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Swansea Automatic: Workshop & Event

Residency, event & workshop

AiR art and craft space, 30-31 High Street, Swansea
24th – 26th September 2015

Systematically derange the language” – Bernadette Mayer.

Swansea Automatic (Aquifer Press) is an experimental novel by poet Rhys Trimble. It celebrates Swansea through the creative writing advice of Bernadette Mayer – an author associated with the American l=a=n=g=u=a=g=e poets. In the novel Trimble attempts every one of nearly a hundred pieces of ‘advice’, the results of which are a cross between an epic poem, a surreal semi-autobiographical comic novel and a notebook exploring the springs of creativity.

To launch the book Rhys Trimble will be in residence at Swansea’s AiR art and craft space, there’ll be an evening launch event and creative workshop where those that attending can try out some of Mayer’s innovative ‘experiments in writing’ for themselves.

Residency: 24th – 26th of September in AiR building

Launch party: 25th September 6.30pm

Workshop: Saturday 26th September 1 – 3pm, £5 – Register here


Organised by Rhys Trimble, AiR Swansea, Poetry Wales and Aquifer Press.

Lit on the Lawn

The Welsh in South America
4.15pm, Saturday 4th July
Lit on the Lawn at the Caerleon Festival, Priory Hotel Gardens, 11.30am to 5.45pm
Tickets for the whole day: £10

We preview our summer issue ‘Patagonia, Wales and the cultures of the imagination’ at Lit on the Lawn at the 2015 Caerleon Festival. PW editor Nia Davies joins author Jon Gower to discuss the 150th anniversary of the founding of Y Wladfa, the Welsh settlement in Patagonia.  They’ll be joined by the award-winning Chilean poet Andrés Anwandter  who will be reading poems featured in the new issue of Poetry Wales. The event is part of an afternoon of discussions on ‘Writing across borders’. More information about the festival is available at

Summer 2015 – the first issue of the 51st volume – will be the first issue in our new termly (three times a year) format which sees the magazine expanding to 96 pages! Copies will be available at the festival or subscribe now to pre-order.

Summer 2015 cover

Gelynion – Enemies Cymru

9th May – 5th June 2015 in Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Hay-on-Wye & London

Gelynion – Enemies Cymru – is a groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry in Wales through the potential of collaboration. It takes the international Enemies project into the multilingual context of Wales, aiming to create original collaborative work in both of Wales’s languages as well as integrating and cross-fertilising differing poetic communities.

Six poets – Enemies curator SJ Fowler plus five poets working in or from Wales: Poetry Wales’s Nia Davies, Joe Dunthorne, Zoë Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury and Rhys Trimble – will each collaborate with one another to create original poetic works. They will tour these pieces in rolling pairs around Wales at venues across the country, drawing in poets in each location, inviting them to create their own collaborations. Over 50 poets from Wales and beyond will perform collaborations at Gelynion events.

The tour begins in Newport on May 19th and visits Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor before a culminating premiere performance at the Hay-on-Wye festival on May 29th. The project will close for 2015 with a reading at the Rich Mix Arts Centre in London on June 5th.

Gelynion is co-curated by Nia Davies & SJ Fowler, and generously supported by Arts Council Wales, Poetry Wales & the Hay-on-Wye festival.

Events schedule and poets

Gelynion Newport
May Tues 19th, 7pm FREE
Project Space, 147 Commercial Street, Newport, NP11 6EE

Featuring Joe Dunthorne & Eurig Salisbury / Rhys Trimble & SJ Fowler /  Zoë Skoulding & Nia Davies / Cris Paul & Samantha Walton / Kate North & Katrin Selina Lloyd / Rhian Edwards & Ranjit Hoskote / Josh Robinson & Mr&Mrs Clark / Andrés Andwandter & Suze M C de Lee, Jonathan Edwards & Tishani Doshi. With Patrick Rimes.
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Gelynion Cardiff
May Wed 20th, 7pm FREE
The Abacus Rooms, 18-20 St David’s House, Wood St, Cardiff, CF10 1ER

Featuring Joe Dunthorne & Nia Davies / Eurig Salisbury & Rhys Trimble / SJ Fowler & Zoë Skoulding  / Wanda O’Connor & Peter Finch / Kevin Mills & Damian Walford Davies / Emily Blewitt & Rebecca Parfitt / David Greenslade & Richard Gwyn / Steven Hitchins & Camilla Nelson / Llyr Gwyn Lewis & clare e. potter.
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Gelynion Swansea
May Fri 22nd, 7pm FREE
Volcano Theatre Iceland Building,  229 High Street Swansea, SA1 1NY

