Four years, and still dancing – here comes the Hay Poetry Jamboree 2012. Another great and varied line-up showcasing some of the most interesting and challenging poets of the era, from the brand-new to the long-established: a bristling cross-generational congeries of modes, styles, allegiances and philosophies.

The Poetry Jamboree is now establishing a fraternal relationship with the TRAGHETTI DI POESIA Festival Internazionale at Cagliari, which it is hoped will bear much fruit.




6.30 – 7.30 pm Festival Launch Reception

7.30 – 9.15 pm Andrea Brady and John Powell Ward


11 – 12 am Jeremy Hilton, Waterloo Press, Steven Hitchins

2.00 – 4.00 pm Caroline Goodwin, Harry Gilonis, Laurie Duggan, Philip Terry

5.00 – 6.00 pm Boiled String Chapbooks: John Goodby introduces new books from the series, with readings by Rhys Trimble and David Barnett

7.30 – 9.15 pm Harriet Tarlo and Peter Larkin


11.00 – 12.00 David Greenslade, Keith Hackwood

2.00 – 4.00 pm Nerys Williams, Tim Atkins, Sophie Robinson, Jeff Hilson

7.30 – 9.15 pm Ulli Freer and Tony Lopez

Art in the chapel: Nervous Energy in collaboration with Elysium Gallery presents From Purgatory to Paradise (see below).
In the gallery: Tim Rossiter, Olivia Williams

Bookings and Information on all events from: goodbard@yahoo.co.uk

Venue: Oriel Contemporary Arts, Salem Chapel, Bell Bank, Hay on Wye

Entrance to 7.30 events £5 (Concessions £3). All other events £2 (Concessions £1)

The Hay Poetry Jamboree is sponsored by:






Harriet Tarlo is a poet and academic who lives in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, and is Course Leader for the M.A. Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. Poetry publications include Love/Land (REM Press, 2003), Poems 1990-2003 (Shearsman Books, 2004) and Nab (Etruscan Books, 2005). Her poems about the Cumbrian coast appeared with Jem Southam’s Clouds Descending photographic exhibitions at The Lowry Gallery, Salford and Tullie House, Carlisle in 2008-9 and in a book of the same name with the Lowry Press, 2008.

Harriet Tarlo edited a special feature on “Women and Eco-Poetics” for How2 Vol 3: No 2 http://www.asu.edu/pipercwcenter/how2journal//vol_3_no_2/index.html and is editor of The Ground Aslant: An Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry for Shearsman Press in 2011 http://www.shearsman.com/pages/books/catalog/2011/GroundAslant.html

Her current projects include the preparation of a new collection of poetry with the Shearsman, a critical-creative work in progress on the field parts of which appear in the latest Fire, in an Asterisk publication with Fewer and Further Press, 2011 and in a new book on Placing Poetry, due out with Rodopi in 2012 and a collaboration with the artist Judith Tucker to be shown at the Holmfirth Arts Festival in June 2012.

She also writes academic essays on modernist and contemporary poetry with particular attention to gender and landscape and environment. Essays in books appear in critical volumes published by Edinburgh University Press., Salt, Palgrave and Rodopi.

Andrew Duncan has published five books about modern British poetry and is about to publish two more. Has been somehow involved with Angel Exhaust magazine for the past 20 years.

Philip Terry has taught at the universities of Caen, Plymouth and Essex, where he is currently Director of Creative Writing.  His fiction, poetry and translations have been widely published in journals in Britain and America.  His books include the lipogrammatic novel The Book of Bachelors (1999), the anthology of short stories Ovid Metamorphosed (2000), Oulipoems (2006), Oulipoems 2 (2009), and Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2010), and he is the translator of Raymond Queneau’s Elementary Morality (2007).  In 2011 he edited an issue of the online magazine Ekleksographia “After Oulipo”


Andrea Brady was born in Philadelphia, USA, and studied at Columbia University and the University of Cambridge.  She is presently Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, where she teaches early modern and contemporary literature.  She is Director of the Archive of the Now (http://www.archiveofthenow.org), an online repository of contemporary poets reading their work, and co-publisher of the small press Barque (http://www.barquepress.com), for which she edited 100 Days, an anthology of dissenting poetry written to mark the inception of the Bush administration. Her books of poetry include Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination (Krupskaya, 2010), Embrace (Object Permanence, 2005) and Vacation of a Lifetime (Salt, 2001). Mutability: scripts for infancy is forthcoming from Seagull in 2012, and Cut From The Rushes will follow in 2013 from Reality Street.


