Sam Smith Original Plus books & The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry')

Sam Smith books plus Original Plus publications and The Journal

Carnegie House, Bridgend

Our first instalment of Penned on the Bont for the new year has arrived, with feature reader and award winning poet, John Freeman PLUS OPEN MICwith me your host Rhian Edwards.

Bits and bobs are as follows:


Date: Friday 22 March 2018

Time: 7.30PM

Venue: Carnegie House (The Old Library)

Address: Wyndham St, Bridgend, CF31 1EF

Featuring: John Freeman & OPEN MIC

Admission: £5

Box Office: 01656 815995
Carnegie House, Wyndham Street, Bridgend, CF31 1EF 

Radio Cardiff

I'm to be interview by Ceri Stennett on Radio Cardiff (98.7fm) at 10am Tuesday 26th March 2019

The Square

As part of the Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival, and as a secondary launch of the NHS 'Our Beating Heart' anthology, I will be at the Berkeley Square Poetry Revue on Tuesday 26th March(8.30-10.30pm and reading from 'Problems and Polemics' and 'Rooms'. £2.00 on the door.

Narberth Book Fair

2019 Narberth Book Fair
held at the Queen's Hall in Narberth

  and the good news is that this year it will take place over two days.
Put them in your diary now.

28th and 29th September
Open 10am to 4pm both days

Free entry to the fair and workshops
Meet the Editor sessions are charged and must be pre-booked.

Don't miss the flash fiction competitions for adults and children:
 win a book token to use at the fair.

I'll be there -

Frome Jazz Club

The Township Sound with Sam Crockatt, at Frome Jazz Club (7pm Sun 22 Oct, The Cornerhouse Frome, free)

Frome Jazz Club is delighted to present our next featured player - Sam Crockatt (sax) on Sun 22 October.

In the 1970s and 1980s, South African musicians exiled to London by apartheid brought with them a new and vibrant form of jazz, a hectic mix of infectious tunes and rolling cross-rhythms. On Sun 22 October, FJC favourite and parliamentary jazz award winner Sam Crockatt (sax) joins the Keith Harrison-Broninski Trio (featuring Pete Maxfield on bass and Roberto Nappi on drums) to celebrate the township sound.

Frome Jazz Club is rapidly gaining a reputation for the high energy and high quality of its gigs, held in the intimate setting of the Cornerhouse pub in Frome (1 Christchurch Street East, Frome, Somerset BA11 1QA) - and all are free entry, so early arrival is advised if you want a seat.  Doors 7pm on Sun 22 Oct.

Keep it live and keep it real!

The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse presents


Pauline Prior Pitt.

November 25th 7.00 for 7.30


We are thrilled to welcome Pauline back to The Bakehouse with her new collection Be an Angel. Her focus on the pre-occupations of women, including MEN will make you laugh and catch your breath in recognition.

Pauline’s one woman shows attract sell out audiences to Festivals all over the country. She has appeared on Radio 4s Womans Hour, Pick of the Week, With Great Pleasure, and Poetry Please; and on Channel 4 Television.

Her readings are a pure, indulgent delight!


‘Everyone needs a Pauline Prior Pitt in their lives’ Maureen Lipman


The Fickle Tupperware Bowl of Fate awaits once more.


Bring a poem, a song, a guitar, a large pipe, a small pipe or juggling balls– anything to entertain or amuse.



Tickets: £5.00

Booking: 01557 814175 or


Followed by a light lunch at the Bakehouse for participants.

15 places. £15.00


Booking essential: 01557 814175 or


Little Machine gigs

Fareham - Ashcroft Arts Centre with Roger McGough – Nov 30th
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We have just three shows before the end of the year. The next is at Mycenae House in Greenwich on Friday 17th November and tickets are already sold out so we are sending this to promote the last two... 

