The charity, ‘Sustainable Wales’ has CANCELLED its General Election hustings, due Porthcawl YMCA TUES. MAY 30.
The Conservatives decided not to participate. Because of this, the Labour party will not attend.
Apologies to all who wanted to participate in this democratic endeavor. Especially to Plaid Cymru, a party that was eagerly anticipating the hustings.
Previous listing wording:
Sustainable Wales is organising a General Election hustings to take place 7.30pm - 9.30 pm on TUESDAY, MAY 30 in Porthcawl YMCA, John St., Porthcawl CF36 3AP.
Questions will be wide ranging, but with local emphasis. They must be asked in person on the night, and sent by May 29 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracey Rhys’s beautiful pamphlet of poems explores her son’s diagnosis of autism, what it means to her and the frustrations, worries and hopes it brings.
Live music "Suite for children's voices & theremin" (Robert Minhinnick) by Peter Morgan will also be performed.
Plus open mic
‘DIARY OF THE LAST MAN’
Carcanet book and Park6 Productions film of the same name together.
ROBERT MINHINNICK & EAMON BOURKE
7.30pm, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26,
STAGE DOOR, GRAND PAVILION, PORTHCAWL CF36 3YW. With Bar.
'Robert Minhinnick's new collection confirms his status as one of the most important poets of these turbulent times. Bleakly elegiac, environmentally political, vital and visionary, his poems cast an extraordinary light over our darkening landscapes.'
Carol Ann Duffy.
With guest readers.
Live music from Peter Morgan.
The opening poem sequence, 'Diary of the Last Man', sets the tone for Robert Minhinnick's book, a celebration of the dwindling Earth, an elegy, a caution. His Wales is a touchstone; other landscapes and cityscapes are tried against it, with its erratic weather, its sudden changes of mood, 'a black tonic'. The sequence remembers all the geographies of his earlier work, old and new world, but now unpeopled and the lonely spirit free to go anywhere, do anything, but meaning with mankind has drained away. Yet still alive, and still with language, registering. The rest of the book is filled with voices: of children, of rivers, terrorists, magicians; and voices translated from the Welsh, and from Turkish and Arabic, shared, enriching with their difference, their other worlds. History washes over and washes up on the strand of this Welsh book. It is seen and recognised, it begins to be transformed. In the long concluding poem, 'The Sand Orchestra', the poet returns to his own voice, and to the voice of a Bechstein piano abandoned in the open air, played now by nature, its winds and sand. The last man, who has been looking for Ulysses, is the very man he has been looking for.
Register your interest in coming: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-meeting-producing-our-own-energy-tickets-32530788464
ADVANCED NOTICE – PUBLIC INVITATION
PUBLIC MEETING – LOCALISING RENEWABLE ENERGY - GRAND PAVILION, (STAGE DOOR), Porthcawl, 7.30pm, Thurs APRIL 6TH.
The event, organised by Sustainable Wales, includes guest speakers from Community Energy Wales, RENEW Wales, Cardiff University, IWA-Institute Welsh Affairs and Bridgend Council.
Bridgend Council Leader, Huw David, has also agreed to welcome the guests.
The meeting is being organised to discuss how some communities are taking back control of their energy systems and thus the potential of Porthcawl and Bridgend establishing community owned local renewable energy companies. A step towards economic renewal.
Wales and the UK lag far behind our European neighbours and some states in the USA regarding local energy production.
The scene will be set by a viewing of the film ‘Shine a Light’ which suggest that more support should be forthcoming. The Porthcawl film was premiered in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and was produced and directed by Sustainable Wales and supported by Community Energy Wales.
Sustainable Wales suggests that all UK political parties commit themselves to locally owned renewable energy schemes. Politicians should acknowledge that such schemes are becoming significant in combating climate change. Importantly, these schemes also build more resilient communities, creating local jobs and new opportunities.
These ideas and others will be discussed by our guest speakers.
