The Festival of Bad Ideas
3-7 Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1AZ
Join us for the return of our pop-up bookshop, with book launches, bad ideas (but no chemicals) to follow throughout the week. In a year of bad ideas, one more can't hurt. Or can it?
3-7 Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff, 4pm
Join us this summer for The Festival of Bad Ideas (1-9 July) as our Carnival pop-up bookshop returns to Duke Street Arcade in Cardiff. On Saturday 1 July we'll be launching Lloyd Markham's dark and weird novel Bad Ideas\Chemicals at 4pm at 3-7 Duke Street Arcade, with more bad ideas (but no chemicals) to follow throughout the week. In a year of bad ideas, one more can't hurt. Or can it?
Books Upstairs, Dublin, 6pm
Join Eleni Cay, author of A Butterfly's Tremblings in the Digital Age, and her translator John Minahane at Dublin's best independent bookshop for the launch of her newly-translated poetry collection. Free entry, all welcome.
Bookshop at the Aberystwyth Art Centre, Penglais Campus, 6.30pm
An evening for the celebration of the the short story, with Parthian authors Alex Barr (My Life With Eva) and Christine Harrison (Red Roses for a Blue Lady), and Seren author Maggie Harris (Writing of Water). Free entry and refreshments will be available.
Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services
Short talk & performance w/ poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun)
Urdd Gobaith Cymru HQ, Cardiff Bay
2pm - 4pm(ish)
Free and open to the public
3-7 Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff, 5.30pm
We'll be launching Biddy Wells' debut travel memoir A Van of One's Own in our Cardiff pop-up bookshop, as part of the Festival of Bad Ideas.
Newcastle Civic Centre
Dylan Thomas Prize shortlisted poet, writer and lecturer Alys Conran (Pigeon) will appear at the 'Shared Futures' conference.
Poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun) will be hosting a Newspaper Blackout Poetry Workshop at 12pm, and will be doing readings alongside National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn, as part of the Gwyl Arall Festival in Caernarfon.
More information and tickets.
Quilliam Brothers', Newcastle, 7.30pm
Christina Thatcher will be reading from More Than You Were alongside poets Emily Blewitt and Lisa Matthews.
Penarth Literature Festival
Join Dai Smith and Huw Lewis at 2pm at the Penarth Literature Festival - they are both looking forward to meeting you all!
Birmingham Waterstones, 7:00pm
Christina Thatcher will read work from her debut poetry collection More Than You Were alongside Helen Calcutt (Sudden Rainfall, 2013). There will also be floor spots, a Q&A and wine!
14th - 16th July
Electric Wave Festival
Surf Snowdonia w/ poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun)
More info TBC
16th – Walsall Arboretum Visitor Centre, 1:30pm
Christina Thatcher and Helen Calcutt will be guest poets at this special Open Poetry Reading being held in order to raise money for the PIKPA Refugee Medical Centre on the Greek island of Lesvos. Entry is free but each open mic reader is being asked to donate £4 towards the PIKPA crowdfunding campaign. Other donations will also be welcome.
Cardiff Central Library, 5.45pm
Terry Hetherington Award winners Christina Thatcher, Natalie Ann Holborow and Rhian Elizabeth will read at Cardiff Library's Open Space event. Hosted by Gordon Anderson. Free entry.
Forest Café in Edinburgh, time tbc
Christina Thatcher is the featured poet, reading from her debut collection More than you were. Open mic slots available.
The Square Club, Bristol, 8.30pm
Christina Thatcher will read alongside fellow Cardiff University poets Robert Walton and Claire Williamson as part of Bristol’s popular Square Poetry Revue.
Workshops & Performance w/ poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun)
More info TBC
The Chemic Tavern in Leeds, 7.30pm
Christina Thatcher is the featured poet at the WORD CLUB evening in Leeds. Hosted by Mark Connors.
Caught by the River stage, Port Eliot Festival, 12 noon
Poet Sophie McKeand will read at this charming and much-loved Cornish festival. Our publishing editor ran away with gypsies when she was on these grounds at the former Elephant Fayre. She was five. She had the right idea. Run away from it all for a bit and enjoy some excellent poetry.