FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 8pm, charity, Sustainable Wales, hosts poet MARGOT FARRINGTON. Click to enlarge images in this post.
Margot Farrington (website)
Margot will give a reading of her work and sign copies of her books. These include Rising and Falling, Flares and Fathoms, and Scanning for Tigers.
Margot Farrington is a poet, writer, and performer. Trained in theater—her earliest love—she has read and performed widely as poet and as storyteller, garnering praise both for her work and for dynamic readings and performances. The author of three full-length poetry collections, her prior book was “Scanning For Tigers” (Free Scholar Press, 2014), her fourth collection "The Blue Canoe Of Longing" is forthcoming. Other writing includes essays, interviews, and reviews of poetry and art. Visual works include collage—pieces she has exhibited in galleries. Among her awards are fellowships in poetry from Norton Island, The I-Park Foundation, The Clocktower, and grants from NYSCA/DEC and the Athena Foundation. She is a two time Pushcart Prize nominee, most recently in 2015. As writer-in-residence, she has worked in urban and rural environments, serving diverse populations. She has also taught workshops at libraries, literary centers, schools, and prisons. As juror, panelist, curator, and coordinator, she has been involved in many literary endeavors. Farrington is founder and director of Writers At The Eyrie, the Brooklyn based residency program she launched in 2014 www.writersateyrie.org Born and raised in New Jersey, Farrington later moved to New York. Since the 1980s she has lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and in Treadwell, NY. (Image: Tony Martin)
For a full description of awards and activities click here
Tony Martin (website)
A short film will be screened that celebrates Tony’s life, which includes his work as a ‘light artist’. He is one of the first who, in the 1960s, initiated light-shows with rock groups, such as San Francisco’s Grateful Dead. A true pathfinder.
TONY MARTIN arrived to San Francisco in 1962, promptly forging creative alliances and lifetime friendships with “new music” people Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, and Ramon Sender. When the San Francisco Tape Music Center moved to its location at 321 Divisadero St., Martin was invited by co-directors Sender and Subotnick to become the Visual Director. With special attention paid to working in the tape music medium, as well as performing regularly, they joined with Mills Center for Contemporary Music in ’67. During the SFTMC days Martin was responsible for numerous visual compositions, including Terry Riley’s In C performance, as well as Sender’s Desert Ambulance. Martin was deeply engaged in experimenting with light via overhead and slide projectors, mixing paint, oil, water, and objects to build his light compositions. His following grew as a culture of psychedelia pervaded the 1960s and his light shows became popular amongst bands such as Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead. During this time he began to build "interactions" by engineering entire environments using sensors and mirrors. By the late ’60s he returned to New York City where he continued his focus for these types of installations; time and time again synthesizing his technological skills with painting as a moving image. A painter at heart, he continued to do so with consideration of his experience working with his viewer-activated sculptures, as well as his devotion to the medium of light — maintaining a thread that binds all aspects of his work. His latest piece entitled Proximity Switched Installation (2012) is a clear culmination of a lifetime of experimentation/production. A video demonstration of this installation will be available to view online at the time of the books release and includes musical accompaniment by Compound Eye (Spring Press).
THE VARIABLE PLACE is the first book of its kind to tie together over 50 years of Tony Martin's work. It includes an in-depth interview with Martin by Will Cameron, Albert Herter and the editors. As well as a special introduction by long-time friend/collaborator Pauline Oliveros. Available as a limited edition release of 350, 104 pp, full-color, 8” x 10”, perfect bound.
“Tony Martin has always been first with light. He is the inventor of the original light show, as well as interactive media and the first implementation of projected, scalable vector graphics. These all combined original ways of deciphering illumination with tightly synchronized engineering.” (Read More at Brooklyn Rail)
There will also be an Open Mike for local writers.
For Sustainable Wales, Robert Minhinnick commented:
“We’re delighted to be able to highlight the creativity of this extraordinary couple.
“Margot and Tony live in New York, and this is Margot’s only Welsh performance. Not to be missed!”
Everyone welcome! Croeso cynnes i bawb.
GREEN ROOM RETURNS
WITH ELVIS-THEMED NIGHT - Above SUSSED
Sustainable Wales, 5, James St., Porthcawl CF36 3BG
“A little satire will add to the fun”.
After a summer break, Sustainable Wales’s ‘Green Room’ performance space recommences with a series of events.
Friday, SEPTEMBER 28, at 8pm, we celebrate the Elvis festival in Porthcawl, with a welcome satirical look at ‘the King’.
There will be Elvis Presley-themed films, and readings from Wales’s finest performance poet, Peter Finch.
Peter will also be speaking about his recent book, ‘The Roots of Rock’ (Seren), in which Elvis, of course, is featured.
Leading Cardiff academic, Dr Daniel Evans, will discuss the ‘class’ element of the Elvis festival.
Co-ordinator of Sustainable Wales, Margaret Minhinnick, says:
“The Elvis festival weekend is now well-established. This extraordinary eisteddfod is unignorable in the town, so our charity is making a contribution to the fun.
“Peter Finch will be sharp! And our popular Open Mike will include film and photographs, drawn from the history of Elvis in Porthcawl.
“Giving a local perspective will be writer Robert Minhinnick, photographer Peter Morgan, musician Gerry Rae and film-maker Paul Woodford.”
Everyone welcome! Croeso cynnes i bawb!
Brain training... an exercise in Self Sovereignty
- Saturday, May 12, 2018
- 11:00 AM 4:00 PM
Our community-run café serves lush homemade bread, soups, cakes and savouries all at reasonable prices. Our volunteer bakers aim to use mainly fairtrade and local ingredients offering both savoury and sweet dishes for morning coffee, lunch and tea.
