I hope you are being kind to yourselves and each other in these testing times and have managed to jump about in some autumn leaves like I have.
I wanted to tell you about a free event I'm taking part in on the 1st of December at Little Man in Cardiff. I'm looking forward to reading new poems at Collective – an evening celebrating poets who have recently published (or are due to publish) a new collection.
Entertaining, amusing, thought-provoking, and surreal, this event will feature eight fantastic poets, representing six presses, including:
MAB JONES (Indigo Dreams Publishing)MARK BLAYNEY (Parthian)
TRACEY RHYS (Green Bottle Press)
RHYS MILSOM (Accent Press)
SUSIE WILD (Parthian)
REBECCA PARFITT (Listen Softly London)
NATALIE ANN HOLBOROW (Parthian)
EMILY BLEWITT (Seren)
I hope to see
In other poetry news I had an excellent week at Ty Newydd on the Autumn Poetry Masterclass with Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker last month where I wrote and edited a lot of poems, took poet walks along the beach, won a copy of Gillian's collection Ice for good poetry guess skills and edited the anthology of 18 poets Cynefin.
I returned and moved straight from the train into performance mode, for the second instalment of our mixed media, performance art and spoken word piece Sex Change Disco (writing a brand new scene on the long train home). Beth and I performed to a packed room as part of the beautiful creative madness that was TactileBOSCH's Garden of Earthly Delights at Cardiff Contemporary. It was a joy to be a part of, and amazing to see so many people through the door.
Since then I've met and workshopped new poems with both of my poetry groups and then went on to win the First Thursday Open Mic earlier this month with one of those. I was very pleased as I won another poetry book, this time from Seren, thanks Amy Wack.
I've also been pleased to see elysiumgallery, who I work for from time to time, getting some excellent press and about time too. They work so hard to keep creativity happening in Swansea and beyond and deserve huge support.
I think that's all my news for now, I best write / edit some more poems now as it is two poetry workshops in a week time again!
Love and sparkle,