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Writing and Reading Course with Judy Brown, Poetry School, London

 Booking is now open for Judy Brown's Autumn writing and reading course 'Poetry and the Stuff of Modern Living' at the Poetry School in London - ten Tuesday evenings running from 16th September. For details and how to book, see:www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops

Fiction: Where to Start?, Ty Newydd Residential Course with Mavis Cheek, Francesca Rhydderch and Cynan Jones.

Monday 4th August - Saturday 9th August. Whether you’re starting to write fiction, or working on an existing project, this intensive but fun course will give you a creative shot in the arm. With group workshops each morning and one-to-one tutorials in the afternoons it will explore key aspects of the fiction writer's toolbox including character, setting, progressing the story, tone and dialogue. By the end of the course you will either be able to go on with your own project with confidence or have begun a completely new idea.Tutors: Mavis Cheek and Francesca Rhydderch. Guest: Cynan Jones Fee: £550 per person (single room) / £450 per person (shared room). For more information and to book visit:

'To End All Wars', Poetry Workshop with Tony Curtis, Penrallt

Thursday 7th August 2014, 3.00-4.15pm. Tony Curtis, who will be reading from his work the same evening, will run an informal workshop inspired, in part, by the exhibition 'To End All Wars' and will look at how the effect of modern war, even at a distance, can shape the poetic voice. Tony Curtis, is Emeritus Professor of poetry at the University of Glamorgan, where he directed the MPhil in writing. His poetry is underpinned by his teaching and exploration of some of the formal disciplines of poetry: the sonnet, the sestina, the ballad, haiku (westernised via Pound) and the villanelle, but also free verse. With many awards for his work and over thirty published books of poetry, criticism and cultural commentary, he travels widely giving poetry readings and lectures. Places are limited – booking is essential – Cost £5, includes refreshments. Penrallt Gallery Bookshop, 3 Glasfryn, Penrallt Street, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8AJ Tel: 01654 700559.

'WAR VOICES' with Tony Curtis and Caroline Davies, Penrallt

Thursday 7th August, 6 for 6.30pm. An evening of readings and reflections on writing in response to war. Tony Curtis is a hugely respected and experienced writer, teacher and reader of his work and one of THE Anglo-Welsh poetic voices responding to the effects of Twentieth Century warfare, finding both the extreme tragedy and human comedy there. Caroline Davies, for her debut volume of poetry, 'Convoy', draws on the experiences of her mother and grandfather during WW2 and on interviews and first-hand accounts. This is supported Literature Wales. FREE but please book ahead. Tea and cake. Penrallt Gallery Bookshop, 3 Glasfryn, Penrallt Street, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8AJ Tel: 01654700559. Supported by Literature Wales.