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“An annual weekend of music, book readings and poetry inspires much talking and drinking late into the night, a beacon of chaos in an

over-organised world of festivals.”

Tracey Thorn in The New Statesman

The Laugharne Weekend is an annual literary and arts festival in West Wales.

The festival is held in the spring in the town of Laugharne.

Dylan Thomas, Laugharne’s most famous inhabitant, described it as a

“timeless, mild, beguiling island of a town.”

The festival is deliberately small-scale. The size of the town – which itself is very small – ensures that the festival will not grow beyond certain bounds. Its location means that festival visitors and townspeople rub shoulders with the artists and performers.

According to the festival’s co-founders, Richard Thomas and the Cardiff writer John Williams,

“The point is that it’s a festival that involves the locality.”

The festival directors have also said:

“I’d sooner start another festival than let it grow too big.”

The Laugharne Weekend concentrates on literature, music and comedy, bringing talent from all over the world but always maintaining a particular kinship with writers and musicians from Wales or who have a connection with Wales.

Previous headline performers have included Patti SmithRay Davies of the KinksMick Jones of The Clash, the actor Michael Sheen, the writer Caitlin Moran, the poet John Cooper Clarke, the comedians Harry Hill and Alexei Sayle, the painter Peter Blake etc.

All events take place in Laugharne’s clubs, churches and halls, tiny and intimate venues which entail the close proximity of audience and performers.The principal venues used are the Millennium Hall, the Congregational Church and the Rugby Club