2021: Event 16

(16) We Come From The Sun:
Cerys Matthews with Kim Moore, Raymond Antrobus and Belinda Zhawi

Saturday 17th April | 7:30-8:30pm | Free

Join musician and broadcaster Cerys Matthews in a celebration of poetry and music with poets Kim Moore, Raymond Antrobus and Belinda Zhawi. Pull up a chair and mark the dance between ancient Celtic bards, hip hop, the Beat Generation, Dylan Thomas, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath and …Trump; elements of which inspired Cerys’s acclaimed new album with Hidden Orchestra and ten poets, We Come From The Sun, released January 2021 on Decca.

A fascinating, lyrical collection – what an alt national treasure Cerys has become.’
The Observer

‘vivid and memorable’ …  ‘a one-person department of culture’
The Daily Mail Weekend

‘A deeply immersive and intriguing experience’
Music Talkers

Sign Language interpretation provided

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Cerys Matthews

Best-selling author, award winning DJ and multi-million selling musician Cerys Matthews  presented  BBC 2’s My Life in Verse  in 2007  and  regularly reads poems and excerpts on her 6 Music show, mixing them  with contemporary music live on air. Cerys released the official National Poetry Day anthology Tell Me The Truth About Life with Michael  O’Mara Books in 2019, was a judge for the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the Dylan Thomas Prize, is Vice President for Hay Festival of Literature and Art, an artistic advisor for MIF (Manchester International Festival), and patron of the Dylan Thomas Society and Ballet Cymru. She supports the work of Poet in the City, Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award and other literary organisations. Cerys founded a culture and food festival, The Good Life Experience, in 2013. 

At the 2021 Cardiff Poetry Festival, she presents her new project We Come From the Sun: an album of original music with Joe Acheson’s Hidden Orchestra, featuring poems from some of the UK’s best poets.
Image: Rhys Frampton 

Cerys MatthewsWe Come From The Sun
Decca Records

Cerys MatthewsTell Me the Truth About Life: A National Poetry Day Anthology
Michael O’Mara Books
ISBN: 9781789290998

Cerys MatthewsWhere the Wild Cooks Go
ISBN: 9781846149610

Cerys MatthewsHook, Line & Singer
ISBN: 9781846147180

Cerys MatthewsGelert – A Man’s Best Friend
ISBN: 9781848514645

Belinda Zhawi

Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean literary & sound artist. She is the author of Small Inheritances (ignition press, 2018), co-founder of literary arts platform BORN::FREE and experiments with sound as MA.MOYO. Belinda’s work has been broadcast & published on various platforms including The White Review, NTS Live, Boiler Room & BBC Radio.  
Image: Sylvia Suli

Kim Moore

Kim Moore  lives and works in Cumbria. Her first full length collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in April 2015 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She won a New Writing North Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Award in 2012. Kim judged the 2018 National Poetry Competition, along with Kei Miller and Mark Waldron. Her first pamphlet  If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. If We Could Speak Like Wolves was chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award and the Lakeland Book of the Year Award. Her forthcoming (Oct 2021) title is All the Men I Never Married (Seren).

Kim MooreThe Art of Falling
ISBN: 9781781722374

Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is author of three poetry collections, To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press), The Perseverance  (Penned In The Margins) and All The Names Given (Picador) as well as children’s picture book Can Bears Ski?. In 2019 he was a recipient of the Ted Hughes Award and won the Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, and became the first poet to be awarded the  Rathbone Folio Prize. 

Raymond Antrobus – The Perseverance
Penned in the Margins
ISBN: 9781908058522

Cathryn McShane-Kouyaté

Cathryn McShane-Kouyaté is a British Sign Language/ Welsh/English interpreter with 15 years experience of working in a wide range of settings including theatre, education, and community work.  In the last year Cathryn has become a familiar face from her interpreting work for the Welsh Government and the regular COVID-19 ministerial press briefings broadcast live across news channels in Wales.