Events

April 2024

Rheinallt Llwyd – Islwyn Ffowc Elis’ Formative Years

Rheinallt Llwyd – Islwyn Ffowc Elis’ Formative Years

Islwyn Ffowc Elis who was born in Wrexham, was one of Wales’ foremost writers and his novel Cysgod y Cryman (Shadow of the Sickle) is considered to be the “Book of the 20th Century”. Rheinallt Llwyd is a leading authority on his life and works and will discuss his...

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Children’s Festival – Magi Ann

Children’s Festival – Magi Ann

Magi Ann is the protagonist of a series of stories for children, and she is now one of the favorite characters of young children in Wales. Magi Ann loves visiting children and families at community events all over the country to share a story or two and sing some of...

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Children’s Festival Dynamic Signing Sensations

Children’s Festival Dynamic Signing Sensations

Dynamic's Signing Sensations are back by popular demand. This year they will be opening the Carnival of Words festival by signing songs to popular pop and rock music we all know and love - Why not join in and learn as you watch them!  The Signing Sensations are a...

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Children’s Festival – Storytelling Sessions

Children’s Festival – Storytelling Sessions

We’re excited to welcome these popular children’s picture-book authors to entertain and interact with you throughout our free Children’s Festival. Jude Lennon, author of the Little Lamb Tales series will spin some fabulous yarns with mascots Lamby and Flossie joining...

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Theatr Clwyd – From Page to Stage

Theatr Clwyd – From Page to Stage

With a landmark capital redevelopment in progress, it’s an exciting time to find out more about Theatr Clwyd. We will discover more about the magic of the backstage world and how scripts are taken from the page to the stage. Led by Head of Production, Hannah Lobb and...

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Evie Meg – This Trippy Hippie

Evie Meg – This Trippy Hippie

Author and social media sensation Evie Meg is known to over 15 million TikTok followers, as This Trippy Hippie. She captures and documents the reality of the highs and lows of living with Tourette’s syndrome to raise awareness of the condition and other health conditions of PANDAS and autoimmune disease giving a true reflection of Evie Meg’s daily life. Evie’s biography My Nonidentical Twin, is an inspirational story with true meaning. Evie Meg was shortlisted for a National Diversity Award in the Positive Role Model Disability category, appeared on CBBC and gave a speech to the EU Commission in Luxembourg. Join us as we chat to Evie Meg about her life as a TikTok sensation.

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Historical Fiction Night

Historical Fiction Night

Two shows for the price of one! A panel of 4 fabulous Historical Fiction authors will fight their corners in our ‘My Era is Better Than Yours’ challenge – Catrin Kean arguing for The Seventies; E. M. Powell for Plantagenet Power; Kate Innes for The Minoans; and Sarah Woodbury for the Life and Times of Llywelyn the Last.

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An Audience with Philippa Holloway

An Audience with Philippa Holloway

Join us for a session with Philippa Holloway - award-winning author and academic, teaching Creative Writing at Staffordshire University. We'll be chatting about the runaway success of her début novel, The Half-Life of Snails - set in both Anglesey and Ukraine - and...

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Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan

Bestselling crime fiction author Vaseem Khan takes us on an exhilarating journey from the last days of the Raj to the heart of modern India.

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Suzan Holder

Suzan Holder

Author, journalist and TV presenter
Suzan Holder has woven her love for music and comedy into both her rockin’ rom coms Shake It Up, Beverley and Rock n’ Rose.
Married to former Slade frontman Noddy Holder and producer of TV’s Loose Women, Suzan draws on her own real-life experience when writing her heart-warming and hilarious stories. From marrying a rockstar, embarrassing encounters with a Beatle to an eventful trip to the home of Elvis Presley, Suzan will reveal the hair-raising adventures that inspired her books.

