Autumn and Winter Programme 2017

Welcome to our Autumn/Winter Season supported by Literature Wales.

Autumn & Winter 2017 A5

11th September Monday 7:30pm

John Sewell and Colin Sutherill

 

John Sewell

 

John Sewell was born in South Yorkshire but educated largely in Scotland, where he studied architecture and urban design. He has spent  most of his working life as a conservation architect for the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire (think James Herriot, but with buildings).

John has received various writing awards and bursaries including Fellowships at Hawthornden and the Wurlitzer Foundation.He has been a prizewinner in various competitions including a finalist in the Arvon International Poetry Competition. His work is in various magazines and anthologies, including Poetry Book Society Anthologies, Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language, and Oxford Poetry Books for Juniors. He has given readings at various festivals and venues including the South Bank Centre. For many years, John has been a member of the Council of Management for the Arvon Centre at Lumb Bank, as well as the Arvon’s National Council Of Management while The Hurst outside Clun, was being developed as a writing centre.

He has two published collections of poetry, The Imbolc Bride (Littlewood Arc) and Bursting The Clouds (Cape) as well as The Blue Bang Theory- New Nature Writing (Redbeck)with Colin Sutherill and two other poets.

 

Colin Sutherill
Colin Sutherill

 

Colin Sutherill was born in the fen country and spent some years as a journalist and lecturer in the Sheffield area before moving to his present home near Leominster. His latest collection of poems entitled Ogd, is published by Red Squirrel Press and  is an atheist exploration of the Judaeo-Christian soundstage, ie. what is it that draws so many lapsed believers back — unwillingly — to dwell awhile on passion, prayer and primitive cosmology. Ogd laughs at itself sometimes and comes up with no grand theory. Even so, the author says, the poem chose its own twisted pathways and he reckons he feels a touch wiser for going along.

This is Colin Sutherill’s second published work, following on from Einstein’s Bumblebee (Blackwater, 1999) but he also contributed to The Blue Bang Theory (Redbeck, 1997) with John Sewell, Terry Gifford and Diana Syder, as well as contributing to Tears in the Fence, Poetry Salzburg, Envoi, Orbis, Under the Radar and other magazines.

Colin  is a member of Border Poets and is a committee member for Poetry in Presteigne.

 

9th October Monday 7:30pm

Jan Fortune and Susan Richardson

 

Jan Fortune
Jan Fortune

Jan Fortune was born in Middlesbrough and read theology at Cambridge. She completed a doctorate in feminist theology and has worked as a teacher, priest and charity director. She is the founding editor of Cinnamon Press which celebrated its tenth birthday in 2015. Her publications include non-fiction titles in alternative education and parenting; four novels: The Standing Ground, Dear Ceridwen, Coming Home and This is the End of the Story; four poetry collections, including Slate Voices (a collaborative collection with Mavis Gulliver), Stale Bread & Miracles, Edge (a companion to Adam Craig’s Year W), and Turn/Return, a pamphlet inspired by Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards. She lives in the foothills of the Moelwyns in North Wales, beneath the abandoned slate village of Cwmorthin.   www.cinnamonpress.com

 

Susan Richardson
Susan Richardson

Susan Richardson is a poet, performer, educator and editor, whose three poetry collections, Creatures of the Intertidal Zone, Where the Air is Rarefied and skindancing are all published by Cinnamon Press. In addition to her recent residency with the Marine Conservation Society, she is currently poet-in-residence with both the global animal welfare initiative, World Animal Day, and the British Animal Studies Network. Susan has performed at festivals throughout the UK, on BBC 2, Radio 4 and at Universities both nationally and internationally. She co-edits Zoomorphic, the digital literary magazine that publishes work in celebration and defence of wild animals. Her fourth poetry collection, Words the Turtle Taught Me, will be published in 2018. www.susanrichardsonwriter.co.uk

 

13th November Monday 7:30pm

Nicholas Murray, Chris Kinsey, and William Palmer

 

Nicholas Murray
Nicholas Murray

Nicholas Murray was born in Liverpool and read English at Liverpool University. He is a biographer, poet, journalist and freelance writer based in the Welsh Marches and London. In 2014 his poetry pamphlet imprint ‘Rack Press’ won the Michael Marks award for best publisher of the year and in 2015 he won the Basil Bunting Award for Poetry as well as  celebrating ten years of  Rack Press publishing. His latest pamphlet collection of poems, ‘The Migrant Ship’ (Melos) is based on the topical theme of migration and loss. www.nicholasmurray.co.uk

