The line-up for the second Cardiff Book Festival has been announced ahead of the event which takes place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September. The festival is a celebration of the written word and features big names and local talent on two stages at the iconic Angel Hotel in addition to Cardiff Central Library and official bookseller Waterstones.

Last year’s festival was a highlight on the creative calendar and attracted over 800 visitors.

Organised by Brian Meechan, Cerith Mathias and Dan Tyte, this year’s event promises to offer an evolution of last years’ experience.

Cerith, a journalist and TV producer, said “we’ve tried to create more of a festival feel with this year’s event, adding wristband tickets, working with Green Man, adding more stages, more writing workshops.” Dan urges audiences to “come and be a part of” the festivities which aims to show that beautiful things can happen when books are brought to life.

Standouts from the 2017 line-up include GQ editor Dylan Jones discussing his upcoming book David Bowie-A Life with NME editor Mike Williams, which is headlining the Friday night. Saturday includes the Green Man Festival taking over Cardiff Central Library for the day with their Library of Imagined Genes; a biobank containing genetic samples of fictional characters.

The co-creator of the hit TV show Hinterland/Y Gwyll Ed Thomas and photographer David Wilson will grace the stage on Sunday, discussing the west Wales landscape that has taken images of Ceredigion to television in over 100 countries as documented in the book Hinterland: Ceredigion Landscapes.

Horatio Clare re-tells ancient tales from the Brecon Beacons and his new Myths and Legends book, offering a particularly pertinent moment on Sunday in what is Visit Wales’ Year of Legends.

Elsewhere on the programme are writing workshops with Katie Hamer and the author of The Unforgotten Laura Powell, Cardiff’s Laura Kemp and Jo Carnegie take a look at whether romcoms are needed more than ever in these troubling times in Happily Ever After? and Martin Griffiths explores the night sky. These events only scratch the surface, with a multitude of talks and workshops taking place over the three days.

The full line-up is available here.


Early bird ticket prices are available now, with a weekend wristband available for £25 until 14 July and £30 until 18 August, with individual event tickets from £5 per adult and £3 concessions. Tickets and more information on the line-up is available here or for more updates see @cardiffbookfest or #cardiffbookfest on Twitter.