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3 Heol Pen'Rallt
Machynlleth, SY20 8AG

(01654) 700559

We're an independent gallery bookshop based in Machynlleth, mid Wales. It's our blend of bookshop, selling a carefully selected collection of reads and pick-up-and-flick-through books – and gallery space to inspire you while you're browsing. We host events too, book readings, author talks, photography and art openings. 

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EXHIBITION - EAST OF ALEPPO
Jul
28
to Sep 23

EXHIBITION - EAST OF ALEPPO

Described by John Stuart Clark aka BRICK as his 'latest comic effort',  this exhibition is his short story visualisation, East of Aleppo: Bread, Bombs and Video Clips, 'triggered by an unexpected discovery while trying to get my head round what the hell was going on in Syria.'  This is very much a drama-documentary comic strip, 'low on humour but high on the fog of war.'

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AN EVENING WITH GILLIAN CLARKE
Oct
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

AN EVENING WITH GILLIAN CLARKE

We're proud to be hosting the mid-Wales launch of Gillian Clarke's new poetry collection Zoology. We've planned an intimate evening with Gillian in the Foyer (cafe space) at MOMA. What better way to ensure that Friday 13th forever after is celebrated for positive creativity. Tickets will be £6, including a post-poetry glass of wine or soft drink, with time to chat and have books signed. Gillian has said that she was fondest of her book At The Source, her prose nature journal, and Zoology displays the same respectful awe for the natural world. We have copies in stock now, with a 10% reduction when you purchase a ticket to the event.

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ABOUT TIME -  DEADLINE 15 SEPTEMBER - OPEN SUBMISSION PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION 2017
Sep
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

ABOUT TIME - DEADLINE 15 SEPTEMBER - OPEN SUBMISSION PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION 2017

Our sixth annual photography open submission asks photographers to respond to the theme, About Time. We're also holding a couple of short open sessions - FREE (dates to be announced) to explore how that most time-bound of mediums can be used to express existential, physical and narrative ideas. The exhibition is open to everyone.

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: 15 SEPTEMBER 2017

Your pictures can be black and white, in colour, using film, digital camera or mobile phone.

Application details:
Print measurements:
A5 21cm x 14cm
A4 21cm x 29 cm
Submit unframed prints, but please include 0.5cm white border if possible, for our mounting purposes.
Include the title or location of the photo, your name, address, email and phone number with your entry. Admission fee £3 per person (you may submit up to 3 prints)/18 and under FREE

The exhibition, ABOUT TIME will open on Saturday 30 September and run until 22 November 2017

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Turkey Facing East
Sep
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

Turkey Facing East

Opening her talk with a poem by Nazim Hikmet, Dr. Ayla Gol will lead gently from poetry to politics as she presents the main themes from her most recent book 'Turkey Facing East', published by Manchester Univeristy Press.. Ayla is based in the Department of International Politics at the University of Aberystwyth.

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Roots, Rocks and Skies  poetry writing workshop  with Chris Kinsey
May
23
11:15am11:15am

Roots, Rocks and Skies poetry writing workshop with Chris Kinsey

Nature writing workshop in poetry and prose, with writer
Chris Kinsey, exploring the tranquil setting of Penrallt rocks.

This workshop on crafting words and metres uses Penrallt, the unusal natural feature and characteristic backdrop to the town of Machynlleth, as its inspitration.

We'll begin with an informal session at the bookshop, where Chris will read from her latest poetry collection: Muddy Fox published by Rack Press exploring some of her own inspirations.
Participants can then choose whether to take the short but steep walk up Penrallt to, as Wordsworth said, “Let Nature be your teacher” or work indoors from prompts and items from Penrallt – objects, photos of views and features will be available to work from.  We’ll then move toMOMA for a coffee/tea break and tofocus on our writing.
(wear suitable shoes and dress appropriately)

Chris Kinsey is an experienced workshop leader and author of four poetry collections: Kung Fu Lullabies, Cure For a Crooked Smile, Swarf, and Muddy Fox.  Her prose works include Cambria’s Nature Diaries 2008 -15. She was winner of Natur Cymru’s Inspired by Nature Competition in 2012.

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What did you think? writing reviews workshop with Helen Pendry
May
20
10:30am10:30am

What did you think? writing reviews workshop with Helen Pendry

The first thing readers want from a review is a sense of whether the book (or exhibition or restaurant) is worth their time and/or money. But reviews can also be a ‘good read’ in themselves, offering entertainment and interest in their own right.

This session on crafting book and/or exhibition reviews will offer advice and tips on how to write reviews which tick both boxes.  We will also look at possible openings for publication of your reviews.

