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  1. Women dominate 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist

    Thursday 23 September 2010, 13:10

    Five of the six shortlisted authors up for the prestigious 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize are women, it has been announced.

    A six-strong shortlist for the £30,000 prize, which is now awarded annually, has been revealed from a longlist of 16 - with the young authors hailing from five continents. Of the six...

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  2. Carolyn Merrifield at Washington Gallery, Penarth

    Thursday 23 September 2010, 11:30

    A new exhibition featuring some of the most recognisable Welsh faces from the worlds of arts, sport, business, politics and science will begin next month at the Washington Gallery in Penarth.

    Artist Carolyn Merrifield has teamed up with photographer Jocelyn Allen for her latest collection, of portraits...

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  3. Contemporary Art Society for Wales' free public lectures

    Tuesday 21 September 2010, 15:10

    The Contemporary Art Society for Wales opens its autumn/winter series of free public lectures this evening.

    Tonight's lecture, on Woven Sculptures, will be given by artist Sue Hiley Harris at the Cardiff University School of Architecture, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff.

    Further planned lectures next...

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  4. Hijinx Theatre embarks on autumn tour

    Tuesday 21 September 2010, 12:30

    Hijinx Theatre are about to embark on what is likely to be their last autumn tour with a production inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    Ill Met By Moonlight was written almost 20 years ago, and toured in 1994...

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  5. Made in Roath Arts Festival returns

    Monday 20 September 2010, 18:00

    The second Made in Roath Arts Festival returns to Cardiff next month following its début last year.

    After a successful pilot - plus lots of positive feedback - in 2009, this year's is set to be bigger and better as the arty folk of the Roath area of the capital display their work in a multitude of quirky...

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  6. Beautiful Boy wins prize at Toronto International Film Festival

    Monday 20 September 2010, 11:50

    Beautiful Boy, starring Welsh actor Michael Sheen, has picked up the prize of the International Critics for the Discovery programme at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

    Beautiful Boy is the début feature film from director Shawn Ku. It tells the story of the devastating aftermath of an...

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  7. Art goes under the hammer for Shelter Cymru

    Friday 17 September 2010, 15:10

    More than 65 pieces of art by some of Wales' top artists will go under the hammer next week in charity auctions in the fight against homelessness.

    Shelter Cymru will hold their annual Welsh art auctions, one each in north and south Wales on 20 and 24 September respectively, with artists such as William...

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  8. Appearance of Dylan's old haunt disappoints tourists

    Thursday 16 September 2010, 13:30

    Fans of legendary Welsh poet Dylan Thomas have noted their disappointment in the condition of one of his famous drinking haunts following a delay in its planned revamp.

    Dylan admirers on the well-trod tourist trail in Laugharne have been left disappointed by the poor state...

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  9. Russell Grant's vision of Under Milk Wood

    Wednesday 15 September 2010, 17:50

    Russell Grant is searching for stars, but not of the astrological kind - he's on the look out for amateur actors for his planned production of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood.

    Grant, a trained actor, plans to take on the role of the First Voice - the role once occupied...

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  10. Academi launches Writers' Plaques website

    Wednesday 15 September 2010, 15:15

    Welsh literature promotion agency Academi has launched a great new website that celebrates the literary talents of the nation.

    The Writers' Plaques website details the memorials dedicated to Welsh writers throughout the country on a map of Wales. So far Academi has profiled 58 plaques, commemorating...

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  11. Ioan Gruffudd stars in The Kid

    Tuesday 14 September 2010, 16:40

    Ioan Gruffudd returns to the silver screen this week as he stars in new film The Kid, an adaptation of the harrowing novel by Kevin Lewis.

    Actor and director Nick Moran, of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels fame, follows his directorial début Telstar with this powerful story of a young boy who rose...

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  12. Bright Young Things books launch

    Tuesday 14 September 2010, 13:10

    This week sees the launch of Bright Young Things, a daring new collection of books from four up and coming literary stars which have been published by Welsh publishers Parthian Books.

    Bright Young Things sees the talents of Welsh (or Wales-based) authors Tyler Keevil, Susie Wild, JP Smythe and Wil Gritten...

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  13. Roald Dahl Day festivities celebrates author's life

    Monday 13 September 2010, 14:50

    Today marks the birth date of the much-loved, Cardiff-born author Roald Dahl - and a host of festivities are planned this month to celebrate his life.

    Dahl died almost 20 years ago, in 1990, but the popularity of his books endures. What started off as a single day of celebration of the author's life...

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  14. Vale of Glamorgan Artists' exhibition at Dyffryn Gardens

    Friday 10 September 2010, 16:20

    Fancy a free weekend activity that combines a leisurely stroll through some of the most picturesque gardens in south Wales, with the chance to view a collection of new artwork?

    Well Bob's your uncle, so to speak, thanks to the Open Doors Weekend at Dyffryn Gardens and Arboretum this weekend - who are...

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  15. Cordell Country mini-saga literary competition

    Friday 10 September 2010, 13:10

    People are being encouraged to follow in the footsteps of Alexander Cordell, author of Rape Of The Fair Country, and enter a literary competition with a twist.

    The Cordell Mini-Saga competition was launched at last month's National Eisteddfod. Entrants must write a story of exactly 50 words that is...

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  16. Writing courses at Dylan Thomas' childhood home

    Friday 10 September 2010, 11:50

    The birthplace of one of Wales' most prodigious literary talents looks set to inspire the writers of the future as plans for writing courses at Dylan Thomas' early home, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in Swansea, are afoot.

    A series of 10-week long courses are being run by Anne...

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  17. Free art classes at the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea

    Thursday 9 September 2010, 12:55

    Beginning this Saturday, 11 September, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea will be running free art classes for adults and young children.

    Adult classes are open to anyone over 16 and will take place every...

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  18. Unhidden exhibition at Museum of Modern Art Wales

    Wednesday 8 September 2010, 10:30

    A new exhibition of photography that showcases a unique view of Wales opens later this month at the Museum of Modern Art Wales in Machynlleth.

    Unhidden, Documentary Photographs of Contemporary Wales is a collection of dramatic images of far-from-typical Welsh scenery.

    The artist behind the collection...

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  19. Gavin & Stacey and Doctor Who pick up TV Choice awards

    Tuesday 7 September 2010, 12:00

    Hit BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, which put the Welsh seaside town of Barry firmly on the map, scooped the award for best comedy show at last night's TV Choice Awards.

    There was further success as the BBC Cymru Wales produced...

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  20. Film set to capture success of Fron Male Voice Choir

    Tuesday 7 September 2010, 09:26

    The director behind a film telling the story of Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir's rise to fame has said that shooting on the film could begin this year.

    Debbie Isitt, who directed the films Confetti and Nativity!, has said that the film "remains a major priority" for production company Lion's Gate.

    ...

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