This is our eighth open submission photography exhibition, supported by mainly non-professional photographers, some of whom have submitted prints for the first time, alongside others who are now regulars. Once again we have a range of different approaches to the theme, reflecting the photographers’ personal experience and interests.
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Join us for this illustrated talk by Andrew Green, the author behind the book, Wales in 100 Objects / Cymru Mewn 100 Gwrthrych.
The event will be held in the Foyer / Moma Cafe
Tickets are available from the bookshop - £3 includes a welcome glass of wine or soft drink.
Andrew, has worked as librarian and information director in universities in Wales and England and was Librarian of the National Library of Wales between 1998 and 2013. The book follows years of research and travel by Andrew to libraries, museums and archives all over Wales in a mission to find 100 objects which represent many aspects of the history of our nation.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the power of objects in an historical context,” explained Andrew. “Objects – even ones that look insignificant – can be used to tell a remarkable story.”
Each object in Wales in 100 Objects and Cymru Mewn 100 Gwrthrych has been strikingly illustrated by photographer Rolant Dafis from Aberystwyth, who has worked for a number of well-known fine art galleries and auction houses over the last 20 years.
BOOK FOR THIS EVENT
Find out more from Andrew about some of the objects featured here: https://parallel.cymru/andrew-green-cymru-mewn-100-gwrthrych/?lang=en
We first saw Genevieve Wilson’s photography at the Degree show at Aberystwyth Arts School in the summer, and feeling that it should be more widely seen invited her to show some of that work in the bookshop. Her project is called ‘Grounded’ and you are invited to join us on 24 November for hot spicy apple/coffee and snacks to welcome Genevieve and her work.
PREVIEW ON SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2018, 12NOON - 1PM
YES, I’D LIKE TO COME ALONG
In a lifetime of of making photographs, each photographer will arrive at their own personal ‘ritual of intimacy’.
This exhibition, Collection 1: Rituals of Intimacy, presents a changing show of work by photographers and fine printers:
JOHN BLAKEMORE – PETER CATTRELL – PETE DAVIS – MARIAN DELYTH – ALED RHYS HUGHES
The photograph mirrors something in the experience of the photographer. The making of a photograph represents a ‘bringing to light’ through close attention and contemplation, often through exhaustive experimentation and often at the stage of making the negative. Working with traditional processes using light-sensitive film, the negative is the primary physical product these photographers each depend on. Only by this means can the anticipated photograph come into being.
Collection 1: Rituals of Intimacy helps to illuminate the essential, practical, physical and intellectual aspects of photographic practice. Fine prints by these five photographers also provide opportunities to look at the part played by the negative.
Rituals of Intimacy opens for a special evening reception, by invitation on 9 November 2018, If you would like an invitation to this evening reception go to: www.ffotogaleriygofeb.co.uk
Bardsey, Ynys Enlli, was a medieval pilgrims’ destination; it was a haven for Welsh pirates; it supported a population of two hundred fisher-farming families at the turn of the 20th century.
Over the past twelve years, Jean Napier has visited and stayed on the island regularly. Her evocative photography and writing reflects her time there. Historical texts by past islanders add a century and a half of memories to this book.
This illustrated talk and launch will be held in the ffotogaleri y gofeb, just a few doors along from the bookshop.
We'll celebrate National Poetry Day with Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch in the morning and Menna Elfyn in the evening. In the afternoon, in response to popular demand, poet, Lindy Newns, heads down from Manchester to run one of her brilliant poetry writing workshops.
Morning Coffee with Samantha, in MoMA cafe, from 11.00 – 12noon
FREE, pre-booking advised.
Poetry writing workshop with Lindy Newns
in ffotogaleri y gofeb, from 1.30 – 3.30pm, £5, pre-booking essential.
An evening of poetry and prose with Menna Elfyn (also introducing Eluned Philips)
in the bookshop, 6 for 6.30pm
FREE, pre- booking essential.
Elizabeth Jane Corbett introduces and reads extracts from her debut novel, The Tides Between. She charts her journey to its publication and her own journeys from Australia to Wales and back again. Describing herself as ‘hanner cymraeg’ (Welsh mother, English father), she has lived in Australia for all but nine years of her life. Whist Elizabeth has accepted her Melbourne-Australian identity, she visits Wales regularly, has learned its language and shares it by teaching Welsh at Melbourne’s Welsh Church.
The Tides Between, was named as Notable Book for older readers in 2018, by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
As usual, the event is 6 for 6.30pm, with time for tea and cake, socialising and a browse in advance
FREE - includes refreshments
Like comics? Come and celebrate Small Press Day at Penrallt Gallery Bookshop, where local artist Nicky Arscott, founder of Mother Mary Press, will be setting up her workshop and drawing comics live!
