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Wales International Poetry Festival 2017










The Wales International Poetry Festival returns for a fifth time in 2017, with a series of readings, performances, debates and poetry film screenings over four days in Aberystwyth, Bangor and Caernarfon. The festival will open in Aberystwyth on the 3rd of May before moving to Bangor and Caernarfon on the 5th and 6th of May.

Poets from Chile, France, Galicia, India, Mexico, Scotland, Slovenia and Wales will read and perform in the original languages with translations into English and Welsh. Screening of poetry films is a new feature of the festival.

This year the festival will focus poetry from Spanish-speaking countries, their literary relationship with Europe and the political role of poetry in Latin America and Spain with a debate on poetry as resistance.

Wales International Poetry Festival is part of the Literary Europe Live project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. It is a collaboration between Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities, organised by Literature Across Frontiers in partnership with Poetry Wales, Wales Literature Exchange and Wales PEN Cymru, and with support from British Council WalesWales Arts International, the Galician Government, the Embassy of Mexico,  Center for Slovenian Literature (CSK) and the Slovene Book Agency(JAK).

For a bilingual programme in Welsh and English click here.

Live: Future/No Future, Cardiff 7th April 2017

Jacob’s Antiques,
Cardiff, Doors open 7pm

What happens to language when the future keeps getting cancelled?

To launch Poetry Wales’s new Future/No Future issue we are teaming up with the Cardiff Poetry Experiment for an evening of live poetry at Jacob’s Antiques in Cardiff.

Nathan Jones, Peter Finch, Ailbhe Darcy and Julia Rose Lewis will all be reading and performing from the new issue which explores futurism, utopia, dystopia and the ‘lossy present’.

Organised by Poetry Wales and the Cardiff Poetry Experiment, supported by the School of English,
Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University.

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First Thursday: Nicky Arscott & Eric Ngalle Charles

Thursday 2nd March, 7pm
Chapter Arts, Cardiff

Poetry Wales presents an edition of First Thursday at Chapter Arts, Cardiff with  Eric Ngalle Charles and Nicky Arscott. Their performances will be followed by the traditional FT open mic.

Eric Ngalle CharlesEric Ngalle Charles is a poet, playwright and novelist. His play ‘My Mouth Brought Me Here was showcased at the South Bank Centre in 2016. His most recent book is a novel Asylum and his memoirs are coming out in 2017 from Parthian. He runs Black Entertainment Wales. Eric has poems in the Winter 2016/2017 issue of Poetry Wales.




Nicky Arscott is a poet and artist based in Llanbrynmair. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her poetry comics have been published in INK BRICK, New Welsh Review and Nashville Review and will be exhibited at MOMA Wales in September. Her poetry comics appear in the Spring 2016 and Spring 2017 issues of Poetry Wales.

Nicky Arscott


First Thursday, Cardiff, June 2016

Thursday June 2nd, 7.30pm, £2.50
Media Point, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Poetry Wales returns to Cardiff’s First Thursday literary evening on June 2nd 2016. We’ll be celebrating our new Desire issue with contributors Suze de Lee and Rhys Trimble, Tamara Dellutri and Emily Blewitt. Plus there’s the famous open mic. Visit the First Thursday Facebook group for more information.


‘Desire’ Issue Launch, Swansea

Thursday 28th April, 7.30pm
Upstairs at Noah’s Yard, Uplands, Swansea, 

Join Poetry Wales to celebrate the new ‘Desire’ issue. With readings from contributing poets Rebecca Parfitt and Emily Blewitt. There’ll also be an open mic.

Rebecca Parfitt was a finalist for the Aesthetica 2015 Creative Writing Award and has had poems and stories published widely. She edits The Ghastling.

Emily Blewitt won the 2010 Cadaverine/Unity Day competition. Her first poetry collection will be published by Seren in 2017.

The evening is FREE but you will be encouraged to buy a raffle ticket.



Exhibition View: The Night-Time Economy

The Night-Time Economy is a collaboration between Kate Mercer and SJ Fowler exhibiting in Newport and London. The Night-Time Economy is featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Poetry Wales.

Newport: The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre April 6th to 29th 2016.
Special View – April 6th 2016. Readings & performances from SJ Fowler, Nia Davies & Eurig Salisbury

London: Rich Mix Gallery – July 18th to 29th 2016.
Special View – July 19th 2016. Readings & performances from SJ Fowler, Nia Davies & more.

The Night-Time Economy is a collaborative exhibition of photography and poetry exploring the often fractious energy and environment of Newport’s nightclubs and pubs. Conceived and created in close collaboration between photographer Kate Mercer and poet & artist SJ Fowler, this exhibition will play off the complimentary possibilities for expressive abstraction in both visual and linguistic mediums, all centred around the complexity, energy and intensity of Newport on Friday and Saturday nights.

A detailed description of how the project came to be, by Kate Mercer, can be found here

Both Special View events on April 6th and July 19th will feature events celebrating the exhibition with new performances and the presence of Poetry Wales.

The poetry in the exhibition will be presented in English and Welsh, the latter translated by Eurig Salisbury.

The Night-Time Economy

The Night-Time Economy

Words&Words&Words March 2016

2nd March 2016, 7pm
Studio Theatre, Aberystwyth Arts Centre,

Poetry Wales previews a hot new issue at Words&Words&Words!