Speaking of the event, Director Margaret Minhinnick said:
“It is difficult to think of more important issues, tackling climate change and economic regeneration locally. ‘Shine a Light?’ is a beautifully made film, with a wonderful soundtrack. The speakers are experienced and committed to supporting local initiatives I hope local people attend.”
Producer, Margaret Minhinnick, Director Sustainable Wales says: “Shine a Light? supports the idea of democratising our energy supply, bringing ownership and profit back into communities whilst reducing climate change“.
It contains images of the Cenin ‘renewable energy cluster’ at Stormy Down and Porthcawl’s iconic breakwater, rapidly becoming world famous because of its breaking waves.
Music is supplied by Twm Morys, singing traditional Glamorgan ‘tribannau’ to his own tune. It was recorded in the Minhinnicks’ bathroom and is yet another integral Porthcawl feature.
A key contributor includes former MP Alan Simpson, who describes himself as a ‘recovering politician’;. He has been an advisor to the Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, and commented:
“I think the UK debate has been wrongly focused on windfarms, fracking, etc. It is a question whether localities have: a) ownership of what is being proposed, and b): whether they are direct beneficiaries of the gains that come out of it.”
The film and also profiles practitioners who are amongst the real local heroes of renewable energy production in Wales.
It illustrates the difficulties that communities have in developing such initiatives, and urges the next Welsh government and local authorities to rectify this. “
WLGA climate change projections**
** Welsh Local Government Association climate change projections suggest that if we don’t plan ahead extreme weather events will become more prevalent. The conditions outlined below are likely:
- essential infrastructure (transport, IT energy, waste) may be compromised;
- water and food supply may be disrupted;
- risks to communities increase, especially among the elderly and other vulnerable groups;
- economic productivity may be reduced due to flooding, high temperatures and transport impacts;
- agriculture may suffer due to loss of soils, lack of water;
- ecosystems services (flood retention, food production) may be degraded.
A welcome return for Rhian Edwards to the Green Room.
Brood is the new pamphlet from poet Rhian Edwards. Winner of all three categories of Wales Book of the Year in 2013 for her debut poetry collection, Clueless Dogs, Bridgend-born and based Edwards is known for her dazzling performance style and her vivid, often acutely personal poems.
The new pamphlet opens with ‘Birds of Rhiannon’ introducing us (via a nod to the famous medieval Mabinogion story where magic birds, said to bring people back from the dead, console the heartbroken Celtic princess Rhiannon) to a darkly resonant tone that echoes from the myth:
Before I was mortal, I was haloed
in feathers, my trinity of familiars;
whose birdsong was legend, serenading
the dead from their dreams,
lullabying the living to torpor…
The centre of this new pamphlet is a ten-part poem, ‘Pied Margot’ based on the mnemonic rhyme for groups of magpies ‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy…’. This long poem charts the progression of a troubling relationship from infatuation to disillusionment, alongside the birth of a much-loved daughter.
There are unflinching descriptions of arduous pregnancy, as well as miscarriage, that remind us that this stage of a woman’s life can be as risky as a battlefield. Also, any parent will recognise the irritated joy of ‘Kiss’ where a child becomes an expert at ‘delaying the damnation of bedtime.’
Meanwhile, birds are at all times present: hovering, chattering, casting their shadows, they are both tricksters and familiars in these hypnotic, spell-like poems. Welsh artist Paul Edwards has provided some beautiful charcoal drawings of magpies inspired by this atmospheric sequence, which feature throughout the pamphlet.
Other poems feature Gulls, Red Kites and ‘The Universal Doodle’ of a murmuration cloud of starlings. This pamphlet Broodis an apt follow-up to Clueless Dogs and leaves us eager for the poet’s next full collection.
The first of a new series of talks and debates at the Green Room 'What is Sustainability and how do we make it part of our culture?'. These are planned for the second Friday of the month (orange posters).
The sub questions will be along the lines of belonging and culture and how mainstream culture seems to be based on using consumerism as a way to belong, which in turn may make it a difficult thing to let go of. So how do we link sustainability with belonging, on a local level as well as a global level? And how do we appeal to people who may see becoming 'eco' as moving away from their traditional communities?
