Friday 10th June

Rufus Mufasa: Indonesian Opening Gig with Street Food

Book Tickets

Friday 10th June - 6pm-7:30pm - The Corner by Siti - £12

Rufus will be performing her work, while you enjoy delicious street food cooked by Siti.

Literary activist Rufus Mufasa is a pioneering participatory artist who advocates hip hop education and poetry development accessible to all.
Rufus is also a lyricist, rapper and performance art poet, with an MA in scriptwriting.Rufus is a Hay Writer at Work, supports several intergenerational projects, mentors men at Parc Prison and is planning her fourth visit to Finland, where she recently headlined the Helsinki Literature Festival. As well as being the first Welsh artist to perform at Ruisrock festival, she mentors Finnish beat poets, and now writes trilingually as a result.
You can also watch Rufus at the Saturday Hybrid event with Taylor Edmonds and at the Sunday sharing event: Poetry and Pints.

Mike Church, Teena Clouston, Colum Sanson-Regan & Paul Rosser

Friday 10th June - 8pm-10pm - Llantwit Major Town Hall -£10

Book Tickets:

Due to the historic nature of this building, there isn’t disabled access. Do get in touch with us if you would like to attend however!

This exciting event is a mixture of words and music, with an introduction on the benefits of creativity by Professor Teena Clouston, and a pop-up bar from the brilliant local brewery Tomos & Lilford.

Mike Church

Mike will be performing in a WAM…..words, art and music event.

Mike was a deputy head teacher until 2007 and then became a freelance writer. He represented Wales at the first ever UK Poetry Slam in 1997 and has published three volumes of poetry. He has been the Neath Port Talbot Reading Ambassador since 2015 and was selected as a CBBC Awesome Author in 2016. He has been instrumental in the success of Petra Publishing who have won awards as a community publishing phenomenon and been mentioned in debates in the Senedd.

He is a passionate campaigner for libraries and was on Radio 4 news in 2014 when he and three others were chained to the shelves of his local library in Rhydyfelin to prevent its closure (a battle they subsequently won!). Mike works in over a hundred schools every year promoting literacy and reading for pleasure. He has visited Bryn Celynnog in Beddau every World Book Day for the last sixteen years and is now booked again for 2023.

Teena Clouston

Teena is Professor of Occupational Therapy, Wellbeing and Life Balance, Cardiff University and will be introducing the importance of creativity.

Teena's work explores what drives the busyness of everyday life, and how this impacts on our health and wellbeing by causing us to focus our personal resources of time and energy on the things we have to do, rather than than those we choose to do. The latter include the creative and aesthetic pursuits that give meaning to our everyday lives.

Her most recent book on this subject is Challenging stress, burnout and rust-out: Finding balance in busy lives, published by Jessica Kingsley.

Colum Sanson-Regan

At the event Colum will give a mixture of readings from his writing and songs from Colum's repertoire, some original, some traditional.

Colum Sanson-Regan is a familiar name around South Wales as singer and guitarist with popular bands New Druids and Goose. In the last few years he's turned his hand to writing books too. His debut novel The Fly Guy is a dark psychological thriller and The Tall Owl and Other Stories is a collection of compelling and diverse short stories. While still gigging, Colum has been teaching Creative and Professional Writing at University of South Wales, running writing classes and recording a new album of a cappella traditional folk tunes.

Paul Rosser

Paul Rosser was well known on the Welsh music scene way before ‘Cool Cymru’ was invented. He will be performing with Mike Church as part of the WAM, Words and Music set.

Paul has a fantastic reputation on the circuit in South Wales and beyond. He has performed, most notably, with Racing Cars and The Watermelons. He’s proud of his Rhondda heritage and is still giving rousing, crowd pleasing performances.