Words&Words&Words is a new evening of innovative poetry and spoken word at Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre. We’ll be previewing our new ‘Desire’ issue with readings from Nicky Arscott, Jasmine Donahaye and Amy McCauley. The night will also feature Gavin Goodwin, and previous PW editor Zoë Skoulding. For open mic, please sign up at 6:30 in the Theatre Foyer, first come first served.

Poetry Wales Spring 2016 includes work on desire, sex, taboo and psychoanalysis from Melissa Lee-Houghton, Malika Booker, Tamara Dellutri, Chrissy Williams, Nicky Arscott, Jasmine Donahaye, Pascal O’Loughlin, Amy McCauley and many more. It will be out in March. Subscribe now to get your issue!

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Seeing voice: a poetry & visual special, Swansea

8pm, Volcano theatre, 27 – 30 High Street, SA1 1LG, Swansea


Poetry Wales and Aquifer Books celebrate poetry in the visual dimension at Volcano Theatre’s Novemberfest with readings, collage, film, signs and symbols. Join us for an intertwining of image and language and celebrate the launch of the winter issue of Poetry Wales. With Suze de Lee, David Greenslade, Wanda O’Connor & Lyndon Davies.

Suze De Lee  is a visual artist and poet. Her collage features on the cover of the new Poetry Wales.

David Greenslade recently published Signs Like This (Aquifer, 2015) and his illustrated collection City of Opal Alters will appear in 2016.

Wanda O’Connor is a poet, actor and scholar and co-organizer of the Cardiff Poetry Experiment.

Lyndon Davies co-curates the Glasfryn project and is working with artist Penny Hallas on a film and poetic collaboration.

Admission £8/4 Book your tickets here

Find out more about Novemberfest here:

Collage by Suze de Lee

Collage by Suze de Lee

North Wales International Poetry Festival 2015

Gwyl Farddoniaeth Ryngwladol Gogledd Cymru 2015

The fourth North Wales International Poetry Festival brings together leading poets from Wales and around Europe in a rich multilingual mix of voices.


Wednesday 7th October
Words & Words & Words
19.45, Arts Centre, Aberystwyth. £5
An evening of innovative poetry and spoken word curated by Mary Jacob and presented by Nia Davies. With  Karlis Verdins (Latvia) Jana Putrle Srdic (Slovenia), Nikola Petkovic (Croatia), Ivana Simic Bodrozic (Croatia) and Marko Pogacar (Croatia)  and Matthew Francis, Hywel Griffiths, Eurig Salisbury (Wales).

Thursday 8th October
Panel discussion: Border poetics: Writing across forms
15.00, Room 018, Main Arts, Bangor University. FREE
With Nikola Petkovic, Marko Pogacar, Ivana Simic Bodrozic, Jana Putrle Srdic, Karlis Verdins

Thursday 8th October
International Poetry live with Poetry Wales
18.30, Blue Sky Café, Bangor. FREE
Jana Putrle SrdicKarlis VerdinsRhys Trimble and Guto Dafydd. Introduced by Nia Davies, editor Poetry Wales.

Friday 9th October
Croatian Poetry in Translation
18.00, Cledwyn Terrace Room 3, Bangor University. FREE
With Nikola Petkovic, Marko Pogacar, Ivana Simic Bodrozic. Readings and discussion with Dr Zoë Skoulding, Bangor University.

Friday 9th October
Words and Beyond: Audiovisual Poetics
19.00, Cledwyn Terrace Room 3, Bangor University. FREE
Oscar Martin Centeno – introduced by Dr Diana Cullell, Liverpool University

Saturday 10th October
Whistlestop Words and Music
12.00, Whistlestop Café, Bangor Pier. FREE
Fiona Cameron: launch of Bendigo,
Spectralate: launch of The Students’ Companion / Cydymaith y Myfyrwyr
Air Poems: students of Bangor University
Free Chowder!

About the poets traveling to Wales:

  • Karlis Verdi?s (Latvia) is a poet, translator of T.S Eliot, Walt Whitman, Joseph Brodsky and others, literary critic, researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art at the University of Latvia, and musician in the literary band Maukas (Sluts).
  • Jana Putrle Srdic (Slovenia) is a poet and translator of English-language poetry.
  • Nikola Petkovic (Croatia) is a poet, novelist and Professor at The Department of Cultural Studies, University of Rijeka.
  • Ivana Simic Bodrozic (Croatia) is a poet and prose writer and has published five books including the award-winning autobiographical novel Hotel Zagorje.
  • Marko Pogacar (Croatia) has published four poetry collections, three books of essays and a short story collection. He is the editor of Quorum, a literary magazine, and Zarez, a bi-weekly for cultural and social issues. His texts have been translated into some thirty languages.
  • Oscar Martín Centeno (Spain) is a poet and multimedia artist who combines poetry with the use of digital technologies. He also makes documentaries and digital presentations on art and culture.

The 2015 North Wales International Poetry Festival is part of the LITERARY EUROPE LIVE project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. It is hosted by Bangor University and Aberystwyth University in co-operation with Literature Across Frontiers, Poetry Wales and Wales PEN Cymru with support from Arts Council Wales, the Croatian Writers Society and the Ministry of Culture of Croatia, Culture Capital of Latvia, Latvian Literature Centre, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Liverpool University, Whistlestop on the Pier and Blue Sky Cafe Bangor.NWIPF2015 banner