A NEW one-day Montgomeryshire Literary Festival has been announced to be held at Bodfach Hall, Llanfyllin, next month.

The inaugural festival on Saturday, June 9, will showcase several wonderful authors who live in Montgomeryshire and has two themes: History and Love of the Countryside.

Lined up are former Cabinet Minister for the Arts and Arts Council of England chairman the Earl of Gowrie; author, writer, broadcaster and county councillor Myfanwy Alexander; naturalist, broadcaster, and writer who has worked in conservation for more than 30 years Iolo Williams; journalist and television presenter Mavis Nicholson; author and journalist Matthew Dennison; Adele Nozedar of Brecon Beacons Foraging running a Botanical Gin workshop; and literay agent Andrew Lownie leading a panel discussion for budding authors on Getting Published and giving his own talk about his biography of Cambridge Spy Ring member Guy Burgess.

Talks will start at 10am and last for 50 minutes each, including questions and answer sessions. The day will finish with complimentary live music from Ruth and Ken Powell.

Featured authors will be signing copies of their books which can be purchased at a pop-up bookshop provided by Oswestry’s award-winning independent Books Bookshop.