Archive of the Now http://www.archiveofthenow.org/authors/?i=5

the British Electronic Poetry Centre http://www.soton.ac.uk/~bepc/poets/Brady.html

Interviewed by Andrew Duncan: http://www.argotistonline.co.uk/Brady%20interview.htm


Tony Lopez is an English poet of international repute. His latest books are Only More So and a new edition of False Memory, both published by Shearsman in 2012. http://www.shearsman.com/pages/books/authors/lopezTA.html

He was born in Stockwell in 1950 and grew up in Brixton, South London. He began work by writing fiction for newspapers and magazines, and published five crime and science fiction novels before going to university at Essex and then Cambridge. He has received awards from the Wingate Foundation, the Society of Authors, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Arts Council England. His poetry is featured in The Art of the Sonnet (Harvard University Press), Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry (Oxford University Press), Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems (Salt), The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street), Other: British and Irish Poetry since 1970 (Wesleyan University Press), and Conductors of Chaos (Picador). His critical writings are collected in Meaning Performance: Essays on Poetry (Salt) and The Poetry of W.S. Graham (Edinburgh University Press). He taught for many years at the University of Plymouth, where he was appointed the first Professor of Poetry; he now works on public art incorporating text. He is married with two grown up children and lives in Exmouth in Devon. http://www.tonylopez.org.uk/

Laurie Duggan was born in Melbourne in 1949. Over the years he has lived in Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. He moved to the UK in 2006 and currently lives in Faversham, Kent. His books have included two selections: New & Selected Poems (University of Queensland Press, 1996) and Compared To What (Exeter, Shearsman, 2005) as well as a reprint of his documentary poem The Ash Range (Shearsman, 2005). His most recent books are Crab & Winkle (Shearsman, 2009), a new edition of The Epigrams of Martial (Boston, Pressed Wafer, 2010), Allotments (Wendell, Mass., Fewer & Further, 2011) and The Pursuit of Happiness (Shearsman,2012). His blog, Graveney Marsh, is at graveneymarsh.blogspot.com.

Tim Atkins is the author of many books, including Petrarch, To Repel Ghosts, 1000 Sonnets, Honda Ode, and Horace. Petrarch is forthcoming from Vancouver’s Book Thug Press. He is editor of the online poetry magazine onedit, and translator of Petrarch, Horace, and Buddhist texts.

Online links:





‘Tim Atkins does for translation what Gertrude Stein did for nouns.’–Lisa Jarnot

‘Hazardous and buoyant, with all the zip and sass of a Heathrow-unslough’d O’Hara. Not, decidedly, the programmatic constructivist plodding of routine translation homophonickal, not, apparently, translation exactly at all (though I suspect a rather deftly salacious argument’d carry for ’l bel tempo rimena’s being auscultated as “the golden age of homosexuality,” like running a forefinger around a goblet to make it sing…)’ –John Latta, Isola di Rifiuti blog

http://www.onedit.net/index.html www.onedit.net

Peter Larkin is the author of Terrain Seed Scarcity and Leaves of Fields and a new collection, Lessways Least Scarce Among is due out from Shearsman later this year.  He has been interviewed for Intercapillary Space and for Cordite and contributed to Harriet Tarlo’s Ground Aslant anthology..

Jeff Hilson’s publications include stretchers (2006, Reality Street), Bird bird (2009, Landfill) and In The Assarts (2010, Veer Books) (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/publications/Veer_Publications/Veer030). He also edited The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (2008, Reality Street) (http://www.realitystreet.co.uk/jeff-hilson.php). Recent work has appeared in This Line’s Not for Turning: An Anthology of Contemporary British Prose Poetry, Herbarium and The Other Room Anthology 3, and poems are forthcoming in Open Letter: A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory, Jacket 2: Special British Poets Feature and North Chicago Review. Extracts from In The Assarts and Bird bird can be found online in onedit (http://www.onedit.net/issue4/issue4.html) and (http://www.onedit.net/issue4/issue4.html). He teaches Creative Writing at Roehampton University, London and runs the reading series Xing the Line.

