Sunday, 31 May 2009

Back from Hay - Things in Wales

Hi - back from a hot and sweaty Hay Festival. No rain this year.
I've had an email from Dee Rivaz. It has details of quite a few writing events in North Wales so I'll post her email in full:

June/July 2009
Am driving myself (and probably everyone else) nuts with my disorganisation so this is a trial run of a monthly (or thereabouts) round robin of news items that I have to pass around the writers’ network. If you have news of interesting writing events please do let me know. And I am always looking for more writers to add into my network, it makes promoting events so much easier.

June 2nd An evening with Gillian Clark at Wrexham library 7pm tickets £4/£3. May still be tickets left, phone Hedd ap Emlyn 01978 297430

June 8th First Cross Border Poets Stanza session Theatre Clwyd 7.30 pm Workshop: responding to art (there will be specific provision for this) Followed by short meeting to discuss preferences for future events.

June 20th Launch of Lorna Jenner’s book Liverpool to Loggerheads and exhibition at St George’s Hall Liverpool. Not sure of details as yet but if you are interested and would like to know more, contact me. It is a fascinating book about the close links between Liverpool and Loggerheads with stories from about 200 evacuees. I’ll be at the launch capturing more material on postcards from visitors to to go into an album and become part of the exhibition. Anyone with links should find this a fascinating and moving event/exhibition.
June 25th Poetry Slam
DENBIGH MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL
25th June
Kings Arms, Vale Street,
Denbigh
8.00 p.m.
M.C.: Gareth Glyn Roberts

Calling all Poets!
We are looking for poets – of all levels – to take part in this year’s Poetry Slam.

Here are the Rules:

Each poet needs two poems, that work well when read aloud/performed, and that take less than 3 minutes each to perform (including introduction). Any performances exceeding the 3 minutes limit will be disqualified! Poems can be of any topic, silly or serious.

There are four rounds with about four poets participating in each, and then a final for the winners of each round (hence the need for the second poem - just in case!)

The audience determine the winners of each round by displaying scorecards.
(No appeal procedure.)

£4.00 Admission
Maximum of 16 participants
Each participating poet will receive £10.
The overall winner of the Slam will receive an extra prize!
Interested?
Register your name NOW by contacting: Llio Huws, North Wales Literature Fieldworker
Tel: 01766 522817 / 07817 275965 Email:
llio@academi.org

July 3rd Music of Words Ruthin Library 2-5pm Music of Words Workshop
Would you like to find out more about song writing?
Come to a taster session at Ruthin library
2-5 pm Friday 3rd July
and try your hand with guidance from Steve Swindon.
Free but limited places, book early!

Music of Words Evening Event
Open Mic – for singing/performing at Nantclwyd y Dre, Rhuthin
7:30pm Friday 3rd July
Your MC for the evening with be Dee Rivaz
Free admission. Limited performance slot. Register your name NOW by contacting: Llio Huws, North Wales Literature Fieldworker Tel: 01766 522817 Email: llio@academi.org

July 4th Rhydymwyn Writing workshop with Dee 10am til 2 pm at former top secret WWII chemical weapons site, Rhydymwyn Valley Works, near Mold, Flintshire, which was involved in research into the atomic bomb. If you didn’t already know, it’s now a nature reserve, you’ll be relieved to hear!

July 5th Day Retreat for writers Nantclwyd y Dre Parlour, Ruthin. No structure, no workshop, just bring your own materials for a day’s peace and quiet writing. Price included in admission for house.

July 13th Second Cross Border Poets Stanza session at Theatre Clwyd. 7.30. Read and feedback of work developed from June session


If you wish to contact Dee let me know and I'll pass on her details:
Mike

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Hay Festival

Glorious sunshine, writers, readers,good veggie food… That's Hay festival this year. We're trying out a new camp site this year, only ten minutes walk from the centre of Hay but it is a haven of peace and tranquility. At the moment I'm sitting beside a stream hiding from the sun, and I've just passed the 70k mark on the novel. I'm trying to blog every day when I can get an internet connection. Catch the latest on http://mjkewood.blogspot.com. If I can find the bandwidth I'll post a picture or two.

Mike

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Maynah Lewis Competition

Don't Forget - Friday 15th May is hand-in night for all Maynah Lewis story entries. Last chance for a bit of polishing and tightening.