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Green Room Returns - Chris Meredith
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Green Room Returns - Chris Meredith

8pm. Friday, March 1.

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Above SUSSED, 4-5 JAMES ST. PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG

Sustainable Wales’s ‘Green Room’ returns from its winter break with a reading by poet/novelist, Chris Meredith. To be followed by an Open Mic for local writers.

Chris will be reading from his recently published volume of short stories, ‘Brief Lives’ (Seren), which will be on sale. The book is described in the ‘Western Mail’ as “a moving, mature kaleidoscope of human experience”.

He will also read poetry, including some Welsh language verse.

Chris is the author of ‘Shifts’, available in the Seren ‘Classics’ series, available in the SUSSED bookshop. His most recent collection of poetry is ‘Air Histories’.

Further reading:

https://literature.britishcouncil.org/writer/christopher-meredith

Christopher Meredith is the award-winning author of four novels and three collections of poetry and also translates Welsh to English. Prizes include an Eric Gregory Award, the Arts Council of Wales Young Writer Prize and the Fiction Prize for his first novel, Shifts. His second novel, Griffri, was shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award.  His collection of poems, The Meaning of Flight, was long-listed for The Book of the Year Award 2006. His most recent novel is The Book of Idiots (2012). He has given readings all over Britain and Europe as well as in Israel/Palestine and the USA.  Born and brought up in Tredegar, he was a steelworker and a schoolteacher before becoming a professor of creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. He lives in Brecon. His latest poetry collection Air Histories, was published in June 2013, and has since written a collection of six short fictions, titled Brief Lives, which was released in June 2018.

Purchase Christopher Meredith’s work at the event or via his publisher, the excellent Seren: https://www.serenbooks.com/author/christopher-meredith

£4. Everyone welcome. Croeso cynnes i bawb.

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Elvis themed evening at the Green Room
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Elvis themed evening at the Green Room

GREEN ROOM RETURNS

WITH ELVIS-THEMED NIGHT - Above SUSSED

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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!

£4 entrance.

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PAUL HENRY AT THE GREEN ROOM, PORTHCAWL
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

PAUL HENRY AT THE GREEN ROOM, PORTHCAWL

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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.

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Josephine's Rain Returns to Porthcawl
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Josephine's Rain Returns to Porthcawl

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.

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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.

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Green Room Returns "Under the eaves of language"
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Green Room Returns "Under the eaves of language"

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.   

Entrance: £4. 

Everyone welcome. Croeso cynnes i bawb.

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JAN 26th 2018 above SUSSED

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Green Room Café
Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Green Room Café

The Green Room Café returns -

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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.

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Rhian Edwards book launch
Mar
31
8:00 PM20:00

Rhian Edwards book launch

  • 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.

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Free Discussion: What is Sustainability? How can we make it part of our culture?
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Free Discussion: What is Sustainability? How can we make it part of our culture?

  • 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!

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One Time Alive evening gig
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

One Time Alive evening gig

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.

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Mike Jenkins & Mike Church at Green Room literary event
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Mike Jenkins & Mike Church at Green Room literary event

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.

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GREEN ROOM RETURNS WITH LOCAL WRITING
Nov
25
8:00 PM20:00

GREEN ROOM RETURNS WITH LOCAL WRITING

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.

Entrance £4.

More information: Sustainable Wales 01656 773627

 

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Green Room Film screenings: Late Love Poems
Sep
30
8:00 PM20:00

Green Room Film screenings: Late Love Poems

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.

Steve Griffiths

Steve Griffiths

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Fairtrade Open Evening Event
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Fairtrade Open Evening Event

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.

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The Green Room Welcomes Exciting Poet Samantha Wynne Rhydderch
Jan
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Green Room Welcomes Exciting Poet Samantha Wynne Rhydderch

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.

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Launch of ‘Unleaving’, the first collection of poems by Kristian Evans
Nov
27
8:00 PM20:00

Launch of ‘Unleaving’, the first collection of poems by Kristian Evans

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27. 8pm

At The Green Room above SUSSED

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."

Kristian will also be reading at Ty Carnegie, Bridgend's new art centre, with Clare Potter on the 15th of October and Stephen will be reading in Bath on the 30th of November.

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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

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Cerdd Dant at the Green Room
Sep
18
8:00 PM20:00

Cerdd Dant at the Green Room

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.

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MARINE BIOLOGIST TO SPEAK AT THE GREEN ROOM (free event)
Jul
27
6:30 PM18:30

MARINE BIOLOGIST TO SPEAK AT THE GREEN ROOM (free event)

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: winter@environmentcentre.org.uk

Tel: 01792 480 200

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The Frock Swap returns for Summer!
Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

The Frock Swap returns for Summer!

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.

Everyone welcome.

Contact telephone: 01656 783962


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