Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Dirty Protest - The Bells of Shoreditch

15 January 2009 - 16 January 2009

The Bells of Shoreditch
By Tim Price

Paul has been suffering from anxiety attacks. He can't stop himself throwing his property over bridges. He goes to work with no shoes. He's a man falling apart. So he puts an advert in the newspaper for a bedmate. Someone to sleep, to help him through the night. Follow Paul on his journey through London, with the loneliest people he can find.

With the support of Sherman Cymru and the Arts Council of Wales, Dirty Protest have workshopped this full-length play. Seeking to fill the vacuum between rehearsed readings and full scale productions, they hope this development production will be the first of many.

Visit Sherman Cymru for further details

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Monday, 12 January 2009

And now for something completely different

Steven Spielberg fails to see the funny side - lawyers send 'cease and desist' letter to University of Wales Lampeter.

Prizes from New Welsh Review and Poetry Wales

A reminder of the details of the New Welsh Review Poetry Prize - closing date 30th January:

New Welsh Review, in association with Aberystwyth University Department of English and Creative Writing, is delighted to announce a new prize for poetry.

The prize, to be judged by award-winning poet Philip Gross, is open to New Welsh Review subscribers, and to students in the Aberystwyth University Department of English and Creative Writing. Entry is free. The winner will receive £200, with £50 each for two runners-up, at a ceremony in March 2009.

Visit the New Welsh Review website to download an entry form.

Over at Poetry Wales, there's the The Poetry Wales Purple Moose Poetry Prize. Sponsored by Purple Moose brewery, Porthmadog, and judged by poets ZoĆ« Skoulding (Poetry Wales Editor) and Patrick McGuinness, this is an open competition for short collections of 20-24 poems. The winner of this pamphlet competition will receive £250 and publication of their short collection. Closing date 1st May.

Poet Mick Imlah dies

Scottish poet Mick Imlah has died at the age of 52, the Guardian reports.

Imlah debuted with the highly acclaimed Birthmarks in 1988. A twenty year hiatus followed. Astonishingly, despite battling Motor Neurone disease, he returned with The Lost Leader last year – garnering him plaudits and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Imlah was poetry editor of the Times Literary Supplement. News of his death is deeply saddening and arrives just as the winner of the T S Eliot Prize, for which he is nominated, is about to be announced.