Caernarfon Castle and Galeri Caernarfon

When: 26.06.2019 to 28.06.2019

Where: Doc Victoria, Caernarfon

To Wales for the next stop in the Places of Poetry tour.  Welsh poet Gillian Clarke will be poet-in-residence at Caernarfon Castle from Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th June.  She will be working with schools and local writing groups exploring the Castle's history through poetry. The Places of Poetry team will have a base on site – and will be on hand to talk about the project and encourage visitors to write their own poem and pin it, not only onto the Castle’s poetry wall, but also digitally onto the online map.

Gillian will be running a community workshop at the Castle open to all abilities on Wed 26th June between 10.30am - 12.30pm. She is an exceptional teacher bringing poetry to life, and inspiring all age groups with her enthusiasm and passion for the written word.  Places are free  so book early.  Contact Vic Patch on to reserve your free place. 

Places of Poetry is sponsoring an evening event at Galeri on Thursday 27th June at 7.30 pm. Gillian Clarke will be reading with poet Paul Farley (a regular on Radio 4). Paul will be introducing the Places of Poetry project and both will be answering questions from the audience – so if intrigued by the poetic life (pen or computer? Office or café?) do come along and meet them at 7.30pm on the 27th. The event is free for the participants from schools who have attended a workshop - but tickets will need to be reserved through Galeri. Otherwise tickets are £5 and £3 for Under 18s. Box office is 01286 685222 or - and open now. 

A brief bio of Gillian. Born in Cardiff, Wales, Gillian Clarke is a poet, playwright, editor and translator (from Welsh). She is also president and co-founder of Ty Newydd, winner of both the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the Wilfred Owen Association Poetry award, as well as a Tutor on the M.Phil. course in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. Her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain. Her poetry collections include, A Recipe for Water, Letter From a Far Country and Making the Beds for the Dead.

A brief bio of Paul. Paul Farley, co-director of Places of Poetry, is a poet and broadcaster. He has received many awards for his writing, including the 2009 E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His Selected Poems was published in 2014 by Picador. He teaches at Lancaster University, where he is Professor of Poetry.

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