Cultures collide in the Cellar

Tivyside Advertiser: Maggie Harris Maggie Harris

Special guest at The Cellar Bards live literature event in Cardigan this week is the award-winning writer Maggie Harris, who will read from her latest poetry collection, ‘Sixty Years of Loving’.

The Cellar Bards meet at 8pm on Friday, March 28, at the Castle Café Cellar Bar, Cardigan. There will be plenty of time for people to read poetry and prose in the open mic sessions. Entry is £3.

A poet and prose writer, Maggie was born in Guyana and has lived in the UK since 1971, and in the Teifi Valley in Wales since 2006. ‘Sixty Years of Loving’ is her sixth collection of poetry.

The collection charts a migrant’s journey across physical boundaries, across generations and across boundaries of language. Maggie’s work emerges from a collision of cultures and her poetry is located at the meeting place of West Indian memory and British context. Her migrant voice continues to move between the Caribbean and Britain and her poetry speaks of the emotions of love, sexual attraction, youth and humour.

Maggie is currently one of the artists involved in Developing Dylan Creative Writing Workshops in Schools and is currently working on poems inspired by Wales.

She has won many awards for her writing, including The Guyana Prize for Literature, Leverhulme Research Abroad, Arts Council New Writing and Kingston University Life Writing Competition. She was Kent Arts and Libraries first Reader Development Worker, Festival Director of Inscribing the Island Lit Fest and International Teaching Fellow at Southampton University, and has worked collaboratively with several other artists.

The Cellar Bards is hosted by novelist and short story writer Carly Holmes. As always, the open mic sessions are open to writers of poetry, short stories, micro-fiction and novels. Just put your name down at the door. If you don’t want to read, just go along and listen to a great variety of spoken word literature – from funny to sad to angry and fiercely political – by many talented writers from across west Wales.

See The Cellar Bards Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/333544513348067/

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