Caroline Goodwin was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1999, she moved to California to attend Stanford University’s creative writing program. She has published two poetry chapbooks, Kodiak Herbal and Gora Verstovia and her first full-length collection, Trapline, will be published by JackLeg Press in Chicago in May 2013. She lives in the small beachside town of Montara, CA with her husband and two daughters; this is her first trip across the Atlantic.

links: my website

JackLeg Press

David Greenslade writes in Welsh and English.  He lives in Cefn Cribbwr, near Maesteg, where his Japanese garden is a portal between the wild and the domestic.   His readings often feature a collaborative dimension as do many of his books.   His latest collection Lyrical Diagrams (Shearsman, 2012) written while in Oman, has an engineering drawing on every page.  His collection Homuncular Misfit (P S Avalon, 2011), the story of his adoption by a crow,  has been described as  ‘both bonkers and brilliant .   .   .   a  map of powerful alchemical transformation’.    http://richardgwyn.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/radio-bards-and-an-homuncular-misfit/



John Powell Ward was born in Suffolk. Attended Toronto and Cambridge universities. Ran a youth club in Camberwell, London in the early sixties. Honorary Research Fellow at University of Swansea where he taught 1963-1988. Eric Gregory Awards judge 1991-2001. Fellow of the Welsh Academy. Lives in Kent and Gower. Is married with two sons and five grandchildren.

Editor of Poetry Wales 1975-1980. Editor/presenter of BBC Radio 3  programme Poetry Now 1977-1984. Author of critical studies of Wordsworth, Hardy, Raymond Williams, R.S.Thomas, and The Spell of the Song: Letters, Meaning, and English Poetry (2004), a study of poetry and the alphabet.

Six collections of mainstream poetry including The Clearing (Welsh Arts Council Poetry Prize for 1985) and Selected and New Poems (Seren 2004). Mainstream poetry has appeared in Agenda, The Independent, London Magazine, New Welsh Review, Poetry Australia, Poetry Chicago (USA), P N Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, The Rialto, Scintilla, TLS, on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and elsewhere.

Three collections of “alphabet” poetry including A Certain Marvellous Thing (Seren 1993) and Genesis (Seren 1996). His concrete poetry collection From Alphabet to Logos (Second Aeon) appeared in 1973. His one-man exhibition/folio of concrete and alternative poetry Poetry or Type has appeared at the Kent, Cardiff and Aldeburgh poetry festivals. Individual items of alternative or concrete poetry have appeared in/at AAAA (National Poetry Centre, London 1971); Typewriter Art (London Magazine Editions 1975); Typewriter Poems (Second Aeon/Something Else Press 1972); Doc(k)s Postcard (Carte Postal) (Diffusion Argon, Paris 1978); Visual Poetry Workshop London; Writers Forum London; Newnham College Cambridge; University of East Anglia (exhibition 1975); New 57 Gallery Edinburgh; Dutch Literary Museum, The Hague; Kunstall de Basle, Switzerland; and the magazines or journals Bananas, Bete Noire, The Independent, Planet, Second Aeon, Time Out and elsewhere.

Jeremy Hilton was born near Manchester in 1945, and has degrees in English Literature and in Social Work. From 1972 to 1998, he was employed in various social work fields, mainly in Worcestershire.From 1994 to 2012 he edited and produced the influential alternative poetry magazine, Fire. His poetry has been published widely in the UK and beyond, in magazines and anthologies, since the mid-1960s. Twelve collections of his work have appeared in the small presses since 1973, most recently “Lighting Up Time” from Troubadour Press in Leicester in 2006. He was written 3 unpublished novels, and since 2008 he has been composing contemporary chamber music. His String Quartet No. 1 was recently performed in North London by the Jubilee String Quartet. He lives in rural Oxfordshire with his partner, the writer Kim Taplin, and when not being creative he enjoys walking, bird-watching, gardening, playing Bridge, reading fiction and travel-writing, and listening to a wide range of music, both recorded and live.

