Friday 31st October - Sunday 23rd November. Shani Rhys James, arguably the most exciting and successful Welsh painter of her generation, is having her first solo show at the Tegfryn Gallery. Shani is best known for her large scale figurative work, but for this exhibition she has been commissioned to produce a show of small paintings, all of which are for sale. There will be a Private View on Friday 31 October from 6 - 8pm / Dydd Gwener 31 Hydref, 6 - 8yp.To view the exhibition catalogue click here. ORIEL TEGFRYN GALLERY, Cadnant Road, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5EW, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1248 715128 www.artwales.com
Mondays 6.45–8.15, 3rd November – 8th December. There are a few places left on this six-week course in the galleries led by Pascale Petit, The course offers a chance to engage closely with international masterpieces to develop your own poetry in unexpected directions. Sigmar Polke’s works that comment and reflect on post-war Germany through experiments with materials such as meteor dust, potatoes, uranium and bubble wrap, serve as an inspiration for writing. These alchemical images invite you to invent ways of transforming the raw material of your own lives into poetry.
Monday 3rd November, 7.30pm. Exile: Creaing Identity - Poetry, Playlet, Music. Mir Mahfuz Ali will be reading along with Shamim Azad, Simi Shala and Fazrah Naz. Music from Antonio Riva and his band Le Gazhikane Muzikante. Hosted by writer Hasani Hasani. Exiled Lit Cafe at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (Covent Garden tube). £2.00 entrance for 2014 EWI committee members and asylum seekers/£4.00 others. www.exiledwriters.co.uk
Tuesday 4th November, 6.00pm. GANG WARS, OPIUM DENS, AND A SURROGACY CLINIC, Tishani Doshi talks with Fflur Dafydd about the challenges of reinterpreting the Mabinogion. Wallace Lecture Theatre, Wallace Building, Swansea University. All welcome. Admission free. www.swansea.ac.uk/riah
Wednesday 5th November, 8:00pm - 11:00pm. Graham Clifford will be reading at Walthamstow Central Library, High Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 7JN. Tel: 0208 496 1100. Order free tickets via Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com
Thursday 6th November, 7.30pm. The Shadow of His Hand – How Four Welsh Poets Live Creatively with This Hugely Influential Ghost. To celebrate the centenary of the poet’s birth, Paul Henry curates an event in which four poets share their favourite Dylan Thomas poems. Through readings from their own work, Paul Henry, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Rhian Edwards and Alan Kellermann will discuss how they have distilled one of the twentieth century’s most influential voices. Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea SA1 1RR. Tickets: Full Price £5.00/£3.50 (Swansea PTL £1.80) www.dylanthomas.com
Thursday 6th November, 7.30pm. First Thursday of the Month New Poetry and Fiction with Mir Mahfuz Ali, Jo Mazelis, and Open Mic. Media Point, Chapter Arts Centre, Canton, Cardiff. Tickets@ £2.50 (redeemable off price of book or magazine). Sponsored by Seren Books and Literature Wales.
Friday 7th November, 6.00pm. An atmospheric reading by author, Tiffany Murray, from her latest novel Sugar Hall. This is a free event, but please book a ticket below to ensure your seat. Richard Booth's Bookshop
Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5AA. Tel. 01497 820322 www.boothbooks.co.uk
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th November. Jonathan Edwards will be appearing three times at the Festival over the course of the weekend. For further information and to book tickets for the Sunday event visit the festival website: www.thepoetrytrust.org
Saturday 8th November, 10.15am - 10.30am. CLOSE READING. Join Jonathan Edwards as he scrutinises a favourite poem. Peter Pears Recital Room. Free Admission.
Saturday 8th November, 4.30pm - 5.00pm. IN THE STORE ROOM, PART TWO. Against the backdrop of her Snape exhibition – cyanotypes of everyday belongings of Festival poets – artist Annabel Dover meets Jonathan Edwards to talk about how both art and poetry can interrogate objects to discover the deeper meanings, memories and emotions they hold for us. Pond Gallery. Free Admission.
Monday 10th November, 8 pm. Cinnamon Club Poetry Reading with Anne-Marie Fyfe, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Liz Berry in The Library Bar, Cinnamon Club, Old Westminster Library, London SW1. Email info [at] cinammonclub [dot] com for further information.
Tuesday 11th November, 8-10pm. Launch of Pascale Petit's new collection Fauverie with a short reading from Pascale at 8.30pm. Seven Dials Club, London 42 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9LA. Free entry, to book a place email sarahdavies [at] serenbooks [dot] com
Friday 14th November, 6pm. Barney Norris is an award-winning playwright and author of To Bodies Gone: The Theatre of Peter Gill (Seren 2014). In this talk, he will explore the history of Welsh theatre, particularly through reference to Gill's work, and seek to imagine the rich future for the art form in this country. Tickets are free but booking is essential www.tickets.boothbooks.co.uk Richard Booth's Bookshop, Brook Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5AA Tel. 01497 820322.
Sunday 16th November, 2.30pm. Join poet Sheenagh Pugh as she celebrates the publication of her new collection of poetry in the company of Jen Hadfield. The event will feature Sheenagh, regarded as one of the finest poets in the country, reading poems from her new collection and in discussion with Jen. Prices: £12 / £10 (Early Bird £10 / £8) - Early bird ticket offer available until Friday 7th November at Midnight. Book tickets via the website: www.shetlandboxoffice.org, call the Box Office on 01595 745 500 or in person at Mareel or Islesburgh.Venue: Mareel
Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0WQ.
Thursday 27th November, 7.30pm. Katherine Stansfield reads from her debut collection, Playing House. A concise wit, a distinct voice and an unsettling view of the domestic characterise these poems whose subjects are the ordinary transformed. The evening also includes an open mic. Tickets: £4.00/Concessions £2.80/PTL £1.60. Booking and further info: www.dylanthomas.com/events or Tel. 01792 463980. Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea, SA1 1RR.
Friday 28th November, 5.30pm. 'What Did You Do in the War Mummy?': Mavis Nicholson talks to Francine Stock. Women’s wartime experiences altered their lives forever and changed the way women would live in the future. Mavis Nicholson’s interviewees range from working class to aristocracy, from ‘lumberjills’ to members of the labour movement, from showgirls to intelligence officers, and from administrators to the ‘nightingales’ who worked in flying hospitals. She discusses her interviewing career with Francine Stock.Tickets £4.00 - booking now open. Visit the website: www.hayfestival.com or call the Box Office on 01497 822 629. Venue: Richard Booth's Bookshop, Brook Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5AA.
Saturday 29th November, 12pm –1pm.Jo Mazelis will be holding a meet and greet for her new book Significance, a literary twist on the conventional murder mystery at WH Smiths in Swansea.
Sunday 30th November, 12.30pm . Two Forest of Dean authors, one Castle, two chilling stories. Tiffany Murray reveals her superb ghost story Sugar Hall and shares spine-tingling tales with Andrew Taylor, who unveils his most recent books The Silent Boy and The Scratch. Tickets £5.00 - booking now open. Visit the website: www.hayfestival.com or call the Box Office on 01497 822 629. Venue: Hay Castle – Landmarc Stage.