We’ll start in the bookshop and focus on writing book reviews, and then move to MOMA for a coffee/tea break and a focus on writing exhibition reviews.
Bydd y sesiynau yn cael eu cynnal yn Saesneg, ond y cynghorion, technegau, ymarferion a syniadau gael eu cymhwyso i ysgrifennu mewn unrhyw iaith.

Helen Pendry has taught literature and writing in Higher Education for many years and was book reviews editor at Planet: The Welsh Internationalist. She has written book reviews for Planet and New Welsh Review and currently edits Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop’s online Reviews page.

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POETRY AND ALL THAT JAZZ THURSDAY 18 MAY 2017, 6 for 6.30pm
May
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

POETRY AND ALL THAT JAZZ THURSDAY 18 MAY 2017, 6 for 6.30pm

An evening of poetry inflected with the jazz rhythms of two poets from opposite sides of the Atlantic.

Calvin Forbes grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and is a Professor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where he teaches writing, literature, and jazz history; blues and jazz inform both the rhythm and content of his poetry. 

John Barnie was born and raised in the market town of Abergavenny.  He has toured throughout the UK and abroad, reading his poems and playing guitar in a number of blues and poetry bands. 

we are a small venue, please book in advance - FREE

Calvin Forbes earned his MFA from Brown University and is the recipient of fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Foundation and the Washington D.C. Arts Council.

His collections of poetry to date are Blue Monday (1974), From the Book of Shine (1979), and The Shine Poems (2001). His work can be found in a wide range of anthologies, including New Black Voices and A Century in Two Decades: A Burning Deck Anthology, 1961–81, The Art of Losing, The Morrow Anthology of New American Poets, The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Visiting Walt: Poems inspired by the life and work of Walt Whitman.

He often uses ballads to tell family stories or the ups and downs of romance. But updates the tradition with surreal techniques, epigrammatic humor, and changing voices. He described his work as “simplicity shacked up with complexity.”
 
"Momma Said" was set to music by jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis and vocalist Kurt Elling on their new grammy nominated cd Upward Spiral.


John Barnie is a poet and essayist from Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. He taught for a number of years at Copenhagen University before returning to Wales to work for the political and cultural magazine Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, as assistant editor (1985-90) and editor (1990-2006).

He is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and essays, many of which are concerned with the environment and the natural world. His work has been translated into Italian, Danish and Estonian. A collection of essays, The King of Ashes, was awarded a Welsh Books Council Prize for Literature.

A blues guitarist, he has performed in a number of blues & poetry bands, including the bilingual Y Bechgyn Drwg/The Bad Boys, and the trio Hollow Log.

His latest book is a memoir, Footfalls in the Silence (Cinnamon Press). A new collection of poems, Wind Playing with a Man’s Hat, will appear in October 2016 (also from Cinnamon).

In 2016 he was one of three poets in residence at the Natural History Museum, Oxford:


LET’S DO IT

Recreate a dodo from its DNA
so it could waddle in an aviary

or among the legs of tourists on Mauritius;
call it the resurrection bird;

isn’t it ugly, what do you feed it on,
people might say

strolling to the beach café
where a blue sky meets a blue sea

dreaming of paradise
until they die.
                                          - John Barnie, 2016

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Forgotten Women - Reviving the Classics  /  Merched Anghofiedig: Adfywio’r clasuron
May
4
6:30pm 6:30pm

Forgotten Women - Reviving the Classics / Merched Anghofiedig: Adfywio’r clasuron

4 Mai 2017     6 ar gyfer 6.30 yr hwyr

Merched Anghofiedig - Adfywio’r clasuron:
trafodaeth a darlleniad gyda Jane Aaron, Golygydd Cyfres Clasuron Honno, Gwasg Honno, Rita Singer, golygydd y clasur newydd, Gladys of Harlech gan L M Spooner, a Helena Earnshaw, Golygydd Honno

lle bach ydi Penrallt, felly gorau i gyd os medrwch alw heibio,
ffonio 01654 700559, neu ebostio penralltbooks@gmail.com i sicrhau sedd

Forgotten Women - Reviving the Classics
Discussion and readings with Jane Aaron, Classics Series Editor at Honno Press, Rita Singer, editor of the new Welsh Women's Classic Gladys of Harlech by LM Spooner and Helena Earnshaw, Honno editor and publisher.

