Centenary Lecture Series – including Michael Morpurgo, Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

The new centenary lecture series which is curated and introduced by Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers is taking place in the autumn term. The series will be welcoming a number of wonderful writers, including a free event with Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. Carol Ann Duffy and her favourite court musician John Sampson will bring laughter and reflection to Swansea, and we welcome the National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn and National Poet of Scotland, Jackie Kay, for an evening of poetry and conversation. Please see the below information for further details on how to reserve your tickets for our fantastic autumn lectures. We look forward to seeing you at our stunning new Great Hall on the University’s Bay Campus.

Location: The Great Hall, Bay Campus, SA1 8EN

Book online: http://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk   Great Hall Box Office: 01792 604 900 / 604 999

Thursday 10th November 7:30 pm

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson – The Poet Laureate and her Court Musician


The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and her favourite court musician John Sampson bring an hour of laughter and reflection to Swansea. Carol Ann will read from her acclaimed collections, including The World’s Wife, The Bees and other works. Lucid, honest and accessible, her profoundly resonant poems explore everyday experience and our inner worlds with great insight, humour and sharp intelligence. Alongside her words, John Sampson performs a virtuoso tour through musical highlights of the past 500 years played on a fascinating collection of period and modern instruments.

Followed by a book-signing with Carol Ann Duffy

Thursday 17th November 7:30 pm

An evening with Michael Morpurgo

At this exclusive event Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers reads from and discusses his new book Such Stuff: A Story-maker’s Inspiration, a revealing and insightful mediation upon the wellsprings and sources of his many books and tales.

Followed by a Q & A and book-signing with Michael Morpurgo


Thursday 15th December 7:30 pm

The National Poets of Wales and Scotland

Join Jackie Kay, Makar – National Poet for Scotland and Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales for an evening of poetry and conversation followed by a Q&A and book-signing with the poets. Jackie Kaye, MBE is an award-winning poet, novelist and writer of short stories. Several of her novels and poetry collections have won awards and her first novel for children, Strawgirl, was a huge critical success. National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn is a multi-award-winning poet, presenter, director and producer. He has represented Welsh poetry around the world in both the Welsh and English language.


Connected Communities Volunteering Opportunities Opportunity: ‘Burton @ 14’

Connected Communities Volunteering Opportunities

Opportunity: ‘Burton @ 14’ Heritage Lottery Fund Project for young people in Port Talbot area

The Choice Project and the Richard Burton Archives are working with Neath Port Talbot Further Education College and Port Talbot Libraries Service to run a fifteen-month Young Roots project, in which 70 young people aged 16 – 19 will take the life and diaries of Richard Burton as a route into exploring and interpreting the heritage, history and future of Port Talbot, using progressive educational methods and arts and media education.

The Lead Facilitator is Iona Towler-Evans, a teacher of many years’ standing, who is also a teacher trainer and a national trainer in the Mantle of the Expert teaching system, founded by Dorothy Heathcote (for info see: www.mantleoftheeexpert.com).

We would like to work with volunteers who are interested in education and unlocking the hidden talents of marginalised young people.

The participants will be relating to the local community in terms of oral history collection, viewings of films, and organising events, exhibitions and performances, between now and November 2017. They will be encouraged to go on trips to local sites of interest, and to develop their skills in areas such as photography, filming, art, drama, music and computer programming in order to produce a lasting legacy for their community.

Transport to the project locations from the Singleton Park or the Bay campuses can be organised for volunteers.

Skills required:

•             Very good interpersonal skills with adults and young people

•             Interest in educational methods

•             General interest in film, heritage, urban development, history, IT or the arts

Undergraduate and Postgraduate opportunities available.

Funding: basic travel costs and expenses are available. DBS checks are required, the cost of which is also covered.

Please contact Kate Spiller, Project Coordinator for further information: k.spiller@swansea.ac.uk