Cardiff Book Festival returns this year between 22 – 24 September.

Celebrating the best in books from Wales, the UK and across the world. 

The Lost Lines of Wales with Tom Ferris

Take a nostalgic steam-powered journey back in time with Tom Ferris, author of eight illustrated books looking at the ‘lost lines’ of Wales: Aberystwyth to Carmarthen; Brecon to Newport; Cambrian Coast; Ruabon to Barmouth; Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth; Vale of Neath and Chester to Holyhead. Join Tom as he explores the history, heritage and social background of the railway and its passengers brought to life using archive photography, some of which has never long-closed line between Ruabon and Barmouth some of which has never been seen before.

Saturday 23 September, 3pm
Prince of Wales suite, The Angel Hotel

Myths and Legends with Horatio Clare

In Visit Wales’ Year of Legends, Horatio Clare re-tells ten myths and legends of Wales’ famous Brecon Beacons, including Arthur and his Slumbering Knights, the White Lady of Tretower Court and the gory tale of Black Vaughan. These brilliantly written short stories bring to life the extensive history and supernatural mystery that resides in these beautiful hills, illustrated by Jane Matthews who he worked with on his 2015 children’s book Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot. Horatio is the author of two memoirs, Truant, and the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Running for the Hills as well as volumes dealing with travel and nature; the Dolman Best Travel Book Award-winning A Single Swallow, Orison for a Curlew and Down to the Sea in Ships #YearOfLegends

Sunday 24 September, 1pm
Dragon suite, The Angel Hotel

Hinterland: Ceredigion Landscapes with David Wilson and Ed Thomas

If ever a television show cast a landscape as brooding protagonist, it’s Hinterland / Y Gwyll. Show co-creator Ed Thomas, alongside the photographer David Wilson are in conversation on how the west Wales landscape inspired the noir police detective drama, which has taken images of Ceredigion to televisions in over 100 countries throughout the world, as documented in the book Hinterland: Ceredigion Landscapes, a collection of photographs, essays and snapshots from the making of the show.

Sunday 24 September, 4pm
Dragon suite, The Angel Hotel