LLANDEILO LitFest has announced its line-up as it returns online this year on April 24 and 25.

Last year's festival was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers say they are excited to be moving the fourth festival online, and hope it will bring the local event to a wider audience across the UK – and maybe even beyond.

Committee member Mandy Thomas said: “We’ve got a brilliant selection of authors, with something for everyone, in both English and Welsh.

“Sadly, we had to cancel the event last year so we’ve come back with a formidable line up and hope you can join us.”

Some of the highlights on Saturday, Apri 24 are: Carwyn Jones, former First Minister of Wales, now Professor of Politics at Aberystwyth University; he’ll be discussing his recent autobiography and his life in and out of the spotlight with Heddyr Gregory.

Julie Ma won the 2020 Richard and Judy bestseller award, with her touching and funny novel set around a Chinese takeaway. Julie will talk to Philippa Davies about happy and messed up families, getting inspired by real life, and being outsiders in a small Welsh town.

Heiddwen Tomos will be talking about her books “Esgryn” and “Heb Iaw Mam” and how she moved from writing for adults to writing for teenagers.

Later in the day Dylan Rhys Jones will be in conversation with author Steve Adams, 'Man in Black' is the true story of former criminal defence lawyer Dylan Rhys Jones and his experience of defending Rhyl serial killer Peter Moore.

If you’re concerned about the environment Isabel Losada, author of 'The Joyful Environmentalist' will be talking to Steve Brown, inspiring and funny.

Richard Owain Roberts winner of the Not the Booker Award 2020 with 'Hello Friend We Missed You' will be in conversation on life and writing with fellow author Niall Griffiths.

Saturday evening concludes with women’s stand up from Carys Eleri, Myfanwy Alexander and Gwenno Dafydd.

The event start at 10am on Sunday, April 25 with Tim Ap Hywel, talking to Roy Davies about the autobiography of his late wife, the artist Charlotte Leadbeater about her extraordinary life and work.

At midday David Nott, War Doctor, takes unpaid leave from his work as a surgeon to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo to Syria he has carried out life- saving operations in incredibly challenging conditions.

On a completely different note join Bernie Davies, business guru, she’s unique and she’s on a mission to help you achieve the same with your business, you’ll be buzzing with ideas at the end of her workshop.

Mid-afternoon join Llanelli-born Sara Gethin talking about her forthcoming novel 'Emmet and Me'.

Late afternoon two debut authors Angela Johnson and Angela Graham will join local publisher Seoniad Francis to discuss their new books 'Arianwen', a warm witty novel set in West Wales and 'A City Burning', a collection of stories set in Wales, Ireland and Italy.

Local academic Thomas Prosser discusses his book 'What’s in it for me' with former Swansea Mayor Peter Black, and political podcaster Theo Davies-Lewis.

A literal change of pace.

Menna Evans, ultra runner who smashed the Guinness World Record, running the length of New Zealand faster than any woman in history, she talks to Cenwyn Edwards about the mindset it takes.

Later on Welsh LGBTQ+ writer John Sam Jones is in conversation with the acclaimed American, Portuguese and Jewish writer Richard Zimler.

On Saturday there’s a whole day of free events for children and young adults including sessions from Nicola Davies, Jessica Dunrod, Rebecca Roberts and Kat Ellis.

Festival chair, Christoph Fischer said: “Many thanks to our sponsors, publishing house Parthian and local company Birdshill Rural Renewables, and all the people who give their time for free, it wouldn’t happen without them.

“There’s a lot more going on, to see the whole programme and buy tickets visit the website at www.llandeilolitfest.org."