Home, Away, and all other options

Sometimes – like over the past few weeks – we’ve so much on that writing a blog to let the world* know what we’re up to just falls off the list. We’ve been busy feeling our way out of lockdown, and working out which events can safely return to being ‘live’ and which will have to stay online, for now at least.

PASTA had a highly successful return to the Arena Theatre last month, and how utterly marvellous it was to be in a venue with other poets again. We didn’t quite realise how much we’d missed it. We’ll be serving it up once more on Tuesday October 19th, when the theme for the first half is ‘new partners’. Entry to this event is free, but audience numbers in the venue will be capped at 25, so we advise booking your ticket early. You can do that here. There are an unlimited number of livestream audience spaces.  We’ll once again be accepting a small number of audio or video contributions – for either half – from people who can’t come along on the night. Email davethepitt@gmail.com if you’d like to grab one of those.

Meanwhile, this Wednesday 13th October, our latest episode of Home & Away will take place online. It’s the last of our ‘Home Nations’ events, with three excellent poets from Wales – Dominic Williams, Lottie Williams, and Mark Lyndon – performing in the second half, and the Midlands represented by ourselves with support from Ann Atkins, Anne Babbs, and George Bastow. It’ll be a pay-as-you-feel event, with money going to pay the poets from Wales. Get in touch to book a place in our audience, and be ready to enjoy a night of considerable wordcraft!

*at least the small part of it which enjoys poetry and follows our blogs!

P.S. Here’s the info on the Welsh poets taking part in Home & Away. We hope to see you there!

Dominic Williams is a poet, a performer and a creative collaborator he has performed at festivals in Sweden, Wales Ireland and the USA. He is the MC of West Wales most established spoken-word open-mic night Cerddi yn Cwrw and is one half of the improvised performance act Your Strangest Friend along with Swedish contemporary dancer Stina Nilsson.

Lottie Williams is full time mum / part time MA Creative Writing student at Swansea University.  She has poetry and flash fiction published in magazines, and has taken part in Being Human festival, Coracle Europe Festival and Landed Festival 2021. The beauty of poetry and spoken word make her feel alive!

A retired teacher, Mark Lyndon is a performance poet and singer from Swansea who has read at myriad festivals. Mark is often inspired to write about his native South Wales. He has also published two books of his poetry and has had numerous pieces included in one British and two international anthologies.