Poetry Book out now for the 2017 Competition

New Poetry Book available now

It might seem like a long time coming, but finally we have put together the best of the poems on the theme of “Stronger Together” with some of the related artworks – some related by the poet, some by what looked good together. Denni Turp was kind enough to provide us with a Foreword.

There’s no charge for the iBook and you can read it on a Mac, an iPad or an iPhone. Just click the link beneath. 

If you don’t have an iDevices you can read it in PDF format on practically any device. To access the PDF version, click on the Cover Art below and you’ll be taken a page at box.com where you can either download the pdf to your device or read it online. This download is for a web version at 4.2MB, so images are downsampled. There is a full resolution PDF available on request. It’s 37.9MB.

Cover Art for Stronger Together Book

We are happy to provide it in any alternative format to suit your access requirements, e.g. if you want a plan text version with no pictures, just ask post@dacymru.com

We hope you enjoy the book and are already thinking about you entries for poems based on this year’s exhibition theme ‘On the Edge…’

MaDCaff – this Saturday

MaDCaff is back

Saturday 24th March | 16:00-19:00 | Victoria Hall, Lampeter (Map below)

MaDCaff returns to the Victoria Hall, Lampeter this Saturday 24th March, from 4.30pm till 7pm with its usual eclectic and diverse line up of musicians, singers, poets and dancers. We are going to try really hard to give some quiet time to talk as well (It’s hard with so many great performers). This event is part of ‘Get Creative’ week.

MaDCaff, Music and Dance Cafe is an open mic, and showcase cafe event with a difference. All of the event organisers and performers have all been affected by mental illness. MaDCaff was set up by Miranda Betts, singer songwriter and choreographer, and Rachel Stelmach of Disability Arts Cymru in 2014,with funding from Time to Change Wales, the national charity which aims to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.

Co-founder, Miranda Betts explains the main reasons behind setting up MaDCaff. ‘As a performer living with a long term mental health condition, I was finding it increasingly difficult to find good quality performance opportunities. I also noticed that, I was not alone in this. There were many other talented and creative people out there who simply weren’t getting the opportunities to perform.’

MaDCaff provides performers with a safe, pressure-free opportunity to perform at what is broadly a music and dance program. MaDCaff is open to anyone with an interest in music and dance, or for anyone wishing to go to a lively and friendly drop in cafe event. The café will be open for drinks and cakes, kindly supplied by Watson and Pratt’s Lampeter Bakehouse as well as MaDCaff volunteers.

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people in any year; it could be you, someone in your family, a friend or colleague. Time to Change Wales is the first national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems in Wales.

The MaDCaff Project is funded by Magic Hat and supported by Disability Arts Cymru. Look us on Facebook or at our Blog, madcaff.rocks.

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.

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

 

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
world.

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:
https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/episode-105-access-to-publishing-lpp-transcripts.pdf

Accompanying blogpost with further details about guests etc:
https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/2017/08/20/episode-105-access-to-publishing/

Poetry Competition iBook 2016

Free iBook

For the second time we have created an iBook from the Poetry Competition inspired by the images in our Annual Exhibition with the theme of Austerity/ Extravagance.

Caroline Gill was the winner with her poem Drop in the Ocean responding to her own artwork called Shoreline Symphonies.

If you would like to read Caroline’s poem as well as the other poems, carry on by clicking the widget below to download it for free to read on your iPad, iPhone or Mac.

If you do not have any of these devices we have a version in PDF format that should work fine with anything you have. If not, get in touch for bespoke formats 

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Gwyneth Lewis

Poetry Detective Group

Gwyneth LewisWith Gwyneth Lewis

“Mrs Columbo is always telling me to read Dante.”

Do you find poetry frightening/ baffling/ intimidating? You’re not on your own. If you know how to look, the clues are all there in a good poem, however seemingly obscure the writing. Led by poet Gwyneth Lewis, this group/ workshop will develop ways of reading and writing which make you the detective, in charge of your own poetic investigation. Everybody’s welcome, no matter what level of experience. We’ll learn from the art and each other. A glove will be passed around to cover costs.

This week’s meeting takes place on Weds 25 January, from 7-9pm in Room 2 of the Penylan Library and Community Centre, Cardiff.

DAC Poetry Competition iBook

This is Disability Arts Cymru’s first Poetry Competition.

We gave the poets a brief to write in response to one of the artworks in our Annual Exhibition. Was this a narrow brief or a wide brief? You could see it either way. Many poetry competitions allow any poem, no matter when it was written or what the subject matter. Others ask people to write on a set subject. Our competition ensured that the poems entered would not be something dug out of the archives but would be freshly written. Looking at the exhibition it is clear that the subject choice was actually very diverse as the show featured photography, photorealistic drawing, abstract and figurative paintings, sculpture and a feast of food for the eyes. So it’s no surprise that the entries were also diverse and for a first competition, we are very pleased with the standard and absolutely delighted to have Menna Elfyn judge the competition and provide the foreword.

We have created a small publication out of this competition, featuring the poems and the artwork they are responding to on the same page so that you can read the poem and see the artwork at the same time. Currently we have two formats to offer, if you have a Mac, iPad, iPhone you can download it as a free iBook.

Cover image for DAC poetry competition 2015

iBook version

If you have other technology you can download it as a pdf.

Cover image fr DAC poetry competition 2015

PDF Version

We have also been working on other formats, in an attempt to please all of the people all of the time. Kindle users can read it as a PDF and retain the formatting, but for those that prefer it as a native Kindle app we will have these versions online soon but you will not get the same rich visual experience as the ePub format does not allow for nothing other than inline images. We will also be able to offer a plain text version and if there is a demand for it, an audio format may just be within our scope as well.

If you really, really want it in a different format, ask and we’ll see what we can do.