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Please join us to celebrate the launch of Christina Thatcher's second poetry collection How to Carry Fire on 6 April at The Gate, Keppoch Street, Cardiff. There will be a reading and Q&A as well as music by Steven Kenward (a.k.a. The Warden) who will be playing songs based on the collection. Free entry, all welcome. 7.30pm.

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Cardigan, Cellar Bards, Events, Poetry -

We had a lovely evening of poetry and music at The Cellar Bards. Thanks to Penny Thomas for providing the atmospheric pop-up venue change at Quay Street Studios with their plush red curtains and stage on Friday night! Thanks also to all of you who who came along to hear us, share your own creativity and buy books... Here are some snaps Ben Wildsmith took for us:

Jackie, queen of ceremonies at Cellar Bards, Cardigan, reading her poetry.

Kittie, inspiring coat envy in all as she reads from her debut collection Sliced Tongue and Pearl Cufflinks.

Pensive Susie, reading from her debut collection Better Houses.

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Jack Smylie Wild's beautiful volume of slow river prose centred on Afon Teifi has come back from the typesetter, and we're thrilled to share a couple of page previews with the world! An average reader doesn't necessarily realise the variety of work that goes into producing a book - the designers and typesetters, the illustrators and proofreaders, working behind the scenes.   It's thanks to Jack's wonderful vision and words, and also the skills of the illustrator and typesetter, that Riverwise is the gorgeous-looking book that it is. We can't wait to share it with the world in June! Preorder...

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News, Poetry -

Rhys Owain Williams has selected five influential poetry books for The Poetry Question.  First up...  Mean Time – Carol Ann Duffy We studied this collection during my final year of secondary school, and these were the first poems I read that made me want to read poetry for pleasure, not just to pass an exam. I was recently given a new clean copy, replacing the one I’d scribbled over when I studied it at school, and so I’ve been enjoying re-reading some old favourites with their white space restored. Read his full selection on their website Rhys Owain Williams is...

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