Featuring Nia Davies & Eurig Salisbury / Joe Dunthorne & SJ Fowler / Rhys Trimble & Zoë Skoulding / Robert Minhinnick & Frances Presley / Lyndon Davies & Graham Hartill / John Goodby & Calum Gardner / Natalie Ann Holborow & Richard James Jones / Aneirin Karadog & Meirion Jordan / Siân Melangell Dafydd & Sampurna Chattarji.
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Gelynion Aberystwyth
May Mon 25th, 6pm FREE
Aberystwyth Arts Centre – Studio,  SY23 3DE

Featuring Joe Dunthorne & Zoë Skoulding / Nia Davies & Rhys Trimble / SJ Fowler & Eurig Salisbury / Nicky Arscott & Kath Stansfield / Mari Siôn & Elin Ap Hywel / Jemma King & Amy McCauley / John Barnie & Siân Melangell Dafydd.
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Gelynion Bangor
May Tues 26th, 7pm FREE
Blue Sky Cafe,  236 High Street, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1PA

Featuring Nia Davies & SJ Fowler / Zoë Skoulding & Eurig Salisbury / Joe Dunthorne & Rhys Trimble / Sophie McKeand & Fiona Cameron / Karen Owen & Sian Northey / Ifor Ap Glyn & Ghazal Mosateq / Alys Conran & Robert Sheppard.
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Gelynion Hay-on-Wye
May Fri 29th – Hay Festival of the Arts, £7
Elmley Foundation Cube, Hay-on-Wye, 8.30pm

A showcase reading of excerpted collaborations between the core six touring poets – Nia Davies, Zoë Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, SJ Fowler & Rhys Trimble. More details on the Hay Festival website.

Gelynion London
June Fri 5th, 7.30pm
Rich Mix Arts Centre,  35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA–the-enemies-project-wales/ A showcase reading of excerpted collaborations between the core six touring poets – Nia Davies, Zoë Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, SJ Fowler & Rhys Trimble. Plus Amy Key & Wayne Holloway-Smith, Sharon Morris & Sampurna Chatterji, Steven Hitchins, Wanda O’Connor, Amy McCauley & Cris Paul

Prosiect Gelynion : Barddoniaeth gydweithredol gyfoes

Gelynion: prosiect Enemies yng Nghymru / Enemies Cymru – Mai 2015
19 Mai – 5 Mehefin 2015 yng Nghasnewydd, Caerdydd, Abertawe, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Y Gelli Gandryll a Llundain

Mae Gelynion – Enemies Cymru – yn gynllun arloesol sy’n rhoi llwyfan i farddoniaeth gyfoes yng Nghymru ar sail gydweithredol, ac yn rhoi prosiect rhyngwladol Enemies ar waith yng nghyd-destun amlieithog Cymru, gyda’r nod o greu barddoniaeth gydweithredol wreiddiol yn Gymraeg ac yn Saesneg, ynghyd â hwyluso integreiddio a chroesffrwythloni rhwng gwahanol gymunedau barddonol.

Bydd chwe bardd – curadur Enemies, SJ Fowler, a phum bardd Cymreig: golygydd Poetry Wales, Nia Davies, Joe Dunthorne, Zoë Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury a Rhys Trimble – yn creu barddoniaeth newydd ar y cyd. Byddant yn mynd ar daith drwy Gymru er mwyn cyflwyno’r gwaith newydd mewn parau cyfnewidiol, gan gwrdd â beirdd eraill o ardal i ardal a’u gwahodd i greu eu barddoniaeth gydweithredol eu hunain.

Mae’r daith yn dechrau yng Nghasnewydd ar 19 Mai, a bydd yn ymweld â Chaerdydd, Abertawe, Aberystwyth a Bangor cyn cyrraedd Gwyl y Gelli ar 29 Mai, lle bydd y gwaith yn cael ei gyflwyno mewn perfformiad arbennig. Bydd y prosiect yn 2015 yn dod i ben gyda darlleniad yn y Rich Mix Arts Centre yn Llundain ar 5 Mehefin.–the-enemies-project-wales/

Cyd-lywir prosiect Gelynion gan Nia Davies ac SJ Fowler, ac fe’i ariennir yn hael gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Poetry Wales a Gwyl y Gelli.

