FictionFest is coming to Denbighshire libraries this winter!



Libraries in DENBIGHSHIRE are having the perfect winter with an exciting line-up of best-selling authors to speak with readers about their books as part of ‘FictionFest’.

If you’re a fan of detective writing in particular, or just like getting together to chat about books, there’s something for you at events across the county.

All events are free, but please contact the relevant library to reserve your place.

The events are part of the Living Well in Wales, Places to Connect campaign funded by the Welsh Government.

Libraries in Wales offers a wide range of events and activities where you can connect with friends or meet new people, try something different or learn a new skill, and find out what is available within of your community.

Cllr Emrys Wynne, Principal Member for Welsh Language, Culture and Heritage, said: “I am delighted that our libraries are offering this wonderful program of visits by such popular authors.

“It will be a great opportunity for readers and library members to meet and chat with the writers and each other.

“Libraries provide many opportunities for people to connect with each other and their community through a shared love of books and reading and this FictionFest is a great example of that.”


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The FictionFest program is as follows:

Tuesday, November 22 – John Alwyn Griffiths at the Ruthin Library (2 p.m.).

Born in Bangor, John Alwyn Griffiths was a police officer who spent his career working throughout North Wales before retiring in 1998.

Since then he has written nine novels, featuring “Detective Jeff Evans” and an autobiography.

Tuesday 22 November – Alis Hawkins at St Asaph Library (6.30pm).

Alis Hawkins is a Crime Writers Association shortlisted author of detective stories and historical mysteries, including the Teifi Valley Coroner series featuring coroner Harry Probert-Lloyd and his assistant, John Davies, in the 1850s in the west Wales.

Monday, November 28 – Kate Ellis at the Rhuddlan Library (2 p.m.).

Kate Ellis is the Cheshire-based author of two gripping mystery novel series, two historical novels and numerous short stories.

She has written over 20 novels featuring Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, an archeology graduate, who fights crime on the “wicked streets” of South Devon.

Wednesday 30 November – Elen Wyn at Denbigh Library (11am, Welsh language event).

Elen Wyn is based in Denbigh and is a senior reporter at BBC Wales.

She has just published her third novel.

Wednesday November 30 – Simon McCleave at the Prestatyn Library (2 p.m.).

Simon McCleave is a million-selling British novelist.

Her debut book, ‘The Snowdonia Killings’, was released in January 2020 and reached number one on the Amazon UK Chart, selling over 200,000 copies.

He has just signed a deal with publishing giants Harper Collins to write a new detective series based on the Isle of Anglesey.

Thursday, December 1 – Martin Edwards at the Rhyl Library (2 p.m.).

Along with Kate Ellis, Martin Edwards is a member of the crime writing collective Murder Squad and is the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger – the highest honor in British crime writing.

In addition to writing detective stories, he recently published a book on the history of detective novels.

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