THE INAUGURAL National Poet of Wales Gwyneth Lewis will give a masterclass on writing and mental health at Aberystwyth University on Thursday (Mar 16).
The session, which is open to members of the public, has been organised at the request of students at the University’s Department of English and Creative Writing and takes place in the Old College starting at 6.30pm.
Gwyneth Lewis was appointed Wales’ first National Poet for 2005-06, and was responsible for composing the six-foot-high words on the front of the Wales Millennium Centre.
Currently 2016 Robert Frost Professor of Literature at the Breadloaf School of English, she has published six books of poetry in Welsh and English.
Her first collection in English Parables & Faxes won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward, as was her second, Chaotic Angels.
Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book on Depression (Harper Perennial 2002), her first non-fiction book, was shortlisted for the Mind Book of the Year and has been translated into Dutch, Czech and Spanish. Her Radio 4 adaptation won a Mental Health in the Media award.
Her second book of non-fiction, Two in a Boat: A Marital Voyage (Fourth Estate, 2005) is published in the UK and US.
Gwyneth is a member of Academi and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University and has been a Fellow at Harvard in the US.
Dr Louise Marshall, Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University said: “We are delighted that Gwyneth has been able to make time in her busy schedule to join us in Aberystwyth and deliver a masterclass on writing and mental health.
“Gwyneth’s extensive contributions to culture and well-being in Wales and beyond speak for themselves – she is, after all, the author of (probably) the biggest poem in the world.
“Our students are passionate about a range of issues surrounding mental health – over the past few years the English and Creative Writing Society have organised a plethora of charity events to raise funds for MIND Aberystwyth. It seems only fitting that their hard work is recognised and celebrated and we very much look forward to welcoming students, staff and the public to what will undoubtedly be a thought-provoking and inspirational event.”
Stereophonics to play Swansea gig
ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.
The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.
It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.
Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.
More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.
Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”
Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).
Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk.
Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply
A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.
Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.
The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.
Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.
English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.
Mark Drakeford named next First Minister
THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).
Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.
The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.
Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).
Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.
In the first round of voting, the results were:
Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%
Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:
Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%
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