Heartland Anthology

The PENfro Book Festival is an annual event celebrating the quality and diversity of writing in Wales today, recognising the contribution of local publishers and booksellers, and encouraging more people to enjoy the wealth of books Wales offers. Held in the glorious setting of Rhosygilwen in Pembrokeshire, the festival aims to be friendly, informal and inviting to everyone from the casual to the most avid reader.

Mae Gŵyl Lyfrau PENfro yn ddigwyddiad blynyddol sy’n dathlu ansawdd ac amrywiaeth ysgrifennu yng Nghymru heddiw. Mae’n cydnabod cyfraniad cyhoeddwyr a gwerthwyr llyfrau lleol, ac yn annog mwy o bobl i fwynhau’r cyfoeth o lyfrau mae Cymru’n ei gynnig. Cynhelir yr ŵyl ym mhentref bendigedig Rhosygilwen yn Sir Benfro a nod yr ŵyl yw bod yn gyfeillgar, anffurfiol a deniadol tuag at bawb o’r darllenydd achlysurol i’r un mwyaf brwd.

The opening night celebrating the poems of Welsh poet Idris Davies through songs (Bells of Rhymney), dramatisations and poetry readings was a thumping success. Anne Garside (from left), Helen Blackburn and Margaret Macdonald celebrate on stage.


This year the winners works where published in the Penfro  Anthology, HEARTLAND

The overall winner of the short story comp was Richard Owain Roberts with ‘Terrence Malick’

The other winners who all made it into the anthology were:

Angelology – Kathy Miles

Summoning – Kathy Miles

The Islanders – Julie Ann Rees

Self-portrait with Onion – Kittie Belltree

Everything Pie – David McVey

Sugarland – Darren J Beaney

Furnaceman – David J Costello

Dead Sheep/Babies – Diana Powell

Green – Derek Sellen

Ministry of Labour – Philip Dunn

Table for One Ben – Wildsmith

Your Father’s Father had Eyes like Yours – Phil Jones

Vaj-Nut Hut – Estelle Birdy

Sorting Office – Ian Murray

The Tenant Joneses – Morgan Davies

By-the-wind Sailors – Rosalind Hudis

Lord of Carrion – Anthony Watts

Another One Bites the Dust – Kelly Van Nelson

After Iconoclasm – Angela Graham

DIY – Ellen Davies

Blushing Rainwater – Kathryn Tann

Sudden Midlife Storms – Selma Carvalho

Beneath a Sky, Kingfisher Blue – Steve Wade

The Sound of Death in a Soft Mouth – Jane Burn

Cinnamon Girl – Mary Anne Smith

The Puppet Mistress – Rebecca Trick-Walker

The Art of Plaiting Hair – Karen Hill

Double Helix – Moira Ashley

Cream Horns – Eluned Gramich

Alterations – Maeve Henry

Touring Tenby with the Man I will One Day Marry – Christina Thatcher


The Companion by Jodie Bond (selected by the audience)

Ready to Ramble by Phil Taylor

Momento by Valerie French

Unlimited Service by Nicky Denovan.

There were several workshops and talks on Saturday and Sunday .that were enjoyed by those who attended. (One of the  authors Mike Parker pictured below).

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