Gelynion: a Welsh Enemies project / Enemies Cymru

Beginning on the 19th May through to 5th June 2015 2015
visiting Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Hay-on-Wye & London

Gelynion is an exploration of contemporary Welsh poetry through the potential of collaboration. Shining a light on the often overlooked contemporary Welsh avant-garde, and placing that work firmly beside more literary poetry and the Cynghanedd tradition, Gelynion aims to bring together communities of writers that might not otherwise collaborate, from all four corners of the country & beyond. Generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales & Poetry Wales, Gelynion will also produce these original collaborations in both of Wales’ languages.

Gelynion involves over 40 poets with a core group performing new collaborations each night throughout the tour, including Poetry Wales’s Nia Davies, Joe Dunthorne, Zoë Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, SJ Fowler and Rhys Trimble. The core poets will tour these new pieces in rolling pairs throughout Wales and at each reading multiple poets from the local area and beyond are invited to create their own collaborations.

The tour begins in Newport on May 19th and visits Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor before a culminating premiere performance at the Hay-on-Wye festival on May 29th. Then the project will close for 2015 with a reading at the Rich Mix Arts Centre in London on June 5th.

Gelynion is co-curated by Nia Davies & SJ Fowler, and generously supported by Arts Council Wales, Poetry Wales & the Hay-on-Wye festival.

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