What’s On

Sun 25 Sep 16 - Sun 30 Oct 16
Writing Short Stories
Sundays 1.30 - 3.00 pm, Bute Park Education Centre
£95; concessions for the unwaged
Six-week course suitable for writers of any experience, taught by author of 60 works, Jon Blake. Jon had his first story published in 1984 and has since had five collections and many individual stories published by major publishing houses. To book or check out reviews, go to: www.parkwrite.com

Fri 30 Sep 16

Cardiff Poetry Experiment
7pm, Waterloo Teahouse, 21-25 Wyndham Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1FH
Free Entry
Poetry reading and discussion featuring Josh Robinson, Julia Rose Lewis, Wanda O'Connor and Ailbhe Darcy, with refreshments available for purchase https://cardiffpoetryexperiment.wordpress.com/

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. 

Sat 1 Oct 16
Camarthen Book Fair
9.30 am - 4.30 pm, St. Peter's Civic Hall, 1 Nott Square, Carmarthen, SA31 1PG
Free Entry
You are warmly invited to attend Camarthen's very own book fair. There will be meet the author events, talks, readings and workshops as well as children's storytelling, and superb raffles and prizes. Results of the Children Short Story Competition will also be announced. And much, much more.. Guest appearance by Professor Menna Elfyn, a renowned Welsh poet and Director of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Creative Writing Programme. Not to be missed!

Sun 2 Oct 16 - Fri 9 Sep 16
Penarth Literature Festival
Various locations in Penarth, Cardiff
Penarth Literature Festival (formerly Penarth Book Festival) will take place from Sunday 2nd October to Sunday 9th October this year. The week-long festival has become a much-loved feature in the Penarth calendar and this year will bring together authors to speak on a huge range of topics including sports, food, architecture and history. This year, there is plenty for children to enjoy, including a schools’ event with Elen Caldecott, ‘Meet the Author’ events and Amser Stori with Anni Llyn. All events are on sale now, so take a look and decide which events you’ll be attending this year. Full details and tickets can be found on the website at www.penarthlitfest.org.uk and you can follow us on  Facebook and Twitter. Tickets can also be bought by phone on 029 2071 3201 or in person at Griffin Books, Penarth.

Mon 3 Oct 16

Paul Henry With Brian Briggs (Stornoway) – The Glass Aisle
The Parish Hall, Church Lane, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1BB
Paul Henry shares extracts from his long poem-in-progress, inspired by a stretch of the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal above Crickhowell. He’ll perform song adaptations of ‘The Glass Aisle’, composed with Stornoway singer-songwriter, Brian Briggs. The event will also include, from Boy Running, poems rooted in the surrounding landscape. ‘The Glass Aisle’ is supported by an Arts Council of Wales ‘Creative Wales Award’


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

Thu 6 Oct 16
Over the Page with poet Tony Curtis
6.00 for 6.30 pm, Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop, Machynlleth, SY20 8AJ
FREE – please book to secure a seat
To celebrate his newest collection, From the Fortunate Isles, published by Seren to mark the author’s 70th year, poet Tony Curtis will read a selection from his ten published collections as well as a number of new poems. Contact details: penralltbooks@gmail.com; 01654 700559; www.penralltgallerybookshop.co.uk

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 13 Oct 16
An Autumn Evening with The Lonely Crowd
7.30 pm, Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Free entry
The Cardiff launch of Issue Five of The Lonely Crowd. Featuring readings from contributors Rachel Trezise, John Freeman, Jo Mazelis, Kathy Groan, Gary Raymond, Matthew David Scott, Sophie McKeand, Chris Cornwell & Rebecca Lawn. Hosted by editor John Lavin. https://thelonelycrowd.org/

Wed 19 Oct 16
The Lonely Crowd at The Murenger Social
7.30 pm, The Murenger, 52 - 53 High Street, Newport, NP20 1GA
Free entry 
The Newport launch of Issue Five of The Lonely Crowd, featuring readings from John Freeman, Tony Curtis, Gary Raymond, Alix Nathan, Craig Austin, Chris Cornwell, Glyn Edwards & Rebecca Lawn. Hosted by editor John Lavin. https://thelonelycrowd.org/

Thu 20 Oct 16
Open Space: Poetry Evening
6.00 pm, Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1FL
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.
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.

Thu 3 Nov 16
Over the Page with Eric Ngalle Charles
6.00 for 6.30 pm, Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop, Machynlleth, SY20 8AJ
FREE – please book to secure a seat
Eric Ngalle Charles is a poet, dramatist, novelist and member of Wales PEN Cymru. He fled Cameroon and spent years as an illegal immigrant in Russia before making it to the UK in 1999, where he claimed asylum. Eric's new book Asylum features people he has met through the creative writing classes he runs at the Welsh Refugee Centre, where he has helped more recent refugees arriving in Cardiff to use writing to get over the trauma of being displaced. Contact details: penralltbooks@gmail.com; 01654 700559; www.penralltgallerybookshop.co.uk

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.

Thu 10 Nov 16
Over the Page with authors, Cynan Jones, Mary-Ann Constantine and Tyler Keevil
6.00 for 6.30pm, Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop, Machynlleth, SY20 8AJ
FREE – please book to secure a seat
Three authors discuss the significance of 'place' in their work and how special qualities of a location shapes their characters and their narrative. Contact details: penralltbooks@gmail.com; 01654 700559; www.penralltgallerybookshop.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.

Sun 20 Nov 16 - Sat 26 Nov 16
Poetry Workshop: From Haiku to Hopkins and onwards…
Kristin Linklater Voice Centre Ltd, Upper Housegarth, Quoyloo, Sandwick, Orkney, Scotland, KW16 3LY
£735.00 + VAT (140.00)
This week of poetry workshops is delivered by renowned voice trainer, Kristin Linklater, from the 20th to 26th November 2016 at her Voice Centre here in beautiful Orkney. Entitled "From Haiku to Hopkins and Onwards", the workshop is for actors and anyone else who loves speaking poetry. For the avid poetry speaker, here is the opportunity to revel in a banquet of versification while exploring the significance of changing rhythms, rhyme schemes and poetic forms. There will be daily voice and body warm-ups. More information, a breakdown of the week and booking/application details can be found at: http://bit.ly/2c7vocU

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.