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.

Fri 29 Jul 16
‘Holiday Memory’ Drop-in Family Craft Workshop
1.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea, SA1 1RR
Drop-in, free.

Join us for a themed workshop creating stationary and letters. The workshop great for families with older children but all ages are welcome. For more information, go to: www.dylanthomas.com

Fri 29 Jul 16
Stranger in a Strange Land
7.00 pm - 9.00 pm, Llangollen Pavilion, Abbey Rd, Llangollen, LL20 8SW
Free event, (suggested donation of £3 to support refugees and homeless people everywhere)
A storytelling event, hosted by Wales’ first Missioner in Residence, will hear real-life accounts of being a Stranger in a Strange Land. Mark Yaconelli, a world renowned community and youth worker, has been working with churches and communities across North and Mid Wales since February. He’s been pioneering storytelling events to develop community empathy, understanding and relations. This is a Christian event and may be of interest to storytellers, to people interested in real life stories, to those who want to help refugees and to people of many different faiths -and none. Among the storytellers are a charity worker, Mark Yacomelli, who has recently returned from the 'Jungle' - the refugee camp in Calais, a Catholic priest and a former sailor. For more information, visit the website.

Sun 31 Jul 16
Bazm-e-Adab Poetry Recitation
8.00 pm - 9.00 pm, Cardiff Muslim Primary School, Merthyr Street, Cardiff, CF24 4JL
Free entry
Mohammad Ilyas, a profound poet, well-recognised by the community, will be doing a poetry recitation for the promotion of Urdu literature in Wales. This event is part of our regular Bazm-e-Adab series.

Sun 31 Jul 16
The Sunday Sessions
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm, Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, West Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5LJ 
Free entry
The first Sunday Sessions is happening at our lovely venue, in the heart of Cardiff Bay's creative quarter, and will feature our specially selected guest poets/writers who will read from new and older work. We will bring established names and up-and-coming talent to our creative space. The first session will host four guest poets: Rhys Milsom, Rhian Elizabeth, Julie Croad, Carey Wood. There will also be opportunities for poets/writers in the audience to read their work, in-between the guest writers. Come along and relax on a Sunday afternoon with the finest words Cardiff has to offer. Coffee, wine, beer, cake and meals will also be available. Oh, yeah, you can also buy books! For more information and specific timings of the readers, visit the Facebook event page.

Mon 1 Aug 16

Mon 1 Aug 16
Poetry open mic at the Capel
Capel Hotel, Park Place, Bargoed, CF81 8LW.
Free event 
John William and his new book "Blood Cells". 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

Mon 1 Aug 16 - Sun 7 Aug 16
Greek in a Week
Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF
Kalyan Day teaches New Testament Greek in this week-long course. Ideal for those wishing to learn New Testament Greek or for those wanting to revise or improve their knowledge of it. No prior knowledge of Greek is assumed -all we ask is that you try to learn the Greek alphabet before you arrive. Residential prices (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £586, non-residential from £430. Discount rates for clergy and students apply. To book, please call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Wed 3 Aug 16
Secrets of the Waves- Tales Of old Cardigan Bay
3.00 pm,  Tabernacle Machynlleth Art Gallery
These stories are centred on Cardigan Bay- some well known and some very unique –tales of  sunken cities, creatures below the waves, the efforts of the poet Taliesin and King Maelgwyn’s efforts to rule the deep. This project is the work of two of the Essex Storytellers, who have worked on major storytelling performances for the Arts Council and Heritage Lottery on Anglo Saxon Battles, Prehistoric mounds and East Anglian Witches. Despite the gr0up’s name, Carl Merry and Jan Williams are both Welsh. For more details about the tellers check the following web site:- www.essexstorytellers.co.uk

Fri 5 Aug 16
Writing at the Edge
4.00 pm, Literature Tent, Edge Festival, Solva AFC, 1 Maes y Mor, Solva, SA62 6XW
John Harrison, award winning travel writer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, will talk about creative travek writing at the edge of the world. For more information visit the website: www.edgefestival.co.uk

Fri 5 Aug 16 - Sun 7 Aug 16
The Edge Festival 
Solve, Pembrokeshire
The Edge Festival returns. Highlights include:cider and lager festival - all weekend; Late live music;  Literature Tent with John Harrison, Travel Writer; Rhian Edwards plus Open Mic; Jonathan Edwards, Costa Award Winning Poet and Peter Finch: Roots of Rock; Food Stalls, Market stalls,craft stalls, Face painting, mosaic workshops; Roald Dahl Exhibition and Competition award; Food demonstrations; Music, inc opera, dance, choir on stage all afternoon; Simon Davies Cup: 6-a-side Football Tournaments (adults’ and children's); Battle of the Bands; Kayak Trip with Marine Biologist Lou Luddington followed by talk in Literature Tent. Click here for more information. 