Amserlen y daith a’r beirdd

Gelynion Casnewydd
Dydd Mawrth 19 Mai
Project space, Casnewydd, 7yh
147 Commercial Street, NP11 6EE 

Zoë Skoulding a Nia Davies / Joe Dunthorne ac Eurig Salisbury / Rhys Trimble ac SJ Fowler / Jonathan Edwards a Tishani Doshi / Rhian Edwards a Ranjit Hoskote / Cris Paul a Samantha Walton / Kate North a Katrin Selina Lloyd / Josh Robinson a Mr a Mrs Clark / Suze M C de Lee ac Andres Anwandter. Gyda Patrick Rimes.

Gelynion Caerdydd
Dydd Mercher 20 Mai
The Abacus Rooms, Caerdydd, 7yh
18-20 St David’s House, Wood St, CF10 1ER 

Joe Dunthorne a Nia Davies / Eurig Salisbury a Rhys Trimble / SJ Fowler a Zoë Skoulding / Wanda O’Connor a Peter Finch / Kevin Mills a Damian Walford Davies / Emily Blewitt a Rebecca Parfitt / David Greenslade a Richard Gwyn / Steven Hitchins a Camilla Nelson / Llyr Gwyn Lewis a clare e. potter.

Gelynion Abertawe
Dydd Gwener 22 Mai
Volcano Theatre, Abertawe, 7yh
229 High Street Swansea, SA1 1NY 

Nia Davies ac Eurig Salisbury / Joe Dunthorne ac SJ Fowler / Rhys Trimble a Zoë Skoulding / Lyndon Davies a Graham Hartill / Robert Minhinnick a Frances Presley / John Goodby a Calum Gardner / Richard James Jones a Natalie Ann Holborow / Meirion Jordan ac Aneirin Karadog / Siân Melangell Dafydd a Sampurna Chattarji. 

Gelynion Aberystwyth

Dydd Llun 25 Mai
Stiwdio Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth, 6yh
SY23 3DE 

Joe Dunthorne a Zoë Skoulding / Nia Davies a Rhys Trimble / SJ Fowler ac Eurig Salisbury / Kath Stansfield a Nicky Arscott / Mari Siôn ac Elin ap Hywel / Siân Melangell Dafydd a John Barnie / Jemma King ac Amy McCauley 

Gelynion Bangor

Dydd Iau 26 Mai
Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor, 7yh
236 High Street, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1PA 

Nia Davies ac SJ Fowler / Zoë Skoulding ac Eurig Salisbury / Joe Dunthorne a Rhys Trimble / Ifor ap Glyn a Ghazal Mosadeq / Karen Owen a Siân Northey / Alys Conran a Robert Sheppard / Fiona Cameron a Sophie McKeand.

Gelynion Gwyl y Gelli

Dydd Gwener 29 Mai
Gwyl y Gelli, Elmley Foundation Cube, 8.30yh

Cyflwynir gwaith a grewyd ar y cyd gan y beirdd teithiol.


Gelynion Llundain
Dydd Gwener 5 Mehefin
Rich Mix Arts Centre, Llundain, 7.30yh
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA 

Nia Davies, Zoë Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, SJ Fowler a Rhys Trimble.  Amy Key a Wayne Holloway-Smith, Sharon Morris a Sampurna Chatterji, Steven Hitchins, Wanda O’Connor, Amy McCauley a Cris Paul



50th Birthday Celebration, Aberystwyth

Tuesday 10th March

A special event to celebrate our 50th birthday in the unofficial poetry capital of Wales – Aberystwyth. We’ll launch the Winter issue of Poetry Wales with performances from Elin ap HywelAmy McCauleyKatherine Stansfield and special guest, one of Danish poetry’s most renowned new voices, Martin Glaz Serup who is in Wales for the first time for this event. All welcome!

7 pm, Gas Gallery, suggested donation £3, please RSVP to

This event is made possible thanks to the support of Literature Across Frontiers, Literature Wales and the Danish Arts Foundation.

Dathliad Pen Blwydd yn Hanner Cant, Aberystwyth

Nos Fawrth, 10 Mawrth

Dewch i ddigwyddiad arbennig i ddathlu pen blwydd y cylchgrawn yn 50 oed, a hynny ym mhrifddinas farddonol Cymru – Aberystwyth. Byddwn yn lansio rhifyn Gaeaf Poetry Wales gyda pherfformiadau gan Elin ap Hywel, Amy McCauley, Katherine Stansfield. Bydd gennym hefyd westai arbennig, Martin Glaz Serup, un o feirdd newydd amlycaf Denmarc, a fydd yn ymweld â Chymru am y tro cyntaf ar gyfer y digwyddiad hwn. Croeso i bawb!