Steven Hitchins‘ poetry has appeared in Poetry Wales, Fire and Chimera. His article ‘Poetry: Music: Space’ is in Junction Box issue 2 (https://glasfrynproject.org.uk/w/category/junction-box/). His homemade pamphlets The Basin and Palisade Winters are available from The Literary Pocket Book (http://literarypocketblog.wordpress.com/)

Harry Gilonis is a poet, editor, publisher, and intermittent art critic.  He has been published widely, including on the lawn of London’s Serpentine Gallery. His writing has been translated into (Scots) Gaelic, Catalan, German, Polish, and Spanish. His books include Reliefs (first published by the Irish small press hardPressed Poetry), Pibroch (Morning Star, Edinburgh); Reading Hölderlin on Orkney (Grille/Simple Vice).  Recent books include Acacia Feelings (Crater) and eye-blink from Veer Books, both based in London; unHealed, his book-length adaptation of the Welsh Canu Heledd poem-cycle is currently unpublished, though excerpts have appeared widely, including in Poetry Wales [http://poems.com/special_features/prose/essay_gilonis.php] and at the Archive of the Now audiovisual site [www.archiveofthenow.org/authors/]. He has read at Taigh Chearsabhagh on North Uist, An Lanntair on Lewis, and at the Pier Art Centre in Stromness, Orkney, as well as in Swansea, Cork, New York, Cambridge and London; he runs the semi-dormant Form Books poetry imprint.

Nerys Williams, originally from Pen-y-Bont, Carmarthen in West Wales, published her first collection of poetry Sound Archive (2011) with Seren. Sound Archive was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis First Volume/ Forward Prize and the Michael Murphy Award. Nerys is a native Welsh speaker and before entering academia had worked at BBC Wales and as a care assistant on psychiatric wards. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholar’s Award at UC Berkeley in 2007.

A winner of the most recent Poetry Ireland Ted McNulty Poetry Prize, she lectures in American Literature at University College, Dublin. She has published poems, critical essays widely and is the author of A Guide to Contemporary Poetry (2011) as well as study of contemporary American poetry, Reading Error: The Lyric and Contemporary Poetry (2007). She is currently working on a second volume of poetry which sets up a sequence of exchanges between the 1939 San Francisco Exhibition, Ireland and Wales.




Ulli Freer lives and works in London , and has been active over a number of decades. He is a member of the Veer editorial collective. Work has been published in a several magazines including AND, Curtains,Veer Away, Cleave2. Publications include Blvds (Equipage, Cambs), Sandpoles (Equipage, Cambs), Eye Line (Spanner, Hereford ), Speakbright Leap Password (Salt Books, Cambs), Burner (Veer Books, London ), Recovery (Rot Direct, London ).

Sophie Robinson was born in 1985. She has an MA in Poetic Practice, and is currently completing a practice-based PhD in Queer Phenomenology and Contemporary Poetry at Royal Holloway. Her first book, a, came out from Les Figues press in 2009. Her work has been included in several anthologies including Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by Women in the UK (Shearsman 2010), Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe 2009) and The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street 2008). In January 2011, she was appointed as poet in residence at the V&A Museum.

Simon Jenner was born in Cuckfield, Sussex on August 31st 1959.  His British debut, About Bloody Time, was published by Waterloo in 2007. Extensive reviews of this volume appeared in Stride (Steve Spence), Tears in the Fence 51 (David Pollard), and PN Review 193 (Jim Keery). Keery quipped: ‘And about bloody time too.’

He toured Germany 1996/1997, received a South East Arts Bursary in 1999, Royal Literary Fund grants 2003/2006 and BBC commissions between 1999 and 2003. He has been Director of ACE-funded Survivors’ Poetry since 2003 and, from 2008-10, was also a Royal Literary Fund Fellow: first, at the University of East London; then Chichester University. His poetry and articles appear in eg. Agenda, Angel Exhaust, PN Review.

