Poetry + Cello Poetry + Cello A unique collaboration with leading local poets and the acclaimed cellist, Daniel Davies, performing across the counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The poets (typically 4 reading at each event) are drawn from a pool that includes: Kittie Belltree, Jackie Biggs, Annie Butler, Ron Geaves, Maggie Harris, Paul Steffan Jones, Dave Urwin and Richard Wheeler. Daniel will be playing short pieces (Improv and Classical) between the readings. Expect an evening of thought provoking, powerful, subtle, visceral wordsmithery from several award winning poets - interwoven with stunning musical colours! ABOUT THE PERFORMER Daniel Davies is a versatile freelance cellist based in Wales. He studied at both the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Daniel maintains a busy teaching practice in West Wales and also enjoys a variety of playing opportunities; solo recitals, concerto performances, improvisation and composition projects and chamber music. Kittie Belltree’s poetry has been published in a range of print and online journals including Poetry Wales, Under the Radar and The North. A selection of her poems was shortlisted for the Venture Award 2015, while individual poems have been highly commended in The Penfro Book Festival Poetry Competitions 2015, 2016, The Camden and Lumen Poetry Competition 2016 and The Welsh International Poetry Competition 2017. She also writes fiction which has been highly commended in the Segora Short Story Competition 2015 and anthologised by Honno in Cut on the Bias: Stories about women and the clothes they wear (2010). Jackie Biggs’ first poetry collection, The Spaces in Between, was published in September 2015 by Pinewood Press. She has also had poetry published in many magazines and anthologies, both in print and online. She reads her work regularly at spoken word events all over west Wales, is co-organiser of The Cellar Bards spoken word event and a former chair of PENfro Book Festival. Some of her poetry appears on her blog: http://jackie-news.blogspot.co.uk Twitter: @JackieNews Anne Marie Butler was born and educated in Cardiff. She now lives and works in a small village near the west Wales coast. Her work has appeared in various webzines and anthologies including the Lampeter Review and the Forward Book of Poetry 2012. She won the 2017 R.S.Thomas Poetry Prize and her debut collection is due to be published by Three Throated Press. Ron Geaves has been writing, publishing and performing poetry since the 1980s, recently appearing at the Bradford Literature Festival along with Ben Okri and others in a session entitled Modern Mystical Poets. His first single authored collection of poems Rumi Weeds was published this year with Beacon Press. Maggie Harris is a poet, prose writer, and visual artist. Originally from Guyana, South America, she currently lives in Wales Among her prizes are The Guyana Prize for Literature, Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Caribbean Winner, Kent University TS Eliot Poetry Prize. ‘Harris’s voice is attuned to that of the Wild Woman archetype with poems that spring from the place of tension between the vibrant, instinctual nature, and the strictures imposed by society.’ Eileen Sheehan Paul Steffan Jones is a bilingual poet and song writer. He has two poetry collections published by Starborn Books, Lull of The Bull and The Trigger-Happiness. He was Winner of 2012 West Coast Eisteddfod Online Poetry Competition. A former Civil Servant and Trade Union activist, Paul was born in Cardigan. Described by Poetry Wales magazine as "civilian war poetry". Dave Urwin writes poetry on a wide range of rural and urban themes, and also 'does' performance poetry. His first volume was Towards Humanity (Pinewood Press, 2015). He also publishes some of his work on his own poetry 'blog', jadedmountain.wordpress.com. He is MC at the Cellar Bards monthly spoken word event in Cardigan. Richard Wheeler is a poet living in Pembrokeshire with a wider creative background as a playwright, commercial copywriter and songwriter; these days poetry takes centre stage, building on a residential Poetry Masterclass with Gillian Clarke + Carol Ann Duffy. He now reads widely across west Wales. His observational poetry is characterised by work that is highly visual, ideas-driven and sound-rich.