Y Gair #11
The Dyddiua Du newsletter
Happy belated Calan Mai!!! We are wedged between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, in the minds of those pesky old pagans, it’s the start of summer. In that vein, we’re letting bright queer summer through our doors with our programming this month.
What we got?
Featured Poem & Book of the Month
“The Black Flamingo, as described by the blurb, is ‘not about being ready…being fierce or fearless, it’s about being free’. The book of poetry in verse is a journey of self-discovery and finding freedom in a constricted world. Expression is at the forefront, from the tales of nights out and loves found and lost, to the stunning accompanying illustrations by Anishika Khullar, the reader is invited to cry, scream and celebrate with Dean Atta and his protagonist Micheal in this queer epic” — Rhys Shanahan
Dean Atta’s poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up, and they appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4. Dean was named one of the most influential LGBTQ+ people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday.
The Black Flamingo is available for purchase from evil sites like waterstones and amazon, but if you’d rather you can find it in our library.
New Exhibition !!!!
THIS FRIDAY May 5th, 4 - 6pm
We have teamed up once again with our lovely friends at Queerdos for this new exhibition.
What does it mean to be a rainbow family? We want to give space to people to explore this, for queer youth and families to express themselves in whatever way they choose.
This exhibition follows Queerdos’ Big Art Bonanza at Ffotogallery . And in partnership with Impact: A 52 week LGBTQ+ youth group. Who provide a friendly and safe environment which allows you to become friends with like-minded people, while socialising, playing sports, doing arts & crafts. More info about the important work Impact does here
There will be an arts and crafts station for people and families to contribute to the exhibition, as well as soft drinks to get hopped up on e numbers.
Cardiff Collage Club, Tuesday 9th, 6 - 8pm
Sam and Rey will be back running their monthly collage club this Tuesday 9th May. In this session we’ll have a lil chat about the history of writing to prisoners, before diving in and making artworks to send off. All materials are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Pay what you can through the link, here, or DM and pay on the day. Can’t wait to see you all there x
Tom Emelym Album Launch, Friday May 12th, 6 - 8pm
We’re absolutely buzzin to have Tom Emelyn and friends here to celebrate the launch of his new album, ‘Return Journey Revisited: Scaredycat Vol.1’ — OUT 05/05/23. Support from Elis Penri (Slate, Mantis), Casper James (Telgate), our very own Rhys Shanahan (Hard-Boiled Wormo) and Keiran Doe supplying synth weirdness!
TAC Meet-up — May 15th, 1 - 4pm
Join us for another free sober social for Trans, Intersex and Non-Binary folks. Bring board games, crafts or just come to socialise.
Go to @transaidcymru for more details, including help finding your way or with travel costs.
Queerdos presents: Queer Words II
Wednesday 17th May, 6 - 8pm. We have Queerdos back for another Queer Words, the last one in February saw not only a bunch of beautiful people perform at the open mic section, but also fantastic poets such as Christiana Thatcher and Max Modell wow us with their words.
This time, join Cups of Te, Saoirse Anton, Wyll Craig, Alisha Raven, Alex Rollerson, alongside 6 open micers (if that’s a word).
Keep an eye out…
For more details about our Film Club and any other stuff I’ve missed out.
As ever, we are open Friday — Sunday, come in and I’ll make you a coffee.
Thank you for reading, hope you all enjoy the coming bank holiday, I think the english are having some big party for some reason or other, those kooky guys.
Joshua, Rey, Rhys & Lucy x
Friday-Sat 11-6pm, Sun 11-4pm
Capitol Centre, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2HQ
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