Forthcoming and recent readings and events
Friday 29 Sept. 2017. Siop Siarad - grwp dysgwyr Aberhonddu a'r cylch, Llyfrgell Aberhonddu, 10.30 am. Sgwrs am y comisiwn i gyfansoddi arysgrif ddwyieithog i'r llyfrgell/oriel/amgueddfa newydd yn Aberhonddu. (A talk to a Welsh learners' group about the commission to write a bilingual wall-inscription for the new library/gallery/museum in Brecon.)
Monday 29 May 2017, BBC Radio 3, 'Sound Walk to Hay on Wye'. Readings of several poems included in this 'slow radio' piece about a walk in the Black Mountains, fronted by Horatio Clare, produced by Philip Tagney.
Saturday 22 April 2017, Usk Valley Vaughan Association Annual Colloquium, Castle Hotel, Brecon, 8.30 pm reading, with Rowan Williams, Jeremy Hooker, Ric Hool and Fiona Owen.
Friday 21 April 2017, Abergavenny Writing Festival, King's Arms, Abergavenny, 8.00 pm reading (with Phil Bowen).
Tuesday 6 December 2016 Ledbury Poetry Salon, The Master's House, Ledbury, 7 - 9 pm. Reading and discussion.
Thursday 17 November 2016 The Hours Bookshop and Cafe, Brecon, 7.00 pm: Still air. A reading to open a show of new paintings and prints by Sara Philpott and to launch Still Air, a booklet of nine poems by Christopher Meredith and linocuts by Sara Philpott, in a limited edition of fifty hand-printed copies.
Wednesday 14 September 2016 Ye Olde Murenger House, Newport, Open Mic Spoken Word Extravaganza, 7.30 pm.Reading with Ric Hool. Profits in support of Handpost Community Library Association (Cwtsh) to help run the former Stow Hill Library, Newport.
Wednesday 3 August 2016 The Cabin of Curiosities, 15 Nevill Street, Abergavenny 11.00 am: Ar yr Ymylon/On the Edge. A discussion and reading on the theme of peripheries in literature, with novelist Tom Bullough. A fringe event through the medium of English to coincide with the National Eisteddfod at Abergavenny. Trafodaeth a darlleniad ar y thema o 'ymylon' gyda'r nofelydd Tom Bullough ar adeg ymweliad yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol ag Y Fenni.
Friday 15 July 2016 The Hours Bookshop and Cafe, Brecon, 8.00 pm: Rhyme & Rhythm: music and poetry. With Charlie Bird, Paul Keddle and Phil Sheridan. In aid of St David's Hospice, Brecon.
Thursday 14 April 2016 Imperial Hotel Merthyr Tydfil 7.30 pm: Launch reading for Dodos and Dragons an anthology of Mauritian and Welsh writing (edited by A. Arjanee, M. Jenkins and K. Vadamootoo), with Grahame Davies, Jeremy Hooker, Mike Jenkins, Robert Minhinnick and others.
Saturday 5 March 2016 7.30 pm Theatr Melville Theatre Y Fenni/Abergavenny: Nest of Poets. Reading in English as a fundraiser for Yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru/National Eisteddfod Y Fenni, with William Ayot, Anne Drysdale and Paul Groves, introduced by Frank Olding.
Thursday 14 January 2016 7.00 pm, Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales PEN Cymru, poetry reading in support of Ashraf Fayadh. Part of world-wide readings by PEN on 14 Jan. in support of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, sentenced to death by a court in Saudi Arabia. Other readers include: Nia Davies, Menna Elfyn, Clare Potter and Dominic Williams.
Saturday 7 November 2015 7.00 pm The Hours Bookshop and Cafe, Brecon 'Two poets and a painter' (with Paul Henry and Sara Philpott) an evening of poetry and music, part of the Hours Feast Weekend. The Hours Bookshop and Cafe, 15, Ship Street, Brecon.
Monday 5 October 2015 7.30 pm, Crickhowell Literary Festival. Poetry and fiction reading, at The Dragon Marquee, Dragon Inn, 47 High Street, Crickhowell.
Friday 8 May 2015, 7.00 - 9.00 pm The Hours Bookshop and Cafe, Brecon. Fruit that grows ripe in the dark paintings by Sara Philpott. A short reading/talk to open this private view. Exhibition to close end of June 2015. The Hours Bookshop and Cafe, 15, Ship Street, Brecon.
Friday 1 May 2015, 7.00 pm Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno Booklaunch and exhibition opening forThe Slate Sea (text edited by Paul Henry with photographs taken and edited by Zed Nelson). Poetry readings by Christopher Meredith, Alys Conran, Paul Henry, and Samantha Wynne Rhydderch. Book and exhibition were commissioned by the Camden Trust.
Saturday 28 March 2015, 8.15 pm: Association for Welsh Writing in English Conference 2015, 'The Country and the City'. Creative Keynote talk, chaired by Prof Diana Wallace. Seminar Room 1, Gregynog Hall, Powys.
Monday 27th October 2014, 7.30 pm: 'Dylan Day' celebrating Thomas's 100th birthday, with Tom Bullough and Paul Ferris, and jazz from the Mike Chappell Trio. Free admission. At The Hours Bookshop and Cafe, Ship Street, Brecon.