Thursday November 30
Roger McGough
Ashcroft Arts Centre
Osborn Road, Fareham
PO16 7DX

You can book tickets online here.
Or call 01329 223100

Saturday December 2
Roger McGough
Landmark Arts Centre
Ferry Road, Teddington
TW11 9NN

You can book tickets online here. (these are tickets for the unreserved section, reserved seating is sold out.)
Or call 020 8977 7558

As ever keep an eye on our website for info and upcoming shows

BiG LoVe

Walter, Steve and Chris
LiTTLe MACHiNe "The Likes of Us" from the LiTTLe MACHiNe online shop.
The CD will also be on sale at gigs and the album available to download from all reputable online distributors including Amazon.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter or check our website to find out more.

The Poetry Brothel


Masquerade Tour 2017


It’s not that we’re hiding, not that we could, from you or our course, our truest paths. It’s not that covering our faces obscures even a sliver of our hearts, or an ounce of the silver on our tongues. No, loves, it is sheer frivolity, a tribute to some arcane past, and the decadence paired with simple beauty that begs us, don these masks! We are more ourselves than ever, we are more at home to play, we are more than dying, my darlings, to join you, at these mystical masquerades! So, pretend you're someone quite other than the self you’ve been all year, come into the nighttime, this one time, in your fanciful, or perhaps, wicked gear. We cannot wait to turn you over, to sing sweetly into your ears, to pour out our words right into you and marvel at what wonders appear. It’s the night of all hallows, and we are coming to greet you on your curling shores. Please and thank you, sweet children of longing, we’ll be there with bells on, with ravens, and of course, nevermores.

The Management

New York

October 29th

House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

San Francisco

November 5th

The Great Northern
119 Utah St
San Francisco, CA

San Diego

October 31st

The Lafayette Hotel
Mississippi Ballroom
2223 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA


November 7th

The Star Theatre
13 NW 6th Ave
Portland, OR

Los Angeles

November 2nd

3110 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

November 9th

The Rendezvous & Jewelbox Theater
2322 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

Prism Arts

Prism Arts News

Time to tour!


Prism Arts Studio Theatre Presents Shadow Tales-
Shadow Tales is about a boy, Charles, who having left India when five, returns 10 years later to discover his story. Folk tales, the Ramayana from India and King Arthur from England are entwined as the production explores the relationship Britain had with India in the 1860’s. 

A mixture of live action, shadow theatre, puppetry and storytelling, combined with an emotive and captivating story makes it a show not to be missed!

Running time: 1hr. Suitable for all ages over 7yrs.
our Theatre by the Lake performance is on Tuesday 28th November at 6pm!

Ring their booking line 01768 774411 and quote discount code "Prism30" to get your tickets at the concession price of £7!
For more information visit the website:

If you cant make it on that day you can always grab a ticket to one of the other performances -

Old Fire Station, Carlisle - Wednesday 22nd at 1.30pm.
Thursday 23rd November, 1.30pm and 6.30pm -
Tickets: Tel: 01228 598596

The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal -
Thursday 7th December, 1.30pm - Tickets: Tel: 01539 725133

(Also, in case you didn't know, our performance at Rosehill Theatre on the 10th November is already sold out!!)

We look forward to seeing you!

All the best,
Prism Arts Studio Theatre 
Jonathan, Rosie, Andy, Tom, Aidan, Harvey, Caroline, Nesh, Amber, Andrew, Holly, Ali, Vicki, Rebecca, Travis and Catherine.

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Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Hexham Book Festival

Ye Olde Murenger House

March for the NHS

The People's Assembly Against Austerity 

South Downs Poetry Festival

 THe South Downs Poetry festival (SDPF)is running its second year offering many different events across the lovely landscapes of Hampshire and Sussex.

This includes :-   A 3-Day Residential, poetry workshops with tutors
 Kim Moore and Hugh Dunkerley at
The Sustainability Centre , near East Meon (GU32 1HR) from     April 28th to May 1st.

Poetry Competiton, open to all,    March 6th - May 19th

Please see: for further details and ticketing or contact Sue at

Over Land, Over Sea


Stop the War Coalition

On March 28th 2017, the DPRTE arms fair will return to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff for the third time. Join a day of action against the arms fair on 28 March, and show the arms industry there’s no welcome for it in Wales!

