CrickLit: neologism


CrickLit. Yes, you read right: ‘CrickLit’, not chick lit.

This is the name for the inaugural Crickhowell Literary Festival which takes place between the 3rd and 11th October 2015. Organised by the owners of the delightful little bookshop Book-ish (“a wonderful place to buy books, toys and gifts”) it’s fantastic to know that a small town of about two thousand folks can host a week-long celebration of all things literary.

Yes, I know that Hay-on-Wye — another Powys town of roughly the same size — already has an extremely successful literary festival which has being going since 1988. But Crickhowell’s initial foray into this field has already, even before it’s begun, had to be expanded from three days to a whole week! What is it about these liminal Welsh Marches towns that seems to favour literary fervour?

The speakers include quite a few well-known names, many with a Welsh connection: Owen Sheers, Emma Chapman, Jasper Fforde and Deborah Moggach. But don’t take my word for it — head over to the website and see the range that’s on offer. But hurry, tickets are apparently going fast …