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POETRY WALES WINTER 2018 LAUNCH @ First Thursday Open Mic, Chapter Arts

We’ll be launching our Winter 2018 Issue (54.2) at First Thursday Open Mic, Chapter Arts Centre, 7.30pm on November 1st.

Reading on the night will be Richard Gwyn, Katherine Stansfield & Ailbhe Darcy, and maybe YOU as part of the open mic portion of the evening.

Come along to celebrate the launch of our Winter Issue, bag yourself a copy and enjoy some poetry readings!




Poetry in Expanded Translation

Poetry Wales is delighted to be a part of the Poetry in Expanded Translation project. Our spring issue features groundbreaking poetic works in collaboration from Eric Zboya, Zoë Skoulding, Jessica Pujol Duran, Chris McCabe, Nia Davies & Jeff Hilson, Vahni Capildeo & Alys Conran, Tim Atkins, Simon Smith, Ghazel Mosadeq and Rhys Trimble.

Translation may seem like a simple matter of transposition between languages, but the translation of poetry in particular reveals the fascinating complexity and richness that comes from the interface of different languages and cultures. Language itself is constantly changing, and experimental forms of poetry have embraced the complex relations between words, meanings and the spaces they inhabit. As twenty-first century poetry expands into the possibilities of different media through international readings, performances and festivals, it also expands possibilities for translation. Poetry has always circulated internationally. The Poetry in Expanded Translation project challenges the widespread view of autonomously monolingual poetic traditions while discovering how exchange between languages works in artistic terms, and how it brings cultural particularities into view.

Poetry in Expanded Translation III: Conference and Events

April 4th to 6th 2018
Bangor University

This international and interdisciplinary conference and series of public events and  will consider the role of sound in poetry translation, and in related areas of performance and creative practice. How helpful is a musical vocabulary in discussion of the sound of a poem in translation? Conversely, what is meant by describing music as a language? Can the relationship between poet and translator be compared with that of composer and performer? Such parallels will be used to explore poetry in bilingual, multilingual and cross-artform contexts. Examining new and emerging interfaces between poetry, sound and translation, this conference will bring together poets, musicians, critics and translators.

Keynote speakers

Caroline Bergvall, artist, writer and performer
Lawrence Venuti, translation theorist, Professor at Temple University

Keynote Performance

Andrew Lewis, composer, Professor at Bangor University

Find out more on the Expanded Translation Webpages

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First Thursday Cardiff with Ailbhe Darcy, Steven Hitchins and Julia Rose Lewis

Thursday March 1st, Chapter Arts, Cardiff, 7.30pm

Join Poetry Wales for a special St David’s Day First Thursday at Chapter Arts Cardiff. Editor Nia Davies presents three poets for your aural enjoyment followed by the famous FT open mic.

£3 on the door, redeemable with the purchase of a book!

Ailbhe Darcy is an Irish poet living in Cardiff. Her first collection was Imaginary Menagerie (Bloodaxe, 2011), shortlisted for a Shine Strong Award. Her second is Insistence (Bloodaxe, 2018), out in May. Poems from it have appeared in POETRY, Poetry Ireland Review and Poetry Wales. 

Steven Hitchins’ books include Bitch Dust (Boiled String, 2012), The White City (Aquifer, 2015) and Ilan (Stranger Press, forthcoming in 2018). He runs The Literary Pocket Book press, publishing contemporary experimental poetry in miniature origami editions (, and organises Canalchemy, a walking poetry performance series at locations along the route of the erased Glamorganshire canal (

Ailbhe Darcy

Ailbhe Darcy

Julia Rose Lewis is the author of Phenomenology of the Feral (Knives Forks and Spoons 2017), co-author of Strays (Haverthorn 2017), her short book How to Hypnotize a Lobster is forthcoming with Fathom.

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