DAC Annual Poetry Competition – we have a winner!!


Lee Green  !!






Thanks to all  of you who entered our annual poetry competition

We are pleased to announce that Lee Green’s poem  ‘Simmering Limerence’ has been judged to be the overall winner . Congratulations Lee!

In addition to the overall winner  the following poems were highly commended by our judge Dominic Williams.

‘A song to the Vinyl Siren’   by Giles Turnbull

 ‘Letter to my daughter ‘ by Rhian Elizabeth

  ‘Voices’ by Siobhan Davies

The above poems together with some of the other entries will be included alongside images from our 2017 visual art exhibiton in an iBook – more details to follow shortly.

Thanks to our judges Dominic Williams  and Sion Aled for their work in judging the entries


Literature Wales – Board of Management Recruitment

Recruitment of Chair and Directors for Literature Wales Management Board

We’re looking for dynamic and inspiring individuals to join our Board of Management, as well as a visionary individual to lead the organisation as Chair.

Joining our Board in 2018 will mean that you will actively shape the future of Literature Wales as it frames its new Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2022.

Literature Wales is a forward-looking organisation which thrives on change and responds positively and directly to challenges. We are looking for people who want to contribute to building a better society and ensure that literature is a voice for all. We are looking for strong advocates who share the vision and values of the organisation, and who can help shape the next phase of our development.


Literature Wales is seeking its second Chair, as the distinguished poet and academic Damian Walford Davies is due to step down in Spring 2018 in accordance with the mandated length of office set out in the organisation’s Articles of Association.

The ability to communicate in both Welsh and English is essential for the role of Chair.


Literature Wales’ Board of Directors represents a broad sector and includes a range of expertise, experience and voices. We particularly welcome applications from young people and individuals who represent protected characteristics. In this current recruitment process, priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate knowledge of and/ or experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Governance
  • Legal & HR
  • Finance
  • Development and Business
  • Children & Young People
  • International Networks
  • Communications & PR

Literature Wales is a bilingual organisation and a positive attitude towards the Welsh language is essential for the role of Director.

Closing Date: Monday 12 March 2018, 12.00 noon

Interviews: week commencing 19 March 2018

For further information contact Literature Wales on: 
post@literaturewales.org / 029 2047 2266.

Out of Sight • Allan o’r Golwg

Digwyddiad efo cerddi gan aelodau Celfyddydau Anabledd Cymru

Ym Mae Colwyn, ar brynhawn Sadwrn 31 Mawrth, rydym yn lawnsio’r antholeg bach o gerddi ynglŷn ag iechyd meddwl gan aelodau Celfyddydau Anabledd Cymru. Dyma gwahoddiad i chi archebu lle er mwyn ymuno efo ni a’r beirdd er mwyn dathlu’r gwaith gan wrando arnynt ddarllen y cerddi. Bydd lluniaeth ysgafn yn cael ei ddarparu. Mynediad am ddim ond rhaid archebu lle blaenllaw gan llenwi’r ffurflen yma.

Simple Drawing Of A Tree Simple Tree Drawing With Roots Ngorongclub - Drawing Art Gallery

Disability Arts Cymru event with poetry by our members

On the afternoon of Saturday 31 March in Colwyn Bay, we are launching the small anthology of poems about mental health by Disability Arts Cymru members. This is your invitation to book a place to join us and the poets in this celebration of the work and to hear them reading the poems. Light refreshments will be provided, and entry is free but you must book your place in advance by filling in this form.

Verity LA

Callout for dɪsˈrʌpt/ a platform for D/deaf and disabled artists

Closing Date: 28 February 2018

Verity LA

Remuneration: Published works will receive $100 payment

Verity La welcome submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essays and interviews by D/deaf and disabled creatives from anywhere in the world.

Send us brave, provocative, humorous and influential pieces that disrupt normative definitions of us, and resist mainstream expectations and approval. Send us work that enriches and extends our cultural landscapes, perspectives that go to the core of what it means to be human.

We are guided by a social model of disability that states we are disabled by society, that the barriers we face are created by external socio-cultural attitudes, structures and physical environment. We believe the problem is not an individual’s inability to walk but the lack of lifts, step-free access and money for good assistive devices. This way of thinking opposes the medical model which situates our impairment, health condition or difference as the barrier.

We are seeking critically engaged and nuanced work that speaks to D/deaf and disabled communities, as well as to wider audiences. We want work that explores the compounding structural nature of disablism as it intersects with the social injustice experienced by First Nations People, queer and working-class communities, people of colour, migrants, asylum-seekers and women. We love art that engages with the radical politics of liberation; art that contributes to dismantling the structures that oppress us.

