Porthcawl's Green Room returns with an exciting programme


Sustainable Wales’s ‘Green Room’ performance space has its autumn 2015 programme lined up.

EVENTS so far arranged include the following, with an exciting ‘Cerdd Dant’ launching the season.

More information: Sustainable Wales 01656 783962

Our events page will be updated with more information as we have it. 

(Post updated 1st September)


Cerdd Dant: 8pm, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 sees a special evening of harp playing and Welsh language recitation taking place in SUSTAINABLE WALES’S GREEN ROOM, 5, JAMES ST., PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG

Led by CARYS EVANS, who administers the ‘Porthcawl Cerdd Dant’ (string music) group, the evening promises to be an outstanding musical and literary occasion.

Entrance on the door is £3 and everyone is welcome, whether Welsh speaking or not.

For Sustainable Wales, Robert Minhinnick said today: “ This is the first event in our new Green Room series, which will include book launches and celebrations.

“Carys Evans is a great admirer of harpist and writer Twm Morys, and Twm himself will be appearing at events in Ty Carnegie, Bridgend, on November 13, and in Llangynwyd on November 14, in events organized by Sustainable Wales.
Twm will playing his adaptions of ‘tribannau’ – Welsh language poems traditionally associated with Glamorgan. September 18 at the Green Room is the start of an exciting series that will last into 2016.”

SEPTEMBER 25, 7.30pm.

Launch of ‘Limestone Man’

by Robert Minhinnick, a novel published by Seren Books.  With live music from Peter Morgan and guest readers. At ‘Ty Carnegie’ (Arts Hub), Wyndham Street, BRIDGEND, CF31 1EF.

This is a free event.




8pm, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, sees a discussion of the life of ALUN LEWIS, the World War Two writer, who died in Burma in 1944.

Led by Cary Archard, founder of Seren Books, and editor of Lewis’s ‘Collected Poems’ and ‘Collected Stories’, this event considers of a writer who died too soon.

Indeed, Cary Archard might touch on the cause of Lewis’s death, either accident or suicide.

There will also be readings of Lewis’s work, including ‘Raiders’ Dawn’, one of the most poignant poems of World War Two.

Socially aware, Alun Lewis wrote that: “The industrialization of Wales has ruled the Welsh people as tyrannically as Hitler is ruling the continent today”.

Alun Lewis was a schoolteacher at Lewis Boys School, Pengam, and this year is his centenary. Educated at Cowbridge Grammar School, he fought in Burma with the South Wales Borderers.

His experiences of India and Burma had a momentous effect on his life and writing.

Entrance £3. To be followed by an Open Mic.

Further details: Sustainable Wales 01656 783962/  773627.





HappenStance Press Comes to Porthcawl

Poet and editor of HappenStance press Nell Nelson travels from Fife to Porthcawl to launch two new books by Welsh poets.

'Unleaving' is the first collection of poems by Kristian Evans. He is a writer and artist, originally from Bridgend, who currently lives among the dunes at Kenfig on the south Wales coast with his wife, two sons and a border collie. A close observer of the expressions of the natural world, and its dialogue with poetic tradition, his work is nonetheless willing to take risks and test our conventions. Even in his prose, there’s poetry, the borderlines blurred and burnished. He is the author of the popular Kenfig Journal.

Stephen Payne’s day job is in academic cognitive science. He is currently Professor of Human-Centric Systems at the University of Bath. He’s always been fascinated by language and lyric, and here, in his first full length collection, 'Pattern Beyond Chance', scientist and poet meet and strike sparks. It’s no surprise to encounter poems that think, and think about thinking. They’re playful, provocative and lyrical, and the poet’s continuous pleasure in sound and pattern is curiously infectious.

Nell said, ""How lucky and lovely it is to have debut publications from two excellent Welsh poets at the same time! It's a delight to be launching HappenStance books in Wales -- for the first time, but definitely not the last."

Kristian will also be reading at Ty Carnegie, Bridgend's new art centre, with Clare Potter on the 15th of October and Stephen will be reading in Bath on the 30th of November.

THE GREEN ROOM, Sustainable Wales.