7 yr hwyr, Yr Oriel Nwy, derbynnir £3 o rodd, RSVP at

Noddwyd y digwyddiad hwn gan Lenyddiaeth ar Draws Ffiniau, Llenyddiaeth Cymru a’r Danish Arts Foundation



Mae Elin ap Hywel yn fardd ac yn llenor a chyfieithydd llawrydd. Mae ei gwaith wedi ymddangos mewn nifer o flodeugerddi a chyfnodolion, yn ogystal ag ar furiau’r London Underground ac ar dun o fwyd brecwast amrywiol (fel rhan o arddangosfa gelf). Mae hi’n byw yn y canolbarth mewn pentref a chanddo – ymhlith rhyfeddodau eraill – siop, ysgol, dau addoldy a llwybr seiclo. Cyhoeddir cerddi Cymraeg Elin ochr yn ochr â’i chyfieithiadau Saesneg ohonynt yn rhifyn y Gaeaf Poetry Wales. Elin ap Hywel is a poet and freelance writer/translator. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies and periodicals, as well as on the London Underground and (as an art installation) on a tin of  mixed breakfast goods.  She lives in mid Wales, in a village which miraculously still has a shop, a school, two places of worship and a cycle path – among other delights. Elin’s poems are featured in Welsh with her own English translations in the new winter issue of Poetry Wales.

Mae Martin Glaz Serup yn byw yn Copenhagen ac yn awdur saith o lyfrau i blant, astudiaeth estynedig o’r enw Relationel Poetry, nifer o gyhoeddiadau arbenigol a saith cyfrol o farddoniaeth, yn cynnwys The Field (2010), sy wedi ei chyfieithu a’i chyhoeddi yn y Ffindir, Sweden ac America, a Roman Nights (2013). Mae Martin wedi ennill gwobrau am ei waith fel bardd ac fel academydd. Ceir cerddi ganddo o Roman Nights wedi eu cyfieithu gan Christopher Sand-Iversen yn rhifyn Hydref 2014 o Poetry Wales. Martin Glaz Serup lives in Copenhagen and is the author of seven children’s books, a book length theoretical essay on Relationel Poetry, several chapbooks and seven volumes of poetry. Amongst them The Field (2010), which is also out in translation in Finland, Sweden and America, and Roman Nights (2013). Serup has recieved prizes for both his poetic and his academic work. He has poems from Roman Nights translated by Christopher Sand-Iversen in the Autumn 2014 issue of Poetry Wales.

Mae cerddi Amy McCauley wedi ymddangos mewn nifer helaeth o gylchgronau, yn cynnwys The Quietus, Ink Sweat and Tears, New Welsh Review, The North, The Rialto a The Stinging Fly. Cyhoeddir adolygiadau ganddi’n rheolaidd yn New Welsh Review, ac ar hyn o bryd mae’n astudio am ddoethuriaeth ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth. Cyhoeddir cerddi ganddi yn rhifyn newydd y Gaeaf o Poetry Wales. Amy McCauley’s poetry has appeared widely in magazines, including The QuietusInk Sweat & Tears, New Welsh Review, The North, The Rialto and The Stinging Fly. Amy regularly reviews books for New Welsh Review and is currently studying for a PhD at Aberystwyth University. Amy’s poems appear in the new winter issue of Poetry Wales.

Cafodd Katherine Stansfield ei magu ar Waun Bodmin yng Nghernyw. Mae’n fardd ac yn llenor. Cyhoeddwyd ei nofel, The Visitor, gan Parthian yn 2013. Enillodd y gyfrol wobr ffuglen Holyer an Gof 2014. Cafodd ei chasgliad cyntaf o farddoniaeth, Playing House, ei gyhoeddi gan Seren yn 2014. Mae’r casgliad yn cynnwys ‘The woman on my National Library of Wales library card’, cerdd fuddugol cystadleuaeth farddoniaeth PENfro 2014, yn ogystal â ‘Canada’, a ddewiswyd yn un o gerddi’r wythnos ar The Guardian. Katherine Stansfield grew up on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. She is a poet and fiction writer. Her novel The Visitor was published by Parthian in 2013. It went on to win the fiction prize at the 2014 Holyer an Gof awards. Playing House, her debut poetry collection, was published by Seren in 2014. It includes ‘The woman on my National Library of Wales library card’, winner of the 2014 PENfro poetry competition, and ‘Canada’, Poem of the Week in The Guardian.