Saturday 7 June 2014, 7.30 pm: Poetry on the Border. Reading with Ben Okri at The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ. Lovely venue, well-organised. Supported by the Chepstow Bookshop.
Friday, 4 April, 2014, 7.00 pm. 'What earth thought'. Launch viewing of an exhibition of paintings and prints by artist Sara Philpott inspired by the poem from Air Histories, with a reading and short talk about the poem by Christopher Meredith. The Hours Bookshop, Ship Street, Brecon.
Friday, 7 March, 2014, 2 to 6 pm: Modern Writers and Medieval Literature workshop (with Trevor Byrne, Debbie Potts and Pádraig Ó Cíobháin.) John Hume Lecture Hall 5, National University of Ireland Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. Read a report on this event by Elizabeth Boyle here.
Monday 3 December 2013, 7.00 pm Pelmeni Poets, (with Astrid Alben, Jane Clarke, David Crystal, and Stephen Watts. The Duke of Wellington, 119 Balls Pond Road, London N1 4BL.
Tuesday 19 Nov. 2013, 8.00 pm Poetry Upstairs at the Hen and Chicks, (with Jeremy Hilton) Hen and Chicks Pub, Abergavenny.Thanks toRic Hool and The Collective for organising.
Friday 25 October 2013, 7.00pm. Palas Print, Caernarfon. Blas o Slofenia/A Taste of Slovenia. Darlleniad gyda phedwar awdur blaengar o Slofenia/reading with four leading Slovene authors: Tadej Golub, Slavko Pregl, Peter Rezman & Andrej Rozman Roza.Profiad gwych i ddarllen gyda'r awduron nodedig hyn/A wonderful experience to read with these noted authors.
Friday 4 Oct 2013, 6.30pm: The Moot Hall, Ty Crawshay, University of South Wales, Trefforest Campus, Pontypridd.
Thursday 5 September 2013, 8.00 pm, The Creative Innovation Centre, Paul Street, Taunton, reading for Fire River Poets.
Sunday 11 August 2013, 7.30 pm Danywenallt National Park Study Centre, near Talybont, Powys. 'Tapas and Tales' - bilingual reading complete with harpist and storyteller. Part of the Brecon Jazz Festival Fringe.
Thursday 25 July 2013, 7.30 pm, Canolfan Dylan Thomas/Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea/Abertawe, launch reading for Air Histories.
Sunday 14 July 2013, 11.00 am, Ledbury Poetry Festival, The Burgage Hall, Ledbury. 'Poetry and Prose' (with Patrick McGuinness, Penny Thomas, and Amy Wack).
Dydd Gwener 12 Gorffenaf 2013, 10.30 am, Canolfan Danywenallt, ger Talybont, Powys. Trafodaeth a darlleniad ar gyfer Siop Siarad Talybont-ar-Wysg (12 July 2013, Danywenallt Centre near Talybont Powys, discussion and reading for Siop Siarad Talybont on Usk).
Saturday 8 June 2013, 7.00 pm, The Hours Bookshop, Brecon. Launch event for Air Histories
Thursday 6 June 2013, 7.30 pm, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff/Caerdydd. First Thursday launch reading for Air Histories (with Lesley Saunders and Francesca Rhydderch)
Sunday 26 May 2013, 11.30 am, Hay Festival, launch reading for Air Histories (with Anna Lewis. Chair Simon Mundy)
Saturday 27 April 2013, Castle Hotel, Brecon. Poetry reading with Ruth Bidgood and Jeremy Hooker, for the Usk Valley Vaughan Association, part of the UVVA annual colloquium
21 March 2013, Reading/discussion, Waterstones, Brussels, Belgium (with Stella Duffy, Kapka Kassabova, Arthur Riordan and Gearoid Mac Lochlainn)
21 March 2013, The Goethe Institute, Brussels, Belgium: 2012-2013 Edinburg World Writers' Conference: 'A National Identity?' Discussion, reading and debate (with Kapka Kassabova, Rachida Lamrabet, Stella Duffy, Arthur Riordan and Gearoid Mac Lochlainn)
14 February 2013, Reading, Imperial Hotel, Merthyr, 7.30 pm
14 January - 11 February 2013, HALMA Scholarship. Writer in Residence, Hostel Situla, Novo mesto, Slovenia, as a guest of the publishers Goga. The residency included a press conference and two readings in Ljubljana (with translations into Slovene by Tina Mahkota and Barbara Pogacnik), and two TV and three radio broadcasts.
11th December 2012, Reading, Trinity College Carmarthen/Coleg y Drindod Caerfyrddin
22nd October - 19th. November 2012. HALMA Scholarship. Writer in Residence, Kirjailijatalo, Jyväskylä, Finland 22nd October - 19th. November 2012.
Friday 16th November 2012 Jyväskylä, Finland. Reading at the Kirjailijatalo, (with translations into Finnish read by Vesa Lahti and Marko Niemi).
Friday 28th Sept. 2012, 7.30 pm, reading in the Castle Cellar Bar, Quay Street, Cardigan. Lovely audience, great venue.
