Monday, 24 April, 5.00pm
Meet BAFTA-nominated and bilingual screenwriter, novelist and musician Fflur Dafydd as she chats about… her own writing journey; the joys of writing primetime drama for S4C and BBC iPlayer; her work on her art crime thriller Yr Amgueddfa, dubbed “the Welsh Lupin”; the background to her latest (2023) novel The Library Suicides – an English language reimagining of her 2009 novel Y Llyfrgell, also a 2016 film; and maybe a few hints about what’s coming next.
The Library Suicides follows twins Ana and Nan, who are lost after the death of their mother, a renowned author who seemingly killed herself by jumping out of a window, naming her biographer and critic Eben as being responsible for her death. During a night shift in their job at the labyrinthine National Library of Wales, the twins plan to enact their revenge on Eben by locking down the building. But when one rogue security guard starts upsetting the plan and freeing captives, Ana, Nan and Eben find themselves pushed to the limit and what began as a single-minded act of revenge blooms into a complex unravelling of loyalties, motives and what it is that makes us who we are. Originally published and filmed in Welsh, this English Language reimaging of Fflur Dafydd’s novel seeks to show how easy it would be to eradicate a nation’s identity through removing their literary history.