VoicesontheBridge 7th July 2022 6pm @StoryvilleBooks Pontypidd. Be wise, be there!

Voices on the Bridge Thursday 7th July at 6.00pm @Storyville Books Pontypridd- Line-up confirmed…Stephanie McNicholas, Des Mannay, Pete Akinwunmi, Ben Wildsmith, Nicholas McGaughey, Susie Wild and yours truly Rob Cullen presenting and reading. Let me know if you’d like to read in the openmic.


Stephanie McNicholas trained as a journalist in Cardiff in the 1980s and went on to write for national and regional newspapers and magazines. Steph published her second book – WHEN PONTY ROCKED! – in 2021. It tells the stories of the many musicians from her home town in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

Pete Akinwunmi is the vocalist and songwriter with the band TaffyWasAThief. Poetry writing developed from lyric writing resulting in narrative poetry combined with the urge to entertain. Brought up in care in 1950’s/60’s Aberdare, South-Wales as the only black person in the Cynon Valley has provided a distinct and unique view of his homeland.

Nicholas McGaughey lives in Pontypridd. He has new work in Bad Lilies/Stand/Lucent Dreaming/The Friday Poem and Spelt Magazine.

Susie Wild is author of the poetry collections Windfalls and Better Houses, the short story collection The Art of Contraception listed for the Edge Hill Prize, and the novella Arrivals. Her work has recently featured in Carol Ann Duffy’s pandemic project WRITE Where We Are NOW, The Atlanta Review, Ink, Sweat & Tears and Poetry Wales. She has placed in competitions including the Welshpool Poetry Festival Competition, the Prole Laureate Prize and the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition and performed at festivals including The Laugharne Weekend, Green Man and Glastonbury.

Ben Wildsmith was born in Birmingham at an early age and began crawling westwards immediately. He is a songwriter, journalist, support worker and anarcho-syndicalist carbuncle on the body politic. He is a Literature Wales bursary recipient and Hay Festival Writer at Work. You can read him each Sunday in Nation Cymru.

Des Mannay is a Disabled, Welsh writer of colour. Poetry collection, “Sod ’em – and tomorrow” (Waterloo Press). Co-editor ‘The Angry Manifesto’ journal. Prize-winner in 4 competitions, shortlisted in 7. Performed at many venues/festivals, in numerous poetry journals, 36 anthologies. Judge in ‘Valiant Scribe’ competition.

Rob Cullen has organised VOB since 2017. He is a gardener, environmentalist, poet, writer, artist. Throughout lockdown he has been frequently published in Resistance Poetry, & also The Lark, US – Plus The Atlanta Poetry Review; Culture Matters anthologies Ymlaen/Onward & Gwrthryfel/Uprising & A Fish Rots from the Head as well as “The Learned Pig” Arts Journal, Cambridge, UK. Rob’s work regularly appears in the Red Poets annuals. He’s completed two novels.

See you at VoicesontheBridge!

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