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W H Davies Young Poets Exhibition Launches at The Project Space

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To celebrate the overwhelming success of the first ever W H Davies Young Poets Competition, an exhibition of all the work entered is being held at The Project Space in Newport High Street.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Newport’s legendary tramp poet, W H Davies, The Riverfront Theatre held a poetry competition for writers aged 16 years and under, with a cash prize of £100 on offer for the winning poet.

Writers were asked to consider the opening lines of Davies’ poem Leisure, and compose work on the theme of nature. Hundreds of entries were received and all will now be displayed at The Project Space as part of a free exhibition.

The winner of the first ever W H Davies Young Poets Competition was Diesel Williams for his poem ‘A View of Nature’.

Competition judge, Paul Chambers, said: “We have been overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity of work submitted. Congratulations go to Diesel Williams for his winning poem – a superb composition on the power and beauty of nature, with a poetic technique not too dissimilar from Davies himself! We very much hope to be able to continue with and develop the competition to provide encouragement and incentive for our young writers.”

The exhibition will run from Monday 05 until Saturday 31 October.


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As part of the Healing Words project, women from the Sanctuary project at Bethel Church Newport have been working with writer Clare Potter and artist Cath Lewis to produce their words and textiles which are now on show at The Project Space in Newport. The exhibition will run until 30th August, and is open Tuesdays – Thursdays from 10am – 5pm.

The Healing Words project uses creative writing and art as a tool for positive mental health and wellbeing. The project is a partnership between Gwent Arts in Health, Literature Wales and Newport Live Community Arts and Torfaen CBC and works with a diverse range of groups across the greater Gwent area.

For more information about the project visit:

Gelynion – Enemies Newport – Poetry in collaboration


FREE – TUESDAY 19TH MAY – 7pm – 10pm

Pairs of poets and performers from Wales, England, India and Chile present original collaborations. With Joe Dunthorne & Eurig Salisbury, Rhys Trimble & SJ Fowler, Nia Davies & Zoe Skoulding, Kate North & Katrin Selina Lloyd, Andres Anwandter & Suze MC de Lee, Cris Paul & Samantha Walton, Rhian Edwards & Ranjit Hoskote, Josh Robinson & Mr&Mrs Clark, Tishani Doshi & Jonathan Edwards. With music from Patrick Rimes.

Gelynion is a groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry from Wales through the potential of collaboration. The project tours Wales 19-29th May with over 50 poets collaborating at events in Newport (19-May), Cardiff (20-May), Swansea (22-May), Aberystwyth (25-May), Bangor (26-May), Hay Festival (29-May) & London (5-June).

For more information, please visit: or follow @enemiesproject on Twitter.

Gelynion Newport is an Enemies and Poetry Wales project supported by Arts Council Wales Big Lottery, in partnership with the Project Space Newport.


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NATIONAL POETRY DAY with Patrick Jones & Guests – Thursday 2nd October – 1:30pm – 2:30pm



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For this year’s National Poetry Day, Gwent Arts in Health, Literature Wales and NCC Community Arts Development present “REMEMBER” at The Project Space.

Join Patrick Jones and guests for an hour of poetry and writing on the theme of ‘Remember’ to celebrate National Poetry Day. Free to all and refreshments will be available. This is one of a series events to celebrate creative writing as part of ‘Healing Words and Pictures’.

For more information about Gwent Arts in Health and the ‘Healing Words & Pictures’ project, please visit:

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