 

Chris Kinsey
Chris Kinsey

Chris Kinsey is the author of four  poetry collections: Kung Fu Lullabies and Cure for a Crooked Smile (Ragged Raven Press) and Swarf (Smokestack Books). Muddy Fox is her latest collection of poetry published by The Rack Press. She was BBC Wildlife Poet of the year and won Natur Cymru’s prose competition in 2012. Chris writes a regular Nature Diary for Cambria and has also written short dramas which were performed in Wales. She was Oriel Davies’ first Writer-in-Residence and has developed Creative Writing with people of all ages and abilities.

 

William Palmer
William Palmer

 William Palmer went to school in Powys and now lives in south-west London. During the 60s and 70s he worked at a bewildering variety of jobs. He became a full-time writer in the mid-80s and has since written six novels (the latest is The Devil is White, published by Cape in 2013), a collection of short stories, and three pamphlets of poems. His first full length collection of poetry, The Water Steps is  published this year  by the Rack Press. William’s stories and poems have appeared in many journals including London Magazine, Poetry Review, Rialto and the Times Literary Supplement.  His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4.and he also writes regularly for Literary Review. www.williampalmer.info

 

11th December Monday 7:30pm

Steve Griffiths and Robert Minhinnick

 

Steve Griffiths
Steve Griffiths

Steve Griffiths was born in Anglesey and now lives in the Welsh Marches. His seventh collection, ‘Late Love Poems’, appeared from Cinnamon Press in 2016.  He was funded by Arts Council England to produce films of thirty performances of the poems, working with film-maker Eamon Bourke.  They can be accessed on YouTube – see www.stevegriffithspoet.com for information.

Steve’s work has been broadcast at intervals on BBC Radio 3 since 1976.   He has read in Wales, England, USA, Spain and France. In 2012 he gave a series of seven readings in New York. He has appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Library of Wales ’Poetry 1900-2000’ (2007, Parthian Books), featuring 100 twentieth century Welsh poets writing in English.   His working life was devoted to health and social policy research and development, much of it focused on the consequences of inequality.

Douglas Houston in Poetry Wales wrote of his Selected Poems (Seren, 1993) that his ‘achievement lies in the emergence in his writing of a mode in which social, ethical and personal elements undergo a deep fusion’.    A quarter of a century later, the search to explore, renew, and wherever possible celebrate that process continues.

 

Robert Minhinnick
Robert Minhinnick

Robert Minhinnick was born in Neath and now lives in Porthcawl. He is an active environmental campaigner, essayist and poet.  He is co-founder of Friends of the Earth Cymru and the charity, ‘Sustainable Wales’.  Robert has won the Forward Poetry Prize on three occasions, (1999, 2003, 2004.) and has been awarded the Wales Book of the Year for ‘Watching the Fire Eater’ 1993 and ‘To Babel and Back’ 2006. He has written seven poetry collections published by Seren and Carcanet, including ‘New Selected Poems’ (Carcanet 2012) and ‘Diary of the Last Man’ (Carcanet 2017)  which also has a 25 minute film of the same name, made by Park6 Productions. Robert was editor of ‘Poetry Wales’ from 1997 – 2008.

 

Poetry in Presteigne 2017

 

Spring & Summer 2017

10th April Monday 7:30pm

Phil Bowen and Ric Hool

Phil Bowen
Phil Bowen

Phil Bowen is a poet, playwright and performer will be reading from ‘This Here Guitar’ -thirty-three and a third poems infused with the spirit of Rock ‘n ‘Roll from the fifties onwards, accompanied by Ric on guitar.

Other recent work includes the script for multi award-winning film  ‘ Love Somehow ‘- shown at Bafta – November 2016 and several forthcoming festivals in 2017 and’Orange Blind’ – poems after the Scottish Colourists

Previous work includes’Nowhere’s Far’- Salt  Publications – New and Selected poems – 1990 – 2008 and Cuckoo Rock – a musical for children – Sterts Theatre on the Moor – 2013

“Whether laugh-out-loud funny or staring into the abyss, Phil’s highly distinctive poems are written with great originality, rhythm and nerve.”

