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
Monday 10th October
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.