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 …

6 thoughts on “CrickLit: neologism

      1. I wish a pilgrimage were in the cards. I’d like to attend every literary festival in the UK and just soak up words. I’d really like to live over there, at least as long as the government would allow. It’s so lovely and green and filled with history and literature. And accents SO unlike the ones I hear every day. And speak with.


        1. Yes, it’s not just England that’s a “green and pleasant land”, Wales gets its fair share of rain too! A big contrast with Texas, I would imagine. And what was it Churchill said about two countries separated by the same language? The same applies to accents — though I’ve heard it opined that Shakespeare’s Warwickshire accent may be closer to American English than the clipped tones of a Laurence Olivier, say.

          Anyway, hope you make it here some day!


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