Dydd Dylan / Dylan Day

Sunday 14th May was International Dylan Thomas Day with some wonderful events happening across Wales, the UK and beyond. I love Dylan Thomas’s lyrical approach to poetry (and life) and so being invited to be part of the celebrations was an honour. It can be too easy at times to get caught up in all […]

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Focus Wales Festival Review

You hustle Wrexham’s streets. Wrist encircled in colour you murmurate into the guitar strings of Heal The Last Stand as keyboards waltz with harmonies and your wine is the nectar of the gods. Folding into festival time you become moments twisting-then-unravelling across bars – into Spitbucket-sick-beats. The memory is a set-list creased in your back […]

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The Party of Wales

It wasn’t intentional to use The Guardian twice in a row for #postnewspolitics. In their defence it’s because I haven’t posted one in a while and couldn’t bring myself to spend the extra money a Saturday paper costs on anything else. But now I’m here and the pages are open I’m reminded why I’m becoming […]

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Project Hush

Recently I’ve been working on Project Hush, a new site specific theatre piece by Papertrail Theatre Company. Sited at the Rhydymwyn Valley Works (an old WWII chemical weapons factory), it tells the story of the war through the eyes of a (fictional) young woman who worked at the factory. This is the Research & Development […]

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the disappearing (a manifesto)

I’ve loved working as a community poet for over a decade now; taking poetry and the spoken word into communities across Wales; encouraging others to find their creative voice. It’s a rewarding and challenging role and one that I’ll continue as we begin the transition into living in a van this autumn/winter. I truly believe […]

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The call of Llyn Tegid

I’ve become obsessed with Llyn Tegid again. It hits in waves so that I dream of her often until the need to pay a visit becomes overwhelming. This lake of myth has woven herself more tightly into poetry and workshops over the years and I wrote more about her on a Dark Mountain blog recently […]

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Newspaper loyalty

Just a quick #postnewspolitics today. Taken from The Guardian.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the oscillating love/hate I’ve had for The Guardian over the past few years. A decade ago I’d buy it religiously especially on Saturdays (and the Observer on Sundays). I felt a real affinity with the columnists and political writers. What […]

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Post News Politics

Last year I launched a project charting our print newspapers’ response to Brexit. It was a depressing time and after thirty days I was left unable to read a newspaper for weeks. I named it, predictably, #thirtydaysofBrexit. Now that May has called a snap election and the UK is about to go thermonuclear I’m reviving […]

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Tree Charter Champions

It’s Easter Saturday and I’m on the train home from Cardiff where I’ve been performing alongside writers I have a lot of respect for including Clare e Potter, Dan Tsu and Philip Gross for All That The World Allows. The event, held in Bute Park, was part of a Tree Charter project organised in association […]

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Feeding the Soul

In the past week I’ve been to two diverse and inspiring poetry events. Perhaps diverse isn’t exactly the right word as from the surface they will have looked very similar: a room of around 30 people sitting with wine or tea, a guest poet, an open floor… but both offered exactly what I need right […]

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