Tuesday 7th August 2012 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru Bro Morgannwg. Book-signing on Seren's stand.
Thursday 25th July and Friday 26th July 2012 I spoke at the NAASWCH (North American Assoc. for the Study of Welsh Culture and History) Conference in Bangor, Gwynedd. Poetry reading with others on the Thursday, and I gave a brief paper on the Bog~Mawnog Project and the Black Mountains poems on the Friday.
We've had various launches for The Book of Idiots including:
Tuesday 5th June 2012, 9.00 am, Hay Festival. Discussion with Robert Minhinnick about his story collection The Keys of Babylon and my novel The Book of Idiots. The session was brilliantly chaired by Jon Gower.
Friday 25th May 2012, 7.30 At the Drama Centre, Penypound, Abergavenny. Also reading was meant to be Horatio Clare but he couldn't make it. His place was taken by novelist Tom Bullough, who read from Konstantin. (See links for for more about Tom.)
The Hours Bookshop, Brecon, 24th March 2012. One of the best venues for readings I know of. there was not only wine but the bookshop's own dangerous raspberry ruffle cake
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 5th April. Also reading was poet Duncan Bush
The Old Crown pub, New Oxford Street, London, 17th April (with poets Duncan Bush and Graham Mort)
The Bookshop, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 3rd May 2012. Another excellent venue for readings
While I was in London for the 17th April launch, I spoke at the London Book Fair in Earl's Court at the Centre for Literary Translation in a session chaired by Daniel Hahn of UEA, on using bridge languages for translation from so-called 'minority' or lesser-used languages. A lively session also involving Gabriel Rosenstock, Sampurna Chattarji, and publisher Clive Boutle.
16th Feb. 2012 Lecture and reading for U3A in Theatr Brycheiniog of the Woollen Line and Bog~Mawnog projects, and the writing of Black Mountains.
Archive list of readings etc. (selected)....
20-22.10.11: Participation in the 25th January Revolution Workshop on Literary Translation, Al Alsun, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt as follows:
20.10.11 panel discussion on literary translation using bridge languages with Alexandra Buchler, Alice Guthrie, Dr Radwa Kotait and others.
20.10.11 Lecture: ‘Linguistic diversity in Britain with special reference to Wales’
20-21.10.11 Workshops on literary translation, English into Arabic and Welsh into Arabic using English as a bridge language, leading an invited group of Arabic translators.
27.10.11 Poetry Party. Reading and discussion (with Tony Curtis and Crystal Jeans). The Oak Room, David Morgan Apartments, Cardiff
16.10.11 Reading, part of ‘Rachel Podger & Friends’, St Mary’s Church, Brecon
27.07.11 Reading, launch of the Mawnog~Bog Exhibition, Brecknock Museum
12.05.11 Literary walk. Crughywel. For Brecon Beacons National Park/Academi
16.04.11 Writing Place. Poetry/Prose reading for Lapidus, The Hours Bookshop, Brecon
07.10.10 First Thursday. Poetry reading (with Anne-Marie Fyfe) Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
04.06.10 ‘Miller’s Answer: Making, saying and the impulse to write’. Public lecture at the Guardian Hay Festival 2010
03.04.10 A tribute to Dannie Abse - readings by Cary Archard, Tony Curtis, Maureen Jivani, Paul Henry, Christopher Meredith, and Dannie Abse himself. The Drill Hall, Chepstow.
25.02.10 Miller's Answer: Making, saying and the impulse to write - inaugural professorial lecture, Conference Centre, Trefforest Campus, University of Glamorgan
06.11.09 - 08.11.09 ‘A Sense of Place’ Writing workshops and tutorial at Academi Writers’ Retreat, Cilwych Farms, Llangynidr, Powys
30.08.09 Poetry reading, Talgarth Festival (with Grahame Davies)
19.06.09 Poetry reading, Castle Hotel, Brecon
27.05.08 Chair, Warton Lecture on English Poetry (Lecture by Prof. T. Curtis, and discussion) Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye
20.03.08. Reading/discussion on ‘Heritage’ for pupils of Cathays High School, Sony Room, Millennium Centre, Cardiff
09.02.08 Masterclass, Teifi Writers’ Circle, Tysul Hall, Llandysul
21.01.08 Opening speech/reading, Welsh Group 60th Anniversary Exhibition,
14.11.07 Research seminar, ‘Translating and writing’, English Dept.,
17.05.07 Prose/poetry reading, Imperial Hotel,
03.05.07 Public talk, The short story in south
31.03.07 Poetry reading (with Paul Henry) Mount Street Gallery, Brecon
30.03.07 Poetry reading, Gwent Theatre, Abergavenny
13.03.07 Public reading, discussion on poetry and translation, with Alexandra Büchler and others, Helicon Centre for the Promotion of Poetry, Tel Aviv,
20.02.07 Masterclass/reading, UCW Newport, Brynithel Community Centre, Blaenau Gwent
04.01.07 Reading/discussion with Robert Minhinnick, Jon Gower and Lorraine Bewsey, Wales Millennium Centre,