Live Poets Society Evening 20th September – Share Old Favourites or Own Work

Advert for Live Poetry Society 20 Sept

If you like poetry, please come along to our third poetry evening. There’s no microphone. It’s not about getting up on stage in front of a big audience, more about people who like poetry sharing either their own or their favourites with other like-minded friends, like a workshop or a social gathering. We are trying to make poetry live. If you like poetry, please come and join us  on Thursday 20 September at 7:30pm for this free event. Bring a bottle if you want a drink.

This is the last event at the gallery this season before it closes for the winter.

Open Poetry Night Thursday 28th June

microphone check CC-BY lorelei

If you have an interest in poetry, please come along on Thursday 28th June at 7:30pm. It will be like an open mic night. You can perform/read your own poetry or favourite pieces from other writers, or just listen if performing is not your thing.

There’s no charge. Please bring a bottle (alcohol or soft) to share.

This is a new venture for the gallery and maybe if it is popular it will become a regular event.

If you are thinking of coming, please would you email to give us an idea of numbers. It is fine to come along even if you haven’t emailed.

Please note this event was previously advertised as being on 21 June but we have had to change the date.

Image credits: microphone check CC-BY lorelei

Philosophy in July from Jasper Elgood

Jasper Elgood

For those interested in philosophy, Jasper Elgood is giving a series of 4 talks in July on Thursday evenings, each starting at 7:30pm. The titles and dates of his talks are:

  • Thurs 7th July: Malice – Invasion of the Narcissists from Hell
  • Thurs 14th July: Barrack Obama and Donald Trump – The Noble and the Base a Lost Theme in Political Discourse
  • Thurs 21st July: Walking Meditation – How to Get from A to B Without Leaving A
  • Thurs 28th July: What is ‘Why’? – Questioning Questioning

For a flavour of previous years’ talks, recordings are available here:

jaspers talks-for web

Summer Talks with Jasper Elgood

Still from “A Man Escaped” via

The following evening talks by Jasper Elgood will be taking place in September 2015 at the Gallery:

The Transcendental Style in Cinema

(Is Robert Bresson “the greatest artist of the twentieth century?”)
An illustrated talk by Jasper Elgood
September 3rd 2015 at 7.30pm

Update: Recording of the talk added on 18/10/15. The recording had to be split into 2 because of file size limitations. There wasn’t a break.

First part

Second part

Narrative versus Enquiry

(The duty to escape from the known to the unknown)
September 10th at 7.30 pm

Update: Recording of the talk added on 18/10/15. The recording had to be split into 2 because of file size limitations. There wasn’t a break.

First part

Second Part

Getting out of the Light

(What should the self do with itself?)
September 17th at 7.30 pm
postponed to:
September 24th at 7.30pm

Update: Recording of the talk added on 18/10/15.

Jasper talks about his talks: Continue reading

Captives of the Cosmic Web book now available from Amazon


Captives of the Cosmic Web (the book about the wall) is a detailed look at the large wall painting in the hall. The book is now available from Amazon.

The work is a description of a large wall painting in St John’s Hall Gallery, Barmouth in North Wales. The work has been painted by artist Bernard Barnes. It is composed of 24 canvases painted in oil paint.

The painting is a modern cosmology, exploring different ideas about the origin of the universe and the place of the human world in it. It is a celebration of rational thought.

There is also a narrative in the picture in which Dante figures, emerging from the underworld. He is guide into the fresh air of rational thought where Beatrice will introduce him to Darwin, DaVinci, Mendelef, Max Plank, Rutherford, Maxwell, Crick and Watson, Bore, Feynman, and so on. Above is Newton, and finally Einstein and the Solvai conference.

The book is for sale through Amazon at the following link:

The Captives of the Cosmic Web

Review: ‘Outside Looking In’ by Bernard Young

Front cover 'Outside Looking In'

They’re tiny, these huge poems. They take up so little space on the pages – self-deprecating – allowing for the bigger pictures. They don’t need the spotlight. They are the spotlight. They’ll wait.

It might seem, at first, that they’re locked out; hacked off. In melancholy tussle with barriers or boundaries; keep out, keep off signs. Stuck on the wrong side of (poetic) interfaces.

Wrong. These poems spin on moments; the ones when the smooth transitions of the mundane are caught in the headlamp and there’s an instant of enlightenment – almost calm. Panoptical clarity- 360 vision. And stillness. Those dream-like, meditative states when thought unexpectedly catches up with what’s really happened, happening and will happen. They can’t know the future but they wish it well. They can’t change the past but regard it with a wiser eye. Now is all there is. When the person we know on the inside and the louder, loose-cannon outsider, look each other in the eye and each recognises the other – fellow travellers, stopping short. Each seeing the other as vulnerable and in need of understanding, just like everyone else. And a break.

They hold those moments of pause and balance, surprise and truth, in gentle hands and tell them quietly, with wry wisdom. There is sorrow. There are regrets. But no judgement because to be human is, ultimately, to be only human. In their loneliness they connect the lonely.

This isn’t poetry to exclude. It’s without pretension. The words are simple. No tortuous nonsense – no language instead of meaning, no meaning lost to language. These are poems mercifully without any sense of a Poet, declaiming grandiloquently that which He knows Best. They are a human voice, generously available. And lots of them are funny.

So, they’re not still life, but real minutes of living time when it is possible to see out beyond the frame – or look inward past the lens. These poems are the moment when the drop of rain hits the muddy puddle and the ripple begins to move. They offer a workable catharsis, gentle self-acceptance and they’re uplifting in the end.

Review by Kate Hampton

‘Outside Looking In’ is available from Amazon or Lulu.