Mon 8 Aug 16 - Sun 14 Aug 16

Hebrew in a Week
Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF
Enjoy and understand Biblical Hebrew in this week-long course with Lyn Bechtel. For those who know a little Hebrew and wish to revise and improve their knowledge or those who have no prior knowledge at all. All we ask is that you familiarise yourself with the Hebrew alphabet before you arrive. Residential prices (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £586, non-residential from £430. Discount rates for clergy and students apply. To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org


Fri 12 Aug 16 - Sun 14 Aug 16
Llangwm’s Inaugural Literary Festival
Venues in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire 
Nestling on the beautiful Cleddau Estuary, south of Haverfordwest, Llangwm launches its inaugural literary festival this year with a dazzling array of national and local writers, ranging from Griff Rhys Jones, Ferdinand Mount, Ben Rawlence, Diana Darke, Tom Morris, Jo Mazelis, Anne Lauppe-Dunbar, Tony Curtis, Grahame Davies, Nick Taylor, David Horspool and Harry Mount. Covering subjects ranging from Rajahs to Refugees, Richard III to Henry Tudor, Rituals to Roots (Welsh ones in the case of Griff Rhys Jones), Regicide to Roald Dahl, there is something for everyone. We have creative writing and art workshops for adults and children, stories for children, Q&A with inspiring writers, Shamanic journeying, foraging with Julia Horton-Powdrill, Village Voices, folk music from Paul Hayes and Vagrants’ Crew and a wide array of scrumptious local food. Ticket can be booked through our website: www.llangwmlitfest.co.uk Feel free to contact us for more information by email on llangwmlitfest@gmail.com or on 07970 812050.

Sat 13 Aug 16
Creative Writing Workshop with Rob Gittins
Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea, SA1 1RR
£7
Have you ever wanted to write for TV - or fil - or write a novel? Spend a few hours with one of the UK's top TV drama writers and find out how it's done. Rob Gittins has written for most of the UK's top-rated TV drama series for the last thirty years, including EastEnders, Casualty, The Bill, Soldier, Soldier and Heartbeat. In recognition of his role as the longest serving writer in the history of the show, Rob received an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2015 for his work on EastEnders. Rob has also written over twenty original radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and over a hundred episodes of The Archers. Rob will talk about his career - how he started, the different shows he's worked on - as well as explaining the different ways those dramas work. Rob will answer your specific questions - so do come prepared! - and there'll also be a hands-on guide to creating stories for long-running shows. Visit the website for more information.

Sat 13 Aug 16
Ways into Writing
9.00 am, Llangwm Rugby Club, The Green, Llangwm, Haverfordwest, SA62 4HJ
Jo Mazelis, a leading writer in Wales with a prize winning track record in poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be leading a creative writing workshop on 13 August 2016 within the framework of the Llangwm Literary Festival. The workshop will focus on introducing participants to the skills needed to write creatively. Participants will be encouraged to think in a creative way and to experiment with language, in prose fiction and poetry. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how language works and of the devices and techniques used by writers. 

Mon 15 Aug 16 - Sun 21 Aug 16
Latin in a Week
Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF
This successful approach to learning Latin aims to take complete beginners to the point where they can read short extracts of poetry and prose. It can also be enjoyed by those who know some Latin and wish to revise and improve their ability but no prior knowledge is assumed. A week-long course led by Robert ParkerResidential prices (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £586, non-residential from £430. Discount rates for clergy and students apply. To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org

Wed 17 Aug 16
Book Launch: Stand Up and Sock it to Them Sister
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 
A product of 20 years of research, Stand Up and Sock it to them Sister, an empowering story with resonance for every woman who wants to make it in a man’s world, was long overdue. Through thorough research, Gwenno Dafydd looks at the genesis of female comedy from the time of music hall and supper clubs in Victorian London, through to the excitement and challenge of the international world of comedy today. Featuring a unique section of Tips for the Top and interviews with over sixty-five comics working world-wide, from the pioneering Joan Rivers, Jo Brand, Jenny Eclair, and Helen Lederer, to newcomers such as Nina Conti, Shazia Mirzah, and Amy Schumer, Stand Up and Sock it to them Sister offers a practical guide and invaluable advice on the practice and challenges of being a stand-up comedian and how to make it in the world of comedy. Gwenno Dafydd is a professional broadcaster, singer, actress and leadership coach. Published by Parthian Books.

