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Condry Festival 2010 - 16/10/2010

Originally conceived as an evening event to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the naturalist and writer, Bill Condry, the festival has quickly developed into a day-long celebration of nature and outdoor writing, the first of its kind in Wales.

This, the third such festival, will be taking place at Y Tabernacl, next to Machynlleth's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), on Saturday 16th October. Click here to download the programme. Author Jon Gower will chair the morning session and Martin Wainwright, northern editor of The Guardian, will take over for the afternoon.

William Condry (1946-1998) was synonymous with Wales. Deeply committed to conservation, he was part of the early efforts to preserve the Red Kite. Probably most widely known for his nature diaries, he contributed regularly to The Guardian's Country Diary between 1957 and 1998. His first book was a biography of Thoreau (1954) and his Welsh Country Essays (1996) is a classic tribute to the beauty of the Welsh landscape.

Festival organiser, Sara Lee Branch, writing on The National Library of Wales blog, says: "I have become keenly aware of his influence and impact on naturalists in Wales since becoming involved with the festival. His personal archive, which is housed at the Library, covers a remarkable array of topics, from lists detailing his sightings of wild birds and 32 volumes of field diaries to information gathered on his trips to east Africa in the 1960s and early 1970s - as well as compilations of his Guardian 'Country Diary' articles, which he contributed for an incredible 41 years."

Sara adds: "Not a week goes by without me hearing another fond recollection about this gentle, learned man, and he made extensive use of the Library's own collections and was regularly to be seen in the Reading Rooms."

Tickets are available as follows from the National Library of Wales website:
  • All Day (10 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.) - 15
  • Morning only (10 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.) - 8
  • Afternoon only (2.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.) - 8
For further information contact Sara Branch by email or phone on 01970 632839.

Location: Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth

Organiser Email: sara.branch@llgc.org.uk

More Info: www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=4030

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