Wessex Research Group - Awen Forum

Title Awen Forum

Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AE

Venue Subscription Rooms
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Contribution £10 (£8.50 conc. with ID)
Contact Kevan Manwaring
Tel Box Office: 01453 760900
Email kevanmanwaring@yahoo.co.uk
Web www.awenpublications.co.uk or www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

A bi-monthly evening of inspiring talks, poetry, story & song. Q&A, and discussion, prompted by author talk / performances. Not to be missed! Time 7pm for 7.30pm start. Hosted by Jay Ramsay & Kevan Manwaring


05-05-15 Bard of Hawkwood Contest (part of Hawkwood College Open Day)
  May Pole dancing! Stalls! Demonstrations! Workshops! Music! Poetry! Food! Come and find out who will win the Bardic Chair of Hawkwood (an original eisteddfod chair dating from 1882)! The Contest is open to residents of GL5 & GL6, aged 18 and over, and the deadline for submissions is 18 April. The entry can be an original song, story or poem on the theme of Flood. May the Awen flow and the best bard win! MC: Kevan Manwaring
31-01-15 Inklings of Spring Bardic Showcase
  Facilitator: Kevan Manwaring
  Come and find out about the Bard of Hawkwood contest, hear fine examples of modern bardism and celebrate Imbolc, the festival sacred to Brighid, Celtic Goddess of poetry, smithcraft and healing. Bring an Imbolc wish and sow your seed for the coming year. Bring a candle to have it blessed at this traditional time (Candlemas). Venue Hawkwood College
21-12-14 Rekindling the Light - Firelight, Starlight, Storylight
  Facilitator: Kevan Manwaring
  An enchanting weekend workshop exploring the myths of winter through creative writing, poetry, storytelling and song, with a special solstice sharing and a chance to walk the solstice spiral. With Kevan Manwaring, author of The Bardic Handbook and others. Fee: non/residential options. Venue Hawkwood College
09-11-14 Hedd Wyn & the Bardic Chair of Hawkwood
  Facilitator: Kevan Manwaring
  Remembrance Sunday screening of the 1992 Oscar-nominated film about a First World War poet who wins the Welsh Eisteddfod, plus a discussion about the Bardic Chair of Hawkwood (an original eisteddfod chair from 1882). Venue Hawkwood College
22-06-14 In the Footsteps of Laurie Lee
  Facilitator: Kevan Manwaring
  In celebration of Laurie Lee's centenary year, walk in the footsteps of the great Gloucestershire writer through his beloved Slad Valley finding inspiration en route for your own writing. We'll visit the newly opened Laurie Lee Wood, and key locations featured in Cider with Rosie. After paying our respects at his grave, a drink in his local, The Woolpack, (be it Rosie cider or a cup of coffee) will slake your thirst before returning to Hawkwood College for lunch. Led by local writer and keen walker Kevan Manwaring
30-05-14 Desiring Dragons
  Book Launch Event
  Desiring Dragons will be launched on Friday 30 th May at Black Book Cafe, Stroud as part of a 'Story Supper Special'. Stroud Story Supper is a monthly open mic event hosted by Kevan Manwaring. This launch celebration will see scaly tales, serpentine poems and wyrm songs being performed by guests, floor spots are available, although arriving early recommmended (10 mins or less, performed without a text). The event is free. Doors open 7.00pm and the evening starts with an introduction and performance by the author at 7.30pm. Black Book Cafe is a popular venue at the top of Stroud High Street - Silver Rooms, Nelson Street. Hot drinks and cakes will be available. The event is an initiative of the Cotswold Word Centre, based at Hawkwood College
20-04-14 In the Footsteps of John Drinkwater
  Facilitator: Kevan Manwaring
  On this walk we follow in the footsteps of Dymock Poet, John Drinkwater, who memorably wrote of 'Cotswold Love' in April (' When April comes to Amberley/With skies of April blue/And Cotswold girls are briding/With slyly tilted shoe.) . We walk from Far Oakridge, home of an artists colony, through beautiful villages along the Golden Valley – writing and reciting as we go. Lifts to be arranged from Hawkwood College, where we'll return for a delicious lunch. Led by local writer and keen walker Kevan Manwaring
08-09-13 Sacred Activism
  Speaker: Andrew Harvey
  Also: Jay Ramsay & Herewood Gabriel (poetry); Aidan Andrew Dun & Lucie Rejchrtova (poetry/song); James Hollingsworth (music); Philip Wells (The Fire Poet)
07-07-13 The Soul of the Earth
  Speaker: Lindsay Clarke

An alchemist once claimed that there is more of the soul outside us than inside us, so what are the relations between the human imagination and the soul of the earth, does it have roots in the ecological unconscious, and wherein do the springs of creativity lie? Some thoughts from a novelist who lives with such questions but doesn't know the answers.

Lindsay Clarke is the award-winning author of The Chymical Wedding, Parzival and the Stone from Heaven, The Water Theatre and other novels. He is an associate of the Creative Writing Programme at Cardiff University, Creative Consultant to the Pushkin Trust in Northern Ireland, and has been Scholar-in-Residence at Schumacher College

Also: Helen Moore & Niall McDevitt (poetry); Kevan Manwaring (storytelling); The Children (music)


Tree of Life

  Speaker: Ian Siddons Heginworth

Environmental Arts Therapy and the Tree of Life guides us through the Celtic calendar to explore the relationship between the feeling experience of the human heart and the turning year. Practical, poetic, innovative and magical, it invites us to make environmental art and ritual a vital and healing part of our lives once again and teaches us how to take the personal issues that bind and oppress us out into Nature where they can be met, confronted and transformed. Talk by the author plus performances from local eco-bards on the theme, followed by discussion

Also: Gabriel Bradford Millar (poet); Anthony Nanson (storyteller); Jehanne Mehta (music).


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