The Carmarthen Book Fair debut was a success!
The first Carmarthen Book Fair, held at St. Peter’s Civic Hall on Saturday 1st October 2016, proved a great success. The Mayor of Carmarthen, Councillor Wynn Thomas, welcomed the authors and other exhibitors, and later returned to hand out the prizes and certificates to the winners of the children’s short story competition sponsored by Thompson Authors (John and Sarada Thompson).The Year 4/5 competition and Year 5/6 competition were won by pupils of The Church In Wales Model School.
There was also a welcoming address by the renowned Welsh poet, Professor Menna Elfyn, from Trinity St. David’s, who was delighted to see a number of former students from the M.A. Creative Writing course at the Fair displaying their books.
In addition to the display of a wide variety of works (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) by a host of local authors, there were talks and readings by a number of the exhibitors, and also a story-telling session for children.
Thompson Authors would like to thank all those who supported the event by generously donating vouchers for the raffle held in aid of Hywel Dda Health Charities (Glangwili Emergency Unit) and the M.S. Society, including Marks and Spencer, the Scarlets, Stradey Park Hotel, Gwili Steam Railway, Manor House Wildlife Park, Xcel Bowling, The Rhosmaen Plough Inn, Carmarthen Laser Station, Ultimate Ballroom, Llandovery Wool Shop, Blue Lagoon Waterpark, The Tenby Dinosaur Park, Folly Farm, Crancs Cyclesport, Marros Riding Centre, Llanelli Writers’ Circle, Dominic Williams (Iconau Publishing) and author Anthony Jones.
Planning for the 2017 Book Fair is already under way!