A volume extending the imaginative heteronyms of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) and people he knew like Alistair Crowley was published by Perdika Press, launched at the Portuguese Embassy in June 2010, where he was Poet in the City – which body have just appointed him Poet in Residence at Hackney County Archive. Wrong Evenings was published 2011. A further Waterloo volume is forthcoming in 2012. (Shearsman will publish his complete Pessoa sequence in 2013 – don’t add this till I confirm from Tony Frazer, who’s so far v positive)

He co-founded Waterloo Pres in 1998 with Sonja Ctvrtecka, who still takes a deep interest in the press. It now has over 50 titles. It received ACE funding in 2004 and again in 2009. Its translations attracted funding from Argentina’s SUR programme, resulting in the launch of four Argentinean volumes, including the great Alejandra Pizarnik.

Keith Hackwood writes poetry, teaches a bit and is in practice as a Psychosynthesis psychotherapist. He lives in Newport with his partner Helen and son, Kalden and works at the University there. His two books, Charon’s Hammer and 100 Sonnets are published by PS Avalon

David Pollard


‘From Purgatory to Paradise’

elysium gallery is pleased to announce that they will be once again exhibiting (in association with Poetry Jamboree), in Hay-on-Wye during the annual Hay Festival of Literature, 7-9 June.

elysium gallery has commissioned Anne Price-Owen to curate a site responsive show which features work from the Wales based artists Tim Davies, Craig Wood Jake Whittaker, Nervous Energy and the poet John Powell Ward

“From Purgatory to Paradise in the Salem Chapel culminates in a dynamic interplay between the artists’ interventions which accumulate significance in relation to one another. The exhibition’s theme is entirely congruous with the nature of the artworks in terms of the space, connotations and limitations of the fabric of the building. This complementarity is the crux of the installation: colours, materials and concepts share a contemporary dialogue, that reflects our fears of, and hopes for, the future –  whatever, and wherever that might be.

Given my abiding passion for text and image, I felt especially complimented when the invitation was to curate an exhibition for elysium gallery, during the Hay Literary FestivaI. The loose association that exists between elysium and Poetry Jamboree was a gift for including a text piece by appropriating John Powell Ward’s Concrete Poetry into the Chapel, thereby creating a concrete link between the Image and the Word.” Anne Price-Owen

Dr Anne Price-Owen
is an artist and writer, whose work focuses on text and image. As a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Art & Design, Swansea Metropolitan University, she has written extensively on the visual arts and poetry in Wales, especially the poet-painter David Jones (1895-1974). In her capacity as Director of The David Jones Society which she inaugurated in 1996, she has also curated exhibitions, edits and publishes The David Jones Journal and organizes events relating to the literary and visual arts. Latterly, and as a founder member of the Nervous Energy collaborative, she has returned to exhibiting works of art.

Tim Davies Tim Davies, originally from Pembrokeshire, lives and works in Swansea. Working in a range of media, including installation, sculpture, performative video and two-dimensional processes, his work is held in several public collections, including the Arts Council Collection, London, the British Council, the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea. He won the Mostyn Open prize in 1999, the Gold Medal at the National Eisteddfod in 2003 and was the only European artist shortlisted for the inaugural Artes Mundi visual arts prize in 2004. In 2011 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art.

Davies will exhibit his DVD, Wreathmaker II(2006), in the Chapel vestry. The natural flowers and plants that the wreathmaker selects contrast sharply with the array of artificial and plastic flowers that are normally displayed in this domesticated space. To compound the residual irony of the installation, the small window overlooks a tiny, overgrown wilderness of a garden, and this entreats further dichotomies with the ordered arrangements of the blooms in the vestry.

Wreathmaker is the second in a series originally conceived for an exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Davies chose to respond to the display dedicated to the Physicians of Myddfai. He was interested in playing a counterpoint between the Physicians’ research into the healing properties of local flora and that of the symbolic use of flowers at a time of loss. The film is a real-time document of a usually hidden process.


Craig Wood is an internationally acclaimed artist who is constantly experimenting with materials and techniques in response to the site/gallery conditions where his work entitled No Place is to be installed, in the alcove on the north side of the chapel. Wood writes:

“Utopia is a term invented by Sir Thomas More as a title for his book of 1516; consisting of the Greek term ‘ou’ – meaning ‘not’ and ‘topos’- meaning ‘place’, literally No Place.

