Sunday 12th June

Singing for the Joy of it - Workshop

Fundraiser for Ukraine

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Sunday 13th June -10:30 am- 12:00pm - CF61 community centre - Free

Janet Hall of 'The Eclectics' invites you to join her in an inclusive and joyful workshop.

With energising games and accessible harmonies, Janet will have you singing along wholeheartedly in this FREE event.

She will teach you a haunting Ukrainian lullaby. Janet and These3Streams are providing this event free of charge in the hope that we can support Unicef with any donations collected. No singing experience necessary - just a sense of humour and a willingness to join in.

Thingumijigs: Ceilidh band

Sunday 12th June - 11.15am - 12:15 - Outside the White Hart - FREE -

Come down to the Square and listen to some fabulous folk music by Llantwit Major's very own Ceilidh band.

Oasis One World Choir

Sunday 12th June - 12.15pm - 1pm - Llantwit Major Old Town Centre: Cenotaph - FREE -

Join us outside in the sunshine in the heart of Llantwit Major to experience the wonderful Oasis One World Choir from Cardiff.

'Since 2015 we have been working with Oasis Cardiff a centre for asylum seekers and refugees, to deliver The Oasis One World Choir project. www.oasiscardiff.org.

We have a very supportive network of singing and musical volunteers. These volunteers come from both the local Cardiff community as well as from the refugee and asylum-seeking community. The resulting chemistry of the wonderful people from around the globe making music together, as well as the many barriers that the project seems to break down along the way are evidence that this project is extremely special and unique.'

www.oneworldchoir.co.uk

Peter Cronin Painting Demonstration

Sunday 12th June - 12pm-2pm - St Illtud's Church Mezzanine - £7

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!

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This is your opportunity to join Peter, recent Welsh expert judge on Watercolour Challenge, for a painting demonstration.

Peter has written two books on Watercolour and sketching, and recently appeared on Channel 5 as Welsh expert on Watercolour Challenge.

As a professional artist, Peter works mainly in Watercolour, but also in Oils. He is a member of the following societies:

  • Royal Society of Marine artists, based at the Mall Galleries London (council member)

  • Royal Watercolour Society of Wales

  • The Pure Watercolour Society.

Peter has written two books on Watercolour and sketching, and recently appeared on Channel 5 as Welsh expert on Watercolour Challenge.

David Ambrose: Dreams & Memories, storytelling workshop for adults

Book Tickets

Sunday 12th June - 12pm - 2:30pm - St Illtud's Church - £10 - Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the break!


The stories that we tell each other are usually a mixture of memory and dream, of personal experience mingled with wish and desire. In this workshop we will move between the world of personal memory and the dream world of story. We will be looking at personal stories, revealing the layers of meaning within them, and exploring how the sharing of these stories with others can transform our view of ourselves.

David has been telling traditional stories from Wales and The World for well over 30 years.

In that time he has told stories in parks and theatres, churches and libraries, schools, castles and even in a cave, and has appeared at Festivals from Scandinavia to Spain, from America to Iran.

In 1993 he co-founded Beyond The Border Wales International Storytelling Festival, (“A festival like no other” The Times) which he directed for 25 years until 2018. He is also a founder member of Tales From Beyond The Border Storytelling Company and for ten years was co-host of the celebrated Story & Music Nights at Milgi’s Café, Cardiff.

“Kept children and adults spellbound. People cheered and cried for more.” (The Guardian)

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on...” (William Shakespeare - The Tempest)

This Workshop is for any adults interested in exploring their personal relationship with story in a shared and safe workshop environment. No previous experience of performing is necessary, just a belief in the power of stories to “give delight, and hurt not....”

Phil Carradice: The Black Chair

Sunday 12th June - 12:30pm - 13:15pm - CF61 - £5

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Join author Phil as he discusses his fascinating insights into the life of Welsh Bard Hedd Wyn, fictionalised in his novel 'The Black Chair'.