Ric Hool
Ric Hool

Ric Hool  since living in Wales has become well established, as a reviewer of poetry in magazines and a creative writing tutor for a wide range of literary projects across Wales. For the last 23 years he has organised the much admired and respected poetry reading series based Upstairs at The Hen and Chicks in Abergavenny. Ric has nine collections of poetry published by the Collective Press. Red Squirrel Press and Cinnamon Press. His latest collection, ‘Between so many words’ was published earlier this year.

Ric’s poetic themes are the psychological and geographical impact of place and space on the human experience. Water is a theme, poured from place to place and from experience to experience: an agent of informing. ‘His poems have nerve…he ploughs a lone furrow, but like all poets of true originality, he carries his song fully along that furrow.’

 

8th May Monday 7:30pm

John Barnie and Giles L. Turnbull

 

John Barnie
John Barnie

John Barnie, poet and essayist, was born and raised in the market town of Abergavenny.  He is the author of over 20 collections of poetry and essays, many of which are concerned with the environment and the natural world. His work has been translated into Italian, Danish and Estonian. Previously he was editor of the influential political and cultural magazine, ’Planet: The Welsh Internationalist’ During 2016 he has been poet in residence at the Museum of Natural History, Oxford University, working with the Visions of Nature Project.

John’s  poetry collection ‘Trouble in Heaven’  (Gomer 2007) was the Wales Book of the Year 2008. Cinnamon Press has published three collections of his poems, ‘The Forest Under the Sea’ ‘The Roaring Boys’ and in 2016, ‘Wind playing with a Man’s Hat’

John’s work has appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies and he has toured throughout the UK and abroad, reading his poems and playing guitar in a number of blues and poetry bands, including Bad Boys and Hollow Log. His latest book is a memoir, ‘Footfalls in the Silence’ He is now a freelance writer, based in Aberystwyth.

 

Giles Turnbull
Giles Turnbull

Giles L. Turnbull is a blind poet living in south east Wales. He spent the first half of his life in North Yorkshire, living in Harrogate until becoming an honorary Welshman after moving to Swansea University to study chemistry. He has lived in South Wales ever since apart from a 5 year sojourn Stateside and two years in London.

He has been writing poetry since his late teens. His poems and articles have been published in magazines and by Fair Acre Press, Rockland and Poetry Wales. He was shortlisted in the 2015/16 Cinnamon Press single poem prize, and his debut pamphlet, ‘Dressing Up’ is published by Cinnamon this year.

He is a regular participant in creative writing and poetry groups, including those run by poet and playwright Mair De-Gare Pitt at the Power Station Centre in Cwmbran, south Wales, and online with poet Kevin Higgins in the Over The Edge series in Galway, Republic of Ireland

‘Poems themselves like to have a little time for their words to get to know each other – gossip and squabble, fall out and flirt’.

 

12th June Monday 7:30pm

Isabel Palmer, Rebecca Bilkau and Rhiannon Hooson

 

Isabel Palmer
Isabel Palmer

Isabel Palmer was born in Presteigne, Powys but now lives in Wiltshire. She is a freelance writer, a former English teacher and the new co-editor of Flarestack Poets. Her debut pamphlet, Ground Signs (Flarestack Poets, 2014) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice.

She has been interviewed about her poetry on ‘The World at One’ by Martha Kearney and twice on BBC Wiltshire. Her poems have been published in a number of magazines including, ‘the North’, ‘Stand’ and ‘The Frogmore Papers’. She has been Poet in Residence at Marlborough College and at Ibstock Place School, Roehampton, London and has read at poetry events including ‘States of Independence’ and the Swindon Poetry Festival.

Isabel’s first full-length collection, ‘Atmospherics,’ with a foreword by Sir Andrew Motion, was published by Bloodaxe Books in a four-poet book entitled ‘Home Front’, which was launched at Dulwich Literary Festival on Remembrance Sunday, 2016.

 

Rebecca Bilkau
Rebecca Bilkau

 

Rebecca Bilkau was born in the north west of England and educated in London, Oxford and Lancaster. She worked in advertising and the media before turning peacenik in Northern Ireland.

Better late than never, she married a German and now lives in Lower Saxony. Her first book ‘Weather Notes’ is described by Graham Mort as being poetry of ‘great formal beauty and musicality. In her pamphlet ‘Sending for New Omens’, her take on old tales and hardscrabble lives found in her adopted country, Neil Fulwood describes her work as ’empathetic and sensitive’.

