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  • Poems should be unpublished and must be your original work.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  • Once entered, poems cannot be withdrawn from the competition.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]

Rubicon Dance

Dance for Kids with Disabilities

Rubicon Dance

Nora Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff CF24 1ND

A fun and creative session for kids aged 7 – 11 at Rubicon Dance Studios

Wednesdays 4pm – 4:45pm

For more information or to book your free taster session just give us a call

Tel: 029 2049 1477

Email: [email protected]

https://www.rubicondance.co.uk/young-peoples-classes

Diverse Cymru

Film and Television Diversity – Careers Day

20th November 2018

3:30pm – 7pm

Royal Welsh College Music and Drama, Cardiff CF10 3ER

Are you female, BAME, disabled or LGBT?

A reminder about this excellent opportunity to find out more about a career in film and television.

Including –

  • talks from people working in film and television
  • mini masterclasses
  • practical demonstrations

Featuring information on –

  • paid work in industry and work experience
  • training and apprenticeships

No film and TV experience necessary

Roles include: hairdressers, carpenters/joiners, electricians, accountants and other skills that could be transferred to the film and television industry models.

For more information visit – https://gov.wales/diversityinfilm

 

 

DAC are recruiting for a new Director

 

 

Director

Salary – £36,000 per annum (£30,857 pro rata)

30 Hours per week   (Head office in Cardiff)

Disability Arts Cymru seeks a Director to further develop and implement a comprehensive, and dynamic, artistic strategy for disability arts across Wales.  We believe in…. Opening up access and opportunity, celebrating diversity, nurturing embryonic and established high-calibre disabled practitioners, and inspiring change throughout Wales.

Our vision is a simple one: to make the arts in Wales creative and diverse in equal measure, with disabled and D/deaf people at the very core. 

Closing Date for applications 12 noon November 29th 2018

Interviews – 10th December 2018

 To apply please visit www.richard-newton.co.uk/assignments

or call 029 20 397 341 or email [email protected]

Tŷ Newydd Courses 2019

Explore your creativity in Wales’ Year of Discover

www.tynewydd.wales

Literature Wales is proud to announce a new programme of creative writing courses at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre for 2019. Earmarked by Visit Wales as the Year of Discovery, in 2019 we will encourage the writers of Wales and beyond to visit our home between the mountains and sea to discover their creativity and hone their skills as a writer.

The new programme offers an eclectic mix of courses and retreats suitable for a range of writers, from the up-and-coming and unpublished, to the established who wish to join a masterclass. From today, you can register for all courses on the Tŷ Newydd website, and a discount of 10% is available on all courses until the end of October with the code TN2019.

Programme highlights include a course on writing for TV led by Matthew Hall, the creator of record-breaking BBC Drama Keeping Faith; a Crime Writing Course led by bestselling author and ex-detective Clare Mackintosh; and two Poetry Masterclasses tutored by Gillian Clarke, former National Poet of Wales. A number of noteworthy guest readers will join our tutors during the year, including Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, award-winning literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes, and former Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner.

Poetry courses in 2019 will explore a range of themes from the sea, to politics, to finding poetry in our past; and feature a wide-range of tutors including Paul Farley, Patience Agbabi, Raymond Antrobus, Deryn Rees-Jones, clare e potter, Inua Ellams and Pascale Petit. Guest readers in 2019 will include Andrew McMillan, Jay Bernard and the spoken word collective, Tongue Fu.

Prose courses will include short stories, novels, YA fiction, myths and fairytales, editing, life-writing and will feature tutors and guest readers Tom Bullough, Rebecca F John, Mavis Cheek, Catherine Fisher, Holly Müller and many more. Our Emerging Writers Course for writers under 30, run in partnership with Poetry Wales, Wales Arts Review and Parthian books, will return after a successful debut last year, and will feature poetry in addition to prose.

Further courses include: LGBTQ+ Writing; Creative Writing for Welsh Learners; Storytelling; Writing to Heal; Reviewing the Arts; and Nature Writing with Guardian country diarist Mark Cocker and poet Kathleen Jamie.

Leusa Llewelyn, Head of Tŷ Newydd said, “Tŷ Newydd, with its unique Welsh welcome, exists to provide support for writers of all backgrounds, abilities and ages to develop their writing. There’s something to suit everyone, and the range of courses offers an opportunity for participants to discover their own writing potential.”

