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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. 

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

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

ASYLUM - introduction and reading with Eric Ngalle Charles.

Eric Ngalle Charles has edited several anthologies of poetry by refugees, migrants and indigenous artists with Dr Tom Chessman:
Mountain and a Sea; Soft touch, Nobody's Perfect; & Festival of Wolves
His first play, My Mouth Brought Me Here, showcased at Encampment, Southbank,  London in August 2016. Based around Ngalle's poetry and an Old West African Proverb, it explores the themes of migration, language, freedom of expression and dictatorship.

ASYLUM  - poses questions about what happens when someone makes it to the UK? Many asylum seekers live a ghostlike existence. Many are destitute, relying on the kindness of strangers.The book features people the author met through the creative writing classes he runs at the Welsh Refugee Centre. It explores what it means to be a refugee, caught between two worlds, destitute and unable to move forward with one's life.
ASYLUM was published by Hafan Books, June 2016

My names is Eric Ngalle Charles and I was born on Buea, Cameroon. I was not always known as Eric Charles, I went with my maternal grandfather’s name which is Mosre Mo Ngwa, loosely translated to mean ‘Dog of Dawn’. When father Francis baptised me in early 1980, my name was changed. Eric is the name my mother calls me when I have done something wrong, Ngalle she calls me when it is time for a reward.
— Eric Ngalle Charles