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  1. Philip Gross wins the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry

    Thursday 4 February 2010, 12:57

    Congratulations to Philip Gross on winning the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry. It's seen as the prize most poets want to win and the Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University is delighted that his book, The Water Table earned him the £15,000 first prize.

    The TS Eliot prize is in its 15th year...

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  2. Panto season is just about upon us - oh yes it is!

    Friday 11 December 2009, 17:25

    It's become the tradition for soap stars to tread the boards at Christmas but I was a bit surprised to see that Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is starring in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

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  3. Ruthin Craft Centre wins the 2009 Dewi-Prys Thomas design prize

    Friday 11 December 2009, 11:56

    Congratulations to Ruthin Craft Centre for winning the 2009 Dewi-Prys Thomas design prize. It's an award given to recognise the importance of good design to the quality of life, identity and regeneration of Wales and is named after the inspirational teacher and architect who was head of the Welsh School...

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  4. Les Misérables comes to Wales

    Tuesday 8 December 2009, 15:21

    It's a big event - the 25th anniversary tour of the mega hit musical Les Miserables starting in Wales and there's a strong Welsh presence in the cast.

    I interviewed the star of the show, John Owen Jones, for the Radio Wales arts programme on 10 December and he was in fine form, despite a nightmare five...

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  5. Craft in the Bay: 25 years on and flourishing

    Monday 7 December 2009, 11:37

    Last week I was in Craft in the Bay, the Cardiff home of the Makers Guild in Wales. Based in a refurbished and listed maritime warehouse with a purpose built extension on the poetically named The Flourish in Cardiff Bay, the building is full of high quality crafts and the Christmas exhibition, Seren...

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  6. Write To Rock

    Tuesday 24 November 2009, 12:37

    This week four bands and four playwrights are living and working together to create four brand new pieces that'll be performed at Clwyd Theatr Cymru on Saturday.

    It's a project called Write to Rock and the bands and writers were paired up last Saturday in a sort of FA Cup type selection - their names...

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  7. A new Chapter

    Monday 23 November 2009, 17:02

    Cardiff's Chapter Arts Centre is being officially re-launched this week. It's had a glossy new look and, more importantly, the former school has undergone major structural changes and improvements over the last 12 months or so.

    The re-development has cost the best part of £4 million and has completely...

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  8. National Theatre Wales: director face to face

    Monday 23 November 2009, 11:24

    The mastermind of National Theatre Wales will be answering questions about the organisation's plans for its first year at a free talk at Wales Millennium Centre on Wednesday, 25th November.

    John McGrath is joining me in the Centre's Victor Salvi Room at 6pm to talk about the newest national theatre company...

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  9. Cappuccino Girls at Swansea's Grand Theatre

    Friday 20 November 2009, 18:06

    The multi-talented Mal Pope's new musical is at the Grand Theatre in Swansea next week. Cappuccino Girls is being billed as a mixture of Friends and Sex & the City though Mal says it's based on his wife and two of her mates who meet for coffee and putting the world to right chats.

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  10. Arts and homelessness

    Friday 20 November 2009, 10:44

    Today I'm chairing a discussion at Swansea's Taliesin Arts Centre about homelessness and the arts.

    Shelter Cymru is working in partnership with the Arts Centre and Streetwise Opera, a charity set up in 2002 to support the personal development of homeless and formerly homeless people through taking part...

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  11. Triple birthday celebrations at the Wales Millennium Centre

    Thursday 19 November 2009, 10:50

    Three milestone birthdays were celebrated in style at Wales Millennium Centre on 14 November.

    Of course, it's five years since the centre opened but a massive concert was arranged to say happy birthday to the composer Karl Jenkins and to mark 10 years of devolution in Wales as well as play a part in the...

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  12. Owen Teale: a samurai test for acting

    Wednesday 18 November 2009, 17:04

    Spare a thought for Welsh actor Owen Teale, who's rehearsing in Japan for a new play about the British Samurai, William Adams. Acting is hard enough when it's in your native language but poor Owen has lines to learn in both English and Japanese.

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  13. Joan Baker: a life in painting

    Tuesday 17 November 2009, 11:11

    An exhibition to try and catch opens at the University of Glamorgan's gallery on December 9th. It's a retrospective of the work of Cardiff's Joan Baker. That may not be an instantly recognisable name unless you studied at Cardiff College of Art between 1945 and 1983.

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  14. Inspirational singing from Cardiff International Academy of Voice

    Monday 16 November 2009, 15:32

    Two of the operatic stars of tomorrow will be joining me on this week's Radio Wales Arts Show. They're both studying at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, set up at the University by one of the world's favourite tenors, Dennis O'Neill.

    The course is designed to give young professional singers...

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  15. Verdict from the National Theatre Wales launch

    Thursday 5 November 2009, 16:46

    I've just got back from the launch of National Theatre Wales' first year of programming and I'm really excited.

    The fact that the new company would be staging 12 shows around Wales was common knowledge and that it aimed to bring a fresh and innovative approach to English language drama but all I can say...

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  16. Arthur Giardelli

    Thursday 5 November 2009, 16:38

    I was really saddened to hear that the artist Arthur Giardelli had died. He was 98 and had been one of the major figures in Welsh art for over half a century.

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  17. Cut On The Bias: clothes worth a read

    Wednesday 4 November 2009, 15:59

    I've been lucky to have been sent a proof copy of a new collection of short stories to be published by Honno in January. Edited by Stephanie Tillotson, Cut On The Bias explores the intensely personal relationship women can have with their clothes.

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  18. National Theatre Wales: launching with a bang

    Tuesday 3 November 2009, 16:01

    This Thursday - Bonfire Night - is when National Theatre Wales officially launches its first year programme. The English-language company has ambitions plans to provide drama for the whole of the country and new productions month by month.

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  19. Bad Boy Bryn

    Monday 2 November 2009, 16:25

    On the Radio Wales Arts Show this Thursday I'm talking to Bryn Terfel about his latest venture - a CD and concert tour called Bad Boys.

    It's a really good idea which Bryn came up with to bring together some of his favourite arias from opera and musical theatre. Bass baritones tend to be the villains of...

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  20. It's My Shout awards in Porthcawl

    Monday 26 October 2009, 17:25

    Young actors and film makers were out in force at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl last weekend for the It's My Shout Awards.

    The awards recognise the budding talent that's nurtured through It's My Shout in all aspects of film and TV work - acting, writing, technical and production. The scheme was set up...

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