Rebecca is the founder and collator of Beautiful Dragons Collaborations, an entirely quixotic anthology outfit, and has also been involved in Poetry on the Lake, a poetry festival held on Isola San Guilio an island on Lake Orta, Italy, where she met Rhiannon who had been invited to read.

 

Rhiannon Hooson
Rhiannon Hooson

 

Rhiannon Hooson is an award-winning Welsh poet, author and academic, now based in the Marches, and living just outside Presteigne, She studied and later taught at Lancaster University, where she completed a PhD in Poetry. She has also  spent time living and working in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Rhiannon’s work has variously been described as uncompromising and sharp-edged, compelling and provocative, and at the forefront of literary female voices. She has won major accolades for her poetry, including an Eric Gregory award. Her first pamphlet, ‘This Reckless Beauty’, was published in 2004, and she has since been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies, reading at venues across the UK and Europe. Her first full length collection, ‘The Other City,’ has been  published by Seren , to much acclaim.

 

10th July Monday 7:30pm

David J. Costello and Sheila Templeton

 

Dave Costello
Dave Costello

 

David J. Costello lives in Wallasey, England. He is a member of Chester Poets and North West Poets. David is a previous winner of the Welsh International Poetry Competition (2011) and one of the runners-up (2015). He was also a prize-winner in the Troubadour International Poetry Prize (2015). His publishing credits include Prole, Orbis, The Penny Dreadful, Shooter, Magma, Zoomorphic and Envoi.

David’s first pamphlet, ‘Human Engineering,’ was published in 2013 by Thynks Publishing. ‘No Need For Candles’, his most recent pamphlet, was published by  Red Squirrel Press (2016), and the same publisher will be publishing a full collection in September 2019.

www.davidjcostellopoetry.com

 

Sheila Templeton
Sheila Templeton

 

Sheila Templeton writes in both Scots and English. She has won the McCash Scots Language Poetry Competition twice, also the Robert McLellan Poetry Competition…as well as many other poetry prizes. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, magazines and newspapers and read on Radio Scotland. From 2009 to 2010, she had the honour of being the Makar of the Federation of Writers, Scotland and she is a popular, engaging performer of her own work. Her most recent collections are Digging for Light (New Voices Press 2011), Tender is the North, (Red Squirrel Press 2013) and Gaitherin (Red Squirrel Press 2016).

‘She is a fine poet who writes with a pleasing grace and subtlety and this collection should further enhance her reputation’…..Eleanor Livingstone on Tender is the North.

‘For many years, Templeton’s voice, richly Scots, tuneful and melodic (she is a wonderful reader of her poetry!), has been widely heard in poetic and public circles….Gaitherin brings together a wonderful collection of poems in Scots and English, some of which have already received public accolades and prizes’….Rab Wilson on Gaitherin.

Images from Reading @ the Rad 10th October and Information on Upcoming Events.

10th October

Frank Olding, Aneirin Jones, and John Jones
Frank Olding, Aneirin Jones, and John Jones
John Jones
John Jones
Frank Olding
Frank Olding
Aneirin Jones
Aneirin Jones
Guests with PiP committee members
Guests with PiP committee members

November Events

Monday 14th November

Gladys Mary Coles & Edward Storey

Gladys Mary Coles

Poet, novelist, biographer, publisher, editor and tutor of creative writing, Gladys was educated in Wales and at the universities of Liverpool and London. Her published work includes nine collections of poetry, six anthologies and two biographies of Mary Webb. She has received many prizes and awards, and was selected to represent Britain in the Euro-Literature Project.

Gladys’ poetry has been anthologised by Faber, Cassell, Virago, the Forward Prizes, Seren, Collins, as well as being broadcast on BBC TV, BBC Radio 4, BBC Wales.