First Thursday

First Thursday in February will be entirely devoted to Poetry Wales Magazine!

Hosted by Editor, Nia Davies and featuring novelist and poet Richard Gwyn, young Cardiff poets Emily Blewitt and Rebecca Parfitt, and Fran Lock.

5th February at Chapter Arts Centre
7:30 pm, £2.50 entry, OPEN MIC

Live poetry in Merthyr with Jonathan Edwards

Nosweithiau Meic Agored / Open Mic Nights
Gwesty’r Imperial Hotel, Pontmorlais
Merthyr Tudful, CF47 8UH
Mynediad am ddim / Free

On January 22nd Poetry Wales will be marking its 50th year in the town where it all started – Merthyr Tydfil. We will be celebrating at the regular open mic night at the Imperial Hotel with special guest Jonathan Edwards.

Joining Jonathan will be Katrin Selina Lloyd, Steven Hitchins, Patrick Jones and Chris Paul and there’ll also be an open mic.

Come along from 7.30pm to celebrate 50 years of Poetry Wales and hear some new poems from some of Wales’s most exciting poets!

Events for your Diary!

Coming up in October 2014 we have two events in Cardiff and Swansea – all welcome!


Late Night Poetry at New Under the Sun

Cameo Club, Cardiff

9.45pm, Friday 17th October

Poetry Wales presents an evening of poetry at Parthian’s pop-up festival New Under The Sun. We’ll be presenting the new Autumn issue with recent contributors Richard James Jones, Katherine Stansfield and Jemma L King. We’ll also be joined by poets Nick Fisk and Richard Gwyn. Join us for some late night poems.

More information about this action-packed two-day international festival is available at:  


Sound, vision, text 

Poetry Wales Autumn issue launch at the Do Not Go Gentle Festival

Dylan Thomas Birthplace, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea

3-4pm Sunday 26th October


Poetry Wales is delighted to be launching its Autumn issue at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace at this year’s Do Not Go Gentle festival in Swansea’s Uplands. We’ll be taking poetry well and truly off the page and into the air.

Peter Finch has been ripping up and refashioning the written word for decades.  He’ll be performing a new sound piece based on Dylan Thomas and we’ll also present a mini-retrospective of his visual work – featured in Poetry Wales‘s autumn issue. He’ll be joined by the bilingual performer Rhys Trimble who will also be doing an avant garde tribute to Dylan, Katrin Lloyd, Swansea-based poet Richard James Jones and other poets to be confirmed. All welcome!

Join us at Dylan’s first home – 5 Cwmdonkin Drive as part of the Do Not Go Gentle Festival from 3pm.

£5 or free with a festival ticket. If you’re on Facebook please join our Facebook event page.

50th Volume Celebration, Cardiff

Thursday 25th September, 7pm 
Upstairs at Jacob’s antiques
Free, but please RSVP by emailing

Poetry Wales was founded in 1965 and has been publishing poetry and criticism from Wales and beyond for nearly 50 years. This summer we published the first issue of the 50th Volume – also the first to be edited by Nia Davies. To mark a long history and a new chapter, we’re holding a celebratory event in Cardiff this September.

There will be performances from a variety of poets and you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the magazine’s history. Short readings will come from Rhian Edwards, D E Oprava, Kevin Mills, Damian Walford Davies, Jonathan Edwards, Emily Blewitt,  John Goodby, Richard Gwyn and Steven Hitchins.

All are invited to come and celebrate with us in the gallery upstairs at Jacob’s antiques market.

Poetry Wales Volume 1, issue 2

Poetry Wales Volume 1, issue 2 – Autumn 1965

Launch at Poetry International, London

Plurilingua – Poetry Wales 50th Volume Launch
at Poetry International Festival, South Bank Centre, London
Sunday 20th July, 6pm
Level Five Function Room
Free but ticketed

The event is free but ticketed. Tickets can be secured over the phone, online or in person at the box office. Please visit the South Bank Centre Website to find out more.Wales’s two languages and its rich literary culture offers its poets a huge range of opportunities to make it anew.  Join us to hear some of the new plurilingual poetry from Wales. Featuring: Eurig Salisbury, Tiffany Atkinson, Joe Dunthorne, Sharon Morris, Dai George, Rhys Trimble, Megan Watkins and more to be announced.

Severn – by Cris Paul

This event is supported by Literature Wales.