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Transforming the Raw: Poetry and Conflict, Pascale Petit, Tate Modern

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.

Amy Wack judges Troubadour Poetry Prize, London

Monday 1st December, 8.00pm.  Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack will be at the Troubadour Club as Judge of the Troubadour Poetry Prize along with Neil Astley of Bloodaxe. 263-267 Old Brompton Road, London SW5. See www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes for more details.

Deryn Rees-Jones and Charlotte Hodes, Jaggedart, London

Wednesday 3rd December, 6-9pm. Book Launch and Private View. This exhibition includes artwork by Charlotte Hodes, alongside papercuts that she created for the book and filmpoem, And You, Helen, the outcome of a collaboration with poet Deryn Rees-Jones. The signed, limited edition version of the book is accompanied by a signed print and DVD of the filmpoem narrated by Rees-Jones, with concept by Charlotte, and animation by Charlotte and Kristina Pulejkova.The exhibition runs from  3rd - 24th December. Weds - Fri: 11am - 6pm, Sat 11am - 2pm, other times by appointment.
T. 020 7486 7374 W. www.jaggedart.com E [dot] info [at] jaggedart [dot] com Jaggedart 28a Devonshire Street (off Marylebone High Street) London W1G 6PS.

Christmas Ghosts and Lost Rock Stars: Tiffany Murray and Paul Henry at the Wales Millennium Centre

Wednesday 3rd December, 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm. New Welsh Review launches their winter edition in the company of celebrated writers and contributors Tiffany Murray and Paul Henry. This event of readings and conversation will also feature an exclusive video interview produced by NWR featuring editor Penny Thomas talking about the supernatural in the short story. Lit Lounge, Glyn Jones Centre, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL. Free entry and includes a mince pie and a warm drink. For more information, please contact Literature Wales: post [at] literaturewales [dot] org  Tel. 029 20472266

Deryn Rees-Jones and Penny Thomas at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Thursday 4th December, 6.30pm. New Welsh Review screens three author interviews, including an exclusive preview from Kate Hamer's debut novel for Faber, The Girl in the Red Coat. Plus: Seren Fiction Editor Penny Thomas talks about the supernatural in the short story and Deryn Rees-Jones talks about and reads from her narrative poem, And You, Helen, about Edward Thomas' biographer. Presented by Ollie Bevington and Sam Christie. Arts Centre Bookshop, Aberystwyth. Free Entrance, Wine and Popcorn.  New Welsh Review's multimedia programme is sponsored by Aberystwyth University. www.newwelshreview.com

Festive Party with Graham Clifford and Lisa Kelly, Haringey Literature Live

Thursday 4th December, 7.00pm. Come and hear superb poetry from Graham Clifford and Lisa Kelly, and also enjoy a showcase of students reading short pieces they’ve created in our writing workshops. Delicious mulled wine and mince pies will be on sale from the Kabaret@Karamel café. Entrance is free but booking is essential via email:  karamelclub [at] hotmail [dot] com or by phoning 020 8829 8989. For further information visit the website: www.haringeyliteraturelive.com/events Venue: Karamel Restaurant, Chocolate Factory, 2 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ

Katherine Stansfield and Rhian Edwards at First Thursday, Chapter, Cardiff

Thursday 4th December, 7.30pm. First Thursday of the Month New Poetry and Fiction with Katherine Stansfield, Rhian Edwards 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.

Pascale Petit Reading at Roehampton Poetry Centre, London

Wednesday 10th December, 7,00pm (doors at 6.30pm). The Roehampton Poetry Centre are pleased to invite you to their next Reading Series with Pascale Petit and Don Paterson. Pascale will be reading from her new collection Fauverie. The event will be followed by a wine reception. Senate Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Please reserve your free place in advance to avoid disappointment: just email IESEvents [at] sas [dot] ac [dot] uk or call 020 7862 8675.Visit the website for further details:  www.roehampton.ac.uk

16th December – Real Gower Launch, Reynoldston

Tuesday 16th December, 7.00pm. Join us for the launch of what is to be Nigel Jenkins final book Real Gower at the King Arthur Hotel, Reynoldston SA3 1AD. For more information or to reserve a space email: sarahdavies [at] serenbooks [dot] com

An Evening of Poetry with Rhian Edwards, The Art House, Southampton

Tuesday 16th December, 7.30pm. Spend an evening with multi-award winning poet and musician Rhian Edwards. Open mic spots also available on the night. For further information visit the venue website: www.thearthousesouthampton.org  The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, S014 7DW Southampton. Advance Tickets £7.70 or £10.00 on the door. Book tickets at: www.eventbrite.co.uk