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Wish You Were Here: Poetry Showcase, Penarth Literary Festival 2022

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On 7 July, Voices on the Bridge returns with a great line up including Stephanie McNicholas, Des Mannay, Stephen Payne, Ben Wildsmith, Nicholas McGaughey, SiĆ“n Tomos Owen, Susie Wild and Rob Cullen presenting and reading.  6-8pm, Storyville Books,  8 Mill Street, Pontypridd CF37 2SN


  The return of our favourite Poetry Showcase, hosted by Penarth-based poet Stephen Payne. Stephen will be joined by poets Abeer Ameer, John Freeman and Susie Wild and musician Ben Wildsmith for a brilliant event of poetry and music to bring an end to Penarth Literary Festival 2022.  For more details, visit:

GIG ALERT: Seren Virtual First Thursday

'This month’s Seren First Thursday is back on Zoom and we’re breaking tradition by running on the second Thursday of the month 9th June because of the Jubilee Bank Holiday. We're delighted to be joined by guest readers Paul Henry reading from ‘As If To Sing’ and Susie Wild reading from ‘Windfalls ’(Parthian). Our main readings will be followed by our usual open mic. Tickets are £2 (plus Eventbrite admin fee) available here .'

GIG ALERT: MADE UP Festival Cardiff (Sunday)

CARDIFF GIG ALERT: Poetry from me and music from Ben's new album with his band of Half Truths... Sunday afternoon, get tickets and come along... Please note the set times have changed to what we previously advertised... poetry from me from 12.30 and then the band after me at 1ish. There will be food on sale ...

GIG ALERT: Celine's Tenby Salon

  I’m heading down to Tenby to read in the museum on the 23rd with these sparkling performers. Come along…

Talking Translation: Nation.Cymru interview with Luca Paci

Susie Wild  talks to poet, translator and editor Luca Paci, the Co-Director of the Italian Cultural Centre Wales, about the joys and difficulties of trying to represent the texture and variety of contemporary 21st century Italian poetry in one parallel text anthology. It is an unusually sunny day in an unusual year when Luca Paci and I meet for iced coffee in the refectory before his next class at Cardiff University. The world is opening up again, but, we now know, only briefly and we are giddy with joy at being able to meet and discuss poetry and more in person rather than across screens and phone lines. It has been a period of collective grief and of personal grief, a time where crossing barriers with the shared experience of poetry feels more important than ever. After a devastating summer, Paci needs ‘to hug, to be more Italian’. We need to tame lines gone unruly in the production process, to discuss the last of the changes to the text. More than that, we need to reach out, and so