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Fortune and Fame at Literary Festival


The team from Fortune and Fame were delighted to support the Lisvane Literary Festival recently, held as part of the wider Lisvane Festival.



Author Jonathan Power and writer David Collins entertained a fascinated audience by describing Jon’s amazing life, which saw him rise from humble origins to a career advising and supporting the biggest names in sport and entertainment.


Jon set the scene for the event, by describing his early career delivering telegrams on a tough bicycle around the Cardiff streets.


Jon took the audience on his journey from these uninspiring beginnings to a life at the top table. The audience was captivated by the story as Jon recounted many of the celebrities who feature in the book. Audible gasps greeted some of the star names!



David outlined some of the steps he and Jonathan had followed to convert Jon’s story from a dream to reality. Jon explained how the book was selling well, and featuring in international bestseller links. Interest in the book was very high!


David entertained the appreciative crowd by reading extracts from the book itself.

We heard about Jon’s amazing encounter with a boxing legend and the tale of how Jon broke protocol by asking one famous pop star for an autograph. David ended the readings with the book’s exciting and emotional epilogue.


Jonathan was delighted to use the event to showcase his support for Velindre Cancer Centre in view of the tremendous support he received from them as he faced his biggest battle: the battle with throat cancer that brought him to his knees. Both he and David are delighted to donate a proportion of the proceeds from the book to Velindre.



Lisvane resident Ian Shopland, who has just walked a staggering 800km of the Camino de Santiago to raise over £2,400 for Velindre was amongst the audience.


Ian described a really engaging evening listening to Jon’s life story and hearing about the “amazing circles he moved in.” He told us how he was “looking forward to reading the book and understanding how he achieved what he did."


"He may not have had many qualifications but he has great charm and oozes positivity.”

“Glad we came!” said Ian.


Ian’s comments were echoed by other positive feedback messages via social media and at a reception held locally afterwards.


The last word on a wonderful evening goes to Jonathan.


“I am thrilled that we were able to support the festival, which is helping to raise funds for the local library.”

“I hope that my tale will inspire others with ambition and show that, with hard work and the right breaks, you too can achieve your dreams.”


“I was especially delighted that, once again, we were able to use Fortune and Fame to raise awareness of the tremendous work undertaken by Velindre. Long may that association continue!”




Fortune and Fame is now on sale, with proceeds donated to Velindre Cancer Centre.



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