Gladys has a PhD in Creative Writing and is a Lecturer in Imaginative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and also at the University of Liverpool. She is President of the Mary Webb Society and runs the literary press, Headlands Publications. Gladys has tutored courses for the Arvon Foundation and at Tŷ Newydd, and is a frequent adjudicator of poetry competitions (most recently at the Cardiff International, Llandudno and Conwy Festivals). Clay (Flambard Press, 2010) is her first novel and was on the 2011 Wales Book of the Year Long List

Edward Storey

Poet, dramatist and non–fiction writer, Edward was born in 1930 at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. Before becoming a full time writer in the late 1960s, he completed National Service and worked in adult education for the Peterborough City Education Authority. His first volume of poetry, North Bank Night, was published by Chatto & Windus in 1969. In one of his earlier works Portrait of the Fen Country (Robert Hale, 1971) Edward reflected upon his childhood understanding of the world as it was shaped by his fenland experience. In Fen Country Christmas (Robert Hale, 1995) he collected a number of stories, legends and fenland superstitions. He was a founder member of the John Clare Society and of the Eastern Arts Association Literature panel. A regular contributor to BBC ‘Listening and Writing’ programmes and ‘Time for Verse’, Edward was a founder member of Eastern Arts Association’s Literature Panel, promoting its ‘Writers in Schools’ policy

Edward moved to Wales in 1999 and quickly became involved in a variety of cultural enterprises. He has published nine collections of poetry and several volumes of prose; his poems have also been published in Acumen, The London Magazine, The Rialto andSpectator. He has given many readings throughout the country and worked as a tutor for Arvon Foundation courses. His latest anthology ‘Seeing the Light’ was published last autumn by The Leverett Press.
“…A deeply meditative poet who sees in nature a mirror for the human condition and sensibility…these are beautifully crafted poems that exist because they have to…”
     The Poetry Quarterly Review

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Images from @ The Rad 12th September and info on October’s reading

POETRY READINGS @ THE RAD

the Sitting Room 7.30pm
The Radnorshire Arms Hotel, High St, Presteigne. LD8 2BE

Inspiring, entertaining, informal and enjoyable. An evening with poetry at its heart.

£5.00 / £2.00 students at the door. info 01544 267418

Bethany Rivers and Ric Hool.
Bethany Rivers and Ric Hool.
Lynden introduces.
Lynden introduces.
Ric in the room.
Ric in the room.
Ric reads.
Ric reads.
Bethany reads.
Bethany reads.
Bethany.
Bethany.
Colin Sutherill, Jade, and Ric.
Colin Sutherill, Jade, and Ric.
Jean Atkin, Steve Griffiths, and Roger Garfitt.
Jean Atkin, Steve Griffiths, and Roger Garfitt.
Bethany, Ric, and Lynden.
Bethany, Ric, and Lynden.

Monday 10th October
Guest Poets:

Frank Olding & John J. Jones

with Aneirin Jones – classical guitar

Frank Olding has a deep personal and political commitment to the languages and culture of Wales. He writes in Welsh and is a widely published poet and literary critic. He was placed second in the competition for the crown at the National Eisteddfod in Bala in 2009 and was the poet in residence at the Lle Celf art exhibition at the Ebbw Vale Eisteddfod in 2010. He recently published his first full collection Mynydd Du (“Black Mountain”).

For six years, he was Welsh-language editor of Poetry Wales and has edited and published anthologies of new Welsh-language poetry and collections of translations. As poetry editor of the Collective Press, he helps to run a small press dedicated to publishing poetry by young and/or promising Welsh poets writing in English. Frank was the chairman of this year’s National Eisteddfod at Abergavenny and is a member of the Gorsedd of Bards. He regularly translates his poetry into English and the reading tonight will be bilingual !

John Jones is a stockman from the Black Mountains of Gwent, South Wales. He has worked as a calligrapher, illustrator and graphic designer and has been co-ordinator for the Collective, a contemporary poetry organisation, since its inception in 1990.  He has read his work internationally, talked of it on radio and been filmed by the BBC and The Moving Picture Company, Milan.  Awarded an Arts Council Bursary towards his writing, and development of what he terms ‘containment theory’, in the Observer he was called both ‘consistent and original’.  The Magazine PQR described him as R.S.Thomas with muscles and went on to say, “His poetry is shaped to the land, to the moment.  John Jones shapes and crafts poems like a piece of winter wood; they are worth long contemplation”.

From the forward to   ‘Carreglas and other Work’

‘This exquisite book, touched with mortality, celebrates the business of being alive, reminds us “we’re a long time dead”. John Jones is asking us to live with our shoes off. Not to walk away from the lapis horse but to acknowledge the “exchange between hearts”, the importance of the cyclical nature of things, the fact that “there is strength here; all we have to do is find it”. – and, sometimes to take a gun with us, just in case. ‘     Alicia Stubbersfield   Poet

Aneirin Jones is an instrumental acoustic guitarist, graphic artist and photographer from the mountains of east Wales. His first encounter with a guitar was as a small child alongside family friend, Labi Siffri.

