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!
Sat 26th May above SUSSED
PAUL HENRY AT GREEN ROOM, PORTHCAWL
8pm FRIDAY, MARCH 30
Green Room, Sustainable Wales, 5, James St., Porthcawl CF36 3BG
Next reader at Porthcawl’s ‘Green Room’ is poet and musician, Paul Henry, launching his new collection, The Glass Aisle.
Sustainable Wales has been trying for two years to tempt Paul to Porthcawl, and we’re delighted he’s here.
The book moves between rage and stillness, past and present, music and silence. It is Paul’s tenth book and will delight with its assured lyricism. Copies will be on sale on the night and in our shop, SUSSED.
With Open Mic.
£4 entrance. Everyone welcome/Croeso cynnes i bawb.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
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 promises 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.
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.
The Green Room Café returns -
Visit the Green Room POP-UP Café 3rd Sat of the month.
Delicious Fairtrade food available, SATURDAY, November 18th 11am – 4pm. James Street, Porthcawl…
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.
- Friday, March 31, 2017
- 8:00pm 10:00pm
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 Brood is an apt follow-up to Clueless Dogs and leaves us eager for the poet’s next full collection.
- Friday, March 10, 2017
- 8:00pm 10:00pm
The first of a new series of talks and debates at the Green Room above SUSSED '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.
Tell your friends!
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...
The latest album is available at SUSSED.
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.
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
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.
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.
Fairtrade Open Evening Event Friday, April 22 7.00pm
A date for your diary! At The Green Room (above SUSSED 4/5 James Street, Porthcawl CF36 3BG). All welcome.
Presentation by guest speaker Elen Jones, National Coordinator, Fairtrade Wales.
The evening will include a glass of Fairtrade wine and a buffet.
SUSSED is offering 10% reduction on all fairly traded goods.
Organised by Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership.
Find out more, join us, all are welcome. For more details tel. 01656 783962.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 2016 at 8pm sees an appearance by successful poet SAMANTHA WYNNE RHYDDERCH at the intimate Green Room, home of charity Sustainable Wales.
Samantha, from Ceredigion, is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent published by Picador.
Both these volumes, Not in These Shoes and Banjo went on to be shortlisted for the Wales ‘book of the year’.
Samantha Wynne Rhydderch’s reading will be followed by an Open Mic, in which local writers are invited to perform.
For the charity, Robert Minhinnick said:
“I remember when Samantha was a young and promising writer. With her recent publications she has proved herself one of the leading Welsh poets. Today her new work is always eagerly anticipated.”
Samantha Wynne Rhydderch’s books will be on sale on the night, and there will be time to question her about her writing career.
Everyone welcome. Entrance £3.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27. 8pm
HappenStance Press Comes to Porthcawl
Poet and editor of HappenStance press Nell Nelson travels from Fife to Porthcawl to launch two new books by Welsh poets.
'Unleaving' is the first collection of poems by Kristian Evans, a writer and artist, originally from Bridgend, who currently lives among the dunes at Kenfig on the south Wales coast with his wife, two sons and a border collie. A close observer of the expressions of the natural world, and its dialogue with poetic tradition, his work is nonetheless willing to take risks and test our conventions. Even in his prose, there’s poetry, the borderlines blurred and burnished. He is the author of the popular Kenfig Journal.
Stephen Payne’s day job is in academic cognitive science. He is currently Professor of Human-Centric Systems at the University of Bath. He’s always been fascinated by language and lyric, and here, in his first full length collection, 'Pattern Beyond Chance', scientist and poet meet and strike sparks. It’s no surprise to encounter poems that think, and think about thinking. They’re playful, provocative and lyrical, and the poet’s continuous pleasure in sound and pattern is curiously infectious.
Nell said, ""How lucky and lovely it is to have debut publications from twoexcellent Welsh poets at the same time! It's a delight to be launching HappenStance books in Wales -- for the first time, but definitely not the last."
For the Sustainable Wales, Robert Minhinnick said today:
“All Welsh literature lovers should welcome the first publication by Kenfig’s Kristian Evans.
“Here is a new toughly lyrical voice in Wales, aware of the past but sounding a warning about our uncertain future.
“ Kristian Evans uses his knowledge of Welsh and French literatures to create vivid poetry.”
Helena Nelson will speak about both publications, and the two writers give readings
8pm, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 sees a special evening of harp playing and Welsh language recitation taking place in SUSTAINABLE WALES’S GREEN ROOM, 5, JAMES ST., PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG
Led by CARYS EVANS, who administers the ‘Porthcawl Cerdd Dant’ (string music) group, the evening promises to be an outstanding musical and literary occasion.
Marine Biologist To Speak At The Green Room, James Street, Porthcawl
Learn About The New Swansea Bay Marine Wildlife Voluntary Code Of Conduct For Sea Users And Help Protect Marine Life In The Bay
MONDAY 27th July: 6.30 - 7: 45pm.
The free workshops are funded by the FLAG, (Fisheries Local Action Group) and will launch the new marine voluntary code for all sea users that has been developed by the Nature Conservation Team at Swansea County Council and Judith Oakley, Marine Biologist (Oakley Intertidal).
The new marine wildlife voluntary code of conduct aims to help people interact safely with marine wildlife and help minimize disturbance to the fantastic sea life present within Swansea Bay.
Passionate marine biologist, Winter Dotto will lead presentations and discussions in the Green Room, above SUSSED, 4/5 James Street, Porthcawl, CF 36 3BG, 27th July, Neath Civic Centre 23rd of July and NSA Afan Employment Academy in Port Talbot 22nd July.
She is currently working for the Swansea Environmental Forum on the Clear Streams Initiative and explains that "The events hope to draw attention to the new voluntary code of conduct for sea users and get people on board. I will also talk about marine recording, and how people can submit their sightings to their Local Authority Biodiversity Unit.”