Hosted by Suzanne Williams.
BYOB, Free but donations are welcome. Some refreshments will be available from our fairtrade range of teas and coffees. Please share this on social media. More events planned for the Green Room this year so check our twitter, these event pages etc.
One Time Alive, following the release of their albums Sugar Train and Five Star Vending Machine return to the Green Room for an evening gig with old and new material.
Listen to One Time Alive at www.onetimealive.com
Live music events are planned for the first Friday every across 2017 keep a look out for the blue posters...
GREEN ROOM WELCOMES RADICAL POET
8pm. Friday, February 24 sees the return of the charity, Sustainable Wales’s Green Room after a winter break.
First performance will be poet, MIKE JENKINS, a widely published writer who has won Wales ‘Book of the Year’ and edited the international quarterly, ‘Poetry Wales’.
Mike is celebrated for his radical political views, but his poetry is wide ranging and original. Often it reflects his life spent as a teacher in comprehensive schools in south Wales.
Well known also as an opponent of opencast mining, which he sees as a blight on his local landscape in Merthyr Tydfil, Mike Jenkins has also recently began to write in Welsh.
Joining Mike will be fellow poet MIKE CHURCH, and there will be opportunities for local writers to join in the Open Mic, always a popular Green Room feature.
The Green Room will diversify in 2017, with a series of music events and discussions.
Entrance £4. Everyone welcome. The charity does not have an alcohol license, thus the public are urged to bring their own.
More information: 01656 773627
The latest books by Mike Jenkins and Mike Church will be on sale on the night.
The Green Room Café returns on SAT. 21st December, pop in for a break above our fairtrade and ethical high street store, SUSSED, James St. above from the bandstand, Porthcawl CF36 3BG.
The Café happens every third Saturday.
GREEN ROOM RETURNS WITH LOCAL WRITING
Charity, Sustainable Wales welcomes all local writers to its GREEN ROOM, 5, JAMES ST. PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, at 8pm for a celebration of ‘new writing’.
Entirely devoted to the ‘open mic’, the event will feature Robert Minhinnick, Gerald Webber and a variety of other prose and poetry writers.
More information: Sustainable Wales 01656 773627
So whether you're an enthusiastic baker or an even more enthusiastic cake connoisseur, make a date in your diary for the bake off... Saturday 12 November; Café opens to the public (who will be the judges of the baking entries) from 11am - 4pm. Entry £3.50 for the public includes tea/coffee and of course cakes and bakes!
Bakers free entry - from 10am
Find out all the details on the bake off page!
Anthony Hontoir an author based in Porthcawl launches his ninth work at the Green Room a crime novel; "The Tidal Road Mystery", followed by the popular Open Mic event.
Journalist, film-maker and author Anthony Hontoir returned home after a week’s holiday in Devon during the summer of 2013 with an idea for a whodunit murder mystery, based around the tidal road in Aveton Gifford, which is renamed Watersford for the story. He decided that it should feature a new amateur detective in the form of Erwin Graham, a one-time Fleet Street crime reporter, assisted by his partner Belle, a gipsy. “The Tidal Road Mystery” is the first in a series of mystery tales, and it has been written along traditional whodunit lines, evoking the golden age of murder mysteries in which there are a number of suspects, each with a motive of their own, and they are all brought together at the end for Erwin Graham to explain how he has solved the crime and to reveal the culprit.
Film screenings: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 8pm. GREEN ROOM above SUSSED, 5, James St. PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG
Sustainable Wales’s ‘Green Room’ returns from its summer break with showings of ‘Late Love Poems’, a series of films by Eamon Bourke of Park6 Productions based round poems by Steve Griffiths. These will be followed by an Open Mic for local writers to perform their work, maybe with a ‘love poem’ theme. £4 entry. Bring your own drinks. Everyone welcome. Further details – Sustainable Wales 01656 773627.
About the Late Love Poems films.
More information to follow...
The Green Room returns with poet David Foster Morgan followed by an open mic the day after the EU referendum...
