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Established Monthly Poetry Session in the Melville bar, hosted by Ric Hool.  Bringing local and international poets to Abergavenny to celebrate the art of words and the story of our time that is expressed by current poets.  £5

This Months Guest Poets:

Robert Minhinnick is a Welsh poet, essayist, novelist and translator. He has won two Forward Prizes for Best Individual Poem and has received the Wales Book of the Year award a record three times (in 1993, 2006 and 2018).An environmental campaigner, he co-founded the charities Friends of the Earth (Cymru) and Sustainable Wales. His work deals with both Welsh and international themes.

He has published a dozen poetry collections and several volumes of essays. Robert edited the magazine, Poetry Wales from 1997 until 2008. He has also translated poems from contemporary Welsh poets for an anthology, The Adulterer’s Tongue. He is also the author of three novels.

Christopher Meredith: In 2014 Shifts was shortlisted for the title of ‘Greatest Welsh Novel of All Time’ by Wales Arts Review, coming a very close second to the winner. His poetry collection, The Meaning of Flight, was long-listed for The Book of the Year Award 2006. His fourth novel, The Book of Idiots, was published to acclaim in 2012. A collection of poems, Air Histories, was published in 2013. His short story collection, Brief Lives – six fictions, appeared in 2018. His latest fiction, the short novel Please, and latest poetry collection, Still, were published simultaneously in April 2021.
Chris has broadcast on radio and TV and given readings and talks all round Britain as well as in the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Slovenia and the USA.  Born and brought up in Tredegar and now living in Brecon, he has been a steelworker, a schoolteacher and a university professor.
Liz Pearce is writer and actor working in theatre, TV and radio.. She co-founded Rareseed Youth Theatre in 2014 and wrote and directed plays for this company. Written work includes These Foolish Things, a series of humorous monologues based on people’s significant life changes, and While the Kettle Boils, a poetic montage concerning people in the workplace. A nation-wide poetry project, My Creative Time was commissioned by Creative Lives and Literature Wales. Hydro Psyche (Water Spirit), to be exhibited at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in summer 2023, is a multi-media collaborative project, using rivers as a central theme.

Please contact us to register your place, and then pay on the door as usual.

To register, email info@melvillecentre.org.uk and send your full name/s and telephone contact numbers, or call The Melville on 01873 853167

It is very helpful to know the number of attendees ahead of the evening in order to provide the correct seating.
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