While it is very difficult to be accessible to all people at all times, we take access very seriously. Artists may submit their work as text, signed video, and audio. If work is accepted for publication, we encourage artists to assist us with access by providing audio readings of their text, text versions of their audio or signed videos, etc.
We seek to showcase a wide spectrum of disabled writers and artists — including those who live with chronic pain, fatigue, or illness. The circumstances that lead to disability are dynamic and fluid at the edges — encompassing different bodyminds, different impairments, and different health conditions. We want no body left behind.

Nothing about us without us.

Submit one longer piece (fiction/nonfiction/essay/interview) or a maximum of three poems via Submittable.

Brevis – a journal of short poetry and prose from Wales and beyond.

Brevis – a journal of short poetry and prose from Wales and beyond … seeks submissions of short poetry and prose for the launch of the first issue of our online literary journal which will be published 3 times a year.

Poetry: haiku, senru, tanka, kyoka, cherita, englyn, fibonacci, freestyle, any other poems 10 lines or less.

Prose: haibun, flash fiction, mini memoir, potted wisdom and more. Be creative, surprise me. I have quite eclectic tastes.

There is no particular theme for our first issue and I don’t mind work that has been published before providing you let me know where, so that we can give the original publisher credit and I would be very happy to post bi-lingual work. Please do not send work that shows predudice toward others, glorifies violence or uses bad language.

I am Karen Harvey, founder and Editor of Brevis. My poetry and flash fiction have been published in online and print journals and anthologies and I have been involved with a large number of poets and writers, especially among the haiku community for some time. My dream is that Brevis will showcase the high quality work of international poets, writers and dreamers for the enjoyment of all.

Please send your submissions, up to 10 short poems and/or 4 short prose ‘in the body of you email’ please to brevisliteraryjournal@writeme.com

For more information see our facebook page


Walk The Plank

Creative Writer – Llandudno Year of the Sea 2018

Closing date: 17 November 2017

In 2018, in an exciting collaboration with Venue Cymru and local Welsh artists, we’re planning to stage an epic new piece of work on the Great Orme at Llandudno as part of the wider Wales 2018 Year of the Sea programme of events.

We’re now in the important early planning stages of this ambitious new piece of work which will use the incredible Great Orme as the theatrical canvas for an unforgettable, multi-sensory production with a compelling narrative that draws on the myths and legends of the area.

We’re now seeking a creative writer with a passion for Welsh culture and strong research/narrative-development skills to play a lead role in the first stage of this all-important creative process by sourcing key themes that will form part of the eventual story.

This is a fantastic opportunity to help us shape this exciting new piece of work which will be staged in summer 2018.

For job description and how to apply please go here

Annual poetry competition

Closing date – 20th October 2017  – send in your entries!!


We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Stronger Together:  we want to reflect the feelings of our DAC members about this through poetry: consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration



For more details on how to enter  email post@dacymru.com

or phone 0292055100

Annual Poetry Competition


New Closing date – send in  your entries!





We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of Stronger Together:  we want to reflect the feelings of our DAC members about this through poetry: consider the theme personally and/or politically, for example:- relationships; partnerships; families; the power of people together; Unity; Solidarity or in response to Brexit and issues around Immigration.

The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition. If you would like to use the exhibition for inspiration you can view the work at: www.disabilityartscymru.co.uk/gallery/dac-annual-exhibition-2017

There will be two prizes of £50 awarded and selected poems will be part of an e-publication

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2017                                

The Judges are Dominic Williams and Dr Sion Aled  Owen


For full details click on https://www.dropbox.com/s/mqng0mnffnesgg6/Poetry%20Comp%20Flyer%202017%20-%20English.doc?dl=0

Lunar Poetry Podcasts



This podcast includes discussion about
a range of matters relating to how easy or
difficult D/deaf and disabled people find access to the publishing

Lunar Poetry Podcasts is a series of discussions, interviews and live
recordings with poets from around the UK and further afield. Founded in
south-east London in October 2014 by David Turner it aims to make critical
discussion of poetry available accessible and available to all.

In May 2017 LPP was awarded ‘bronze’ in the Represent category of the
inaugural British Podcast Awards. The aim of this category was to ‘champion
podcast that reach audiences traditional media fail to reach’.

Here is the episode description:

Khairani Barokka is joined by poets Raymond Antrobus, Sandra Alland and Giles L. Turnbull for a discussion about access to publishing in the UK.
The quartet discuss the variety of barriers they have faced or addressed during their careers. Taking the recently published anthology, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, as their starting point, they move on to cover magazine submissions, live reading, poetry competitions, and the often ‘tokenistic’ approach to diversity within poetry publishing.

*More info about the host and guests:
*Khairani: http://khairanibarokka.com
*Sandra: www.blissfultimes.ca
*Raymond: http://www.raymondantrobus.com/
*Giles: http://gilesturnbullpoet.com

A transcript of this conversation can be downloaded here:

Accompanying blogpost with further details about guests etc: