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The Seren Cornerstone Poetry Festival 2019


Event 1

Opening Buffet in the Cafe Katherine Stansfield, Emily Blewitt, Kim Moore

Pictured: Katherine Stansfield, Emily Blewitt, Kim Moore

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

Katherine Stansfield, Cornerstone’s Poet in Residence for 2018, reads from her new pamphlet of poems, All That Was Wood, written throughout 2018. A novelist as well as a poet, Stansfield’s first collection of poems is the wryly witty Playing House. Katherine will be joined by special guests: Carmarthen-born Emily Blewitt, reading from her debut, This is Not a Rescue, and Cumbria-based rising star Kim Moore with her prize-wining The Art of Falling.

Readings and a generous buffet. 

*When booking, choose your food option – meat or vegetarian.

Event 2

Owen Sheers Presents: ‘To Provide all People’

Pictured: Owen Sheers

Date: 8 February 2019 
Time: 8:00pm 
Location: Hodge Hall 

We will be showing the acclaimed BBC film of Owen Sheer’s work inspired by the 70th anniversary 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. 


Event 1 

Poetry Showcase

Mab Jones, Ailbhe Darcy, Rhys Owain Williams, Christina Thatcher, Nia Davies, Mari Ellis Dunning.

Date: 9 February 2019,

Parthian Editor and poet Susie Wild introduces six authors, all poets who live and work in Wales. 

Our showcase aims to give you a sampler of these varied voices, all who have made an impact with their new collections: Mab JonesAilbhe DarcyRhys Owain WilliamsChristina ThatcherNia Davies, and Mari Ellis Dunning, will each read for ten minutes from recently published books.

Event 2 

Peter Finch: Real Cardiff 

Pictured: Peter Finch

Date: 9 February 2019 
Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm

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

Poems and prose.

Event 3 

Robert Minhinnick and Menna Elfyn ‘TRAITOR TRANSLATOR’? 

Date: 9 February 2019 
Time: 1:15pm – 2:00pm

Robert Minhinnick, Wales Book of the Year winner for Diary of the Last Man, talks about the difficulties of translation and the artistic skill it requires with one of the premier Welsh poets of her day, Menna Elfyn, whose work has been translated into eighteen different languages.

Poems in Welsh and English.

Event 4 

Imagistic: Blurring the Lines

Pictured: Philip Gross, Elizabeth Parker, Carole Burns.

Date: 9 February 2019
Time: 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.

Event 5 

GENERATIONS: Afternoon Tea

PIctured: Jonathan Edwards, Christopher Meredith, Christopher Horner

Date: 9 February 2019
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (must book in advance)
Location: Hodge Hall 

A generous afternoon tea and discussion. A renowned poet speaks to a relative newcomer. Cornerstone’s Poet in Residence, Katherine Stansfield, will introduce the featured speakers: Jonathan Edwards (Costa Award-winner for this first poetry collection, who will be reading from his new book, Gen) along with Christopher Meredith, a multi-prizewinning poet and novelist, author of five novels and five poetry collections as well as a recent book of short stories, Brief Lives.

Poems and discussion, full afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes. With musical interludes from violinist, Christopher Horner.

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

With thanks to the event sponsors: Society of Authors

Event 6 

‘How BAME are you’?

Artist Rabab Ghazoul will introduce this lively selection of authors who have featured in the popular ‘Where I’m Coming From’ readings at the Tramshed in Grangetown. Curated by rising poet and writer Hanan Issa, the event will feature Jafar IqbalUmulkhayr MohamedAdeola DewisAmiina Mohamoud and Hanan herself exploring the BAME label and its implications through live readings of poetry and prose. Come and hear these vibrant voices who live and work in Wales. With a hot buffet meal (halal/vegetarian), Q&A and musical interludes from Eädyth Crawford.

This event includes a hot buffet meal.


Event 1 

Talk by DEBBIE TAYLOR: Mslexia 

Pictured: Debbie Taylor

Date: 10 February 2019
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
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.

Event 2 

Sunday Lunch with Mslexia Magazine: Poetry Pamphlet prizewinners

Date: 10 February 2019
Time: 1:00-3:00pm (Must book in Advance)
Location: Dewi Sant

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)