Voices on the Bridge – Summer edition

Voices-on-the-Bridge June 17

This is a stand out line up of poets from across Wales and further afield! If you love spoke word Friday night on the Bridge is the place to be!

Laz Lazurus Some have called Laz Lazarus the Prince of Darkness of the Cardiff Spoken Word scene. But there is both light and dark in his words, seemingly formed as he peers into the gaps formed by the fractures in our lives, sensing both the hope to find precious love and the lonely fear of never finding it that could awaken the monster within any of us.

Mike Jenkins Retired Comp teacher, lives in Merthyr. Conducts creative writing workshops for children and adults. Co-editor of Red Poets magazine for 22 years. Winner of Wales Book of the Year for short story collection ‘Wanting to Belong'(Seren). Book of poetry ‘Nobody’s Subject’ (BBTS). Latest book is poetry in Merthyr vernacular, Sofa Surfin.( Carreg Gwalch).

Rhian Elizabeth was born in 1988 in the Rhondda Valley. Her first novel, Six Pounds Eight Ounces (Seren, 2014), was set in that valley and shortlisted for The International Rubery Book Award. In 2016 she was a winner of The Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award. Right now she is working on a collection of poems entitled ‘the last polar bear on earth’- poems all about being sick and being in love.

Renn Hubbuck-Melly is an artist and performer. Renn uses her practice to explore our relationship to the body, sexuality and gender, making work about her own experiences as well as listening to other people’s stories. She is particularly interested in how this area is expressed in the present day and how nature, culture and technology come together to influence and determine the way humans interact and connect with each other.”

Jo Mazelis is an award winning novelist, short story writer, poet and photographer who was born in Swansea, where she currently lives. Her first book Diving Girls was shortlisted for Commonwealth Best First Book. Her stories have appeared in many publications and several have been broadcast on Radio Four. Her debut novel Significance won The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, 2015. Her latest book Ritual, 1969 was long-listed for The Edge Hill Award.

Joao Morais lives in Cardiff. He is about to complete a PhD in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. This year he has been longlisted for the New Welsh Writing Awards Americymru Prize for the Novella. He has previously been shortlisted for the Academi Rhys Davies Short Story Prize, the Percy French Prize for Comic Verse, and the All Wales Comic Verse Award. He won the 2013 Terry Hetherington Prize for Young Writers. He has a short story collection due out next year with Parthian.


Rob Cullen studied at Bristol and Cardiff art colleges lived in New York and Brighton. For forty years Rob worked with highly damaged individuals using poetry and storytelling as an important therapeutic role. Since his retirement in 2012 he has focussed on writing and publishing. A short story The Choice was published in an anthology in 2015. Four short stories published in Ystrad Stories related to the paintings of Ernie Zobole.  He has a novel awaiting publication. His poems have been published in the online magazine I AM NOT A SILENT POET, Bezine and The Learned Pig. A poetry collection “Uncertain Times” was published in 2016. He is currently working with a publisher on a collection of short stories and poetry “Imaginary Beaches”. www.celfypridd.wordpress.com

Suzanne Iuppa Suzanne Iuppa is a poet and community worker who lives on a remote, sometimes rainy, sometimes sunny hillside in Southern Snowdonia. Her work appears in many literary magazines from the UK and USA and when she is not writing or eating something; she is chopping firewood.

Sally Spedding Sally was born near Porthcawl and, having won an international short story competition, was approached by an agent. ‘Wringland’ was her first crime chiller, and ‘The Yellowhammer’s Cradle’ her tenth, last year. She is also a much-published, award-winning poet. www.sallyspedding.com

clare e. potter, Poet-in-residence at Llwyn Celyn medieval house, for Wales Arts Review, and recently Moravian Academy Pennsylvania. One of the Hay Festival’s Writers at Work. Translated poems for Wales’ National Poet. Collaborates in community projects, acted in two films and dance production Coal. Published widely in UK and USA, Faber & Faber, Seren, Mslexia. Second collection of poetryon the way. http://www.clareawenydd.com

Grenfell Tower by Frances Smith

Great one Fran!

I am not a silent poet

And when He asks for us to look after the orphans and widowed wives and to help the needy and the poor – to meet their needs with
a stepping ladder
to step into the world where His love can reign
as Ephraim; double fruitful for milk and honey for all
Yet the golam in you gives just barely enough
dwellings with no gardens, no wild Poppies
or sprinklers
Where paper coins buy herds and herds of black and pale horses galloping and yet He asks us
to treat others as we like to be treated and to
Love one another and be kind.
If they were the poor ones would they
want to live in the housing they offer to you?

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