Following Labi’s encouragement, Aneirin was lucky enough to be tutored classically by Benjamin Maddock and later by veteran performer Mike Lease formerly of the cult band, ’Freedom’. He therefore describes his influences as eclectic, a fusion from folk and classical schooling with a free-form approach influenced by his later experiences with blues and jazz music, heightened by his time on the Svalbard Archipelago.

 

Next event Monday 12th September 2016

POETRY READINGS @ THE RAD

the Sitting Room 7.30pm
The Radnorshire Arms Hotel, High St, Presteigne. LD8 2BE

Inspiring, entertaining, informal and enjoyable. An evening with poetry at its heart.

£5.00 / £2.00 students at the door. info 01544 267418

AUTUMN / WINTER PROGRAMME

Monday 12th September
Guest Poets:

Ric Hool & Bethany Rivers

Ric Hool web page

Ric Hool

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya and raised in Cullercoats, Northumberland, Ric moved to Wales in 1990 after several years in Hastings and five years journeying the islands and mainland of Spain. Since living in Wales he has become well established, as a reviewer of poetry in magazines and a creative writing tutor for a wide range of literary projects across Wales. For the last 23 years he has organised the much admired and respected poetry reading series based Upstairs at The Hen and Chicks in Abergavenny. Ric has nine collections of poetry published by the Collective Press. Red Squirrel Press and Cinnamon Press. His latest collection, ‘Between so many words’ was published earlier this year.

Ric’s poetic themes are the psychological and geographical impact of place and space on the human experience. Water is a theme, poured from place to place and from experience to experience: an agent of informing. ‘His poems have nerve…he ploughs a lone furrow, but like all poets of true originality, he carries his song fully along that furrow.’  Phil Bowen

Bethany Rivers web page

Bethany Rivers

Bethany has been widely published by magazines and ezines in the UK and USA, including Envoi, Fair Acre Press, Cinnamon Press, The Ofi Press, Poetry Space and many others. She teaches creative writing and leads poetry inspiration and healing days. Her debut pamphlet, ’Off the wall’, was launched in July from Indigp Dreams Publishing. This collection is a celebration of art and how it expresses the inner landscape – the pain of Ophelia, the empowerment of Persephone, the textures of love, the enlightenment of Bhudda and the ultimate comfort of home.

    ‘Rivers has produced an intensely personal collection that proclaims the vitality of art in women’s lives: a remarkable first collection.’   Graham Hartill

www.writingyourvoice.org.uk

 

Monday 10th October
Guest Poets:

Frank Olding & John J. Jones

with Aneirin Jones – classical guitar

Frank Olding web page b&w

Frank Olding has a deep personal and political commitment to the languages and culture of Wales. He writes in Welsh and is a widely published poet and literary critic. He was placed second in the competition for the crown at the National Eisteddfod in Bala in 2009 and was the poet in residence at the Lle Celf art exhibition at the Ebbw Vale Eisteddfod in 2010. He recently published his first full collection Mynydd Du (“Black Mountain”).

For six years, he was Welsh-language editor of Poetry Wales and has edited and published anthologies of new Welsh-language poetry and collections of translations. As poetry editor of the Collective Press, he helps to run a small press dedicated to publishing poetry by young and/or promising Welsh poets writing in English. Frank was the chairman of this year’s National Eisteddfod at Abergavenny and is a member of the Gorsedd of Bards. He regularly translates his poetry into English and the reading tonight will be bilingual !

John Jones web

John Jones is a stockman from the Black Mountains of Gwent, South Wales. He has worked as a calligrapher, illustrator and graphic designer and has been co-ordinator for the Collective, a contemporary poetry organisation, since its inception in 1990.  He has read his work internationally, talked of it on radio and been filmed by the BBC and The Moving Picture Company, Milan.  Awarded an Arts Council Bursary towards his writing, and development of what he terms ‘containment theory’, in the Observer he was called both ‘consistent and original’.  The Magazine PQR described him as R.S.Thomas with muscles and went on to say, “His poetry is shaped to the land, to the moment.  John Jones shapes and crafts poems like a piece of winter wood; they are worth long contemplation”.

