During our first year we offered a programme of ’52 Things’ made with and for the city’s creative community to showcase the fantastic people and places in our city. You can find the full 52 here.

The countdown is on to the inaugural Cardiff Book Festival, which aims to promote reading and writing across the city in a three day book bonanza. 

From 28 October to 30 October, the festival will take over the literary hub of the city centre - Central Library, Yr Hen Lyfrgell, Waterstones Bookstore and the Angel Hotel - for a variety of talks, debates and workshops. 

Poetry to Poirot, short stories to sport, debuts to Dahl, fiction to feminism...there really is something for everyone. 

The diverse programme features a whole host of big names including Deborah Moggach, Owen Sheers, Miranda Sawyer and Sophie Hannah. 

Watch this animation for more on the stellar line-up:

Cardiff Book Festival 2016 from Cardiff Book Festival on Vimeo.

Actress Kimberley Nixon is taking part in the Cardiff Book Festival, talking about Poirot with Sophie Hannah while Dan Tyte and Laura Powell will be discussing their debuts. Road to 2017 will bring together business leaders for an economy debate and Short Stories is an event with Dylan Thomas prize winner Rachel Trezise and Welsh Book of the Year winner Thomas Morris. 

Wales Online comprehensively covered the launch of the festival on September 23. Read their piece. 

We Are Cardiff took a fine toothcomb to the programme and selected their choices across the weekend. Find out We Are Cardiff's festival picks. 

You can check out the full programme here: 

BBC journalist Brian Meechan is one of the organisers of the festival. He said: "From the start, we wanted to create a festival that had something for everyone and we think we've managed to achieve the right mix and to keep prices affordable. There's been so much enthusiasm from writers, publishers and others in the industry that it's clear that the Cardiff Book Festival can get off to a great start and have something very solid to build on in future years. 

"We've been overwhelmed by the encouragement and support we've had throughout the city not least from our sponsors and partners.

"It's up to the public now to decide whether the book festival becomes an annual fixture in the calendar, so we certainly hope people will get behind it."

Cardiff University is a Cardiff Book Festival partner. Sara Pepper, Director of Creative Economy, said: "Cardiff University is delighted to be supporting the first Cardiff Book Festival. The university has a strong commitment to developing the city’s creative economy which is why it set up the Creative Cardiff team to encourage and support innovation, creativity and growth in this sector. 

"The launch of the Cardiff Book Festival demonstrates the progress of the creative economy community in Cardiff and we hope that it becomes a firm fixture in the city’s cultural calendar."

Tickets for all events are priced at £8 (£5 concessions) and workshops cost £60. 

Book tickets for the inaugural Cardiff Book Festival.

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