What’s On

Tue 12 Jul 16 - Tue 20 Sep 16
Writing for Performance
Bedwas & Trethomas Community Centre, Newport Road, Bedwas, Caerphilly, CF83 8BJ
For fellow writers - the opportunity to learn more about characterization and the monologue for performance. Led by Rob Middlehurst these workshops will take place over two sessions at Bedwas and Trethomas Community Centre in July and September. For more information call Dinnella Shelton on 07967 363849.

Tue 30 Aug 16 - Thu 1 Sep 16
Victorian Bestsellers 
Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF
In the late nineteenth century, the word ‘bestseller’ became particularly associated with books. This course explores a variety of popular Victorian novels, including Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat. The course will consider the ways in which these books responded to their historical context, and why they were bestsellers in their own time. Katharine Easterby holds a doctorate in Victorian Literature from the University of Liverpool. She has enjoyed teaching on the English degrees both there and at Liverpool Hope University. She is also a member of the Gladstone’s Library team. Residential prices start from £202, non-residential from £150. Discount rates for clergy and students apply. For more information or to book, please call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Wed 31 Aug 16
Jackdaw Quarterly
7.30 pm, Albion Ale House, Chapel Street, Conwy, LL32 8RF
A group of writers, poets and artists from across North Wales meet in Conwy one evening each season to present work based on a set theme. The Autumn 2016 theme is 'travel'. If you would like to perform your work, read something else on the same theme or seek further information, please contact through Twitter or via email: glynfedwards@hotmail.com.

Sat 3 Sep 16
Rhondda Book Fair
10.30 am - 3.00 pm, SOAR Chapel Community Centre, Penygraig, CF40 1JZ
Free entry
The Rhondda Book Fair 2016 returns for a second year, organised by Colin R. Parsons, a fiction author from the Rhondda Valley with a love for writing from an early age. Book lovers of all ages can come along and enjoy the wide variety of authors and genres; horror, wartime, sci-fi, children's fiction, historical fiction, poetry, steam punk, fantasy, crime fiction, romance, teen. There will also be an author panel, as well as refreshments available. Participating authors include: Colin R Parsons, Catrin Collier, Phil Carradice, Mark Dorey, Damien Harvey, Paul Manship, Daniel Parsons, Sharon Tragenza, Will Macmillan Jones, Julian Roderick, Sally Spedding, Steve Lockley, Anthony Lavisher, Thorne Moore, Judith Barrow, Helen Forder, Wonny Lea, Julie Croad, Alison Knight, Graham Watkins, Julie McGowan, Kate Murray, Johm Campbell Rees, Angela Fish, Dave Lewis.

Mon 5 Sep 16 - Fri 9 Sep 16
Latin Second Steps
Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF
Aimed at those who have completed Latin in a Week or have knowledge of Latin to GCSE standard. You will start reading and understanding extracts from the poets, comic playwrights and prose writers of Classical Latin literature. Residential prices (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £384, non-residential from £290. Discount rates for clergy and students apply. To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Wed 7 Sep 16
'Revolution' Exhibition Launch
5.30 pm - 7.00 pm, Futures Gallery, Pierhead, Cardiff Bay
This exciting exhibition, sponsored by Elin Jones AM, brings together a wealth of words and images exploring the story of public political discourse in Wales from the 1790s to the present day. In letters, songs, pamphlets and pictures from the archives at The National Library of Wales, Welsh voices express their radically different responses to events in Wales, Europe and the wider world. You are warmly invited to attend the launch with a talk by Professor Damian Walford Davies (Cardiff University). This exhibition is jointly organised by the Welsh Political Archive at The National Library of Wales and the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, drawing on work from from the AHRC-funded ‘Wales and the French Revolution’ project. Light refreshments available. RSVP: post@llgc.org.uk / 01970 632 471

Fri 9 Sep 16
The Conran Poetry Chorus
7.30 pm, The Common Room, Chapter, Market Road, Canton, CF5 1QE
Admission: £6 at the door (includes drinks and a reduction in the price of Three Symphonies)
The Conran Poetry Chorus are pleased to announce the following performances to celebrate the publication of Three Symphonies by the late Tony Conran as an Agenda Edition. The group will present selections from Tony Conran’s final poem symphonies, using recitation, song, instrumental music, choral speaking and more to create a vibrant performance. Conran was an original, modernist  poet whose voice reflected the celebratory and social role of the Welsh poetry of which he was a major translator. He described poetry as ‘a dance of the vocal chords and the mouth, which only really comes alive when you hear it and see it. For more information, visit: www.tonyconran.cymru / www.agendapoetry.co.uk  