DPRTE brings together all parts of the arms industry, networking small companies with some of the world’s largest arms companies. Major arms dealers such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Boeing- whose weapons have been used to crush pro-democracy movements around the world, and to commit serious human rights abuses- will be coming to the Motorpoint Arena, looking for new business partners and suppliers for their deadly trade. In 2016, huge protests and a successful day of action caused havoc for the DPRTE arms fair. You can read more about it on the CAAT blog.

Cardiff activists are holding a meeting on Monday 27th February to discuss opposition to the fair- and a day of action has been called for the 28th March to challenge the fair itself. If you’d like to get involved, here’s how:

  • Join the Cymdeithas y Cymod/Fellowship of Reconciliation meeting at the Chapter Arts Centre in the Canton area of Cardiff at 7.00pm on Monday the 27th of February (in the downstairs meeting room) to plan action against the fair. The meeting is Welsh-speaking with English translation, and all are welcome.
  • Save the date for the Big Day of Action! Join the protests on Tuesday 28th march between 8.00 and 17.30 outside the main entrance of the Motorpoint Arena, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, CF10 2EQ, and join and share the facebook event for the demo.
  • Come to a special screening of Shadow World: Inside the global arms trade at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on 17th March. There will be a panel discussion afterwards with activists involved in the campaign.  Tickets can be booked online here
  • Write to the Motorpoint Arena and your local Cardiff councilors to ask them not to give DPRTE a home in Cardiff. Email You can also leave a comment on their Facebook page. Find contact details for your local councilor on the Cardiff council website here.

Can't make the meeting but want to get more involved? Email to get directly in touch with the organizers! Especially if you're part of a group who would like to support the actions, we'd love to hear from you.

Thanks, and best wishes,

Kat Hobbs

CAAT Local Outreach Coordinator

Torriano / Hearing Eye UPCOMING READINGS:

Upcoming Sunday Readings
7.30pm. Poets from the floor welcome. Admission £5/4 (according to pocket)
Sunday 8th October - Guest Readers: Fawzia Kane and Sonia Jerema
Sunday 15th October - Out of his struggles’, a bi-lingual reading from the work of poet and political activist, Kosuke Shirasu, (1905-1943), by the joint interpreters, Bruce Barnes and Jun Shirasu.
Sunday 22nd October - Guest Readers: Mel Pryor and Stuart McKenzie, introduced by Lisa Kelly
Sunday 29th October - Guest Readers: Imruh Bakari and Nairobi Thompson, introduced by Milverton Wallace  

London History Festival


Leicester's Everybody's Reading


Poetry Book Fair

This year's Poetry Book Fair will take place Saturday 17th September 2016 in London. More details soon.

Poetry Art Exchange

poetryartexchange (Romania/UK)
A project featuring poets from Romania and the UK. Each poet submitted two poems on the subject of art and/or poetry (you can find these on the blogsite They then wrote two more in response to the project. These, along with statements and discussions between poets, plus the original poems, will be developed in an online book to be published by Contemporary Literature Press, the online publishing house of the University of Bucharest ( in spring 2017.


Undercurrents Gallery in London hosts the first in a series of exhibitions promoting this project. You are invited to the Opening Show on Friday 29th April 2016, between 7 and 11pm. The exhibition runs from 30th April to 25th May, open from 12 noon to 11pm seven days a week.

Undercurrents Gallery, The Birds Nest, 32 Deptford Church St. London SE8 4RZ (


The second exhibition will take place in April and May of 2017 at Centrala Gallery, Digburth, Birmingham (, a gallery presenting Central and Eastern European art and artists interested in the region).

For further information contact Steve Rushton at

Baltic Book Market


Page and Performance


Society of Authors


Hadrian’s Wall Live Author programme at Chesters Roman Fort

All information is on our website 
For more information on the Festival go to Hadrian's Wall Live 

London Literature Festival


Manchester Literature Festival


Ariadne's Thread