Literature Wales Literary Tourism Programme 2012: Arthur Machen and Brenda Chamberlain











Parthian Books and Library of Wales are proud to be partnering with Literature Wales to provide two excellent author walks as part of their Literary Tourism Events Programme for 2012, 14 new literary adventures by train, boat, barge and bus, on horseback and on foot.


1. Arthur Machen in the Usk Valley with Catherine Fisher

11am - 4pm, Saturday 14 July 2012


In recent years, in part due to the 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth which was inspired by The Great God Pan (1894), Arthur Machen has developed cult status as one of the great early fantasy fiction writers. Born and bred in Caerleon and the hills in the north, Arthur was directly influenced by the people and places of the Usk Valley, setting scenes and drawing themes from them throughout his literary career.


We will explore some of these influences through the eyes of Catherine Fisher, local fantasy writer and Wales' Young People's Laureate, and the knowledge of some members of the Friends of Arthur Machen. The walk starts after a brief coach journey and follows a linear route back to Caerleon, ending at Caerleon Arts Festival Field.


Start: Ye Olde Bull Inn Car Park, High Street, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1AE

Finish: Caerleon Arts Festival, Hanbury Field, Uskside, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1AA

Ticket price: £7

Food/Drink provision: Not included - bring a packed lunch & flask; Tea/coffee & cake included afterwards.

Recommended clothing: Walking boots; Waterproofs; Warm layers; Suncream (if relevant).

Difficulty: Moderate, 5.5 miles

Not suitable for: pets, wheelchair access or children under 12 years of age.



2. Brenda Chamberlain's Bangor and Beyond with Jill Piercy and Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, 2pm - 5pm, Saturday 20 October 2012


Writer and artist Brenda Chamberlain (1912-1971) was born and raised in Bangor; moving to Llanllechid, Germany, Bardsey Island and Hydra, Greece before returning to Bangor in 1967. Wherever she lived, she wrote, painted and kept illustrated journals. She published three novels, a poetry collection and an account of her role in the creation of the Caseg Broadsheets with Alun Lewis, which featured poems by themselves, Dylan Thomas and Lynette Roberts.


Jill Piecy and Dr Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan will lead a walk around Bangor, followed by a short bus tour to the Bethesda area where she lived when first married. The afternoon will end with the launch of Brenda Chamberlain - A Life (Parthian, 2012) by Jill Piercy, generously hosted by Bangor University.


In partnership with Literature Wales, Parthian Books, Bangor University and Pontio.


Start: Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, Fford Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1DT

Finish: School of English, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG

Ticket price: £8 (£7)

Food/Drink provision: Light refreshments included

Recommended clothing: Comfortable footwear; WaterproofS; Warm layers.


Difficulty: Moderate, 1.5 miles

Not suitable for: pets, wheelchair access or children under 16 years of age.


For more information on all 14 of the Literary Tourism Events on Literature Wales' April - October 2012 Programme visit:


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