So please join us, and sample our rich coffee, refreshing tea, luxurious hot chocolate, chilled cola, fun fruit spritzers and taste our tantalizing cakes, soups, sarnies and snacks.
(Funds go to support Sustainable Wales).
Two Exciting poets! Plus Open Mic.
Everyone welcome/Croeso Cynnes i Bawb
SUSSED's pop up fairtrade café at the Green Room returns on March 3rd 11am-4pm with a theme celebrating St David's Day! Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!
The drama of the ‘Porthcawl hurricane’ to be relived at the ‘Green Room’.
‘Josephine’s Rain’ is a thirty minute evocation of a storm that damaged Porthcawl in 1995.
Tropical storm ‘Josephine’ was close to hurricane status, sinking boats and destroying part of the seafront.
The video performance promise a musical and poetic dramatisation of an incident in recent history.
The original ‘Josephine’s Rain’ featured Robert Minhinnick, Peter Morgan and Richard Thomas. This new version is remixed by Peter Morgan, whose images will be shown during the performance.
There will also be an Open Mic for readings and short films.
Images (David McCormack) from a previous live performance of Josephine's Rain in 2013
An evening in English and Welsh to celebrate the publication of ‘Bondo’ by Menna Elfyn, from Bloodaxe. The title means ‘eaves’ in Welsh, referring to poetry and language as a ‘sanctuary’. Readers are Robert Minhinnick in English and Carys Evans in Welsh. Plus Open Mic.
Everyone welcome. Croeso cynnes i bawb.
Above SUSSED James St., Porthcawl CF36 3BG
Artist Kevin Sinnott will be giving the third talk in the ‘Counterpoint’ series organised by Sustainable Wales, at 8pm on Friday, NOVEMBER 3, at 5 James St., Porthcawl CF36 3BG.
Kevin will be talking about his career as an artist in Wales and London, and the creation of his new gallery in Pontycymer, his labour of love.
Several of Kevin’s prints will be on view in this presentation, which is one of the celebrations for his seventieth birthday. Kevin will also have prints of two of his paintings which he will sign and these and his book ‘Behind The Canvas’ will be available from SUSSED.
Director, Margaret Minhinnick said today:
“The ‘Counterpoint’ talks have shown the range of interests for which the charity is known.
“We believe in combining environmentalism with cultural matters, maintaining local diversity.
“This will be celebrated on Thursday, November 16 at the Stage Door, Grand Pavilion, 7pm, for our twentieth anniversary party. Watch out for music, film and poetry. Everyone is invited.”
For Kevin Sinnott entrance £4.
More information: 01656 783962
Professor Merryn Hutchings of London Metropolitan University: will discuss
“Are schools now exam factories?
What are we doing to children’s education?
Merryn appears on the BBC and
Channel 4 speaking of her increasing
concern about the stress we are creating for our young.
‘BEACHOLOGIST’ GIVES MARINE WARNING FRI 13th
Professor Allan Williams, the renowned ‘beachologist’, gives a lecture on ‘Marine Litter’, at Sustainable Wales’s Green Room 5, James St., Porthcawl CF36 3BG, 8pm, Friday, October 13.
The talk is the first in an ambitious series of lectures, tiltled ‘Counterpoint’, organised to mark the charity’s twentieth anniversary.
All types of beach litter will be discussed, including the degradation of plastic, ultimately to such fine particles it now enters the human bloodstream.
Margaret Minhinnick for the charity said today: “Professor Williams’s talk is timely, as it has recently been revealed that Coca Cola produced an astonishing 110 BILLION plastic bottles in 2016, many of which will enter the sea.
“Eight million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year. As Prince Charles says this week, ‘decisive action’ must be taken to protect marine wildlife."
The ‘Counterpoint’ series of discussions reflect the environmental, social and cultural concerns of NGO, Sustainable Wales.
Entrance £4. Everyone welcome.
Sustainable Wales’s Green Room returns on Friday, September 29, 8pm.
The evening will be dedicated to ‘new work’, in this case new music from Peter Morgan, and new writing from Kristian Evans, Robert Minhinnick and Hugh Doyle.
Kristian Evans will perform writing that will feature in his popular ‘Kenfig Journal’.
Robert Minhinnick will read poetry based on his father’s ‘Burmese diary’ for 1945, written when Albert Minhinnick was in the second battalion, Welch regiment.
The recently deceased writer, Duncan Bush, will be remembered, with reading of his work.
The evening will also feature an Open Mic for those who wish to take part. After three months away, a healthy turnout is expected.
Everyone welcome. Entrance £4.
In April Sustainable Wales hosted a public lecture at the Grand Pavilion on local energy. (Listen to the podcast here: https://www.sustainablewales.org.uk/blog/energymeeting0417)
Reach followed this up with a workshop on community renewable energy.
Following the workshop reach commissioned a study to identify opportunities for community renewable energy in rural Bridgend and are in the process of commissioning for a delivery body to deliver a rural household energy awareness and community energy campaign and to project manage one community’s journey through developing and implementing a community energy project of their own. You can find the tender here.
We have since discovered that quietly there has been a lot of activity regarding local energy in Bridgend and Sustainable Wales have agreed to draw attention to these projects and to host a workshop Bridgend’s Local Energy Revolution at the Green Room above SUSSED, Porthcawl.
It is an exciting time for local energy in Bridgend County and the event will provide an opportunity to hear about some of the projects currently underway and also an opportunity to discuss what’s next for developing local and community energy in Bridgend County.
You can download here the event invitation and further details. Please RSVP and indicate language preference (Welsh / English), via email ( Geoffrey.email@example.com ) or phone (01656 643196) to ensure there is an appropriate amount of seating and refreshments available.
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...