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National Poetry Day in Wales

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 12:41 UK time, Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Thursday 6 October marks National Poetry Day in the UK, and there are a number of events taking place in Wales that you can get involved with.

The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea are staging a free event, Song For A Raggy Boy - a celebration of the life and work of Patrick Galvin. One of Ireland's most influential poets, Galvin was instrumental in setting up the Swansea-Cork Writers' Exchange in the 1990s.

This celebration of both poetry and of Galvin's life will include performances from Cork poets Gerry Murphy and Liz O'Donoghue and Swansea poets Nigel Jenkins, David Hughes and John Goodby, plus singer Margot Morgan and musician Andy Jones will also attend.

Literature Wales are staging a poetry giveaway in their recently opened Literature Lounge in St David's shopping centre in Cardiff. Just pop in from 11am to receive your free poem written by one of Wales’ best-loved poets.

Your poem could be penned by Joe Dunthorne, Hywel Griffiths, Damian Walford Davies, Mererid Hopwood, Paul Henry, Ifor Thomas, Gillian Clarke, Kathryn Gray, Samantha Wyn Rhydderch or perhaps another contemporary Welsh poet. (Visit the Literature Wales website for more info about their Literature Lounge events, as it's only there for a limited time until the end of October.)

Award-winning poet Emily Hinshelwood will give a reading at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen while there'll also be an afternoon of poetry and song at the Waterloo Gardens Tearoom in Penylan, Cardiff with poet and singer-songwriter Maria Lindström and poet Susan Richardson.

There's also an extended celebration of poetry in The Dylan Thomas Birthplace Festival of Words, taking place at Dylan's birthplace in Swansea, 5 Cwmdokin Drive. On National Poetry Day itself Fran Lock will launch her first book of poetry Flat Rock while folk singer Lorraine King and 17-year-old Welsh tenor Reuben Nicholas will also join in the proceedings.

For more events browse the official National Poetry Day website. If you're planning to mark the day in another way or at a different event in Wales, let us know about it in the comments section below.


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