Fri 9 Sep 16 - Sun 11 Sep 16
PENfro Book Festival
Rhosygilwen. 
A fantastic line-up of top writers from across Wales has now been confirmed for this year’s PENfro Book Festival. Heading the bill is author, poet and playwright Owen Sheers, who will discuss his life and work in words and film on the Saturday evening in the Oak Hall/Neuadd y Dderwen. After-dinner speaker at the Literary Lunch in the main hall on the Sunday will be historian, writer and broadcaster Peter Stead. He will talk about the remarkable writer and World War One soldier Frank Richards. Costa Award winning poet Jonathan Edwards heads the bill on the Friday evening which will be a great evening of spoken word from Jonathan and there will be an open mic session. On the Saturday there is a full programme of workshops for writers presented by experts in their fields, featuring poetry, radio drama, news, writing for children, crime writing and self-publishing. Sunday morning events include readings and discussions with poet Menna Elfyn, novelists Brenda Squires, Anne Laupe-Dunbar and food, wine and travel writers Dylan and Llinos RowlandsThere is also a special reading event for children, featuring Eloise Williams and Huw DaviesEarly Bird tickets for the Festival are on sale now on a first come first served basis – book early! Full details of events and all ticketing are on the PENfro website

Sat 10 Sep 16
Writers' Day at PENfro Book Festival
Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire SA43 2TW
£12.50 per two hour session
There are six fantastic writers' sessions on offer this year as part of PENfro Book Festival, all presented by top authors and experts in their fields. Writers can find the facts about crime writing with former Home Office pathologist and prolific author Professor Bernard Knight; discover the best techniques for writing radio drama with award winning programme maker Kate McAll; get all the info about writing and publishing for children with top editor Penny Thomas; find new inspiration for poetry with Glyn Roberts; get the inside track on news writing with journalist Sue Lewis; and discover all the latest info about self-publishing with Brian John. Booking is open now and spaces are limited. More info and tickets on the website

Sat 10 Sep 16
Creative Writing Workshop with Matthew Francis
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Neuadd Tysul Hall, New Road, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 4QJ
£30 for 4 sessions. Visitors pay £10 per session.
A creative writing workshop led by Matthew Francis from Aberystwyth University. Matthew will decide on a theme or topic and will plan a variety of writing exercises based on this theme. He will provide resources for attendees, promote discussion and give feedback on the work written during the session. For more information, contact Kelly: Mob: 07888841140 or yamazaki.kelly@yahoo.co.uk.

Mon 12 Sep 16
Poetry @ The Rad
7.30 pm, The Radnorshire Arms Hotel, High Street, Presteigne Powys LD8 2BE
£5.00 / £2.00 students at the door
Organised by Poetry in Presteigne, come along for an evening of readings by poets Ric Hool and Bethany Rivers in a relaxed atmosphere of the Sitting Room. Ric Hool has nine collections of poetry, published by the Collective Press, Red Squirrel Press and Cinnamon Press. He is well known as a reviewer of poetry and a creative writing tutor for a wide range of literary projects across Wales. For the last 23 years he has organised a much admired and respected poetry reading series based Upstairs at the Hen and Chicks, Abergavenny. His latest collection of poetry, Between So Many Words, was published earlier this year by the Red Squirrel Press. Bethany Rivers is a poet with work widely published in a variety of magazines in the UK and USA. She has a collection coming out this July from Indigo Dreams Publishing. She has read her work and compered at Wenlock Poetry Festival and at the Ledbury Festival. Has 10 years of experience teaching creative writing in a variety of contexts. For more information, visit the website. Supported by Literature Wales.

Wed 14 Sep 16
The Singing Ringing Tree
7.30 pm, "Peppers" 16 West St., Fishguard, SA65 9AE
Tickets £6 (£4 concessions)
Straeon Gwaen, Fishguard Storytelling presents The Singing Tree performed by Christine Willison, accompanied by Mike Joseph (piano). Tickets can be bought from Seaways Bookshop or at the venue. For enquiries, contact: 07527142102. www.christinestories.co.uk

Thu 15 Sep 16
Open Space: Peter Finch – The Roots of Rock
6.00 pm, Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1FL
Free, booking details below
Author, poet and music fan Peter Finch discusses his most recent book, The Roots of Rock: From Cardiff to Mississippi and Back, and plays extracts from classic 7” singles. Supported by Literature Wales. Free tickets can be booked at eventbrite.co.uk or you can contact: leisurelibrary@cardiff.gov.uk / 02920 708961.
Writers - share and promote your work with audiences and readers in the iconic literary and cultural setting of Cardiff Central Library. Space available for readings, talks, book launches and performances. Please contact us via the details above.