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Mike Parker

Mike Parker

By popular demand we welcome back Mike Parker, award winning author of Map Addict, On the Red Hill and most recently All the Wide Border. Mike will be talking about his work and specifically how it relates to, and is inspired by, Wales.  Tuesday 23 April, 5pmWrexham...

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Poetry – Live and Dangerous

Poetry – Live and Dangerous

An evening of lively performance featuring award-winning Belfast poet, Elizabeth McGeown, with some very special local guest poets. And the poems they’ll be supplying? They’re electrifying. Poems either written by Wrexham’s own poets, or maybe their favourite poems written by others.

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Joanne Harris and #Storytime

Joanne Harris and #Storytime

Joanne Harris is the internationally acclaimed author of Chocolat (the award-winning novel and Hollywood film), and many other best-selling novels. But now Joanne and the Storytime Band have created #Storytime – a live show featuring tales from her fantasy novel Honeycomb, with stunning image projections and music, as well as pieces based on Joanne’s novellas, A Pocketful of Crows and The Blue Salt Road. This show is intimate, engaging, quirky and darkly magical, appealing to audiences of all ages, but especially lovers of folklore, fantasy and fairytale.

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An Audience with Simon McCleave and Katy Watson

An Audience with Simon McCleave and Katy Watson

Join us for not one, but two of our favourite crime novelists. Local writer Simon McCleave is the author of the best-selling DI Ruth Hunter crime-thriller series, beginning with The Snowdonia Killings and, more recently, The Wrexham Killings, but much more besides. Katy Watson is the award-winning author of Golden Age crime novels with a modern twist, The Three Dahlias and A Very Lively Murder. Secrets galore to be revealed in this fabulous session.

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Sian Hughes

Sian Hughes

We welcome Siân Hughes to launch the 2024 Carnival. She is an award- winning poet and was longlisted for the Booker Prize 2023 for her brilliant first novel Pearl. Siân will talk about her inspiration for her fabulous novel set just over the Welsh border in Tilston, Cheshire.

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Authors From Wonderland

Authors From Wonderland

A panel of celebrated local writers talk about the often untold stories of how and why they were inspired by their favourite children's authors - but also revealing those authors' secret lives J.M. Barrie, Enid Blyton, Rosemary Sutcliff, Lewis Carroll and others....

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From Star Wars to Sherlock

From Star Wars to Sherlock

Some of Wrexham's writing celebrities will try to persuade you that their own favourite fan fiction is better than all the rest. If spin-offs from Star Wars, Dracula, Game of Thrones and Sherlock are your thing, you'll love this! Chair: Marie Cope Panel members: Iwan...

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Catherine Isaac

Catherine Isaac

Catherine Isaac is the Sunday Times bestselling author of 13 novels, nine of which were published under the name ‘Jane Costello’. She writes emotional love stories and romantic comedy, which altogether have been translated into 26 languages.
She has previously been selected by the Richard and Judy Book Club and has won a Romantic Novelists’ Award twice. She was born in Liverpool, where she still lives with her husband and three sons.

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Elen Caldecott and “How Do Books Happen”?

Elen Caldecott and “How Do Books Happen”?

Ever wonder how books get made? How does an author go from having an idea in their head to having pages of manuscript? How does that manuscript end up on a bookshop shelf? In this high-energy, interactive session award-winning children’s author Elen Caldecott shows...

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Carnival Of Words Readathon with Paul Jeorrett

Carnival Of Words Readathon with Paul Jeorrett

For this year’s classic readathon the book-lovers of Wrexham have accepted the challenge of reading Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, the timeless story of love and redemption. Join us for a fun discussion about this classic with readings and a quiz in the company of Bookylicious podcaster Paul Jeorrett.

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Murder Mystery Night

Murder Mystery Night

Put your sleuthing skills to the test and experience what it’s like to investigate the most serious of crimes at our nail-biting Murder Mystery evening. Join us as you play detective for the night and help figure out ‘whodunnit?’ Tonight’s mystery is a performance of...

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