Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Cardiff Literary Salon | 11 December 2012 | Carrie Etter & Bob Walton

Cardiff Literary Salon Returns on 11th December 2012

Literary Salon

Sherman Cymru plays host to the Cardiff Literary Salon

Tuesday 11 December  - 7.30pm
Special Guest: Carrie Etter
American expat Carrie Etter has published two collections, The Tethers (winner, London New Poetry Award; Seren, 2009) and Divining for Starters (Shearsman, 2011), and edited Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010). Her poems have recently appeared in New Welsh Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, and The Rialto, among other journals.

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Monday, 12 November 2012


Susie Wild says an emotional void has taken Wales out of the Valleys
November 8th, 2012
All would be well if, if, ifCry the green bells of CardiffWhy so worried, sisters, whySang the silver bells of WyeAnd what will you give meSay the sad bells of Rhymney
From The Bells of Rhymney by Idris Davies
By now you have probably seen or heard about MTV’s latest Reality TV show The Valleys. Filmed in Wales, it is a spin off from Geordie Shore, MTV UK’s commercial hit show which was based in Newcastle. Following a similar format MTV producers chose volatile wannabe halfwits trying to make it in ‘the industry’, this time plucking nine young people from the ‘obscurity’ of the south Wales valleys and placing them in a share house in the bright lights of Cardiff. Although the show is unscripted, unlike TOWIE and Made in Chelsea, it still sets up scenarios and heavily edits footage to cause the participants to get it on or kick off with little regard for the communities and reputations of the places it discusses on camera.
The Valleys’ emblems are lazily obvious Welsh stereotypes – sheep, leeks – shoved on billboards, and later tattooed on the girls’ nether regions in a charming display of commaraderie. Seeming to prefer unreality for their reality shows, the MTV team created their own Welsh myths – press releases depicting the valleys as rural backwaters, talking about the ‘tranquility of valleys life’ and our ‘hamlet towns’ (but meaning the contestants home towns of Swansea, Bridgend, Tredegar and Pontypool). Towns that they imply are uncrossable distances from the metropolis of Cardiff, rather than the short bus or train hops they really are:
“Deep in the heart of South Wales, in the quiet and picturesque rolling countryside known as The Valleys, nine youngsters are currently stuck in humdrum and unexciting jobs, but dream of a life of stardom, limousines, flashing paparazzi bulbs and adoring fans. Brand new show The Valleys will pluck them from obscurity and thrust them into the limelight where they will live in a house kitted out with a ‘cutch-hut’ (sic) and cameras, to see if they succeed amidst the hustle and bustle of Cardiff city.”

Read the article in full on Click on Waleshttp://www.clickonwales.org/2012/11/a-welsh-reality-tv-car-crash/

Friday, 2 November 2012

BBC WALES ARTS BLOG | Do Not Go Gentle festival designed with Dylan Thomas in mind

Thursday 1 November 2012, 15:44

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Organisers of the inaugural Do Not Go Gentle festival, which takes place in Swansea this weekend, have kept one of the city's most famous sons firmly in mind during its planning.
The new festival celebrates the life and work of Dylan Thomas. As the website says, it aims "to be a festival Dylan might have liked, and yes that involves beer, but it also involves cosy and atmospheric venues, great acts and the lovely people of Swansea who first inspired him to write all those years ago."
Writers involved in the weekend include the inaugural winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize, Rachel Trezise; poet Rhian Edwards, who was the winner of the 2012 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry; writer and co-organiser of the recent xx minifest of women's writing, Susie Wild; plus comic poet and performer Mab Jones.

Uplands Literary Salon w/ Rachel Trezise, Sat 3rd November 4-5pm, Upstairs, Noah's Yard

I'll also be reading a few poems before the excellent Rhian Edwards in Mozart's, Sat 3rd November 6-7pm

Read the BBC blog in full: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/wales/posts/do-not-go-gentle-festival-planned-with-dylan-thomas-in-mind