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

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

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

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.

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.




Monday 12th September
Guest Poets:

Rick Hool, Bethany Rivers

Monday 10th October
Guest Poets:

Frank Olding, John J. Jones
with Aneirin Jones – classical guitar

Monday 14th November

Gladys Mary Coles, Edward Storey

Monday 12th December
Guest Poets:

Adam Horovitz, Liz Lefroy


Monday 11th April
Guest Poets:

Tina Cole, Meg Cox, Francis Field, John Gareth Owen

Monday 9th May
Guest Poets:

Ros Hudis, Suzanne Iuppa, Matthew Plumb

Monday 13th June
Guest Poets:

Philip Gross, Nicholas Murray

Monday 11th July
Guest Poets:

Jean Atkin, Rhiannon Hooson

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

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



Poetry Festival 2015

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event 1

FESTIVAL LAUNCH in the company of local poets Edward Storey and Roger Garfitt who are joined by Marches Poets and the Red Parrot introduced by Charles Wilkinson and Colin Sutherill, with music performed by classical guitarist Gareth Rees-Roberts.

Edward Storey will be reading from his latest collection Seeing the Light published by The Leverett Press due for release on 1st October.

“Each poem glows with love and a poignant sense of the glory, fragility, and passing of what we are stirred by.” Barry Ferguson

Roger Garfitt is reading  from Border Songs a work that Ted Hughes described as “all coming together in a very moving way: like the fragments of an archaeological dig, gradually suggesting a whole pattern of inheritance and allegiance.” For this new performance Roger Garfitt is joined by the guitarist Gareth Rees-Roberts with music that captures the atmosphere of the Celtic lands.
Tickets £ 7.00 including a glass of wine/juice and nibbles.


event 2

Nicholas Murray celebrating 10 years in publishing introduces Nicky Arscott & Anna Lewis reading from their latest works Soft Mutation by Nicky and The Blue Cell by Anna.

‘Her sensuality, paciness, characterisation, sense of conviction and fun, are all rare, alas, in poetry, especially by a young person. She is bound to go FAR’
Selima Hill on Soft Mutation

‘Lewis’s work needs to be sought out and devoured’ Planet on The Blue Cell
‘This is the force of a quiet voice’ Magma on The Blue Cell

Tickets  £6.00

event 3

12 noon

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Nicholas Murray author of Of earth, water, air and fire: animal poems (Melos) presents an entertaining, illustrated talk and performance of poems from Anglo-Saxon animal riddles to the present day with guest readers. Nicholas is joined by readers Lynden Rees-Roberts and Hugh Pope.
Tickets £6.00


Red Parrot Poetry introduces Flarestack editors Jacqui Rowe, Meredith Andrea, Fiona Owen co-editor of Scintilla, reading from their work. Jacqui is a poet, publisher, mentor, workshop leader, a tutor for the Poetry School and her published works include Blue (Flarestack), Apollinaire (Perdika) and Paint (Flarestack Poets). Meredith has published two pamphlet collections and a book-length sequence in collaboration with Fiona Owen, A Screen of Brightness (Cinnamon Press, 2013). Fiona’s latest collection of poems is The Green Gate, published by Cinnamon Press.
Tickets £6.00

event 5

Jan Fortune celebrating 10 years in publishing talking and reading with Steve Griffiths and Ros Hudis. Jan’s latest work is Slate Voices  a dual book with Mavis Gulliver  exploring landscape and memory, landscape and voices, landscape and ghosts. Steve is currently working on an innovative project ‘Late Love Poems‘ which comprises 30 poems in 30 weeks which will be published in January 2016 by Cinnamon Press. Ros has a pamphlet Terra Ignota (Rack Press 2013), and a full collection called Tilt (Cinnamon Press 2014) she is an associate member of the Academi and editor on the Lampeter Review
Tickets £6.00

event 6

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch will be showcasing new poems composed during her Creative Wales Award this year in collaboration with tango dancer Peter Baldock and accordionist, Guto Dafis. More of a window onto a workshop than finished performance, this work-in-progress is directed by Pauline Walsh and is part of the inaugural Poetry in Presteigne. Generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
Tickets £6.00

event 7

NATIONAL POET of WALES with guest musician Robin Ward on the Welsh Triple Harp.
A rare opportunity to experience this combination of fired language and spell binding music.
Tickets £ 10.00


10.00am – 1.00pm
Poetry Workshop with Susan Richardson at PARADISE FARM
Workshop   £20.00
Sponsored by Marches Poets and welsh-literature



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‘A HEAVENLY COUNTRY’: The Poetry of Taliesin
Graham Hartill and Frank Olding read from Taliesin, the inspirational 6th century Welsh poet and perform their own poems inspired by his writing. Graham’s books include Cennau’s Bell, published by Collective Press in 2005, A Winged Head by Parthian in 2007 and Chroma by Boiled String/Hafan Books in 2013. He is a writer-in-residence at HMP Parc, and teaches for the Metanoia Institute and Ty Newydd, the Writers’ Centre for Wales. In 2013 he was the first writer-in-residence at Swansea University College of Medicine. Frank is an archaeologist and works as Heritage Officer for Blaenau Gwent. He writes in Welsh and is a widely published poet and literary critic. He published his first full collection, Mynydd Du (“Black Mountain”), in 2012 and was recently elected a member of the Gorsedd of Bards.


Artist Tim Rossiter from Crickhowell has collaborated previously with Graham and Frank on the story of Ceridwen and Gwion Bach. Tim’s work is imaginatively based, drawing on mythology, music and the local landscape.
Tickets £6.00

Paul Henry, By Zed Nelson
Paul Henry, By Zed Nelson

An afternoon performance with songs and poems from Paul’s latest collection  ‘Boy Running’.
Tickets £6.00

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Susan Richardson reads from her new collection illustrated by Pat Gregory.
Tickets £6 00

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HOLLOW LOG.  Blues with a feeling — poetry with a beat.

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Festival Finale.

Poet-guitarists Richard Marggraf Turley and John Barnie join forces with harmonica player Dilwyn Roberts-Young for an evening of blues from the Deep South, combined with their own brand of contemporary poetry. The band stomps it down to the bricks with a pounding acoustic mix of traditional blues and their own compositions.

John Barnie cut his teeth with the bilingual blues & poetry group Y Bechgyn Drwg / The Bad Boys, while Richard, Dilwyn and John have previously performed with poet Damian Walford Davies in the blues & poetry quartet T-Model Ford.
Tickets £ 8.00

The organisers reserve the right to change  the programme due to circumstances beyond their control.


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