Literature Wales

Paid Personal Development Opportunity for a Poet

Closing date for applications: 5pm Wednesday 21st November

Literature Wales is offering an opportunity for a poet new to the field of running workshops to co-lead a project for 11-14 year olds alongside an experienced workshop facilitator, in the South Powys area.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shadow and be mentored, as well as gain experience in jointly planning a project (details of pay and terms below). This will be a bilingual (Welsh and English) project, but we welcome applications from poets who only work in one language.

There will be a total of two days of workshops in a secondary school in South Powys (December-January 2019; dates to be confirmed), and one additional day in Cardiff Bay on 19 February to present the work to an audience.

This presentation will form part of an event organised by Literature Wales at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday 19 February 2019: A Day of Reflection on Poetry of War and Peace in Wales. The programme of the day will include readings, commissioned lectures, performances and presentations deriving from workshops with different groups across Wales. The project is funded by Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918.

For further information, and details on how to apply please visit www.literaturewales.org

Leeway Productions

THE LAST 5 YEARS

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown

Choreography Mark Smith

Directed by Angharad Lee

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

November 9th – 17th 

8pm

BSL and Closed Captions

Age Guidance 12+

The Last 5 Years by Tony award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown comes to Wales for the first time in a new touring production by Leeway productions.

An emotionally charged and powerful musical, The Last 5 Years follows aspiring author Jamie and struggling actress Cathy, two twenty-something New Yorkers, who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.

With a stunning, lyrical score telling their story in opposite directions this production will see a love story explored uniquely and poignantly by outstanding musical theatre talent, deaf performers and beautiful choreography by the award-winning Mark Smith.

To book tickets please go here

Or phone the WMC on 029 2063 6464 

The production will then tour to the following venues:

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 20 November. Galeri, Caernarfon, 22 November. Blackwood Miners’ Institute, 27 – 28 November. Ffwrnes, Llanelli, 29 November. Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil, 1 December.

DAC Poetry Competition 2018

Annual Poetry Competition now open

We invite you to submit work that is in response to the theme of  On The Edge: we want to reflect the feelings of our DAC members about this broad theme which is open to their own interpretation

The competition follows the same theme as this year’s DAC annual exhibition

The winning poem will be awarded a prize of a voucher donated by Literature Wales  redeemable against a 2019 writing course at Ty Newydd

Selected poems will be part of an e-publication

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES 21st JANUARY 2019

Please note: you must be a disabled person aged 16 or over, based in Wales and a DAC member to enter this competition. Membership is free for artists in Wales in all creative fields who identify as disabled people or those with long-term physical and/or mental health conditions. If you are not already a member, you can join here.

  • If you have any access issues in relation to this competition please get in touch

Entry criteria

You can enter using the form linked below, please read the rules first 

  • Poems can be in English or Welsh.
  • Poems should be on the theme of On the Edge They must be typed/clearly written and not longer than 40 lines.
  • Poems should be unpublished and must be your original work.
  • All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, or any other form of identification. The uploaded document must contain only the poem and its title so it can be sent anonymously for judging.
  • Up to 2 poems may be submitted, the fees are: £5 for one poem or £8 for 2. You will be sent instructions on how to pay after your entry is received.
  • A selection of poems will be chosen to be part of an e-publication.
  • Once entered, poems cannot be withdrawn from the competition. It is regretted that no entries can be returned, so keep a copy of your work.
  • The decision of the adjudicators will be final, and there can be no correspondence concerning the result. Please note this is a competition and there is no guarantee that your poetry will be chosen and the fee is non-refundable.
  • No alterations can be made to a poem once it has been submitted.
  • The winners will be notified by post or email by 1st March 2019.
  • Staff and board members of DAC are not eligible to enter.
  • There will be one prize of a voucher to the value of £450 redeemable against a 2019 writing course at Ty Newydd plus reasonable travel costs.

Entry Form

If you can’t access the form for any reason you can still enter by email or by post

Entering by email

  • All the same rules apply as above. Email the poems to [email protected] 
  • All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, or any other form of identification. In the body of your email you should give your name and address, and the
    title(s) of the poems submitted.
    Up to 2 poems may be submitted
  • Up to 2 poems may be submitted, the fees are: £5 for one poem or £8 for 2. You will be sent instructions on how to pay after your entry is received.