From the forward to   ‘Carreglas and other Work’

‘This exquisite book, touched with mortality, celebrates the business of being alive, reminds us “we’re a long time dead”. John Jones is asking us to live with our shoes off. Not to walk away from the lapis horse but to acknowledge the “exchange between hearts”, the importance of the cyclical nature of things, the fact that “there is strength here; all we have to do is find it”. – and, sometimes to take a gun with us, just in case. ‘     Alicia Stubbersfield   Poet

Aneirin Jones is an instrumental acoustic guitarist, graphic artist and photographer from the mountains of east Wales. His first encounter with a guitar was as a small child alongside family friend, Labi Siffri.

Following Labi’s encouragement, Aneirin was lucky enough to be tutored classically by Benjamin Maddock and later by veteran performer Mike Lease formerly of the cult band, ’Freedom’. He therefore describes his influences as eclectic, a fusion from folk and classical schooling with a free-form approach influenced by his later experiences with blues and jazz music, heightened by his time on the Svalbard Archipelago.

 

 

Monday 14th November

Gladys Mary Coles & Edward Storey

GMColes web

Gladys Mary Coles

Poet, novelist, biographer, publisher, editor and tutor of creative writing, Gladys was educated in Wales and at the universities of Liverpool and London. Her published work includes nine collections of poetry, six anthologies and two biographies of Mary Webb. She has received many prizes and awards, and was selected to represent Britain in the Euro-Literature Project.

Gladys’ poetry has been anthologised by Faber, Cassell, Virago, the Forward Prizes, Seren, Collins, as well as being broadcast on BBC TV, BBC Radio 4, BBC Wales.

Gladys has a PhD in Creative Writing and is a Lecturer in Imaginative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and also at the University of Liverpool. She is President of the Mary Webb Society and runs the literary press, Headlands Publications. Gladys has tutored courses for the Arvon Foundation and at Tŷ Newydd, and is a frequent adjudicator of poetry competitions (most recently at the Cardiff International, Llandudno and Conwy Festivals). Clay (Flambard Press, 2010) is her first novel and was on the 2011 Wales Book of the Year Long List

Edward Storey web

Edward Storey

Poet, dramatist and non–fiction writer, Edward was born in 1930 at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. Before becoming a full time writer in the late 1960s, he completed National Service and worked in adult education for the Peterborough City Education Authority. His first volume of poetry, North Bank Night, was published by Chatto & Windus in 1969. In one of his earlier works Portrait of the Fen Country (Robert Hale, 1971) Edward reflected upon his childhood understanding of the world as it was shaped by his fenland experience. In Fen Country Christmas (Robert Hale, 1995) he collected a number of stories, legends and fenland superstitions. He was a founder member of the John Clare Society and of the Eastern Arts Association Literature panel. A regular contributor to BBC ‘Listening and Writing’ programmes and ‘Time for Verse’, Edward was a founder member of Eastern Arts Association’s Literature Panel, promoting its ‘Writers in Schools’ policy

Edward moved to Wales in 1999 and quickly became involved in a variety of cultural enterprises. He has published nine collections of poetry and several volumes of prose; his poems have also been published in Acumen, The London Magazine, The Rialto and Spectator. He has given many readings throughout the country and worked as a tutor for Arvon Foundation courses. His latest anthology ‘Seeing the Light’ was published last autumn by The Leverett Press.
“…A deeply meditative poet who sees in nature a mirror for the human condition and sensibility…these are beautifully crafted poems that exist because they have to…”
     The Poetry Quarterly Review

Monday 12th December
Guest Poets:

Adam Horovitz & Liz Lefroy

Adam Horovitz web page

Adam Horovitz

Adam Horovitz was born in London in 1971 and bred in Slad. He has written poetry since childhood but started to take it seriously in his early 20’s, becoming involved in the performance poetry scene. He was the 2009 poet in residence for Glastonbury Festival’s official website.

