Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Busy time ahead

Reminder to self -- breathe!
I started working out some timings for readings that are coming up over the next month or two and realised just how busy this Autumn is going to be – and I am greatly looking forward to it all.
Although, there may not be much time for much actual writing …

The first main event is PENfro Book Festival, from September 7th to 10th.  I’ll be presenting the Saturday afternoon session in the main hall:  ‘Lyrical Legends, skin-dancing with Susan Richardson’, which includes a reading from this fabulous poet, results of this year’s PENfro Poetry Competition, which Susan is judging, plus an open mic session.

I was on the organising committee for this lovely festival for four years, and chair for two, but now I’m looking forward to attending the event as a punter –much less stressful!  On my agenda are sessions with Iolo Williams, Ann Clwyd MP, Lynne Truss, David Saunders and my Rockhopper colleague Maggie Harris. There’s loads more on, and all info is on the website, see link below.

Just after that another Rockhopper colleague, Mel Perry, will be launching her debut poetry collection Rum Dark Nights and I’ll be there to support that great event on September 12th in Llansteffan.

I’ll be reading alongside Dave Urwin at a benefit event for refugees in Haverfordwest mid month, and again at Narberth Book Fair on September 23rd, where we’ll be sharing a table with Helen May Williams, who has recently launched her own debut poetry collection, The Princess of Vix. 

Narberth Book Fair, which features more than 40 authors, will be a great day out full of readings and workshops. There’s a link for that below too.

The Cellar Bards spoken word event in Cardigan, which I co-organise, will be back after the summer break on September 29th.  I am so looking forward to this as the fabulous poet Sophie McKeand will be our special guest.

In among that lot there will be a few writing groups to go to, and a rehearsal session for the Rockhoppers, the four-woman poetry performance group I belong to.  And I have signed up for another online course with the Poetry School. That starts in September too – at least I can be sure that will generate some new writing among all the other activities.

That’s all in September, and October already looks busy too. Pleased to have an Autumn holiday arranged!