David Foster-Morgan was born in Tenby. He lives and works in Cardiff. His poetry has appeared extensively in journals most notably Poetry Wales. His first collection Masculine Happiness was published in October 2015 by Seren Books.
JUNE FUNDRAISING FROCK SWAP INVITATION
THURSDAY 16TH JUNE. 7.30PM The Green Room (above SUSSED)
Entry £3.00 Frock Swap 16th June 2016, Porthcawl
Organised by Sustainable Wales the June Frock Swap, offers opportunity to reduce, reuse, recycle and refresh wardrobes, have fun and save cash.
Select items that are no longer worn, don’t fit or are not you, but ones you think others will value. Give those clothes or accessories an extended life and swap for others of a similar value. Only good quality items acceptable. Donations welcome in advance.
Refreshments will be available. But bring your own bottle!
1 item = 1 swap, 2 items = 2 swaps etc. Classy items are swopped with others or are worth 2/3 swops of cheaper items.
Our sister project, SUSSED, is also offering a 10% discount on all their new fairly traded clothes or accessories bought by the swappers that night.
“According to researchers, the average household owns a staggering £4,000 worth of clothes, 30 percent of which languishes unworn. Extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use would lead to a 5-10% reduction in our carbon, water and waste footprints”, commented Director, Margaret Minhinnick.
Friday 6 May 2016 4:30pm free but ticketed event.
Shine a Light?, a 20 minute politically challenging film, supports the idea of democratising our energy supply, bringing ownership and profit back into communities whilst reducing climate change. Local energy schemes are massively important in Germany and other EU countries, whilst the UK lags far behind.
Filmed by Park6 Productions for the charity Sustainable Wales, it features former MP Alan Simpson, Professor Calvin Jones and local groups and a superb soundtrack from Twm Morys.
Join us for a post-screening discussion with the Director, Editor and representatives of Community Energy Wales.
Free but ticketed, drinks reception afterwards.
- See more at: http://www.chapter.org/shine-light#sthash.ST3vlt5B.dpuf
Fairtrade Open Evening Event
Friday, April 22 7.00pm
A date for your diary! At The Green Room (above SUSSED 4/5 James Street, Porthcawl CF36 3BG). All welcome.
Presentation by guest speaker Elen Jones, National Coordinator, Fairtrade Wales.
The evening will include a glass of Fairtrade wine and a buffet.
SUSSED is offering 10% reduction on all fairly traded goods.
Organised by Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership.
Find out more, join us, all are welcome. For more details tel. 01656 783962.
Sustainable Wales is organising an election "Question Time" to take place in the Y Centre, YMCA, 25, John St., Porthcawl, 7pm – 9.30pm, FRIDAY, APRIL 15.
Invited to take part are the candidates in the BRIDGEND constituency. These include Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales, (Labour).
Chairman on the night will be Richard Thomas, Chair of Sustainable Wales.
For the charity, Robert Minhinnick said today:
“With the Assembly election on May 5 and the ‘In/Out of the EU’ referendum on June 23, we will experience a highly charged political spring.
“It’s therefore important that local people run the rule over competing candidates.
“All candidates will have one minute to describe why the audience should vote for their party.
“What’s crucial is that local issues are not drowned in any national political debate.
“These include local renewable energy initiatives, and how climate change is affecting our coasts.”
For further details of the "Question Time", contact Sustainable Wales
To celebrate this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight social enterprise, SUSSED is offering Fairtrade freebies all fortnight.
Charity, Sustainable Wales are also holding an all-day Feel Good Fairtrade Breakfast and a Big Brew Afternoon Tea on Sat 12th March above SUSSED, 4-5 James Street, Porthcawl.
“Sample tasty tea, delicious coffee or decadent chocolate during the entire fortnight in SUSSED” said new Development Officer, Alexis Kirsten.
“On Sat 12th March, all-day, try our ‘non-greasy spoon’ natural breakfast, morning-coffees and our afternoon teas, offering nutritious fair trade goodies including: mueslis, porridge, homemade breads, jams, muffins, gateaux and cakes, coffees and teas. “
“They are not just good for you, they’re good for others too. It’s the tastiest way to give global farmers your support!” said Margaret Minhinnick, Director of the charity.
