Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 19:00 to 21:00

Rhiannon Hooson - Poetry Upstairs at the Melville Centre for Arts

Join Rhiannon Hooson as she reads her work alongside poets clare e. potter and Lily Redwood at the Melville Centre for Arts. Entry is £5.

Dr. Rhiannon Hooson is a Welsh poet and author. She has won major awards for her work, including an Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors, and performed at literature festivals and venues across Europe and the UK, including London, Milan and the Hay festival. Her first full length collection, The Other City, was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award, and was described by the judges as "Stunning... at a pitch of achievement many of us will not reach across a career." She now lives in the Welsh marches after time spent living and working in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

clare e. potter is a bilingual poet, radio presenter and participatory artist whose second poetry collection is under offer. She had a Literature Wales bursary and a grant from the Society of Authors to complete the book. She is working on projects to facilitate well-being and writing through nature and is learning poetry therapy practice thanks to Arts Council funding.  She directed BBC Wales documentary about her village barber and will be presenting poetry programmes for BBC radio this year.

Lily Redwood is a poet, birth worker, facilitator, film maker and mother of two. Lily studied Creative Writing at Leeds University. In 2001 she directed and produced the first community production of The Vagina Monologues in the UK.  Since then, she has had a passion for creating spaces for women's voices to be heard - from performance through to the birth room. In 2016 she co-wrote, produced and directed award-winning ecological documentary "wetheuncivilised: A Life Story". Lily writes about the everyday extraordinary, from the political to the poetical. Her current work explores themes such as birth, death and parenting in a raw and accessible way. Her live performance combines spoken word with tender verse and has been described as "Beautiful, powerful and moving".