The work is inspired by the many Victorian bell jars situated on grave plots within the grounds of Strata Florida in mid Wales. There, as in many graveyards, they contain arrangements of porcelain flowers, along with doves, clasped hands, crosses and other Christian symbols. Some are maintained in pristine condition, but others are strangely poignant through their varying degrees of disintegration or neglect. These tiny ruins reveal the waning memory of a loved one and the diminution of a once powerful belief system.

My contribution to the Hay exhibition is the creation of a new ‘bell jar’ containing bone china flowers, inspired by the Victorian originals, along with a variety of more contemporary objects. Collectively, this arrangement refers to a broad range of utopian projects, from the on-site religious, through to the scientific, the political, the architectural and the consumerist.

Thus, the contents reflect our evolving values and our shifting, arguably stalled, quest for the ideal. Undeniably nostalgic, the work also references the futuristic aesthetic of space stations or the Eden Project. The jar protects and nurtures these cultures within a tiny, fragile eco system. Although bone china may allude to our mortality and the death of Utopia, the work also commemorates idealistic thinking and suggests that their No Place may lie in the future.”


Jacob Whittaker, a video artist who seeks to impress the work’s processes on the spectator as well as the connotations that the images engender in the viewer, will exhibit Proses y Perierin Teithio’r Bargod/ The Pilgrim’s Process(2011), on the chapel’s east wall above the inscription ‘God is Love’. The slow rhythm of the ‘pilgrim’s’ steps as he wades through the river Bargod, together with the swishing sounds of the fast flowing water as it eddies and tumbles over stones, resonate a sense of tranquillity and a meditative ethos. But the hardship he endures may also elicit fond memories that are often tinged with loss and a sense of grief. www.jacobwhittaker.co.uk jakewhittaker@hotmail.com


Nervous Energy is a group of 4 women who collaborate on themes that interrogate ‘wo’mankind’s position in the world in the 21st Century by drawing attention to the (r)evolution of the f(eminine) world ) during the last 5 decades.  They will exhibit two pieces. The first, a site-specific piece Fall (2012 – made for this chapel), will complement the River Bargod in Whittaker’s video installation. The flowing fabric engenders perceptions of purity, virginity, the bridal veil, healing & an individual’s life journey until the end.

Nervous Energy’s other piece, Four Queens (2011) is to be situated outside the chapel in the small cemetery.

Four Queens, overtly feminine, celebrates the female form and was originally contextualized within the architectural space of a former Victorian laundry.  It is constructed from ordinary household sheets into an impossibly proportioned corset.  The concept is that this echoes the constraints of women throughout the ages, whilst addressing the dilemma of the modern woman’s personal shape and identity within todays still male dominated society and particularly as portrayed in the media. The corset, will surround the only tomb in the graveyard protected by railings.

It is hoped that the incongruously situated corset will attract the attention of visitors to the Hay Festival and encourage the intrigued literati to visit the exhibition whilst making reference to those who, in the main, tend to the graves of the departed.

Anne Price-Owen www.smu.ac.uk/research

Chris Bird-Jones www.smu.ac.uk/glass

Ann Jordan www.annjordan-art.co.uk

Brenda Oakes  http://axisweb.org/seCVPG.aspx?ARTISTID=4196

The poet John Powell Ward will exhibit a portfolio of his concrete poetry entitled  Poetry & Type, and will participate in  the Hay Poetry Jamboree 2012. Poetry & Type has been shown previously at the Cardiff, Kent & Aldeburgh Literary Festivals.

Powell is an Honorary Lecturer at Swansea University and lives in Suffolk and on the Gower.

Ward’s poetry has been extensively published and he is a critic and broadcaster.


Private View | Golwg Breifat

Thursday 7th June, 6.30 – 8.30PM | Iau 7fed Mehefin, 6.30 – 8.30YP

Exhibition continues until Saturday 9th June | Arddangosfa yn parhau tan Sadwrn 9fed Mehefin

Open Thursday – Saturday 10.30 – 5.30pm | Amserau agor Iau – Sadwrn 10.30 – 5.50yp

Admission free | Mynediad yn rhad ac am ddim


Become a Friend of the Poetry Jamboree 2012, and simultaneously advertise your wares, your books, your business, your projects, your thoughts or simply yourself, on the webpage, (or not, if you’d prefer) by sending us a cheque for either ten, fifteen or twenty pounds, according to the following scheme:

  • £10 to have your name listed on the Jamboree web-page, with up to 30 words of biography/bibliography (or any other kind of textual utterance).
  • £15 for a textual entry of up to 60 words on the web-page. Plus, choose a free cd of one of many performances from the previous three Jamborees (see below for details.
  • £20 for a paragraph of up to 200 words on the web-page with web-links, logos, graphics where possible, plus the option of a choice of free cd from the list below.

