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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. 

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

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

“In twenty-five years of self-employment, I’ve been a writer, a stand-up comedian, a TV and radio presenter, a poet, a columnist, an editor, a lecturer, a club promoter, a tour guide, an actor, a DJ, a kids’ party entertainer, an office clerk and – inevitably – several times a barman. In the general election of May 2015, I came three thousand votes short of adding ‘Member of Parliament’ to the list.

This was not quite the severe career swerve it might at first seem. In almost everything I’ve done, politics has been drizzled through it. Writing and broadcasting from a sense of place has been my mainstay, and it seems to me impossible to do that without a strong political antenna. Power, money, class, land ownership, patronage, exploitation and corruption have shaped our landscape as thoroughly as they have moulded our imperfect democracy.

Just how imperfect is that democracy? Decades of activism had brought me to the suspicion that our political system is irretrievably broken, corrupted beyond repair by a self-serving elite busily tightening their grip. Challenges to that, such as rows over MPs’ expenses, phone-hacking or dodgy honours, created acres of furious headlines, but seemed to deal only with the symptoms of the malaise rather than its causes. I wanted to find out for myself if things were as bad as I feared.”

This was not quite the severe career swerve it might at first seem. In almost everything I’ve done, politics has been drizzled through it.
— Mike Parker, The Greasy Poll - intoduction
Earlier Event: May 18
Polish Up Your Poems
Later Event: July 10
Open Book BBc Radio 4