An evening of poetry at the Melville Centre for Arts, Abergavenny.

John Barnie was born and raised in Abergavenny. He taught at Copenhagen University (1969-82), and was editor of the cultural magazine Planet: The Welsh Internationalist (1990-2006). A poet and essayist, his latest books are Tsunami Days (essays) and Dunes of Cwm Rheidol (poems). He is also a blues guitarist and has played in a number of bands, including Y Bechgyn Drwg/The Bad Boys with Twm Morys, Iwan Llwyd and Nigel Jenkins.

Simone Mansell Broome is a Welsh-born writer. She studied English with American Studies at Sussex University, qualified both as a teacher of Speech and Drama and of EFL and taught privately, and at secondary and further education levels. Simone has been recorded on Poetcasting and her poems have been read on Radio 4, including BBC’s ‘Poetry Please’, ITV and Radio Wales. Fifty of Simone’s poems were translated into Romanian in 2020 as part of a Bucharest University M.A. dissertation.
Nigel Jarrett is a former daily-newspaperman and the author of eight books. His first poetry collection, Miners At The Quarry Pool, was published by Parthian and described by Agenda poetry magazine as a virtuoso performance. This year Cockatrice Books published his second poetry collection, Gwyriad.Nigel Jarrett is a winner of the Rhys Davies Prize for short fiction and the inaugural Templar Shorts Prize. He was chief music critic of the South Wales Argus, reviews poetry for Acumen magazine.