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  1. RS Thomas' church paraphernalia for auction

    Thursday 6 May 2010, 15:30

    Items from RS Thomas' time at St Mary Magdalene Church are to go under the hammer next week. The poet was the curate at Tallarn Green in Hanmer, Flintshire between the war years of 1940 and 1942.

    The brass eagle lectern from St Mary Magdalene Church. Courtesy of Bonhams.

    The brass eagle lectern from St Mary Magdalene Church. Courtesy of Bonhams.

    Thomas made little attempt to disguise...

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  2. Anthony Hopkins to receive Golden Heart Award

    Thursday 6 May 2010, 13:47

    Sir Anthony Hopkins and his wife Stella are to be honoured for their work with a homeless charity, having become involved with the Midnight Mission eight years ago.

    They will receive the accolades at the the 10th annual Golden Heart Awards, at a ceremony hosted in Los Angeles on Monday.

    The couple got...

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  3. Devilishly good: 'lost' John Osborne play set to open

    Wednesday 5 May 2010, 18:05

    With an Olivier Award-winning actor in the lead role of a recently discovered 'lost' play by John Osborne, National Theatre Wales' third production of 2010 promises to be an exciting affair.

    The Devil Inside Him stars Iwan Rheon, who recently won the Olivier Award for best supporting performance in...

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  4. Tony Award nomination for Catherine Zeta Jones

    Wednesday 5 May 2010, 12:06

    Catherine Zeta Jones has received a Tony Award nomination for best performance by a leading actress in a musical, for her role in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music.

    Catherine Zeta Jones

    Zeta Jones played Desiree Armfeldt and starred alongside Alexander Hanson and Angela Lansbury in the Broadway production. She will...

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  5. Literary postcards showcase Welsh writers

    Tuesday 4 May 2010, 13:01

    Academi, in conjunction with the Rhys Davies Trust, have launched a set of 16 limited edition postcards that celebrate some of Wales' most prolific writers. And what's more, they're giving away sets free of charge.

    Photograph of the RS Thomas postcard, courtesy Academi.

    Browse a gallery of photographs of some of the postcards in the collection (kindly provided...

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  6. Wales Book of the Year 2010 longlist: photo gallery

    Thursday 29 April 2010, 11:01

    Following the announcement of the longlist of the Wales Book of the Year 2010, we've got a brand new photo gallery of images taken on the night of the event in Bangor.

    Photograph of the Wales Book of the Year 2010 longlisted books © Academi.

    Kindly provided by Academi, the Welsh literature agency that administers the annual prize with funding from the Arts Council of Wales...

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  7. Captured on camera: Super Furries and Steve Jones

    Thursday 29 April 2010, 10:00

    The winning photographs from this year's National Photographic Portrait Commission are now on show at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

    Striking portraits of one of Britian's leading scientists Steve Jones, by Tom Pope, and Welsh band Super Furry Animals, by Sophie Keyworth, will be on display...

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  8. Inaugural Richard Burton lecture in Swansea

    Wednesday 28 April 2010, 12:48

    This Friday marks the inaugural Richard Burton Lecture at Swansea's Taliesin Arts Centre. The lecture will explore Richard Burton the scholar, and celebrates the launch of Swansea University's Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales.

    Professor Chris Williams in front of a display of Richard Burton pictures and documents. Photo courtesy of Swansea University.

    Professor Chris Williams. Photo courtesy of Swansea University...

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  9. Llanrwst to host fifth Bedwen Lyfrau Book Festival

    Wednesday 28 April 2010, 10:06

    The Glasdir Centre in Llanrwst is set to host one of Wales' most important Welsh-language book festivals this weekend. The Bedwen Lyfrau Book Festival is an annual event organized by Cwlwm Cyhoeddwyr Cymru, the Welsh-language publishers' association.

    Events begin on Friday as Gari Wyn, Wyn Melville...

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  10. Welsh writers shortlisted for comic fiction literary prize

    Tuesday 27 April 2010, 09:55

    Welsh author Tiffany Murray has been shortlisted for the UK's only prize for comic fiction, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize.

    Also among the five authors up for the award is Malcom Pryce, who sets his quirky noir detective novels in the Welsh town of Aberystwyth.

