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11th-13th October 2019

Poetry and Short Story Competition Winners Announced

The PENfro Book Festival is an annual event celebrating the quality and diversity of writing in Wales today, recognising the contribution of local publishers and booksellers, and encouraging more people to enjoy the wealth of books Wales offers. Held in the glorious setting of Rhosygilwen in Pembrokeshire, the festival aims to be friendly, informal and inviting to everyone from the casual to the most avid reader.

Mae Gŵyl Lyfrau PENfro yn ddigwyddiad blynyddol sy’n dathlu ansawdd ac amrywiaeth ysgrifennu yng Nghymru heddiw. Mae’n cydnabod cyfraniad cyhoeddwyr a gwerthwyr llyfrau lleol, ac yn annog mwy o bobl i fwynhau’r cyfoeth o lyfrau mae Cymru’n ei gynnig. Cynhelir yr ŵyl ym mhentref bendigedig Rhosygilwen yn Sir Benfro a nod yr ŵyl yw bod yn gyfeillgar, anffurfiol a deniadol tuag at bawb o’r darllenydd achlysurol i’r un mwyaf brwd.

Poetri Graffiti

Poetry trail set up in Cardigan

Top poets from all over Wales and beyond have contributed their work for a Poetry Trail being set up now around Cardigan centre. And the trail will also feature at this year’s PENfro Book Festival.

The Poetri Graffiti project has been set up by The Cellar Bards, the town’s only regular spoken word event, which is held monthly at The Cellar Bar in Quay Street.

Poets on the Graffiti trail include many previous Cellar Bards guests, such as Costa Book Award winner Jonathan Edwards, Menna Elfyn, Dominic Berry, Maggie Harris, Katherine Stansfield, Kathy Miles, Susan Richardson, Helen May Williams and Mike Jenkins.

“This project is about getting poetry out there for the public to see and enjoy. We are spreading the word that poetry is for everyone,” said Cellar Bards co-organiser Jackie Biggs.

“The experience of contemporary poetry is very different from the memory that many people have of having to learn poetry by rote in school. Today’s poetry is not stuffed away in dusty books, it’s out there on the streets and on stage as well as on the page and it’s exciting, funny, inspiring, and thought provoking.”

Cellar Bards MC Dave Urwin said: “There is plenty of variety out there, subjects on the Poetri Graffiti trail so far range from crocodiles, pandas, seahorses, the moon, to seasons, humour and social comment and politics. In these times especially we all need to be talking with each other and poetry is growing as a medium of communication, both on the page and as spoken word performance.”

The Poetri Graffiti  trail begins and ends at the Caste Café & Cellar Bar in Cardigan, where the Cellar Bards meet. The poems can be found at many other venues around town – in shop windows, bookshops, cafes, arts venues and there is a good selection of work to read in Welsh and English on the information rack at Cardigan Library.

Poetri Graffiti trail will also be set up across the Rhosygilwen site over the weekend of the PENfro Book Festival (October 11th to 13th).

Many thanks to all the venues that are supporting Poetri Graffiti. More poems are available to anyone who has space to display an A4 poster, inside or outside, contact the Cellar Bards:









Cellar Bards host Dave Urwin and organiser Jackie Biggs are spreading the word around town that poetry is for all.

Contact for enquiries: Jackie Biggs:          Mob: 07484 814677

The Cellar Bards is supported by Literature Wales.


Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire SA43 2TW    For directions click here.  For accommodation at Rhosygilwen click here.  We also have a list of other accommodation in the area, email us for a copy.  Note: Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at the Festival.

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