Phil Carradice is a writer and broadcaster, well known for his radio series "The Past Master". A poet, novelist and non-fiction writer, he has written over 80 books.


Helen Adam: Novel Reading and music

Sunday 12th June - 13:30pm - 14:30pm - CF61

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Join musician and writer Helen, as she reads from her book, 'The Wedding Thief,' interspersed with Welsh and Klezmer music on the fiddle.


As a fiddle and keyboard player Helen has worked as a free-lance musician all her life, performing, teaching and composing.

Helen will be exploring the theme of dissociation, both as it occurs in her book in an extreme form as Dissociative Identity Disorder ( formerly known as multiple personality), and in its more common forms in our daily lives. She will be opening the discussion for contributions and sharing, on this subject, and on how she and the attenders to the event use creativity as a means of processing traumatic experience. She will also share some lighter moments of life as a wedding musician.

She has a special interest in community music making and in the therapeutic uses of music to connect, communicate and bring joy.

A serious illness four years ago brought with it the need for a change of pace, and this has allowed Helen to concentrate more on writing which has always been a great love. The book Helen will be reading from is called ‘The Wedding Thief’ and she is now working on a second novel.

Helen moved to Wales in the ‘90s with her then infant children and was delighted to discover the wealth of traditional music of the country. She has set up a website, www.tunelines.com to showcase the dance music of Wales (and beyond). She has also published several books of music and recorded albums of arrangements of this and her other great musical love, which is Klezmer, the music of the Eastern European Ashkenazy Jews. Helen will be playing a few tunes from both traditions at the Three Streams Festival.

The Wedding Thief: This story begins in the fairytale world of country weddings as seen through the eyes of our heroine, Flora, a wedding planner. As she works through one summer season, her life unravels as past traumas catch up with her. In a quest to rediscover her true self she is led back into the closed world of a secretive religious cult.

Years of performing at weddings and having unique access to an intimate moment in people’s lives formed the inspiration for this book, as well as a fascination with the psychic parts that we keep hidden even from ourselves. She wanted to explore the much mis- understood condition of dissociative identity disorder, as well as looking at the power of family secrets to shape our lives and identities.

Robin Jenkins: Atlantic Pacific

Sunday 12th June - 13:00pm - 13:30pm - The Old School - Donations to go to Atlantic Pacific

No tickets required - all welcome

Prepare to be inspired as Robin talks about the charity that he founded and the incredible work that Atlantic Pacific does internationally.

Robin Jenkins founded Atlantic Pacific in 2014, following a visit to Japan.

Robin Jenkins founded Atlantic Pacific in 2014, following a visit to Japan. Their work is far-reaching from St Donat's, to London, to the rest of the world.

Atlantic Pacific - International Boat Rescue Project

David Hurn

in conversation with Tony Curtis & Martha O'Brien

Sunday 12th June - 3pm - 4.30pm - St Illtud's Church- £10

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Join the internationally acclaimed photographer David Hurn as he discusses his experiences in this very special event.

David Hurn has a long-standing international reputation as one of the UK’s most influential reportage photographers.

A luminary of the iconic Magnum photo agency, the former Cardiff schoolboy’s journey into photography is a fascinating and unconventional one.

An influential fixture of Sixties London and the Hollywood inner sanctum, his images of Jane Fonda as Barbarella, Sean Connery as James Bond and the Beatles on the set of A Hard Day’s Night, became icons of the 20th Century. In 1970 he returned permanently to Wales and set up the acclaimed School of Documentary Photography at the Newport College of Art. Since leaving teaching in 1989, he has devoted his career to capturing the magic of everyday life in Wales.

In 2016, Hurn was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society and in 2020 was the recipient of a Lucie Award for achievement in documentary in New York. With his prints regularly acquired by many leading collectors and museums, he continues to live and work from his home in Tintern, South Wales.