Entering by post

  • All the same rules apply as above. Send your poems to
    Disability Arts Cymru,
    Sbectrwm,
    Bwlch Rd,
    Fairwater,
    Cardiff CF5 3EF
  • All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, or any other form of identification. On a separate sheet of paper you should give your name and address, and the
    title(s) of the poems submitted.
  • Up to 2 poems may be submitted, the fees are: £5 for one poem or £8 for 2. You will be sent instructions on how to pay after your entry is received or you can send a cheque with you entry. Cheques should be made payable to DISABILITY ARTS CYMRU.

Copyright of all poems will remain with the authors, but by submitting work to this competition, you give Disability Arts Cymru permission to publish your poem/s online, in print and in any e-publication.

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES 21 JANUARY 2019

For more information : Tel: 02920 551 040  Email: [email protected]

Gwawr-Dawn

International Day of Disabled People Monday 3rd December

GWAWR-DAWN (North Wales Disability Alliance Forum) is organising a day of celebration in Bangor, aiming to:

 

 

  • raise awareness of disability issues and access
  • provide information, networking and other opportunities towards making the lives of disabled people more integrated and independent
  • share and celebrate the creativity of disabled artists of all kinds in North Wales

On Monday 3rd December, free events will run from 1pm – 8pm. Exact times are yet to be confirmed but in the afternoon there will be an opportunity to try wheelchair sports, in the evening there is a showcase for disabled people’s music, art and poetry, including on the theme of disability access. 

Current times are: 1 – 4pm Brailsford Sports Centre, Ffriddoedd Site, Bangor for Wheelchair Basketball and Taekwondo.

5 – 8pm Powis Hall, Main Arts, College Road, for Music, Poetry, Art Exhibition

Plus, speakers, stalls and information.

Please get in touch if you are a disabled artist, musician or poet and interested in taking part. Or if you are a group or organisation that would like a stall, or if you would like to get involved in any other way.

For further information please contact –

GWAWR-DAWN : [email protected] or Adrian Sharratt:  [email protected]

 

Hijinx

Odyssey – Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms’ Wood

Follow Hansel’s breadcrumbs to the Wales Millennium Centre!

Weston Studio

6th December 7pm

7th December 7pm (audio description)

8th December 3pm & 7pm

BSL interpretation for all performances and Audio Description on the 7th December.

This Christmas join Hijinx’s community theatre group, Odyssey, as they follow Hansel and Gedeon on their adventure through the Grimms’ Wood. Showing in the Weston Studio of the Wales Millennium Centre from the 6th – 8th December.

Written by Llinos Mai, Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms’ Wood features a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey, pupils from Woodlands High School, and haunting, original music by David Roche, composer in residence.

There will also be an exhibition in the WMC from 3rd December – 7th January, where visitors can explore the mysterious Grimms’ Wood even further, but be careful you don’t get lost! The exhibition will showcase the puppet design process by students from the University of South Wales Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree course.

Tickets are £9 for adults and £6 for the under 16’s and are available to book in person from WMC ticket office

Tel: 029 20636464 or book online here  

For further information please visit hijinx

Hijinx Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL
Main line: 02920 300 331 Mobile: 07377 942268


WOW Women’s Film Club

Remaking Home

Thursday 8th November

Volcano Theatre, Swansea

WOW Women’s Film Club is taking part in a one day festival called “Remaking Home”.

Join us for a day of films, discussions, talks, children’s workshops, poetry and book readings, music, food and drink.

Short films to be screened on the day include the Wales premiere of Claire Fowler’s Salam, which recently debuted at London Film Festival.

Grow Your Own (PG)

Thursday 8th November

Doors: 11.30am

Start time: 12pm

Creche available for “Grow Your Own” screening.

A warm-hearted feel-good comedy. When a refugee and his family are given an allotment garden, some of the longstanding residents are upset. But eventually they bond over the joys of gardening and then team up to fight an invading mobile phone company.

Book your free tickets here: https://grow-your-own-wow.eventbrite.co.uk

Wales Millennium Centre

The Life and Times of Scarlet Macey

Scratch performance by Sherrall Morris

Friday, 30 November 2018 8:00pm 

Weston Studio Wales Millennium Centre

Please go to  here to book tickets 

On the surface Scarlet comes across as a very independent, bloody-minded and at times very scary woman. She has plenty to say as she whizzes round in her Salsa Quickie.

But there are many other sides to Scarlet’s life that the outside world doesn’t see. Her family can be overwhelming, they don’t understand. And her best friend Jason, who she loves like a brother, pushes her near to murder on a daily basis.

Most of all Scarlet struggles in her search for love, she wants to be seen as a sexual human being but it’s hard to be sexy when every moment of your day needs to be planned in advance, nothing can be spontaneous.