    Tiffany Murray © Fritz Fryer / Malcolm Pryce © David Mitchell

    Tiffany Murray © Fritz Fryer ...

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  11. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan to host Doctor Who Proms

    Tuesday 27 April 2010, 09:27

    The new Doctor Who and his companion are set to host two concerts in July as part of the BBC Proms.

    Doctor Who image featuring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Karen gillan as Amy Pond

    Actors Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) will introduce the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' performances with the London Philharmonic Choir on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July. The orchestra...

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  12. Barbican boss to take helm at Wales Millennium Centre

    Thursday 22 April 2010, 14:55

    The director of one of Europe's largest arts centres is to take over as the chief executive of the Wales Millennium Centre.

    Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff

    Mark Taylor, currently at the helm of the Barbican in London, will step into Judith Isherwood's shoes as she moves on from her role at the iconic arts venue in the heart of Cardiff...

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  13. American première for Welsh film comedy Big Font. Large Spacing

    Thursday 22 April 2010, 10:19

    A new Welsh film comedy, made in just a three-week period in Cardiff on what the company describes as a 'micro-budget', has enjoyed an impressive world première at the Atlanta Film Festival.

    Off-beat comedy Big Font. Large Spacing is the feature début of writer and director Paul Howard Allen. It follows...

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  14. Gillian Clarke's sonnet on silent skies

    Tuesday 20 April 2010, 12:50

    National poet of Wales Gillian Clarke has written a sonnet entitled Blue Sky Thinking, inspired by the recent ban on air travel in the UK due to the volcanic ash cloud emitted by Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

    Listen to a clip on the BBC Wales News website in which she recites the sonnet and tells...

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  15. Top acts to headline Machynlleth Comedy Festival

    Tuesday 20 April 2010, 11:00

    A new comedy festival showcasing the best up and coming talent as well as already established comedians opens in mid Wales town Machynlleth this Friday.

    The Machynlleth Comedy Festival will see headliners such as Jon Richardson, Tudur Owen, Robin Ince, Peep Show star Isy Suttie and three man sketch...

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  16. Wales Book of the Year 2010 longlist

    Tuesday 20 April 2010, 10:00

    Welsh literature agency Academi are set to announce the longlist of the Wales Book of the Year 2010 at an event in Bangor this evening.

    The annual literary prizes, worth £10,000 to the winners, are awarded to authors of the best books of the year in both the English and Welsh language.

    The winners...

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  17. Doctor Who in Wales locations guide is launched

    Friday 16 April 2010, 12:35

    Calling all Doctor Who fans! We've recently created a new interactive map that lets you explore some of the locations in Wales where the iconic sci-fi programme has been filmed.

    David Tennant as the Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler on location in the Gower filming Doctor Who: New Earth.

    Did you know that Rhossili in Gower was the setting for New New York as seen by the Doctor and Rose Tyler when they arrived...

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  18. Rob Brydon to star in new BBC Two series

    Thursday 15 April 2010, 11:37

    Rob Brydon is set to star in a new BBC Two series called The Trip with Steve Coogan. The Welsh comedian has recently been filming in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales for the show, in which he and Coogan play 'loose versions of [themselves] touring around The Lakes and reviewing restaurants'.

    Rob Brydon

    The...

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  19. Play on life of Josef Herman to open in Swansea

    Thursday 15 April 2010, 10:44

    A play dramatising the life of Polish artist Josef Herman and his time spent in Ystradgynlais is to open in Swansea.

    Black and white photograph of Josef Herman © Bernard Mitchell

    Photograph of Josef Herman © Bernard Mitchell

    Herman is fondly remembered for his depictions of the Welsh mining community of Ystradgynlais. Having originally visited the Swansea Valley...

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  20. Jonathan Pryce on Radio Wales Arts Show

    Wednesday 14 April 2010, 16:06

    Nicola Heywood Thomas talks to Jonathan Pryce and looks at the latest productions by National Theatre Wales and Mappa Mundi in this week's BBC Radio Wales Arts Show.

    Jonathan Pryce

    Welsh star of stage and screen Pryce has been starring in the West End as tramp Davies in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker. The show, directed...

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