Zines, comix, have various forms but are typically self-published, designed, written or edited by one or two people or a small team. They tend to use inexpensive production techniques such as photocopying, and are distributed through local and personal networks and specialised distributors ("distros"). Although they can have more than one issue, some are one-offs. Often, they have a highly visual quality and can use the conventions of cartoon strips and film animation for more adult themes. These are also known as alternative comics, adult comics, or comix, and, when telling a complete story in one volume, they are known as graphic novels.
THE BOOKSHOP IS JOINING WITH MENTER MALDWYN FOR AN AFTERNOON CELEBRATING AND LEARNING TO CARE ABOUT THE NATURAL WORLD.
STORYTELLERS, WONDERFUL BOOKS TO INSPIRE, ART ACTIVITIES AND GAMES
IT IS ALSO INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP WEEK, SO WE HOPE THAT OUR WONDERFUL CUSTOMERS WILL CALL IN EITHER AT THE BOOKSHOP OR TO THE AFTERNOON STALL AT CANOLFAN OWAIN GLYNDWR
THE THEME FOR OUR 2018 OPEN SUBMISSION PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION THIS YEAR IS HOME / CYNEFIN
Your photos should be taken in response to the theme in b&w or colour, using a film or digital camera and submitted as prints.
We cannot accept e-mailed images or CDs
Print sizes - include a white border, where possible for our mounting purposes:
A5 21cm x 14 cm
A4 21cm x 29 cm
Your print should be accompanied by a title, your name, any technical information you wish to add, your address, email and/or telephone number on a separate sheet with your entry.
ENTRY FEE £3
ARDDANGOSFA FFOTOGRAFFIAETH AGORED 2018 - CYNEFIN
Gall eich lluniau fod yn ddu a gwyn, yn lliw gan ddefnyddio ffilm, camera digidol neu ffôn symudol.
A5 21cm x 14cm
A4 21cm x 29 cm
Ni ddylid fframio argraffiadau, ond cofiwch gynnwys 0.5cm o forder gwyn os yn bosib, ar gyfer dibenion mowntio.
Cofiwch gynnwys deitl neu leoliad i’r llun, eich enw, cyfeiriad, e-bost a rhif ffôn gyda eich ymgais. Mae mynediad am ddim.
Am fwy o wybodaeth cysylltwch â Diane neu Geoff
Image: Mural in Tamer, Ramallah
Tuesday 29 May, 7 for 7.30pm – A SENSE OF HOME? 'Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation' with authors Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young
We welcome author, Annemarie Young to the bookshop to present, read and discuss the latest book produced in collaboration with author, Anthony Robinson and the young people in Ramallah, Jenin, Qattana, Sebastiya, Gaza, Beit Ur and Hebron.
In Palestine today, a second generation of children and young people is growing up experiencing life under occupation. Young Palestinians Speak provides a platform for children and young people, from all over this occupied land. Through the book these young people share with you their dreams and fears for themselves and their country, and in so doing lay open their humanity and offer the hope for a brighter future in Palestine.
Such bliss! The return of the native of Shropshire, this hardy lad will be crossing the border to be among us once again. Last year a novelist, this year a playwright, Christopher will bring his own blend of naivety and genius (proportions TBC) and for those who haven't seen him this will definitely be a first! What laughs!
FREE - pre-booking essential email (preferred), call in or phone 01654 700559
Join us for the preview of Alan's new exhibition from 6.30 - 8.00, 3 May 2018, gather at ffotogaleri y gofeb a few doors along from the bookshop
When the storms hit Aberystwyth in 2015 and 2016, Alan was, of course, there with his camera, documenting the process of destruction, rebuilding and then more destruction and it was this work that he showed. Things have settled down a little at Aber, but the damage is now being done to Alan instead.
Having been diagnosed with cancer, however, did not stop him taking photographs, Alan being the sort of person he is. He just slowed down a bit, moved around less and started to take more photographs from the warmth and comfort of various cafes in the town he has lived in for 45 years. This work took on a life of its own and became a self-published book.
Seeing people come and go, both inside and outside, while in the café Alan saw everyday life going on, something he could no longer do with quite the same energy. He then started to see the visual effects created by the often steamed-up windows, and reflections, layering and texturing in an interesting way and so his new photography, born out of the restrictions his body now imposed, came into being.
The Transformative Power of Words – a series of four, stand-alone, workshops with visiting poet and educator, Lindy Newns.
