
Travis ElboroughThe extraordinarily well-informed Travis Elborough will once more be Laugharne's interviewer at large.
More info: https://traviselborough.co.uk/
Pete BrownWelcome back to Laugharne, Britain's living beer expert! Most likely taking about his latest book Pie Fidelity: In Defence of British Food
Carys EleriActress and singer Carys Eleri's one woman show Lovecraft (Not The Sex Shop In Cardiff) has been wowing audiences from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Cardiff Millennium Centre with its unclassifiable mix of cabaret, neuroscience and agony column.
More info: https://twitter.com/caryseleri
Martin RowsonLaugharne's resident cartoonist returns to do battle with the festival's recalcitrant technology.
More info: https://twitter.com/MartinRowson
John NivenRecord co exec turned scurrilous novelist, John Niven, returns with a sequel to his scabrous debut Kill Your Friends, Kill 'Em All!
More info: https://twitter.com/estellecostanza
Richard KingRichard King’s ‘The Lark Ascending’ is a lyrical exploration of how Britain’s history and identity has been shaped by the mysterious relationship between its people, its music and the landscape.
More info: https://www.richardhywelking.com/
Duncan CampbellDuncan Campbell was the long-time crime correspondent for The Guardian. His book ‘The Underworld’ tells the inside story of organised crime in Britain.
More info: https://www.theguardian.com/profile/duncancampbell
Robin InceLaugharne's beloved comedy fixture Robin Ince will be doing live versions of his podcast ‘Bookshambles’ using books as a springboard
to go into almost anything.
More info: https://robinince.com/
Niall GriffithsOut of Liverpool by way of Aberystwyth, Griffiths' latest, Broken Ghost, finds him slap bang in form.
More info: http://www.niallgriffiths.com/