One Week To Go

There’s just one week to go until we open our doors for another three days of fantastic poetry for readers and writers. Here are some of our event highlights to get you in the mood. 

Friday 14 February

The Inaugural Meic Stephens Lecture: Kieron Smith on John Ormond
6pm, Friday 14 February

This lecture given by Kieron Smith, author of John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic, will remember the legacy of renowned Welsh poet and documentary maker John Ormond. The talk will be accompanied by short film clips of John Ormond’s work. Followed by a reception. 

Tickets £5 or £3 with concessions.

Festival Open Mic
7:30pm, Friday 14 February

Bring a single poem to share with us at our popular festival open mic! 

Hosted by Mike Jenkins from MERTHYR POETS at the IMP and featuring regular guests Eric Ngalle Charles and Ifor ap Glyn. Poetry in Welsh, English and Bakweri. With musical interludes from singer Eädyth.

£3 entry online or on the door (FREE for Merthyr residents!)

Saturday 15 February

Daljit Nagra: British Museum
1pm, Saturday 15 February

Daljit Nagra possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary English poetry. His third collection British Museum marks a significant departure of style to something quieter, more contemplative and inquisitive, at times valedictory. Daljit has won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem and Best First Collection, the South Bank Show Decibel Award and the Cholmondeley Award.

Tickets £5 or £3 with concessions.

Wales Poetry Award Prizegiving and Poetry Wales Party
7:30pm, Saturday 15 February

Join us to hear Katherine Stansfield announce the winners of the inaugural Wales Poetry Award, followed by a celebration of the first issue of Poetry Wales by new editor Jonathan Edwards. With special guests Marvin ThompsonEmily Cotterill,Zoë Brigley and Abeer Ameer plus music from Dusty Cut (aka Phil Jones). 

Tickets £5 or £3 with concessions. Free to current and new subscribers.

Sunday 16 February

Lucent Dreaming: Magazines in Focus
11:00am, Sunday 16 February

Lucent Dreaming is a Cardiff-based independent magazine for new and emerging authors, six issues old, plus a podcast and musical at WMC. Here it shines a light on the power of the small press, with a live literary musical performance from GOODPARLEY (aka Oli Richards) and Poppy Jennings (poet and artist).

Tickets £5 or £3 with concessions.

Desert Island Poems with James Dean Bradfield
7:30pm, Sunday 16 February

Manic Street Preachers front man, noted singer-songwriter James Dean Bradfield shares eight of his favourite poems. Interviewed by Huw Stephens, presenter for BBC Radio One, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Wales.

Tickets £15 or £12 with concessions.

We also have a fantastic set of workshops taking place across the weekend. Spaces are limited so make sure you book in advance.

FRI 14 FEBRUARY


1:00 – 3:00pm: Rhian Edwards: Vinegar Valentines

3:30 – 5:30pm: Sandeep Parmar: Writing the City


SAT 15 FEBRUARY


12:00 – 2:00pm:Carrie Etter: Introducing Prose Poetry

 2:00 – 4:00pm:Marvin Thompson: Form and Rhyme

4:00 – 6:00pm: Jonathan Edwards: ‘Someone Else’s Shoes’ A Workshopon Poetic Monologues


SUN 16 FEBRUARY


2:00 – 4:00pm:Hammad Rind: The Ghazal in Wales

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