We’re excited to continue our poetry & folk nights with another evening planned for Wednesday 18th April.
We’ll be hosting a Poetry, Storytelling and Folk evening in the intimate bar area at Bluestone. The evening gets underway at 7.30pm.
Storyteller - Atinuke
Poets - Maggie Harris & Richard Wheeler
Folk musician - Paul Hayes
Atinuke is a Nigerian-born author who started her career doing traditional oral storytelling. She draws upon her ancestry - including where she now lives in Pembrokeshire - to tell stories from both the world of folktales and contemporary life. Her books - many Anna Hibiscus Racing Read titles and picture books, as well as the series entitled No. 1 Car Spotter - have led to several awards, amongst them a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honour Winner, a Notable Book for a Global Society, a Cybils Award Winner, and an Africana Award Winner.
Paul Hayes is a singer/songwriter living in the beautiful Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire. His music is a mix of traditional folk songs, with his own interpretation and self penned songs written with a traditional feel. Some testimonials: “Paul brought his banjo, uke and guitar and captivated his audience with a variety of traditional and original tunes ranging from hauntingly beautiful to laugh out loud hilarity! Folk lovers will love Paul Hayes!” “Paul has a warmth that draws you into his songs and it’s easy to get lost on a musical and emotional journey with the man as he leads you along his musical road”. “I love Paul’s thoughtful, melodic original songs and his reworking of classic folk songs often touch magical”.
Link to Paul Hayes: http://paulhayesfolk.co.uk/
Maggie Harris is a poet, prose writer, and visual artist. Originally from Guyana she currently lives in west Wales. Among her prizes are The Guyana Prize for Literature, Caribbean winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and winner of the TS Eliot Poetry Student Prize at Kent University. ‘Harris’s voice is attuned to that of the Wild Woman archetype with poems that spring from the place of tension between the vibrant, instinctual nature, and the strictures imposed by society.’ Eileen Sheehan
Richard Wheeler is a poet living in Pembrokeshire with a wider creative background as a playwright, commercial copywriter and songwriter; these days poetry takes centre stage, building on a residential Poetry Masterclass with Gillian Clarke + Carol Ann Duffy. He now reads widely across west Wales. His observational poetry reflects a deep interest in all things elemental and is characterised by work that is highly visual - ideas-driven and sound-rich - and which ‘relies on the inner music of each line to echo in the mind’.
It will be a small event due to the capacity of our inside space, and so we will be asking people to book tickets in advance. Tickets are £5 and need to be reserved before the event. If it sounds like something you might want to come along to please phone or email and book now to guarantee a place.
01239 820 833