During every course, home cooked meals and treats will be provided by the resident chef, and you will enjoy the tranquillity that Tŷ Newydd and its beautiful surroundings provide.

For further information about Tŷ Newydd, including testimonials from recent participants, and to read the programme in its entirety, visit www.tynewydd.wales or to request a print programme contact Tŷ Newydd: 01766 522811/ [email protected]

Women of the World


The WOW Women of the World festival, founded in 2010 by Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly CBE, is the biggest gathering of women and girls across the globe, reaching over 2 million people in 20 cities across five continents.

Each festival, made up of talks, debates, music, activism, comedy, workshops, mentoring, pop ups and performance, celebrates women and girls, takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential and raises awareness globally among women, men, girls and boys, of the issues they face as well as creating possible solutions.

The WOW – Women of the World Cardiff festival will include a range of workshops, talks, debates, performances and art open to the public on 24 & 25 November 2018.

Some highlights from the WOW – Women of the World Cardiff programme include: Gwenno Saunders, Charlotte Church, Michael Sheen, Sian Evans, Lula Mehbratu (The Digital Migrant),Sahar Al-Faifi, Sian James former MP, Gemma Price (Boxing Pretty), Anna Hursey, Shahien Taj OBE, Lucy Owen (BBC Wales) and Layfullstop among others.

WOW Passes

Buy a WOW pass to gain access to all the events as you pick and mix your own timetable of talks, debates and performances, be it for one day or the whole weekend. Day pass holders have a choice of activities throughout the festival. If your 1st choice is full due to limited capacity do not worry. We encourage you to try other sessions – sometimes an unexpected second choice will be the best thing you’ll see! 

Day Passes £10 | concession £5

Saturday Day Pass

Sunday Day Pass

Check out the full programme here

Welsh Youth Parliament – apply now

Learning Disability Wales is looking for young disabled people to join the new Welsh Youth Parliament

Applications are now open for young disabled people interested in being a Welsh Youth Parliament Member and representing the views of other young disabled people.

Wales will be launching the first youth parliament in January 2019 and Learning Disability Wales is one of the partner organisations supporting young disabled people to have a voice.

We have now opened applications for young disabled people to join the youth parliament through Learning Disability Wales. For more information and how to apply please visit our Welsh Youth Parliament page.

About the Welsh Youth Parliament

  • 60 young people will make up the Welsh Youth Parliament.
  • 40 young people will be elected from constituency areas.
  • 20 young people will be elected through partner organisations.
  • They will be the Youth Parliament Member for 2 years from January 2019 to December 2021.
  • Young people must be aged 11 to 17.
  • Young people must live in Wales or be educated in Wales.
  • Learning Disability Wales will be electing 2 young people to represent young disabled people.

Getting involved through Learning Disability Wales

 Who we are looking for?

  • Someone between the ages of 11 and 17 (No older than 17 on November 25th 2018).
  • A young disabled person.
  • Someone who can listen to others.
  • Someone who is good at communicating (using their own way of communication).
  • Someone who will ask for support if needed.
  • Someone with good people skills.
  • Someone who can be reliable with the correct support.

We are not looking for someone who is perfect already. There may be things that you are not sure about or would need training in. Please do not let this put you off applying.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on November 1st 2018.
For more information and how to apply click here

Freelancing for Creatives workshop

A practical workshop for creatives on the business skills of freelancing.

Freelancing for Creatives
03.11.18
Hastings House
Fitzalan Place
Cardiff
CF24 0BL

£10 – £20 

Topics include: 
Business & employment models
How to pay your taxes
Claiming expenses
Negotiating your fees
Top tips and online tools
“Many people are becoming self employed. We need all the help we can get from reliable sources. Keep the courses going please.”

Book on Eventbrite

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

I Am Nasrine (15)

Thursday 8th November
Start time: 6.15pm

I Am Nasrine follows the paths of Nasrine and Ali, sister and brother in a comfortable, middle-class Iranian home. When Nasrine has a run-in with the police, the punishment is more than she bargained for: their father orders them both to relocate to the UK. Arriving in Britain, their fate and their future are far from certain. As Nasrine finds the courage to accept her fate, she discovers that the end of her journey is really just the beginning.

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