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Go get your word in at Chinwag; PREVIEW: Chinwag, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

AN evening of spoken word has been organised by Aberystwyth Arts Centre, with members of the poetry group Word Distillery - and you're invited to be a part of it.

Organisers of Chinwag will be welcoming readings of both poetry and prose with performances by guest writers as well as the open mic slot, led by local writer and performer Mike Smith.

If you have five minutes of material you would like to share or road-test with an audience, then you are invited to be a part of it.

Novelist Katherine Stansfield will be the guest speaker for Chinwag, which takes place on January 15. She will be reading from her new novel as well as reciting some poetry.

Stansfield grew up on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. She moved to Wales in 2002 to study at Aberystwyth University where she now works as a lecturer in creative writing.

Her poetry has appeared in Cheval, the anthology of commended entries to the Terry Hetherington Award for Young Writers. Her first book of poems, Playing House, will be published by Seren in 2014.

The Visitor is her first novel. Set in 1880, it tells the story of Pearl, Jack and Nicholas who play among the fishing boats of Skommow Bay, not understanding the undercurrents beneath their games. As they grow older, the choices they make shape the pattern of their lives. Fast-forward to 1936 and everything has changed. The fish have stopped coming and the Pilchard Palace is abandoned.

Pearl, exiled in favour of holidaymakers, turns to the memory of her great love, and her greatest loss. She's waiting for her own visitor. Will he come for her? Audiences for Chinwag will now be able to find out more about her work and that of a selection of other writers.

Chinwag is one of the first events in 2014 for Aberystwyth Arts Centre, which is currently preparing for the festive season with tonight's launch of a stage version of It's A Wonderful Life.

Chinwag is at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on January 15 at 7.45pm. The box office number is 01970 623 232
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 19, 2013
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