Please send a cheque made out to Glasfryn Seminars, to Lyndon Davies, Glasfryn, Llangattock, Nr Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1PH with letter listing your name, address and choice of cd where applicable.

Send details for inclusion on webpage to goodbard@yahoo.co.uk

List of available recordings:

Peter Finch 2009, Boiled String 2009, Wendy Mulford 2009, John James 2009, Chris Torrance 2009, David Greenslade 2009, Childe Roland 2010, Geraldine Monk 2010, Alan Halsey 2010, Elisabeth Bletsoe 2010, Robert Minhinnick 2010, Allen Fisher 2011, Ralph Hawkins 2011, Carol Watts 2011, Sean Bonney 2011, Kelvin Corcoran 2011, Maggie O’Sullivan 2011


Literature Wales is the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society for Authors.

Literature Wales runs events, courses, competitions, including the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, with the support of Cardiff Council and offering a First Prize of £5000, conferences, tours by authors, lectures, international exchanges, events for schools, readings, literary performances and festivals. Academi is also responsible for the National Poet of Wales project and the Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales.

Contact Literature Wales:


029 2047 2266

Swansea University College of Arts and Humanities/CREW

Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales

CREW was established to co-ordinate postgraduate research in an area of study that has grown in importance in the light of the creation of a separate Welsh Assembly. The cultural distinctiveness of Wales was, for 1,500 years, intrinsically bound up with the Welsh language and its outstanding literary tradition centring on Barddas, a rich body of strict metre writing unique to Wales. But the twentieth-century saw the emergence not only of English as a “majority” Welsh language but also a literature in English that was the product of an anglophone yet distinctively Welsh culture.

The Centre is also home to the David Parry Archive of materials relating to the Survey of Anglo-Welsh Dialects, an unique resource for dialectologists and socio-linguists that attracts scholarly researchers from Continental Europe. The Centre is supported by major specialist library holdings that equal any outside of the National Library of Wales. Its MA programme was singled out for special commendation in a recent Teaching Quality Assessment exercise, and external assessors have praised the innovation and high quality of the postgraduate work it has produced.

CREW is also leading on the Bibliography of Welsh Literature in English Translation, a major Art and Humanities Research Board project. The online version was completed in 2003 and the printed version in 2005. Other projects include hosting The Encyclopaedia of Wales (a two-year Lottery-Funded project) and a website that focuses on Welsh writers in English. The Centre has produced over 30 publications in recent years and members of the Centre have also participated at several conferences.

Founded in 1965, Poetry Wales is a quarterly magazine with an international reputation for excellent poems, features and reviews from Wales and beyond. Emerging from a rich bilingual culture, Poetry Wales explores the diverse perspectives of Welsh poetry in English and its international relationships.

Its interest in translation, and in local and national identities in a global context, are at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments in poetry today. The magazine is open to tradition and experiment, publishing poetry from a wide range of approaches. Against this background of dynamic contrast, it offers a lively and informed critical context for the best contemporary writers.

Poetry Wales

Founded in 1965, Poetry Wales is a quarterly magazine with an international reputation for excellent poems, features and reviews from Wales and beyond. Emerging from a rich bilingual culture, Poetry Wales explores the diverse perspectives of Welsh poetry in English and its international relationships.

Its interest in translation, and in local and national identities in a global context, are at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments in poetry today. The magazine is open to tradition and experiment, publishing poetry from a wide range of approaches. Against this background of dynamic contrast, it offers a lively and informed critical context for the best contemporary poetry.


Waterloo Press

Waterloo Press offers readers an eclectic list of some of the most inventive and stimulating poetry from the UK and abroad. Our beautifully designed books include lost modernist classics, translations of senior international poets and vibrant collections by the most distinctive and striking younger poets around.