 

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Fay Godwin Exhibition Project
Feb
18
to Apr 1

Fay Godwin Exhibition Project

Fay Godwin's, The Drovers' Roads of Wales, with Shirley Toulson was published in 1977, early on in a career that spanned 40 years of unmatched landscape photography.  Following documentary work, literary portraits, collaborations with major writers, and exhibitions, Fay Godwin produced a series of iconic volumes, Land (1985); Our Forbidden Land (1990), made when she was President of the Ramblers Association; Edge of the Land (1995), and Landmarks (2001) the book and exhibition at the Barbican, London, surveying her entire career.

The accompanying portrait of Fay Godwin taken by Peter Cattrell see his recent work here: Peter Cattrell

Peter was assistant to Fay Godwin, working with her to make many of the fine prints for her later exhibitions and books. Peter has also made new prints for the exhibition in the Ruralist Room - MOMA MACHYNLLETH

 

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Nov
26
11:00am11:00am

civilised saturday

Bookshops all over the UK will be marking CIVILISED SATURDAY.
As our contribution, on that day, Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop will donate
5% of every book sold to Wales PEN Cymru.  We hope that you'll join us for a warm, welcoming and relaxing Saturday in support of this cause.

Wales PEN Cymru is now one of 145 PEN centres in more than 100 countries across the world. PEN promotes literature and defends freedom of expression. It campaigns on behalf of writers around the world who are persecuted, imprisoned, harassed and attacked for what they have written.  

Wales PEN Cymru is now one of 145 PEN centres in more than 100 countries across the world. PEN promotes literature and defends freedom of expression. It campaigns on behalf of writers around the world who are persecuted, imprisoned, harassed and attacked for what they have written.

 

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Writing of place, out of place, into place: WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE DAY, 'Asylum', introduction and reading with Eric Ngalle Charles
Nov
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

Writing of place, out of place, into place: WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE DAY, 'Asylum', introduction and reading with Eric Ngalle Charles

Asylum is about what it means to be a refugee, caught between two worlds, destitute and unable to move forward with one's life.  It features people Ngalle met through the creative writing classes he runs at the Welsh Refugee Centre, where he has helped more recent refugees arriving in Cardiff to use writing to get over the trauma of being displaced.

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Writing of place, out of place, into place: WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE DAY workshop with Eric Ngalle Charles
Nov
3
2:00pm 2:00pm

Writing of place, out of place, into place: WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE DAY workshop with Eric Ngalle Charles

Eric Ngalle Charles is a poet, dramatist, novelist and member of Wales PEN Cymru. He fled Cameroon and spent years as an illegal immigrant in Russia before making it to the UK in 1999, where he claimed asylum. Eric's new book Asylum features people he has met through the creative writing classes he runs at the Welsh Refugee Centre, where he has helped more recent refugees arriving in Cardiff to use writing to get over the trauma of being displaced.

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LIFE WRITING WORKSHOPS/GWEITHDAI YSGRIFENNU BYWYD
Oct
11
6:45pm 6:45pm

LIFE WRITING WORKSHOPS/GWEITHDAI YSGRIFENNU BYWYD

LIFE WRITING WORKSHOPS/GWEITHDAI YSGRIFENNU BYWYD
Tuesdays, monthly, begins 11 October
If you write, or would like to write, from life - memoir, biography, travel writing, nature writing, family history - come along to our monthly guided writing workshops in Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop. (Bydd y sesiynau yn cael eu cynnal yn Saesneg, ond gobeithio y gall y cynghorion, technegau, ymarferion a syniadau gael eu cymhwyso i ysgrifennu mewn unrhyw iaith.)

  • Your tutor will offer tips, techniques and writing exercises.

  • Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop will offer tea, biscuits and an inspiring environment.

  • Your fellow scribes will provide company, encouragement and new ideas.

Four monthly workshops on Tuesdays: 11 October, 8 November, 13 December 2016 & 10 January 2017
£10 per session (£36 for all four paid in advance).

Your tutor: Helen Pendry has taught writing in Higher Education for many years and has also worked as an associate editor. With the support of a Literature Wales bursary, she is currently working on a novel which combines historical biography and fiction.

N.B. The workshops are suitable for those who have attended the Life Writing 1 and 2 courses, as well as those who are new to life writing.

 

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TONY CURTIS - FROM THE FORTUNATE ISLES
Oct
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

TONY CURTIS - FROM THE FORTUNATE ISLES

Always passionate and entertaining, Tony Curtis will dip into well loved favourites and read new work included in his latest collection published to celebrate his 70th year: From the Fortunate Isles, which features poems from ten of Curtis’ published collections as well as a substantial number of new poems.