An accomplished performer of poetry, his first collection of poems, Turning (Headland), was published in 2011 and in 2012 he was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. He released a memoir of growing up in the Slad Valley, ‘A Thousand Laurie Lees,’ for the Laurie Lee centenary.in2014 and in the following year he released an album of poetry and music, ‘Little Metropolis’. Last year he was chosen as one of Ledbury Poetry Festival’s Versopolis poets and for 2015/16 he is Herefordshire poet in residence

 ‘Horovitz writes with great delicacy about relationships and the natural world, sometimes baldly countered with an almost gothic sense of unresolved psychic violence.’   Martin Crucefix. Poetry London  on ‘Turning’

 Adam’s Blog   adamhorovitz.co.uk       www.poetryonloan.org.uk

Liz Lefroy web page

Liz Lefroy

Liz Lefroy’s first publication was Pretending the Weather (2011)which won the Roy Fisher Prize for new work in poetry.[The Gathering followed in2012, a meditation on the Anglican liturgy set to music by Brian Evans. It premiered at the 2012 St Chad’s Music Festival, Shrewsbury.]Her most recent collection is Mending the Ordinary (2014). Gillian Clarke, said of it,

“Liz Lefroy’s first slim pamphlet is a triumph. These delicately told human moments sound with the perfect pitch of a true poet. Using not a word too many, she lets us read between the lines.”

In 2012 she founded Poetry at the Coffeehouse, a monthly event in Shrewsbury, in which local and national poets perform their work. This outgrew its venue and is now at Eat Up, on the first Thursday of every month. Guest poets have included Andrew McMillan, Fred D,Aguiar, Helen Ivory, Martin Figura, Adam Horovitz, Lucy English, Rosie Shepperd, Katrina Naomi, Matthew Stewart and Philip Gross.

She appears regularly on BBC Radio Shropshire as a guest of Ryan Kennedy, reading poetry and highlighting forthcoming poetry events in and around Shropshire. She has curated the Poetry Busk at the Wenlock Poetry Festival in 2015 and 2016, giving readings alongside James Sheard, Kathleen Jamie, Andrew McMillan and Don Paterson.

Liz’s blog  I Buy a New Washer

Inspiring, entertaining, informal and enjoyable. An evening with poetry at its heart.

£5.00 / £2.00 students at the door. info 01544 267418

 

Next event @ the Rad Monday 11th July

JEAN ATKIN

Jean Atkin is an award-winning poet, writer and experienced educator, based in Shropshire. She has worked on a variety of residencies in both England and Scotland and provides workshops and readings to festivals, schools and community organisations.  She also makes poetry in health and wellbeing contexts, and is experienced in working with the very elderly, and people living with dementia.  She was Poet in Residence for Wenlock Poetry Festival in 2015 and recently tutored for the Arvon Foundation at The Hurst, Clun. Jean also mentors emerging poets and works regularly with children and young people.

Jean’s collection Not Lost Since Last Time was published by Oversteps Books in 2013, and she has also published pamphlets with Roncadora Press and Ravenglass Press, and a children’s novel The Crow House.

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jean-atkin
Rhiannon Hooson
Rhiannon Hooson
RHIANNON HOOSON

Rhiannon Hooson is an award-winning Welsh poet, author and academic, now based in the marches after time spent living and working in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  Variously described as uncompromising and sharp-edged, compelling and provocative, and at the forefront of literary female voices, she has won major accolades for her work, including an Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors.

She studied and later taught at Lancaster University, where she completed a PhD in Poetry, and has led workshops in lecture halls, village halls, and the occasional barn.  Her first pamphlet, This Reckless Beauty, was published in 2004, and she has since been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies, reading at venues across the UK and Europe.  Her first full length collection, The Other City, will be published by Seren in October.

Inspiring, entertaining, informal and enjoyable. An evening with poetry at its heart.

£5.00 / £2.00 students at the door. info 01544 267418

 

Next event @ the Rad Monday 13th June

Next month’s event is on Monday June 13th when we are delighted to welcome Philip Gross, one of Wales’ leading poets, together with Nicholas Murray of the Rack Press. An evening not to be missed – booking is advisable.

Inspiring, entertaining, informal and enjoyable. An evening with poetry at its heart.

£5.00 / £2.00 students at the door. info 01544 267418

Monday May 9th @ the Rad

Another wonderful poetry event at the Radnorshire  Arms on Monday 9th May when we enjoyed  exceptional wordsmithing with  a selection of vivid readings from Suzanne Iuppa, Matthew Plumb and Ros Hudis.

Monday 9th May
Suzanne Iuppa, Matthew Plumb and Ros Hudis with host Lynden Rees-Roberts