Thu 18 Aug 16
Create your space…
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm, Cardiff Central Library, Cardiff
Free

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. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will be on hand to work with you. Cardiff Libraries can support and promote your event via social media and through our network of reading groups and contact list of creative professionals and organisations. We offer a flexible, open plan area with lots of natural light and good views, alongside our fiction and non-fiction collections. Larger events can also be organised. Please contact to discuss further: 02920780961 leisurelibrary@cardiff.gov.uk

Thu 18 Aug 16 - Sun 21 Aug 16
RawFfest  / GwylGrai
The Riverfront, Newport
RawFfest is a new youth arts festival for Wales that is fun, innovative and surprising. It will be planned and programmed by young people for young people; showcase the best of youth arts today; be inclusive, providing pathways for young participants to develop. There will be a wide range of workshops where young people can explore their creativity and make new work. We value the original over the copy, the quirky over the conventional, the daring over the dull. Until we have a website, we will be updating information through the Facebook page set up during the feasibility stage. Feel free to post questions there.

Fri 19 Aug 16
Milieu (On Tour): Time and Beef 
18.00 pm, Time and Beef, 169 Cowbridge Rd E, Cardiff, CF11 9AH
Free entry
As part of the summer pop-up tour of Cardiff venues, Milieu is continuing to bring the coolest, most vibrant and promising talent to venues across Caerdydd. This time, Milieu will set up shop in Time and Beef in Canton, with three writers, two artists and one musician. Writers: Rhys Milsom, Rhian Elizabeth, Adam R Jenkins. Artwork: Liam Barrett and Jaydon Martin. Songs: Sion Tomos Owen. (Set times will be posted at a later date). There will be spoken word, music, art, beer, wine, burgers, coffee and the coolest vibe. Our aim is to bring together a collective of artists. For more information, check out the event and Facebook page.

Mon 22 Aug 16 - Sun 28 Aug 16
Welsh in a Week
Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF
Arrive with little or no knowledge of the Welsh languag eand Julie Brake will ensure you leave at the end of the week able to carry on a conversation in Welsh. Residential prices (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £586, non-residential from £430. Discount rates for clergy and students apply. To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Wed 24 Aug 16
Open Mic Night with Mike Jenkins
7.30 pm, Imperial Hotel, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil
Entry Free
Open mic evening with poetry by Mike Jenkins launching his new book Nobody’s Subject. For further info email: mjenkins1927@gmail.com

Fri 26 Aug 16
Bazm-e-Adab Poetry Recitation
8.00 pm - 11.00 pm, Cardiff Muslim Primary School, Merthyr Street, Cardiff, CF24 4JL
Free entry
Mubarak Ali will be doing a poetry recitation for the promotion of Urdu literature in Wales. A good storyteller with a touch of comedy, he is well-liked by the audience. This event is part of the Urdu language sessions arranged regularly to promote Urdu language and literature in Wales in order to keep it alive. 

Fri 26 Aug 16

Sat 27 Aug 16
Engagement and Escape - Welsh painting during the Great Depression
11.00 am, Assembly Rooms, Broad Street, Prestigne, Powys, LD8 2AD
£7.50
Some of the most profound and intense images ever produced by Welsh artists were painted in reaction to the social trauma that resulted from the Great Depression of the 1920s and 30s in the south Wales valleys. Towards the end of the period, the intensity of the Depression drew left-wing image makers from outside, determined to expose to a wider public the consequences of the failure of capitalism. Yet several Welsh painters of the same generation continued to produce lyrical landscape images of the country, or chose to work abroad, apparently oblivious to the crisis that afflicted their contemporaries. Peter Lord is an authority on Welsh art and artists, a passionate speaker and author of several definitive books on the subject. His latest book, The Tradition: a New History of Welsh Art 1400 - 1990, is published by Parthian. 

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. 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.

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
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.

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

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 the relaxed atmosphere of the Sitting Room Upstairs at the Radnorshire Arms Hotel. 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. 

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

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

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.

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

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

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.


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. 

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.