Lecture Programme and Other Events

Newport & Gwent Literary Club
2018-2019 season

September 2018   Eric Ngalle Charles: From Cameroon to Wales via Russia
October 2018         Katie Gramich: Kate Roberts… Wales’ greatest novelist?
November 2018    David Hurn: 63 Years a Flaneur…. essays in photographs
December 2018     Christmas Lunch
January 2019          M Wynn Thomas: Walt’s War Cry… Whitman 1819-1892
February 2019       Dr Rhian Morgan: Discovering Kings and Criminals
March 2019            Mererid Hopwood: Leaves in the Lines
April 2019              Francesca Rhydderch: The Short Story
May 2018                Annual General Meeting

To book places at the Club’s events,  please contact Pat Wells-West on
01633 265660 by the Sunday before the event. To contact other Club officers, visit the Contacts page of this site. Non-members very welcome.  Cost to non-members: £25 to include dinner.  Advance booking essential.  Venue is the Holiday Inn,  Coldra,  Newport and begin at 6.30pm.

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The programme for the 2018-2019 season of Newport & Gwent Literary Club:

We are pleased to present our 72nd season of lectures…. fiction, non-fiction, the short story, photographic essays, American poetry and DNA……

Wednesday 26th September 2018
Eric Ngalle Charles starts our new season talking about his journey from Cameroon to Swansea via Russia….. a journey through the immigration system which he described as a process of “brutalisation and humiliation”. He was recently offered a Creative Wales Award by the Arts Council of Wales with which he will carry out extensive research into Migration, Memory and Trauma. He intends to write five converging stories, five plays and a digital exhibition based on these themes. In the 2018 Hay Festival his play The Last Ritual was performed – it is based on Eric’s last days in the village of Small Soppo in Buea, Cameroon. It looks at love and betrayal, exploring the theme of witchcraft and the practice of it. We are proud to have such a fine young writer now living in Wales.

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This event is supported by Literature Wales:
http://www.literaturewales.org/
http://www.llenyddiaethcymru.org/hafan/

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential – see contact page

 

Wednesday 31st October 2018
Katie Gramich:  Kate Roberts – Wales’s greatest novelist?

Katie Gramich’s volume on Kate Roberts was published by the University of Wales Press in 2011. Kate Roberts (1891-1985) is probably the most important woman writer to have emerged from Wales but she remains little known. The volume track’s Kate’s life from her poverty-stricken childhood through her time as a teacher in the south Wales valleys and her novel-writing and later political work. Feet in Chains [Parthian] was translated by Katie Gramich from the original novel Traed mewn Cyffion.  Her “fragment of autobiography” Y Lon Wen/ The White Lane [Gomer] was translated in parallel text by Gillian Clarke. Prepare to hear about a quite extraordinary Welsh writer.
Dr Katie Gramich is Professor in English Literature at Cardiff University.

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This event is supported by Literature Wales:
http://www.literaturewales.org/
http://www.llenyddiaethcymru.org/hafan/

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential -see Contact page


Wednesday 28th November 2018
David Hurn: 63 Years a Flaneur

A stroller, a passionate wanderer…. documentary photographer and member of Magnum Photos. In 1963 he was commissioned by the James Bond producers to shoot a series of stills with Sean Connery and the actresses from From Russia with Love. He shot photos of Jane Fonda in Barbarella, The Beatles on the set of A Hard Days Night. In 1973 he set up the School of Documentary Photography in Newport.
In 2017 he made an exceptional gift to the National Museum of Wales: about 1500 of his own photographs and about 700 from his private collection. He said: “My earliest visual/cultural memories are visiting the Museum when I must have been four or five. I remember the naughty statue – Rodin’s The Kiss – and cases full of stuff that people had donated. Well now I have the chance to repay… something of mine will be there forever. I feel very privileged. ” We feel privileged that David Hurn will join us tonight.

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Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential -see Contact page

 

December 2018
The Society holds an informal Christmas lunch each December… full detils will be confirmed later on in the year.