Fri 16 Sep 16
Sound, Time and Space - into the Universe of the Imagination
1.00 pm - 3.00 pm, Ucheldre Centre, Millbank, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey LL65 1TE
£5, £4 concession
We know sound and poetry are linked, because voice is sound, and poetry grows out of the human voice. This conversation and workshop led by poet and professer, Sean Street, will explore how anything can have the ability to make the familiar extraordinary, and bring new ways of seeing - and hearing - to poetry.The event is part of an on-going programme of monthly Literary Society events at Ucheldre Centre. We aim to reach out to all parts of the community, and welcome participants with a range of writing experience, including none. For more information, visit: www.ucheldre.org

Sat 17 Sep 16
Honno Press 30 Years of Writing by Women
2.00 - 5.00 pm, Morlan Centre, Queens Road, Aberystwyth, SY23 2HH
Honno Welsh Women’s Press are celebrating 30 years of publishing great writing by the women of Wales. Join us at an informal afternoon of talks, workshops, bookstall and refreshments. RSVP: Helena Earnshaw, press@honno.co.uk / 01970 623150

Sat 17 Sep 16 - Sun 18 Sep 16
Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected
On the weekend of 17th and 18th September, Cardiff City Centre will become a place where reality is turned on its head, and where the laws of physics, logic and the predictable will give way to magic, fun, invention and the surreal, as if Roald Dahl himself is at the helm. This epic weekend will involve a cast of thousands of performers from across the city and jaw-dropping spectacles. Immerse yourself in everything from large-scale events to intimate performances - all staged across Cardiff’s streets and public spaces, in shops and arcades, at iconic buildings and parks. Born in Cardiff, one hundred years ago this September, Roald Dahl’s imagination has touched the most extraordinary number of people. To mark his centenary and to give thanks for the legacy he created, this will be a totally surprising celebration of the man, his characters and his stories.

Wed 21 Sep 16
'Revolution' Exhibition Event
5.30 pm, Futures Gallery, Pierhead, Cardiff Bay
You are warmly invited to attend this event with Elin Jones, AM for Ceredigion. This exciting exhibition brings together a wealth of words and images exploring the story of public political discourse in Wales from the 1790s to the present day. In letters, songs, pamphlets and pictures from the archives at The National Library of Wales, Welsh voices express their radically different responses to events in Wales, Europe and the wider world. This event and exhibition is jointly organised by the Welsh Political Archive at The National Library of Wales and the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, drawing on work from from the AHRC-funded ‘Wales and the French Revolution’ project. Light refreshments provided. RSVP: post@llgc.org.uk / 01970 632 471 

Thu 22 Sep 16
Red Poets #22 Launch
7.30 pm, Imperial Hotel, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil
Entry £5 which includes a copy of the magazine
Join various Red Poets for the launch of their new magazine. For further info email: mjenkins1927@gmail.com

Sat 24 Sep 16
Poetry, a Way of Seeing: Writing Creatively 
10.00 am - 4.00 pm, Ucheldre Centre, Millbank, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey LL65 1TE
£15, £10 concession
'The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way' (William Blake) Do our words help or hinder our perception of the world? It is true that in our literal age we often label things to death with our prosaic language, but that’s not the end of the story. Through guided tasks in writing (both playful and profound) we can permit imagination to flow, and by freeing the creative powers hidden in words begin to take joy once more in our companionship with the stones and trees and beasts which surround us, and even (as we did in childhood) behold the magic in common things, the chairs and broomsticks of our household. ‘Poetry’ is not just a pretty way of writing. It lends a subtle slant to our eyesight which helps us see each other and the world more truly. This workshop is led by Paul Matthews, poet, teacher and gymnast, who has taught for many years at Emerson College. He is renowned for helping poets and writers, even the most anxious, to work with and develop their creative voice. We aim to reach out to all parts of the community, and welcome participants with a range of writing experience, including none. For more information, visit: www.ucheldre.org

Sat 24 Sep 16
Tenby Book Fair
11.00 am - 3.00 pm, St Mary's Church House, Tenby
Free entry
Tenby Book Fair is the first event of the Tenby Arts Festival. Come along and meet the authors and browse the books, which will range from children's literature, romance, science fiction, crime, historical, thrillers, sagas, magical, poetry, short stories, biographies, non-fiction. There will be talks, poetry readings (booking advisable), and prizes for competitions will be presented. Refreshments will also be available. For a full list of the authors attending, events, and details of the competitions, visit the website.

