Call out for individuals to join a new Welsh-language writers’ group

This is a unique opportunity for up to 8 new or emerging theatre writers to develop their craft through a series of events, workshops and mentorship over a period of 10 months.

 

As part of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s new initiative – Theatr Gen Creu – a scheme that supports and nurtures talent, the company is inviting applications to join the New Writers’ Group.

  • A mentorship and training scheme – completely free of charge – for new and emerging theatre writers 
  • An emphasis on encouraging applications from those currently under-represented in the arts 
  • An extensive programme of events and workshops to develop and nurture talent 

The aim of the New Writers’ Group is to nurture future talent in Welsh-language theatre writing, and to enable new and diverse voices to flourish. The project will also help those individuals to develop their craft as they create new work for the theatre in Welsh.

The New Writers’ Group is open to writers of every age and from all parts of Wales and beyond – people who are eager to explore, experiment and develop their craft. Maybe some will be experienced writers in other media but fancy venturing into the theatre world. Maybe others already work in the theatre but are keen to try their hand at writing. And maybe others have had some experience in theatre writing but feel they need a helping hand in taking their next steps. We are especially keen to encourage applications from groups that have been under-represented in the arts – disabled people, women, people from BAME backgrounds, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The New Writers’ Group is a Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru initiative presented in association with S4CLiterature WalesPontioTheatr ClwydAberystwyth Arts CentreCarmarthenshire TheatresWales Millennium Centre and the Sherman Theatre.

The scheme will run between September 2018 and June 2019 and will include a series of workshops with experienced writers and directors in various locations throughout Wales. Most of the workshops will be held through the medium of Welsh. The writers will also have an opportunity to attend a number of theatre performances in various venues, completely free of charge.

Following the workshops, the writers will have a period of time to write a new play, with feedback from professional people being given on the work as it develops. At the end of the writing period, rehearsed public readings (with professional actors and directors) of these new plays will be given in the venues that are part of the scheme.

As part of the commitment of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and all its partners to ensure that this scheme is accessible and open to all who wish to apply, every element is offered at no cost to the successful applicants. The writers will be paid travelling, accomodation and subsistence expenses to enable them to attend the workshops, feedback sessions, rehearsals and readings.

Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, commented about the scheme:

Opportunities for writers interested in Welsh-language theatre to attend professional workshops are rare. Rarer still are those opportunities for writers to see their work being presented by professional actors. Opportunities to experiment, to have a go at fulfilling an ambition and, yes, even to fail, are all essential elements of a thriving theatre environment in any language. We are extremely pleased that so many key and influential partners have joined us in this venture and are very grateful to them for their support. Together, we’re determined to give encouragement to a new generation of Welsh-language theatre writers, and look forward to receiving applications from writers of all ages who feel they need a little support to move forward with their work and who are ready to take a chance!

Closing date: 17:00 on Monday 18 June 2018.

For full details and how to apply please visit the Theatr Gen Creu page.

Carmathen Book Fair

Following our successful debut in 2016 and the Carmarthen Fair last year, we are holding the third Carmarthen Book Fair – 11th August 2018 – St Peter’s Civic Hall, Nott’s Square, Carmarthen 10 am – 4 pm.

 

This is open to local writers and could be of special interest to anyone who has published their books through writing or art. This could be of interest to local independent publishers too.

For further details please contact, [email protected]

Theatre Clwyd’s Writer In Residence Scheme

Part of TYFU | GROW – Theatr Clwyd’s Creative Development Programme

Generously supported by the Gladstone’s Library

In Collaboration with Paines Plough

Call out to Welsh Language writers!
Applications open until Friday 23 March 2018

This year, Theatr Clwyd are once again co-producing the Roundabout Season with Paines Plough. Three brand new plays will be premièred on the doorstep of Theatr Clwyd in the award-winning pop-up theatre that is the Roundabout, before going on to the Edinburgh Festival and then a UK tour.

As part of Theatr Clwyd’s TYFU programme and our commitment to becoming a home for writers in Wales, we are inviting three Welsh language writers to work alongside the Roundabout company. Each writer will develop a 10-minute script that will be performed in the Roundabout when the season opens at Theatr Clwyd.

The Theatr Clwyd Roundabout Welsh Residency will offer our three writers the chance to get to know other artists, spend time observing rehearsals and develop ideas in a supportive environment.

The 2018 Residency includes:

  • Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 April: 3 days in London as the Roundabout Season rehearsals begin – meeting the acting company, creative team and writers, and experiencing the first days of work on the new scripts.
  • Week commencing Monday 4 June: 3 days at Theatr Clwyd to observe rehearsals in the Roundabout itself and time in the main building to start script development.
  • Monday 25 – Saturday 30 June: 6 days at Theatr Clwyd to work with a director and 3 actors, further developing and rehearsing the script.
  • Saturday 30 June: Performances of the three 10-minute scripts in the Roundabout.
    Each writer will be given a bursary to cover travel, subsistence and expenses + a fee of £500

How to Apply

If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 23 of March 2018.

The email should include:

  • A CV of both your work as a writer and/or other employment, training and education
  • A brief description of where you currently are as a writer
  • A brief description of why you would like to be involved in this project
  • Two pages of a script that you’ve written in the Welsh language
  • Confirmation of your availability for all dates listed

We will notify all applicants in due course. You will receive more information after submitting your application.

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.

Chair

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.

Directors

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: 
[email protected] / 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.

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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 [email protected]

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