Wednesday 30th January 2019
M Wynn Thomas:  Walt’s War-Cry… Whitman 1819-1892
Along with Emily Dickinson,  Walt Whitman is regarded as one of America’s most significant nineteenth century poets and would influence many successors like Ezra Pound and Allen Ginsberg. Ralph Waldo Emerson called Whitman’s Leaves of Grass “the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced”. Tonight’s talk… very nearly marking Walt’s two hundredth birthday, is given by M Wynn Thomas, Professor of English at Swansea University. He has also held Visiting Professorships at the universities of Harvard and Tublingen. He is a specialist in American Poetry and the two literatures of Wales. Since 2012, the M Wynn Thomas Prize has been awarded annually to recognise outstanding scholarship in the study of Welsh writing in English.

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This event is supported by Literature Wales:
http://www.literaturewales.org/
http://www.llenyddiaethcymru.org/hafan/

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential – see Contact page


Wed
nesday 27th February 2018
Dr Rhian Morgan: Discovering Kings and Criminals
So how has the discovery of DNA taken what we know about history onto another level? How might our favourite crime novels be rendered archaic by 21st century science?
Based at the Genomics Policy Unit in the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science at the University of Glamorgan, Rhian Morgan has held the position of Telling Stories Understanding Real Life Genetics Project Officer since 2008. Her background is in scientific research and she has worked in academic, industrial and clinical research settings.

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Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential -see Contact page

Wednesday 27th March 2018
Mererid Hopwood: Leaves in the Lines
Mererid will take us on a tour spanning around six hundred and eighty years… Dafydd ap Gwilym was one of the great poets of mediaeval Europe [and he spent time with Ifor Hael at Cleppa Park]; Waldo Williams is one of the great twentieth century Welsh poets. His iconic poem Cofio [Remembrance] came to him, he said, suddenly at nightfall as the sun went down. Mererid will discuss their poems in translation and we’ll listen to the Welsh side by side to appreciate the musicality of the original verses.
In 2001 Mererid Hopwood won the Chair at the National Eisteddfod; in 2003 she won the Crown and in 2008 she won the Prose Medal for her book O Ran. Mererid  is a lecturer at Trinity College, Carmarthen and an S4C presenter. She could have delivered this lecture in Welsh, Spanish, German or English, had she so chosen.

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This event is supported by Literature Wales:
http://www.literaturewales.org/
http://www.llenyddiaethcymru.org/hafan/

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential -see Contact page


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dnesday 24th April
Fracesca Rhydderch: The Short Story
… full details shortly on the exact themes and threads of this lecture

This event is supported by Literature Wales:
http://www.literaturewales.org/
http://www.llenyddiaethcymru.org/hafan/

Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport
6.30pm
Advance booking essential – see Contact page

Previous guests:
In 2009-10 we had talks from Dr John Davies, Deborah Kay Davies, Dr Katie
Gramich, Jeanette Massochi, Mark Crick, Dannie Abse, Catherine Fisher, Margaret Isaac, Geraint Lewis.

In 2010-11 our speakers were Horatio Clare, Gillian Clarke, Mererid Hopwood, Margaret Isaac, Ben Kane, Geraint Lewis, Rohan McCullough.

In 2011-12 we heard Adrian Metcalfe and Rhodri Miles, Tom Anderson, Professor Tony Curtis, Canon Arthur J Edwards, Catherine Fisher, Alison Neil and Geoffrey Brangham.

In 2012-13, speakers were Professor Dai Smith, Dr Juliette Wood, Simon Brett, Derek Richards, Morag Law, Anne Harvey, Nigel Jarrett, John Sheen and Julie McGowan

In 2013-14, speakers were Damian Walford Davies, Andrew Martin, Anne Cluysenaar,  Mererid Hopwood, Kevin Myers, Matthew [M.R.] Hall, Chris Barber and Rhian Edwards

In 2014-15, speakers were Alison Lingham, Jonathan Edwards, Peter Florence,
CJ Daugherty, Justin Albert, Yvette Roblin, Ifor ap Glyn, Vale of Glamorgan Writing Squad

In 2015-16, speakers were: Gillian Clarke, Neil Badmington, Catherine Fisher, William Ayot, Dr Alyce von Rothkirch, Carolyn Hitt and Professor Carl Plas

In 2016-17, speakers were: Dr Daniel G Williams, Dr Dmitra Fimi, Siwan Rosser, Ian McMIllan, Dr Irene Morra, MJ Trow, Monty & Tom Dart

In 2017-18, speakers were: Catherine Fisher, Rob Gittins, Valerie Bloom, Owen Sheers, Sophie McKeand, John Harrison, Nicole Garnon

 

 

 

 

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