Waterloo Press brings radical and marginalised voices to the fore, mirroring the aesthetic value of their work in outstanding book design, including dust jackets; and original artwork for the covers. With its diverse and growing list, Waterloo Press breaks down the borders between contemporary schools of poetry, to forge a new poetics based on respect for craft, innovation and the challenge of real communication.

Its titles have always attracted excellent critical responses, and have recently garnered laurels including a PBS Recommendation, and shortlisting in the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.


Elysium Gallery

Elysium Gallery is an artist/volunteer run space that is committed to exhibiting and promoting the work of emerging Wales based and Wales educated artists (of all medias) whilst continuing to make links with the national arts scene.

As a gallery it strives to provide support for new artists and art organisations as well as encouraging pride and participation in local visual and performing arts in an environment that promotes experimentation, freedom and appreciation in all creative practices.

This helps to regenerate and create interest in the large gap between emerging and established artists, whilst continuing to strengthen and promote the Swansea arts scene.

31 Cradock Street,



SA1 3EP.

Tel: 07980 – 925 449 email: info@elysiumgallery.com


Arts Alive Wales

Arts Alive Wales is a charitable company based in rural South Powys.  We create opportunities for people of all ages to take part in high quality arts activities led by creative professionals both at our venue in Crickhowell and elsewhere in Wales.

Over a period of more than 20 years, Arts Alive Wales has earned a reputation for the quality of its work in the visual and applied arts. This remains the foundation of a wide-ranging programme of activities, both at our Crickhowell venue and in the community, that now regularly includes the performing and literary arts.

The Arts Alive Wales ethos is to work in collaboration not only with arts practitioners but with organisations and individuals in the public and third sectors, to conceive and deliver activities that reflect our values and help us to achieve our objectives.  To maximise our impact, our programme is organised on a thematic basis, focusing on Arts and Health and Arts and the Environment.

Arts Alive Wales works with over 60 freelance professional artists, craftspeople, performers, writers and musicians.  Our practitioners have a wide range of skills and experience in community, education and health settings. We have an established reputation for our work with children and young people. We work with all ages and abilities on collaborative community art projects – indoors and out.



Lyndon Davies was born and brought up in Cardiff, but currently lives in Powys. His first collection of poems Hyphasis, was published by Parthian in 2006. His second book, Shield, (Parthian) came out in May 2010. He co-runs the Glasfryn Seminars, a series of discussion groups on contemporary literature.

John Goodby‘s most recent books of poetry are uncaged sea (Waterloo, 2008), Wine Night White (Hafan, 2010), and Illennium (Shearsman, 2010). His second full-length collection, A True Prize, is forthcoming from Cinnamon in 2011. He won Cardiff International (2006) and the New Welsh Review (2009) poetry competitions, and used the prize money to found and run the experimental poetry performance troupe Boiled String. He has also published translations of Heine’s Germany: A Winter’s Tale (Smokestack, 2005, the Algerian poet Adel Guemar’s State of Emergency (Arc, 2007) (with Tom Cheesman), and No Soy Tu Musa / I’m Not Your Muse (Torremozas, 2009) (with Carlota Caulfield), an anthology of Irish women’s poetry translated into Spanish. His day job is as a lecturer in the English Department at Swansea University, and in this capacity his research interests include Dylan Thomas, the poetry of the 1940s, and Irish poetry since Yeats.


Huge thanks are due to the following:

Geoff Evans at Oriel Contemporary Arts for providing the venue and supporting the venture from the start.

Rebecca Parfitt

Graham Hartill (see Friends page)

Christopher Twigg, poet, painter, musician, for his wonderful hospitality in providing space in house and garden for readers, guests and yurts.

Steve Groves, journalist, ex-BBC radio news and arts-programme producer. Now Jamboree sound man and sound-archivist.

Chris Bradshaw of Black Mountains Bindery, Hay on Wye (see Friends page)

Penny Hallas, logistics, ferrying, and a thousand other things.

Anne Watkins, for kindly allowing us to use the Salem Chapel.

Tim Rossiter, for his generous assistance and muscles.





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    well done, our friends!
    Hope to see you soon and have a very good poetry festival.

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