Tue 27 Sep 16
Poetry Reading
8.00 pm - 10.00 pm, Hen & Chicks (Upstairs), Flannel Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5EG
£5 at door
Poetry reading by poet, academic and critic, Ian Brinto, and performance poet, Matthew Plumb. Ian Brinton is Reviews Editor for Tears in the Fence. Recent publications include Contemporary Poetry since 1990, A Manner of Utterance and a Reader's Guide to Wuthering Heights. Matthew believes in the power of the spoken word and the limitless potential words have to convey. Notable performances include, Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Aeon Festival, and the Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature. Matthew is the founder of Poetry Pulse, a democratic, on-line poetry competition, and fledgling publishing house with designs on producing poetry as actual pieces of art, as gifts.

Wed 28 Sep 16
Lecture: Alun Lewis, Dylan Thomas and the Rosenbergs
6.30 pm, Holiday Inn, The Coldra, Newport, NP18 2YG
£20 members/ £25 non-members (includes the cost of the meal)
The first of Newport & Gwent Literary Club's 2016-2017 lecture season, this lecture is presented by Professor Daniel Williams, one of Wales' leading critics and academics with an expertise in this period. Newport & Gwent Literary Club promotes an annual series of monthly literature dinners from September to April each season.

Thu 29 Sep 16
Open Space: Five Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn't Know About The Spanish Civil War with David Ebsworth
5.00 pm, Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1FL
Free
Join David Ebsworth, author of thirties-set novel The Assassin’s Mark, for a talk + Q&A on the Spanish Civil War. Why is it still important? How has it been portrayed in popular literature? What are some of the local connections? And why does David keep writing about it? Free tickets can be booked at eventbrite.co.uk or contact leisurelibrary@cardiff.gov.uk / 02920 708961
Writers - share and promote your work with audiences and readers in the iconic literary and cultural setting of Cardiff Central Library. Space available for readings, talks, book launches and performances. Please contact us via the details above.

Fri 30 Sep 16
Bazm-e-Adab Poetry Recitation
8.00 pm - 11.00 pm, Cardiff Muslim Primary School, Merthyr Street, Cardiff, CF24 4JL
Free entry
Dr. Asif Alam will be doing a poetry recitation for the promotion of Urdu literature in Wales. A very literate person, well recognised for his poetic work by the audience. This event is part of the Urdu language sessions arranged regularly to promote Urdu literature in Wales in order to keep the language alive. 

Mon 3 Oct 16
Poetry open mic at the Capel
7.00 pm, Capel Hotel, Park Place, Bargoed, CF81 8LW.
Free event 
Open mic night with readings by Jeremy Hooker. All are welcome to share their words and music in a friendly family run pub in relaxed company. Julie Pritchard creator and host of Poetry open mic at the Capel: pritchardjulie5@gmail.com | 07512235758

Sat 8 Oct 16
The Conran Poetry Chorus
7.30 pm, Y Drwm, National Library of Wales, Penglais Road, SY23 3BU
Admission: £6 at the door (includes drinks and a reduction in the price of Three Symphonies)
The Conran Poetry Chorus are pleased to announce the following performance to celebrate the publication of Three Symphonies by the late Tony Conran as an Agenda Edition. The group will present selections from Tony Conran’s final poem symphonies, using recitation, song, instrumental music, choral speaking and more to create a vibrant performance. Conran was an original, modernist  poet whose voice reflected the celebratory and social role of the Welsh poetry of which he was a major translator. He described poetry as ‘a dance of the vocal chords and the mouth, which only really comes alive when you hear it and see it. For more information, visit: www.tonyconran.cymru / www.agendapoetry.co.uk 

Sat 8 Oct 16

Mon 10 Oct 16
Readings @ the Rad
7.30 pm, The Radnorshire Arms Hotel, High Street, Presteigne. LD8 2BE
£5.00/£2.00 students
The Poetry in Presteigne Reading for October features guest poets Frank Olding, John J. Jones and classical guitarist, Aneirin Jones. We are looking forward to an exceptional evening of poetry. Frank Olding, a member of the Gorsedd of Bards and chairman of this year's Eisteddfod in Abergavenny, regularly translates his poetry into English - tonight's reading will be bilingual, including work from his recently published full collection Mynydd Du (Black Mountain). John Jones lives and works on the Black Mountains, his poetry is shaped to the land and to the moment. Our guest poets are joined by Aneirin Jones to complete the bardic atmosphere. Supported by Literature Wales.

