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What a month ahead for Welshpool

Created on 06/06/2016 @ 07:58
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Welshpool has barely had time to draw breath from a superb weekend of carnival and music before entering June which has two more big events on its radar.

Last week’s carnival welcomed huge numbers, a day after the town’s pubs were packed to the rafters for the belting music festival.

And the Welshpool's reputation as an arts and entertainment hub will be further enhanced as we move towards mid-June with the Poetry Festival hosting its biggest edition yet this weekend and the superb Bob Jones Memorial Air Show taking to the skies the following week.

The cultural centre of Wales moves to Welshpool as the Poetry Festival opens Friday with two days of music, poetry and spoken word events.

First sight may be “Poems in the High Street” when local shops and businesses are window-displaying poetry from performing poets. Over the weekend there are adult workshops with Chris Kinsey and Bethany Rivers, and also a children’s workshop where Jean Atkin will bring her taxidermied crow to help spark those creative ideas.

The festival will be crowned with two gala evening performances at the Town Hall when first on Friday, a Welsh themed evening of music featuring famed harpist Sian James; Penybont Male Voice Choir, Harriet Earis playing Jazz harp and also Tregynon based Quindici Chamber Choir all perform. There will be poetry from former BBC Wildlife Poet Chris Kinsey and bilingual poets David Subacchi and Aled Lewis Evans.

On Saturday evening, Poetry takes centre stage - more specifically, Welsh Poet Laureate Gillian Clarke. She will be supported by a host of the very best poetry and spoken word talent the area has to offer. Tickets are available at Welshpool Tourist Information Centre or on the door.

Keeping the momentum going will be “Poetry Sessions at the Talbot” on both Friday and Saturday from 4:30-6:30pm, featuring guest poets, music, beer, sunshine and a BBQ. There will be plenty of open-mic slots available should you have something to get off your chest and admission is free.

Visitors can also visit the Poetry Garden - a tranquil space in a gem of a garden right in the heart of town with seasonal plants and shrubs graced with hidden poetry extracts on which to ponder. This is located at Oak Cottage, 23 High Street, with entry from 12-2pm and 4-6pm both days. Donations are being taken for Rotary charities.

More details are available at

And if that is not enough, organisers of the Air Show have confirmed a superb line-up of entertainment on June 19 to live up to their billing as “probably one of the best little air shows in the country”.

More information has been released on that event at  


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