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Dy CD Di – (Desert Island Discs): with Catrin Dafydd and Dewi Prysor

Thursday 15 September, 7.30 pm, Bar One, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, Tickets: £4.00 / £3.00 concessions, Welsh Language Event. 23 Aug 2011

Dy CD Di – (Desert Island Discs): with Catrin Dafydd and Dewi Prysor

Join the radio DJ Bethan Elfyn in Bar One’s cosy atmosphere in September, where she’ll be discussing the special bond between music and literature with the authors Catrin Dafydd and Dewi Prysor.

Bethan ElfynCome to enjoy the discussion, and to listen to the three songs the authors would take with them for a long stay on a desert island.

The authors will lead us between pages of their novels, discussing how the influence of music has weaved itself into their stories and characters.

Catrin Dafydd is an author, scriptwriter and performer who has published several novels in Welsh, and one in English. She won the Literature Medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff 2005, and her novel Pili Pala (Y Lolfa 2006) was on the 2007 Book of the Year’s longlist. She collaborated with Ruth Jones to write the drama Ar y Tracs which appeared on S4C in 2009. She also writes scripts for Pobol y Cwm.

Dewi Prysor is known for his challenging novels which breaks taboos in Welsh Literature. His most recent novel, Lladd Duw (Y Lolfa 2010) was on this year’s Book of the Year Shortlist, and he won Golwg360’s People Award for that same novel.

Bethan Elfyn said,

"I'm very much looking forward to the desert island discs night organised by Literature Wales, with Joe Dunthorne, Gwyneth Lewis, Dewi Prysor and Catrin Dafydd - its going to be a great intimate and fun night. It'll be a chance to get to know the writers in a new context, and a little of their personalities and their lives. I'm totally honoured to be involved, and hope my Paxman style of interviewing won't put them off! Music is everyone's soundtrack to life, which is why we've all got our favourite tunes, and songs that mean something to us. It'll be interesting to find out if the poets and writers are 'pop queens', 'rock n' roll', or maybe even lean towards 'Celtic roots techno' in their choice of music. It’s going to be fascinating! I hope we can create a warm, relaxed evening where those under the spotlight feel they can open up. Until then, I need a beach holiday to catch up with all my extra reading! (Penarth Beach here I come!)"

Lleucu Siencyn, Literature Wales’ Acting Chief Executive said,

"These Desert Island Discs events will connect literature with music in a fun and unusual way. You can expect the unexpected in our forthcoming programme, as Literature Wales plans to initiate and encourage collaborations across a variety of art forms. Writers will work film makers, poets with theatre practitioners, or novelists with animation, music and the visual arts – the possibilities are endless. Our goal is to widen our audience by engaging with a range of creative media and do something different, whilst providing a platform for unique projects and push the boundaries of literature today."

An English Desert Island Discs event will be held in the same venue on 6 September, starring the poet Gwyneth Lewis and the author of Submarine, Joe Dunthorne.

For more information contact: Literature Wales, 029 2047 2266 /

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