Programme

THE SEREN CORNERSTONE POETRY FESTIVAL  2019 

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Day 1: FRIDAY 8 February 2019

Event 1 

Opening Buffet in the CAFE

Katherine Stansfield, Emily Blewitt, Kim Moore 

8 February 2019, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Location: Cornerstone Cafe

Cornerstone Poet in residence Katherine Stansfield with special guests: Carmarthen-born poet Emily Blewitt and Cumbria-based Kim Moore.

Readings and a generous buffet. 

Price: £10

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Event 2 

Owen Sheers Presents:

‘To Provide all People’

8 February 2019, 8:00pm 
Location: HODGE HALL

We will be showing the acclaimed BBC film of Owen Sheer’s work inspired by the 70thanniversary of the NHS. Owen will be reading sections of his Faber long poem of the same name and answering questions from the audience.

Moderated by renowned Palliative Care specialist Baroness Ilora Finlay.

Poetry reading/Film and Q&A. £10

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Early bird price for both events: £16 


Day 2: SATURDAY 9 February 2019

  • Cornerstone Doors Open at 10:00am
  • Day tickets and concessions available*

Event 1 

Poetry Showcase

9 February 2019, 10:30-11:30
Location: MEZZANINE

Parthian Editor and poet Susie Wild introduces a number of new voices who live and work in Wales: Mab Jones, Ailbhe Darcy, Rhys Owain Williams, Christina Thatcher, Nia Davies, Mari Ellis Dunning.

Poetry readings.

Price: £5 in advance

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Tickets for this event are also available on the door (£7.50)


Event 2 

Peter Finch: Real Cardiff 

9 February 2019, 12:00-12:45
Location: MEZZANINE

The polymath poet, editor, essayist and psychogeographer (author of the Real Cardiff series) presents his newest work on the City. Poems and prose.

Prices: £5 in advance

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Tickets for this event are also available on the door (£7.50)


Event 3 

Robert Minhinnick and Menna Elfyn

TRAITOR TRANSLATOR? 

9 February 2019, 1:15 – 2:00
Location: MEZZANINE

Mick Felton introduces Robert Minhinnick, Wales Book of the Year winner for Diary of the Last Man, who talks about the difficulties of translation and the artistic skill it requires with one of the premier Welsh poets of her day, Menna Elfyn.

Poems in Welsh and English.

Prices: £5 in advance

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Tickets for this event are also available on the door (£7.50)


Event 4 

Imagistic: Blurring the Lines

9 February 2019, 2:30-3:30 
Location: HODGE HALL

Writers respond to images by artists, with both artist and writer exploring the borders of prose and poetry, abstraction and the figurative.  Philip Gross responds to artwork by Tig SuttonElizabeth Parker to work by Barbara VerhoevenCarole Burns to drawings and paintings by Paul Edwards.

Readings, projected images, accompanying exhibition.

Prices: £5 in advance

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Tickets for this event are also available on the door (£7.50)


Event 5 

GENERATIONS: Afternoon Tea

9 February 2019, 4:00pm-5:00pm
(must book in advance)
Location: HODGE HALL

Poems, music and stimulating discussion with Costa Award-winning poet Jonathan Edwards, multi-prizewinning poet and novelist Christopher Meredith, and Archbishop George Stack. With music by violinist Christopher Horner.

This event includes a full afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and pastries.

Price: £20

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Event 6 

‘How BAME are you’?

9 February 2019, 6pm-8pm (must book in advance)
Location: HODGE HALL

Rising poet Hanan Issa curates this lively selection of authors who have featured in the popular ‘Where I’m Coming From’ readings at the Tramshed in Grangetown. With Durre Shahwar (WICF co-founder), Jafar Iqbal, Umulkhayr Mohamed, Adeola Dewis, Amiina Mohamoud and Hanan herself exploring the BAME label and its implications through poetry and prose. With musical interludes from Cardiff’s Eädyth.

This event includes a buffet meal.

Price: £15 

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DAY 3: SUNDAY 10 February

Event 1 

Talk by DEBBIE TAYLOR Mslexia 

10 February 2019, 11:30 – 12:30
Location: HODGE HALL

Mslexia Magazine is renowned for its advice to women writers in all genres. Editor Debbie Taylor gives insights into the life of the magazine and tips on how to make your way towards publishing.

Price: £5

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Tickets for this event are also available on the door (£7.50)


Event 2 

SUNDAY LUNCH with Mslexia Magazine: Poetry Pamphlet prizewinners

10 February 2019, 1:00-3:00pm  
(Must book in Advance)

Mslexia Editor (and novelist) Debbie Taylor joins Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack in this celebration of seven years of pamphlet prize winners: with Polly Atkin, Cath Drake, Mara Bergman, Ilse Pedler, Yvonne Reddick, Bryony Littlefair. Special guest Welsh poet and singer-songwriter Rhian Edwards. 

Poetry readings, music, full 3 course Sunday Lunch.  (Veg options)

Price: £25

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Early Bird Sunday ticket price: £25