Thu 20 Oct 16
Open Space: Poetry Evening
6.00 pm, Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1FL
Free
Celebrating poetry and Black History Month with poets Clare Potter, Ric Hool, Mike Jenkins and Eric Ngalle Charles. Eric will also be showcasing the use of an African drum, with work influenced by multiple languages and cultures. Free tickets can be booked at eventbrite.co.uk or you can contact leisurelibrary@cardiff.gov.uk / 02920 708961.
Writers - share and promote your work with audiences and readers in the iconic literary and cultural setting of Cardiff Central Library. Space available for readings, talks, book launches and performances. Please contact us via the details above.

Thu 20 Oct 16 - Mon 24 Oct 16
The Sci-Fi Write-away weekend
Glynhir Estate, Carmarthenshire, South West Wales.
£669.00
This workshop will provide writers who are at any stage in their work the opportunity to remove themselves from day to day distractions and focus on writing. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their work and to be provided with instructive one-to-one sessions with author David Thorpe, whose work spans a diverse range of speculative fiction and non-fiction. David will also facilitate a round-table session initiated by a short talk on his own experiences and working practice.

Mon 7 Nov 16
Poetry open mic at the Capel
7.00 pm, Capel Hotel, Park Place, Bargoed, CF81 8LW.
Free event
Open mic night with reading by Peter Finch. All are welcome to share their words and music in a friendly family run pub in relaxed company. 

Mon 7 Nov 16

4 day residential writing retreat
Hill Cottage Retreats, Rhos-y-meirch, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1PD
A week-long opportunity to concentrate on, and develop, your writing. Facilitated by Hilary Shepherd and Rebbecca Ray with support from Zarine Katrak. For further information, visit: www.hillcottageretreats.co.uk.


Sat 12 Nov 16 - Sat 19 Nov 16
Creative Writing Retreat at Rancho Las Cascadas with Melvin Burgess 
San Agustin Buenavista, 54280 San Francisco, México
$2175 all-inclusive for seven nights (all group and individual writing tuition, guest lectures, all food and drink and all alcohol, luxury accommodation in a private room, airport transfers, and all horse-riding and yoga)
Join award-winning, bestselling and groundbreaking authors Melvin Burgess and Lucy Christopher in discovering what it takes to write new and original fiction for a younger audience. Through exercises, workshops, lectures, one-on-one tutorials, fieldwork and “serious play” in this amazing setting, Melvin and Lucy will introduce some of the key components for beginning, or developing work, for a young audience. They will discuss how to find an original voice, how to push boundaries, as well as how basic elements such as character, setting and plot can enliven and deepen a creative piece. This course is suitable for writers both new to the discipline of Writing for Young People, as well as writers who want to work and develop existing work in this field. This will be a specialist, intense and hugely enjoyable course taught with fun and care and absolutely tailored to the group’s needs. For more information and booking, visit the website.

Mon 5 Dec 16
Poetry open mic at the Capel 
7.00 pm, Capel Hotel, Park Place, Bargoed, CF81 8LW.
Free event 
Annual Poetry Party. All are welcome to share their words and music in a friendly family run pub in relaxed company.  Julie Pritchard creator and host of Poetry open mic at the Capel: pritchardjulie5@gmail.com | 07512235758

Tue 6 Dec 16 - Thu 8 Dec 16
Film and Theology
Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF
An opportunity to consider and discuss some classic and contemporary films from a theological perspective - observing their world view and the values they promote. Every film shown is award-winning and critically acclaimed. Residential prices start from £101, non-residential from £80. Discount rates for clergy and students apply. For more information or to book, please call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Wed 7 Dec 16

Tue 27 Dec 16
Henry V and motivational speaking in literature
Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport, NP18 2YG
Newport & Gwent Literary Club presents Henry V and motivational speaking in literature with William Ayot. Supported by Literature Wales.