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23-4-12
Revised date for
Dinner Talk with Rodney Matthews
Now Saturday June 23rd, 2012. 6:30pm
Come join us for an intimate evening with artist Rodney Matthews and enjoy a 3-course dinner at the Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth from their award winning Chef.
For more information click here or contact Faith@FestivalArtandBooks.com

21-3-12
Festival in the Shire - a celebration of The Hobbit with original art exhibition, bookfair, talks and music
Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd September 2012
at Hartbruge Church, Romanuszaal, Lange Mare, Leiden, Holland
Opening hours Thursday 12 - 21.00, Friday-Sat 10 - 17.00
Art exhibition featuring the work of world renowned fantasy artists, a bookfair with a large selection of books and Lord of the Rings movie merchandise, and a program of talks.
For more information click here or contact Faith@FestivalArtandBooks.com

21-3-12
Dinner Talk with Rodney Matthews
April 28th, 2012. 6:30pm
Come join us for an intimate evening with artist Rodney Matthews and enjoy a 3-course dinner at the Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth from their award winning Chef.
For more information click here or contact Faith@FestivalArtandBooks.com

1-7-.2011
Exhibition - of works from the worlds leading Tolkien/Fantasy artists
August 19-21, 2011 at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Machynlleth, Wales.
This is an art exhibition featuring the works of Tolkien/fantasy artists; Rodney Matthews, Roger Dean, Tim Kirk, Steve Walsh, Ruth Lacon, Michael Fishel, Lode Claes and Rosey Rosenthal. Come and meet some of the artists personally.

This is a rare opportunity to see and purchase originals as well as prints.

There will also be rare Tolkien books for sale and hundreds of collectible items on exhibition from the world’s largest dedicated Tolkien store: The Tolkien Shop is coming from Leiden, Netherlands.

Finally there will be a light schedule of presentations and story telling Saturday and Sunday. Speakers lined up so far from: Roger Dean,Ruth Lacon, Alex Lewis, Robin Latrobe, Steve Walsh, Rodney Matthews, Colin Duriez, Cindy Zudys, René van Rossenberg and new speaker to us Laurence Main.

The event is free, but please email to confirm a space as space is limited (faith@festivalartandbooks.com). You can also RSVP under our Facebook event page - www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=220426647968864

3-5-.2011
Exhibition - of works from the worlds leading Tolkien/Fantasy artists
August 19-21, 2011 at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Machynlleth, Wales.
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22.1.2011
Exhibition - of works from the worlds leading Tolkien/Fantasy artists
Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th April 2011
at Utrechtse Jaagpad 2, NL-2313 KW, Leiden, Holland
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12.1.2011
Rodney Matthews releases his original paintings and preliminary sketches for sale
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7.1.2011
Festival in the Shire re-schedules for 2012
Due to the poor economy we've postponed the next Festival in the Shire until summer 2012, roughly the same weekend August 16-19th. This will tie in nicely with overseas visitors coming to the 2012 Olympics. Please join our mailing list so you can be kept up to date.

6.7.10
NOW ONLINE! Click here for the July issue of The Journal Magazine

4.10.10
NOW ONLINE! Click here for the October issue of The Journal Magazine

9.9.10
NOW ONLINE! Click here for the September issue of The Journal Magazine

9-8-10
Wristbands and passes can be picked up on arrival. Bring your PayPal receipt as proof of purchase. Have you ordered your parking/bus tickets in advance? They are more expensive on the door.

9-8-10
New books to be premiered and sold at the festival-
Fantasy, Myth and the Measure of Truth by William Gray
A Tolkien English Glossary A Guide to Old Uncommon and Archaic Words Used in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by Oliver Loo

4-8-10
New Tolkien Painting to be premiered. Limited edition print for sale. Pre-orders being taken.
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2.8.10
NOW ONLINE! Click here for the August issue of The Journal Magazine

27.7.10
We still have a group ticket special running. Excluding the family ticket pass which is already heavily discounted: book 6 or more people at a time and take 25% off the total. This is only for tickets purchased in advance. This offer may be withdrawn at any time if space becomes a problem.
Book Now!

27.7.10
New book to be released at the festival-
The Green Book of Olwen Ellis by Chris Bradshaw. This book has been twenty-five years in the writing. It is an adventure of old-fashioned imagination and mythology pitted against the corporate values of late twentieth-century Britain. At the same time it is the very real Wales of the 1980’s and 1990's on the brink of the world we now live. It is a shifting, subversive world of chivalry, sex and duplicity, death and resurrection; and the are echos of old Welsh tales, poetic themes and literary condumdrums; along side ghost, faries and comic policemen. The book is limited release, hand-bound in half-buckram and marbled paper.

26.7.10
The Tolkien Society will be exhibiting at the Festival. Why not drop by and find out more about membership benefits?

14.7.10
Interactive Tolkien inspired Live Action Role Play for Festival in the Shire.
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14.7.10
Journal EXTRA - Interview with Rick Wakeman. Click here to read the Journal Magazine

6.7.10
NOW ONLINE! Click here for the July issue of The Journal Magazine

2.7.10
An evening with Rick Wakeman
Due to scheduling problems, Rick Wakeman’s has been postpone until next year’s Festival in the Shire, August 2011.

28.6.10
There will be a special book signing session for Dr. Dimitra Fimi’s new book
Tolkien, Race and Cultural History
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28.6.10
Press coverage
SFX
Tolkien Library

24.6.10
Limited print edition exclusive to the Festival
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New Tolkien Painting to be premiered
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18.6.10
Press coverage
Birmingham Wired
BBC News

17.6.10
New Conference speaker - Colin Manlove

15.6.10
New artist exhibiting - Paul Gregory

14.6.10
NOW ONLINE! Click here for the June issue of The Journal Magazine

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This Event is not affiliated in any way with Tolkien Enterprises (Middle-earth Enterprises), New Line Cinema Corporation, the estate or heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien,
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Festival in the Shire; A celebration of all things Tolkien inspired will contain themes from the books; The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by the author J.R.R. Tolkien as well as his son Christopher Tolkien. Many new fans are only familiar with The Lord of the Rings movie and eagerly await the new Hobbit movie. We hope to enlighten both new and old fans with the huge variety of J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien inspired books, art, paintings, collectibles, memorabilia, games, computer games, toys, statues, movie memorabilia etc. available to collect and enjoy. There are literally thousands of different items.

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