“Hard working farmers and labourers in developing countries endure challenging conditions, just so that we can tuck in to these delicious foods every day. Yet, ironically, they are sometimes paid so little that they can’t afford their own next meal. Buying Fairtrade means they’re treated fairly.” continued SUSSED Development Officer, Alexis Kirsten.
(updated: 20 Feb. 2016)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 2016 at 8pm sees an appearance by successful poet SAMANTHA WYNNE RHYDDERCH at the intimate Green Room, home of charity Sustainable Wales.
Samantha, from Ceredigion, is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent published by Picador.
Both these volumes, Not in These Shoes and Banjo went on to be shortlisted for the Wales ‘book of the year’.
Samantha Wynne Rhydderch’s reading will be followed by an Open Mic, in which local writers are invited to perform.
For the charity, Robert Minhinnick said:
“I remember when Samantha was a young and promising writer. With her recent publications she has proved herself one of the leading Welsh poets. Today her new work is always eagerly anticipated.”
Samantha Wynne Rhydderch’s books will be on sale on the night, and there will be time to question her about her writing career.
Everyone welcome. Entrance £3.
Following a successful launch event at Carnegie House, Bridgend, the performance of Limestone Man readings comes to the Green Room...
The novel features a main character, Richard Parry, who returns to south Wales after teaching in Australia. He discovers his hometown is now notorious for the suicides of young people.
Parry is a ‘writer who cannot write, a painter who does not paint’. His obsession is Lulu, “an orphan off the street, an aboriginal green child.” Lulu was gone missing in mysterious circumstances.
‘Limestone Man’ is the second novel in Robert Minhinnick’s ‘Sea Holly’ series.
The performance will feature readings by Robert Minhinnick and Lucy Bourke; plus music on theremin and Ableton Push played live by Peter Morgan.
‘Limestone Man’ retails at £9.99. available at SUSSED
Review of Limestone Man at Wales Art Review "Limestone Man is a very fine novel written with a hypnotic style"
VENUE: THE GREEN ROOM above SUSSED 4/5 James Street, Porthcawl CF 36 3BG
DATE: WED 9TH DECEMBER
SPEAKER: LOUISE STRACK
Louise Strack Development Manager for Tidal Lagoon Power will be presenting a short summary and progress to date on the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay project. At 320MW installed capacity, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will be the largest marine energy development in the world. A £1billion infrastructure project developed by Tidal Lagoon Power Limited, it will have an entirely predictable 495GWh output each year of clean, green electricity and will power more than 155,000 homes for 120 years – that’s about 11% of Wales’ domestic electricity.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27. 8pm
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, 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."
The Old House', a Llynfi Valley pub since 1147, is more than the oldest in Wales. It was the centre of the triban-writing tradition of Glamorgan, a unique and distinctive verse form. Here Twm Morys, musician and poet, who won the National Eisteddfod chair in 2003, shares his discoveries of this marvellous poetry and reminds us of our rich heritage. A delightful evening in both of Wales’s languages.
Mae’r ‘Hen Dŷ’, tafarn yn Nyffryn Llynfi ers 1147 yn fwy na’r dafarn hynaf yng Nghymru. Dyma ganolfan traddodiad creu tribannau Morgannwg, math unigryw a nodweddiadol o farddoniaeth. Mae Twm Morys, Bardd Cadeiriol yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn 2003, yn rhannu ei brofiad o ddarganfod y farddoniaeth arbennig hon ac yn ein hatgoffa o gyfoeth ein treftadaeth. Noson ddifyr ddwyieithog.
Carnegie House, Bridgend on Friday 13 November 2015
Venue: Carnegie House - Wyndham St., Bridgend, CF31 1EF
(The Old Library on Wyndham Street)
Doors Open at 7:00PM
Starts at 7:30PM
Tickets £4 on the door or via (+ booking fee): https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/ELJMJF