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Brilliant Books

Where: Insole Court
When: Saturday 2nd March - Sunday 10th March

Insole Court is pleased to present its inaugural festival celebrating the brilliance of books, their words and illustrations.

Brilliant Books Llyfrau Llachar Programme


The festival’s inception began first and foremost with a love of books, and specifically a love and appreciation of a wonderfully beautiful book called The Lost Words, written by award-winning Robert McFarlene and illustrated with hand-painted work by Jackie Morris. The book is a wonderous celebration of nature words and the magical natural landscape they evoke, amongst people of all ages.

Whilst working on an art project to create a series of textile panels to decorate our Visitor Centre, a group of our volunteers were inspired by The Lost Words book and nature around Insole Court. They began a conversation about the power of this book and its ability to inspire people with its illustrious words and illustrations about nature.

And so, it began, the book became an inspiration and starting point for a scheme to create a festival that celebrates just how inspirational and brilliant books, writing and illustrations can be for everyone; in particular for children, to help facilitate their learning and develop a life-long love of books that will stay with them into adulthood.

Our festival coincides with World Book Day and weaves together all aspects of books, offering something for everyone to be inspired by, we hope to bring books of all kinds to life during this festival to celebrate their wonder.

Insole Court’s very own Reading Room will be at the heart of the festival and this event will mark this historic room’s relaunch. Many activities will take place here throughout the event and it will feature a community memory book for people to put their pens to paper.

Brilliant Books is a celebration of this history and of reading, writing and the power of words to engage, enthuse and inspire. Our event will also celebrate the importance and value of illustration within literature.” Director, Graham Hill.

The festival will launch on Saturday 2nd March with a reading from Lucy Owen, BBC Wales presenter, newsreader and author of Boo-a-Bog in the Park and soon to be published, The Sea House.

Over the course of the festival, there will be a pop-up bookshop in the Butler’s Pantry and a wide variety of different events; from book readings by Welsh authors in both English and Welsh, to interesting talks from both children’s and adult authors; writing and book-making workshops for all ages, to book signings and we’ll even have a book trail for children to explore our gardens.

Dig in to our programme to pin-point and book which events you’d like to attend.

With thanks to our sponsors and supporters for their generosity and enthusiasm for this project:
Literature Wales
Jeffrey Ross
EJ Catering
Cardiff Libraries

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