Martha O'Brien is an AHRC funded PhD researcher at Cardiff University, specialising in contemporary Welsh writing in English. She is co-founder and co-editor of Welsh arts magazine, Nawr.

Tony Curtis is a much-respected poet and writer who is appearing in two other events at the festival. He is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature.


Ty Hafan Event

Tony Curtis and guest performers: Grahame Davies, Rhian Edwards, Zoë Brigley and Jude Brigley.

Sunday 12th June - 5pm - 6pm - CF61 Community Centre - FREE -

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A very special event in which Tony Curtis and his special guests, read from the incredible poetry anthology 'Where the Birds Sing our Names' in aid of Tŷ Hafan children's hospice.

TONY CURTIS has published over forty books of poetry, criticism, art commentary and fiction.

He is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature. In 2016 Seren published his From the Fortunate Isles: New & Selected Poems which brough together fifty years of his poetry. In 2017 Cinnamon published his selected stories Some Kind of Immortality. Two new books appeared at the end of 2021 – his first novel Darkness in the City of Light, set in wartime Paris, and Where the Birds Sing our Names, an anthology for the children’s charity Ty Hafan. Both were published by Seren.

Tony is currently working on an eleventh collection of poetry and a new novel.

www.tyhafan.org

Top poets’ works in new anthology for Tŷ Hafan (tyhafan.org)

Grahame Davies

Grahame Davies is a poet, author and lyricist, who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. A native of Coedpoeth near Wrexham, now based in Brecon and London, he is the author of 18 books in Welsh and English, including a volume of poetry, Lightning Beneath the Sea; studies of Welsh literary portrayals of Judaism and Islam; a novel, Everything Must Change, and two books of psychogeography, Real Wrexham (2007) and Real Cambridge (2021). He is a librettist for classical composers and his work has been performed worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.


Rhian Edwards

Rhian is a multi-award winning poet. Her first collection of poems Clueless Dogs (Seren 2012) won Wales Book of the Year 2013, the Roland Mathias Prize for Poetry 2013 and Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice 2013. It was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2012. Rhian’s second full collection The Estate Agent’s Daughter (Seren 2020) was a National Poetry Day Recommended Read for 2020.


Zoë Brigley and Jude Brigley.

Zoë is an award winning poet, published by Bloodaxe. She is also editor of Poetry Wales, and Poetry Editor for Seren books in a job share with fellow poet Rhian Edwards. You can learn more about Zoë from her website: Bio – Zoë Brigley (zoebrigley.com)

Jude Brigley is also a poet, and has also been a trail blazing teacher, editor and performance poet; she is now writing increasingly for the page. She has also written for a number of magazines such as 'Blue Nib', 'Otherwise Engaged', 'The Lake' and 'Scissortail.' We can't wait to hear these poets read their incredible work!

In a change to the programme, the wonderful Amy Wack will no longer be at this event.

Amy Wack

Amy Wack was born in California. She moved to Wales in 1988. She worked for 30 years for Seren Books as a Poetry Editor and helped to publish such classic Welsh authors as Paul Henry and Christopher Meredith, as well as new names like Kim Moore and Katherine Stansfield, disabled writers like Polly Atkin and recently a fine translation by Jenny Lewis of the poet Adnan Al Sayegh’s noted surrealist epic of his persecution and exile from Iraq, ‘Let Me Tell You What I Saw’.

Photo by Abeer Ameer.



Rufus Mufasa hosts Poems and Pints

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Sunday 12th June - 6.30pm - 8pm - The Old Swan Inn - £5

Join us for the festival finale with festival scribe, Rufus Mufasa.

This event is supported by Wordley Creative: Performance advertising with heart. https://www.wordleycreative.com

An evening in Llantwit Major's oldest pub with Rufus Mufasa and special guest poets, culminating in the PREMIER of the poem that Rufus will create during the weekend. A perfect final event, not to be missed.

'These three streams come together, making their way to the sea.'

www.rufusmufasa.com