The code of conduct applies to recreational and commercial sea users across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend counties.
Local marine biologist and author Judith Oakley will also be running sessions in Swansea on 22nd and 23rd July.
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01792 480 200
SUMMER FROCK SWAP
Tuesday, June 9th 7.30pm. The Green Room (above SUSSED)
All welcome to join our Summer Party +10% of all SUSSED clothing...
Sustainable Wales are organizing a summer Frock Swap and another chance to update your wardrobe.
Search your closet for items that you no longer wear, they don’t fit or are not you, but you think others will value. Give those clothes or accessories a second life and swap for others of a similar value.
Be green-friendly, reduce, reuse and recycle, socialise and have fun, whilst refreshing your wardrobe.“ said Co-Organizer Sian Williams.
“As a nation we have a staggering £30 billion worth of clothes stashed within wardrobes that we never wear. Around 30 per cent of clothes bought every year are not worn. 0.4 kg of CO2 is saved for every item of clothing that is re-used rather than bought new, says Director, Margaret Minhinnick.
Bring only good quality clothes, shoes, accessories and jewellery. (Donations also welcome in advance)
1item =1swap, 2 items = 2 swaps etc.
Also 10% off SUSSED’s range of new dresses on the night.
Entry £3.00 refreshments available.
Contact telephone: 01656 783962
The poet’s daughter, Rian Evans, editor of Ormond’s ‘Collected Poems’ (Seren) and writer, Robert Minhinnick, will speak about the ‘impossibly positioned’ Tuscan town where this Welsh poet made his home. John Ormond’s poetry will also be performed.
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Steve will be testing some of his ‘Late Love Poems’, due from Cinnamon in 2016, the press that has published his last two books.
Steve has given many readings in Wales, England, USA, France, and Spain, and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio London and Radio 4 Cymru – most recently in December 2006 on Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’. He has appeared in a number of anthologies, including the Library of Wales' Poetry 1900-2000, featuring 100 twentieth century Welsh poets writing in English. He is keen to perform his new work more widely. Click here to read a response to a reading he gave for Wenlock Books in Shropshire in April 2007.
Steve spent his childhood on the beaches and cliffs around Trearddur Bay, not knowing that 35 years earlier one Ronald S.Thomas was getting his feet wet in the same pools. At the age of 11, he moved to Amlwch, the origin of al-Chwm in An Elusive State. After reading English at Cambridge at the end of the Sixties, he began a working life engaged with the consequences of, and some solutions to, poverty, inequality and poor health, first as a welfare rights worker in London, later as a researcher and consultant in social and health policy, in the last fifteen years working freelance all over Britain for local and national government, health bodies, and charities; and most recently in campaigning mode. This commitment has often squeezed out the poetry; but the quarrel between landscapes has created a defining tension in his work. He has constantly returned to the scene of his childhood for renewal. After forty years based in London, with his second wife Wendy he will be moving west to Ludlow this year. He was Vice-Chair of the Welsh Academy (English section) at the beginning of the Nineties, and is a Fellow of The Welsh Academy.
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PORTHCAWL ARTS, CRAFTS AND CULTURE TRAIL
Public meeting on Monday 9th March @ 7pm in The Green Room above SUSSED 4-5 James Street, Porthcawl CF36 3BG - Here's the open letter from Siobhan Grice, organising the event:
I am writing to you to invite you to get involved in a project being run by Sustainable Wales. We are looking for artists and creative people based in Porthcawl and the surrounding areas who would be interested in taking part in an Arts, Crafts and Culture Trail.
As a member of the newly formed Town Centre Partnership, Sustainable Wales (sister organisation to SUSSED) has been commissioned by Bridgend County Borough Council (via a Welsh Assembly grant) to research the possibility and costs of creating an Arts, Craft & Culture Trail in Porthcawl. Local support from both contributors and supporters is essential and we need to gauge that in advance.
We believe that an Arts Craft & Culture Trail (ACCT) is a wonderful opportunity to create a vibrant weekend of events celebrating the talented people living in Porthcawl. It will bring local people together, profile arts, crafts and culture, and attract visitors to the town.
An ACC Trail is an event whereby visual artists, performers, writers, musicians, crafts and creative people share their talents with the public in informal and intimate settings, i.e. their own homes or studios.
The locations are made available to the public through the design of a map and programme. We would also like to use galleries, cafes, pubs, parks, community centres, schools, church halls, garages, etc.
By taking part in a cultural trail, artists receive exposure for their work, have an opportunity to sell artworks, objects, jewellery, or perform etc, and to share their passion and knowledge of an artform and their own skills. Meanwhile the public has a chance to have a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at how art or craft work is made.
A good example of this is ‘Made In Roath’ in Cardiff, organized for October every year. There are many arts and crafts trails in Britain, which you can view via the links below.
Would you like to be involved in making this happen? Do you wish to be a part of raising the cultural profile of our town? Can you join us and share ideas to create Porthcawl’s first Arts, Culture and Crafts Trail?
We will hold a public meeting on Monday 9th March @ 7pm in The Green Room above SUSSED 4-5 James Street, Porthcawl, CF36 3BG.
We wish to hear about what you might offer. We also want to hear your ideas on how a Culture Trail might work best in our town. We are eager create something unique in Porthcawl, and will be delighted if you might be part of it.
Whether you are a visual artist, a crafter, a performer, a musician, a singer, a writer, a chef with flair, a creative historian, a gardener with imagination, a creative entrepreneur, would love to see you there.
You are welcome to invite friends and colleagues if you think they will be interested. If possible RSVP so we can organize enough seating.
Contact: Siobhan Grice