Y Gair #4
The Dyddiau Du newsletter
We’d had a busy beginning of the year, with the first Cardiff Collage Club event of the year — there were so many of you!! So many in fact, we had to make a massive banquet table to seat everyone, Game of Thrones style. Tidying up all the scraps bits of paper was NOT fun.
We also had TransAidCymru holding their social in our space for a beautiful day of trans joy and community! TAC’s socials will be the 3rd Monday of every Month. Anyone who identifies as Trans, Intersex or Nonbinary are welcome, as well as carers (regardless of carers’ identity).
The deadline for our exhibition open call has now closed! We’ve been stunned by the amount of people who’ve sent their work in, but also how incredibly interesting and diverse the Cardiff arts scene is! You’re a talented, beautiful bunch. This week we will be looking through the work, emailing back everyone who’s submitted, and making an installation plan. While we can’t fit everyone’s work in, we’re going to do our best to fit as many people in as possible!
Our last two events of January are the Poetry Open Mic on Wednesday 18th, 6-8pm, and Dyddiau Du Film Club!
The open mic will be finished just in time to see our favourite boys Frankie Parris and Blue Amber perform at Porters ;) come on down for a cuppa and to hear the freshest poetry coming out of Cardiff!
Dyddiau Du Film Club is a bi-monthly showcasing of short films from local filmmakers of all levels. Whether you’re doing your MA in Film, or you just like making videos on your phone, we’re keen to screen your films. There’s still some space left, so don't dilly-dally if you want yours screened. Just fill out this Google Form, upload your film, and off you go! Anyone is welcome to simply watch the films too without submitting any!
As February is Queer History Month, we’re scheduling an extra-gay month of events. You can expect us to look at queer writers and artists, and use LGBTQIA+ themed prompts in the creative writing workshop and Cardiff Collage Club, a v queer Poetry Open Mic (more news on that soon), not just one but TWO book launches, and more!
Watch this space & our socials for all that juicy news. Never mind that for now though, here’s this week’s Featured Poem!
Picked by Rhys Shanahan, who says:
“Picking a favourite poem from this “sour pit” of a pamphlet is like picking a favourite episode of Twin Peaks. Each has their own flavour and I could spend hours arguing about it with my friends. That said, the musicality of this poem; its threading of birdsong with hums of reverby guitar in so few words, but so precisely, is a prime example of the ethereal, disconcerting use of imagery found throughout Prunus Cerasus. For fans of cherry pie, maggots and David Lynch.”
Book of the Month
This month’s Book of the Month is a play, originally published in 2005 by Faber & Faber, as chosen by Rhys Shanahan:
“A bunch of artists being arty in Shoreditch. On the face of it, this play in two acts sounds like my worst nightmare. But, with a keen satirical eye and an exhilarating command of stagecraft and language, Lenkiewicz captures perfectly the mid-2000s toxicity of London’s bohemian art scene that still feels relevant today.“
Exhibition: The Cardboard Zoo by Ren Wolfe
Don’t forget Ren Wolfe’s The Cardboard Zoo is still on display in our space until the end of January! Ran has plenty of prints and little creatures for sale too. The space looks delightfully silly and colourful with Ren’s work on the walls! Pop in for coffee, see some art, check out our collection of books. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.
We always want your book donations, now and forever. Help us fill our shelves! We are literally hungry for your books.
Poetry, art, photography, fiction, philosophy, architecture, environment/climate change, politics, books by queer, neurodivergent writers and writers of colour. We want it all so give it to us dammit! Just DM, email or pop in for a chat.
As always, thank you for reading, and we hope you are having a delicious week!
Joshua, Freya and Rhys x
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