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Your thoughts and experience of life in the Preseli Region – The Preseli Poetry Slam

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This summer Span Arts and PLANED have been hosting a unique bilingual writing project.   The Preseli Poetry Slam Project is now in the closing phase and we’d like to invite you to take part. 

Welsh poet Karen Owen has been commissioned as our Poet in Residence, spending time in the county over May, June and finally in July.  During this time she has been inspiring the people of Pembrokeshire to pick up their pens to write about life in the region.  She has worked in schools, pubs, village halls and even in people’s homes, the feedback from all has been so positive and the poems so varied.  We’ve had serious poems, funny poems, poems about village life as well as many words about the striking landscape.  Poems have been created through the medium of Welsh, English and bilingually by fluent speakers, learners and absolute novices. 

There’s still a couple of chances to get involved! 

  • We are holding a final public workshop in Brynberian Vestry from 1-3pm on Tuesday 16th July, come along and have a chat to Karen, get warmed up and let the words flow. 
  • And finally, the project culminates in The Preseli Poetry Slam, a celebration of the project which will be held at Newport Memorial Hall on Friday 19th July from 7-9pm.  This will be an interactive and informal event with food, drinks and poetry.  You can participate or just come along to listen and enjoy. 

If you have already participated please bring along your poems to read on the night, if you haven’t joined in yet you can bring something you’ve already written or rustle something up in the next week or so.  The only rule is that it should be themed around your thoughts and experience of life in the Preseli Region and the invitation is open to everyone. 

Please confirm your attendance with Nia Lewis nia@span-arts.org.uk 

The Preseli Poetry Slam is part of a wider Ein Cymdogaeth Werin – Preseli Heartlands Communities Great Place project, led by the local development charity, PLANED. 

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