Mamiaith Book Launch videos part 4

Final videos of the launch of Mamiaith by Ness Owen, held at Canolfan Ucheldre in Holyhead.

Ness reads a pair of political poems in her second set – a bit of history, and a brilliant metaphor for the silencing of women, in Welsh and English.

and some of the musical interlude from Caine and ‘Caine’s dad’-

 

 

You can buy Mamiaith direct from our webshop or ask your local bookshop to stock it!

Caine and Aled Jones-Williams perform Titrwm Tatrwm, an ancient Ynys Môn folk song.

 

Mamiaith Book Launch videos part 3

Videos of the launch of Mamiaith by Ness Owen, held at Canolfan Ucheldre in Holyhead.

Ness reads a couple of more personal poems in her second set – her grandmother cooking, and her auntie’s feet!

 

You can buy Mamiaith direct from our webshop or ask your local bookshop to stock it!

Mamiaith Book Launch videos part 2

Videos of the launch of Mamiaith by Ness Owen, held at Canolfan Ucheldre in Holyhead.

This is where Ness’s friends got involved, reading some of the poems on Ness’s behalf…

Karen Ankers and Eabhan Ni Shuileabhain read #10 ways to say No (to Radioactive Mud)

 

Fiona Owen reads Laboon

 

Eabhan Ni Shuileabhain reads March

 

Anne Phillips reads One Name – Cymru

many thanks to all for getting involved.

You can buy Mamiaith direct from our webshop or ask your local bookshop to stock it!

Mamiaith Launch videos – Part 1

First of the videos from the launch of Mamiaith at Canolfan Ucheldre in Holyhead.

On the night the Eisteddfod packed up early because the weather was so bad, the hardy folk of Ynys Môn shrugged on their coats, and very possibly sou’westers and wellies, and came out to celebrate Ness Owen’s lovely book.

I don’t normally include my wittering on in the videos, but there were some important things to report in this introduction, so it’s included.

 

And here’s author Ness Owen reading her title poem, Mamiaith.

 

 

Mamiaith gets a mention and Jeremy travels

Actually a bit more than just a mention, on Poetry Book Society blog on Translation.

head over and see!

In other Wales related news, Jeremy Dixon is heading over the bridge a couple of times this month…

Queer Words with Queer Poets

  • LIGHTHOUSE – Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop (map)

spoken word with AR Crow, Jeremy Dixon + Freddie Alexander

 

and then

Thursday 15 August, 6.30-7.30pm
Arnolfini Bookshop, Bristol
reading from IN RETAIL, plus some new poems! FREE EVENT!

Happy Saint David’s Day /Dydd Gŵyl Dewi

It’s St David’s Day, so let’s celebrate our Welsh/Wales-based writers

Jeremy Dixon (In Retail, Liberty Tales, The Other Side of Sleep)

Nicholas McGaughey (Dusk, An Outbreak of Peace, Noon, Story Cities)

Karen Ankers (Noon)

Gareth Culshaw (Noon)

Diana Powell (Noon)

Ness Owen (Mamiaith, An Outbreak of Peace, Noon, Dusk, Shortest Day Longest Night)

We are publishing Ness Owen’s first collection of poems, Mamiaith on 8th August.

The Title means Mother Tongue and the collection is partially bilingual, because when the manuscript arrived, and there were several poems about the Welsh language, my first question was, why aren’t these in Welsh?

Ness is of an age that she was not taught in Welsh in school but in English, so that Welsh was effectively taught as a foreign language. Although she is a native speaker, she is unconfident of the fine detail fo writing in Welsh. After some discussion we agreed that if she could find someone to help, at least some of the poems should be in both languages.

That help was supplied by Sian Northey in the main, but also Iona Evans.

Mamiaith
Pwy wnaeth ddwyn y geiriau
o geg fy mam a’u taflu yn
ôl ataf mewn darnau sy’n
disgyn i’w lle yn fy mhen ond
yn gwrthod disgyn ar bapur?
Fel perthynas annisgwyl, yn dal
ag ogla capal, yn twt-twtio yn
fy nghlust, ysgwyd ei phen
a thrio fy neud yn ddiarth i fy
eitifeddiaeth.
Wyrion y ‘Not’ pryd nawn ni
dorri’r cortyn? Sut nawn ni
ddweud ein stori yn yr iaith fain?
Yn baglu ac ymddiheuro
dan ni’n anadlu Mamiaith
yn barod am chwyldro
ond yn gwybod y bydd ein
hysgrifen yn ein bradychu.

 

Mamiaith
Stolen from my mother’s
mouth, thrown back to me
in pieces that fit so neatly
inside my head but will
not fall onto the page.
Like an uninvited relation
still smelling of chapel
she tuts in my ear, shakes
her head, tries to make
me a stranger to what’s
already mine.
Grandchildren of the Not
When will we break the chord?
How do we tell our story in
a thin language? Tongue-tied
excusing our way through
we breath in Mamiaith
waiting to be unearthed
always knowing our
pen will betray us.

 

 

An Outbreak of Peace reading in Manchester – Vidoes

I got so caught up in Solstice shorts, I forgot to post these! Thought I’d done it because I’d done snippets on Twitter.

A very successful outing to Manchester Blackwells, with authors travelling in from Newcastle, London and Ynys Mon, and some locals!

Thanks to everyone at Blackwells for making us so welcome (good luck with the move!)

and to the audience for making it such an excellent evening, and buying books!

Mantz Yorke

Ness Owen

Rebecca Skipwith

Sarah Tait

Lily Peters

An Outbreak of Peace – Ness Owen

photo-ness2Ness Owen lives on the island of Ynys Mon where she writes plays, poetry and stories in between lecturing and farming. Her work has appeared in various journals including Poetry Wales, Red Poets, I, S & T, The Fat Damsel, Culture Matters and in four anthologies published by Arachne Press, Three Drops Press, Here and Now project and Mother’s Milk Books. Her bi-lingual poetry collection Mamiaith is due out next year from Arachne Press

Short plays produced:

The Footpath – Ucheldre Rep – The Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead
Keep Moving – Suitcase Community Theatre – Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Goodbye My Love – Scriptslam Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
Shut Up – Dirty Protest – The Bar in Galeri, Caernarfon
Saviour’s Day – Dirty Protest – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Ness’s poem Left at the Cenotaph is in An Outbreak of Peace

Rebecca will be reading an extract from the story at the Manchester Launch THIS FRIDAY 6.30 at Blackwells. free tickets here.

 

Solstice Shorts Line-up: Cork

Cork

O’Sho

Mother Hand, Karen Ankers
Toast Crumbs, Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier
Veranda, Clare Shaw
Farewell My Father, Anne Elizabeth Bevan
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith

 

Solstice Shorts Line up for Ynys Mon

Solstice Shorts line up for Ucheldre Centre, Ynys Môn

#Noon, Su Yin Yap
Mother Hand, Karen Ankers
Jackdaw, Elaine Hughes
Fire at Midday, Susan Cartwright-Smith
I am not Beautiful at Noon, Elinor Brooks
Moon Jellyfish, Ness Owen
Twelve o’Clock From The House, Nicholas McGaughey
Winter Ritual, Sara Elgerot
Winter Solstice, Gareth Culshaw
Unleashed, Paul Foy

Ulcheldre Centre