Meet Scarlet at her Adult Aids and Equipment shop, try out the merchandise and get a glimpse into the life and times of Scarlet Macey.

Written and Performed by Sherrall Morris 
Director: Chelsey Gillard 
Designer: Kate Verity

Taking Flight Theatre Company

You’ve Got Dragons

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, SA2 8PZ

Wednesday 7 November 4.30pm

Based on the book by Kathryn Cave, ‘You’ve Got Dragons’ – a tale that aims to allay childhood fears – has been adapted into a touching and humorous play. What can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do?

“I am so glad I took three of my children to see ‘You’ve Got Dragons’ […]. Little did I know the profound effect it would have on us!” Catrin (Mum of 4)
Age 3-15 | Running time: 55mins.

To book tickets please go here

OR Contact Taliesin Box Office/ticketing enquiries: 01792 60 20 60 [email protected]

Taliesin Arts Centre
Swansea University 
Singleton Park
Swansea
SA2 8PZ

DaDaFest

DaDaFest International 2018

The international festival returns to Liverpool City Region venues this autumn from 1st November to 8th December 2018, showcasing a series of high-quality cutting-edge work which challenges stereotypes and celebrate disability and D/deaf cultures.

Comedian Francesca Martinez, theatre-maker and comedian Jess ThomStop Gap DanceCompany, artists Faith BebbingtonJonathan Griffith, Simon McKeown and Martin O’Brien, and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Fisher are among the 2018 line-up.

They are part of a busy programme that includes more than 50 exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops by both well-known mainstream audience artists and new emerging artists, all responding to the festival’s theme Passing: What’s your legacy?

Artists have been invited to explore the concepts of ageing, death and disability (passing time) and the changing nature of all our journeys and the legacies we leave (passing on).

The festival will also commemorate the end of the First World War as a key moment for modern recognition of disability as a social construct.

Events will be held at a wide range of venues across the city centre and beyond including St George’s Hall, Royal Court Liverpool, the Bluecoat, Tate Exchange, Constellations, the Unity Theatre and World Museum.

Award-winning artist Simon McKeown’s interactive No Passengers vintage disability cars installation will be seen at St George’s Hall from 21 November – 8 December.

And this year DaDaFest is also expanding its geographical reach with a performance by the acclaimed Stop Gap Dance Company taking place at Storyhouse Chester.

Visual art is represented by Gina Czarnecki whose special exhibition of eco-friendly coffins designed by local and national artists Who We Are Now will be staged in the Oratory in the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral from November 1-18.

Unity will host Jonathan Griffith’sRetrospective throughout the festival period, and the artist will take part in special talks at the theatre on November 20 and in Chester Lane Library in St Helens on November 22.

And Martin O’Brien’s video installation Until The Last Breath is Breathed comes to St George’s Hall from November 21 – December 8. He will also be doing a performance lecture at the same venue on 29 November.

Jess Thom showcases Samuel Beckett’s Not I, the story of a woman’s life told at top speed by a disembodied character, ‘Mouth’, at the Bluecoat on November 23-24.The Touretteshero and Battersea Arts Centre production in association with the Albany sees performer Thom reclaiming Mouth as a disabled character.

Meanwhile laugh-out-loud comedy comes from Francesca Martinez (What the **** Is Normal) at the Unity Theatre on November 23 and to Chester Lane Library in St Helens on November 24. Laurence Clark will also be live at the Unity on November 24 with The Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting.

Finally, DaDaFest team up with Action Transport and Unity Theatre for a seasonal show collaboration, for the highly theatrical and bold retelling of the classic family tale – Beauty and the Beast!

Beauty and the Beast shows that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and that everyone’s attitude can, at times, be beastly!

DaDaFest Artistic Director Ruth Gould said: “I’m delighted by the programme we’re presenting during DaDaFest International 2018. We have some fantastic, absorbing and thought-provoking work developed by hugely talented artists working across a wide range of genres, from dance to visual art, music to comedy.

“The theme of this year’s festival, Passing: What’s your legacy? is a great starting point for conversations, both verbal and artistic, and I’m really looking forward to some exhilarating exchanges of thoughts and ideas over the course of DaDaFest International 2018.

“The programme includes moments that affirm, celebrate and inform on the very essence of what it is to live as people who are disabled, Deaf, young, old and the many interactions and happenings that we encounter as we journey through life. We all have stories, we all matter as we all part of the human race.”

See the full programme at www.dadafest.co.uk/events

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