Each workshop will take a theme suggested by a line from a poem and cover caring, conflict, celebration and protest. The range of dates, include one Saturday and at different weekdays, variously in the new gallery, the bookshop and the MoMA cafe.
International Women's Day with a literary focus.
You can look forward to a relaxing day dipping in and out, as your time allows, to share our day as we get together to honour local women's writing and creative expression. Poetry with your coffee, book-launch and lunch, Poetry for Tea, Poetry for Supper . . .
Diwrnod y Llyfr / World Book Day postponed, here and UK wide due to the adverse weather and we're also closed today. But by visiting the World Book Day website you'll find activities to enjoy even if you are stuck at home: http://www.worldbookday.com/
PARSEL NADOLIG celebrating The Old Red Tongue with a festive evening in the company of 'keepers' of the Welsh language tradition, past and present: the National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn, is joined by a host of wonderful poets, writers, readers. With glittering musical trimmings.
PARSEL NADOLIG o feirdd, awduron a darllenwyr yn dathlu cyfoeth y Gymraeg - yn farddoniaeth a rhyddiaith - ar gyfer siaradwyr Cymraeg a'r di-Gymraeg fel ei gilydd
Ifor ap Glyn, Ann Fychan, Hywel Griffiths, Mererid Hopwood, Mike Parker, Eurig Salisbury, Rhiain Bebb, Cerys Hafana, Sara Meredydd, Malen Meredydd Aeron ynghyd â gwesteion eraill a cherddoriaeth / and guests, with musical interludes.
tocynnau yn £8 (o Pen'rallt neu MoMA) gan gynnwys gwin a lluniaeth ysgafn /
tickets £8 (from Pen'rallt or MoMA), including interval wine and refreshments
trefnir gan galeri a siop lyfrau pen'rallt / arranged by galeri a siop pen'rallt gallery bookshop
*The Old Red Tongue: anthology of Welsh literature is volume eight in the unique Lesser Used Languages of Europe Series, published by Francis Boutle.
Gyda chefnogaeth Llenyddiaeth Cymru / with support from Literature Wales &
Francis Boutle Publishers
THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER, 6 for 6.30PM – An evening with author and photographer Jean Napier
Jean introduces and talks about the adventures she had photographing for and writing her book about her beloved Rhinogydd, the wild upland area situated above Barmouth, east of Harlech and west of Trawsfynydd . The book evolved from Jean's project for her recent Masters in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University and is full of photographs taken and historical text written after months of intensive research.
“I have been exploring the county of Meirionnydd for many years and find the varied landscape endlessly fascinating and one particular area, the Rhinogydd Mountains and surrounding high moorland, is especially captivating.”
BONDO is a new collection of poems from Wales’s best-known and most travelled Welsh-language poet, Menna Elfyn, published on 26 October by Bloodaxe Books. Menna will be giving launch readings from Bondo in London, Wales, Poland and at the Hay Winter Weekend.
Bondo, which is Welsh for eaves, ranges from Wales to Mexico, the Maldives, Greenland, India and the Balkans. The importance of keeping languages alive, Welsh included, is a strong theme in this collection, as is the power and beauty of memory.
These poems, written over a number of years in private journals and notebooks, also reflect a deep and continuing connection with the mining communities in Wales. Menna Elfyn’s poem ‘The Gate’ / ‘Y Glwyd’, first published in her 2012 Bloodaxe collection Murmur, is reprinted here in remembrance of the loss of her grandfather in a mining accident.
As with all Menna Elfyn’s Bloodaxe titles, Bondo is published in a dual language edition, with English translations by leading Welsh poets. For this event, Menna is joined by poet and translator, Elin ap Hywel.
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.
with Carol Leach
Saturday 7 October 2017
10.30am – 12noon*
Want to write a poem
but stuck for ideas?
Drawn to photos and the stories they tell?
Come and join us
in a fun creative workshop and turn photographic images into your own words, inspired by our latest gallery exhibition
Building on last year’s popular workshops (‘Making Poetry from the Wear and Tear’), this marks a new series with Carol on ‘Making Poetry from Art’ in Machynlleth’s creative spaces.
Limited places, book in advance to avoid being disappointed.
A free event
suggested donations £3
Thanks to David Leppard whose Tock Follows Tick (above) provides the image for our Independent Bookshop Day ABOUT TIME Poetry workshop with Carol Leach
An exhibition of photographs
by over 50 people, amateur
and professional, responding
to this year's theme
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.
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
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.
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.'
Polish Up Your Poems with Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch on Tuesday 23rd May 12.30pm-5.30pm, £15.00 for 45 minute slot (please reserve through the bookshop).
Limited to 6 places
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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