This is a poet whose themes and variations remain consistent: a profound interest in place, the wars of the last century, an abiding fascination for all art forms, particularly painting and poetry, tender attachments to family, and a deep affection for his roots in West Wales.

Born in Carmarthen in West Wales in 1946, Tony studied at Swansea University and Goddard College, Vermont, USA and soon became a force in Anglo Welsh poetry, with early publications: Walk Down A Welsh Wind (1972) to Out of the Dark Wood (1977). 

Since then his many volumes of poetry including, Heaven's Gate(2001) and Crossing Over (2007),  books of criticism, How Poets Work (1996), Welsh Painters Talking (1997), The Art of Seamus Heaney (1982) and Dannie Abse (1985), edited anthologies, The Poetry of Snowdonia (1989); Coal: an anthology of mining (1997) and The Meaning of Apricot Sponge: Selected Writing of John Tripp, 2010 and many awards have added to his stature.  He is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales, where he established and was Director of the MPhil in Writing for many years. He has been elected to the Royal Society of Literature and has toured widely reading to international audiences.  He lives in Barry.

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Menna Elfyn, 'Optimist Absoliwt' - Noson yn Siop Alys
Sep
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Menna Elfyn, 'Optimist Absoliwt' - Noson yn Siop Alys

Hanes bywyd y bardd Eluned Phillips (1914 – 2009) yr ail wraig i ennill coron yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, a chyflwnodd y gamp ddwywaith (1967 a 1983). 

Yn y gyfrol hon, y mae Menna Elfyn yn olrhain hanes y fenyw anghonfensiynol hon, ei bywyd personol yn ogystal a’i bywyd cyhoeddus.

Yn gwmni i Menna fydd y golygydd llyfrau Cymraeg i oedolion yn Gomer Elinor Wyn Reynolds.

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6th Annual Photography Open Submission 2016
Aug
2
to Sep 2

6th Annual Photography Open Submission 2016

Our SIXTH annual photography open submission exhibition theme this year is 'NIGHT'.
Your photos should be taken in response to the theme 'NIGHT' in b&w or colour, using a film or digital camera or mobile phone. We cannot accept images e-mailed or on CD. Supply prints only, leaving a small white border where possible for our mounting purposes. (We can advise on printing).

Guide sizes (include a small white border where possible)

A5, 21cm x 14 cm or A4, 21cm x 29.5 cm
Include a title, date and technical details, camera type for instance, your name, address, email and/or 'phone number on a separate sheet with your entry.

Submission opening and closing dates:
10.00am 2 August - 5pm, 2 September 2016
EXHIBITION OPENING: 12NOON - 1.30PM, SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

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'The Greasy Poll: Diary of a controversial election' with Mike Parker
Jun
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

'The Greasy Poll: Diary of a controversial election' with Mike Parker

It all began in Kidderminster, 1982 . . .

This month's FIRST THURSDAY, 2 June 2016, welcomes Mike Parker, here to talk about his newest book The Greasy Poll : Diary of a controversial election, covering the time from December 2011, when Leanne Wood ran for the Plaid leadership, going from rank outsider to winner, through his selection as Plaid candidate for Ceredigion and . . .

 



 

 

 

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Polish Up Your Poems
May
18
1:00pm 1:00pm

Polish Up Your Poems

If, for you, writing poems has been the natural fallout caused by pop-up poetry fortnight, here's a golden opportunity to polish those poems guided by the sure eye and ear of this exciting contemporary poet, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch.

Wednesday 18th May 1pm-4.30pm, £5.00 for a half-hour slot (please reserve through the bookshop - 01654 700559 or email penralltbooks@gmail.com).

Limited to 6 places
To find out more and book a session with Samantha, call in or contact:penralltbooks@gmail.com    01654 700559

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Capturing Splendour: The Photographic Journey of Tom Teichmann
May
7
to Sep 17

Capturing Splendour: The Photographic Journey of Tom Teichmann

Thomas Teichmann was born in 1968 and grew up in the beautiful, historic market town of Altenburg, located to the south of Leipzig, deep within former East Germany.  In many ways, Tom had an idyllic childhood full of innocence and dreams and always longing to travel the world and visiting far flung places like those of his hero Charles Darwin. His interest in photography began when he was given his grandfather's old Box Brownie camera with which he explored the world around him.

As Tom grew up he realised that living behind the Iron Curtain meant that he would probably never be able to realise those dreams of traveling the world. 
However, when Tom was 21, dramatic political changes in the late 1980s culminated in the fall of The Wall in 1989. With the world now wide open and a hunger for adventure, he could now realise his dreams.

Exhibition

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