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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Renowned poet appears at Fringe this Saturday



Levi Tafari, who appears in the Llangollen Fringe Festival this weekend, is the author of three poetry collections: Duboetry (1987), Liverpool Experience (1989) and Rhyme Don't Pay (1998).

His new collection, From the Page to the Stage, is forthcoming.

His plays have been performed at the Unity Theatre and the Playhouse in Liverpool, as well as at the Blackheath Theatre in Stafford.

He has also worked on educational projects running creative writing workshops in schools, colleges, universities, youth centres, prisons and libraries.

And it is from this work that he will be most familiar to a generation of people, not just in Llangollen, but also across Denbighshire and North Wales as Levi has been a regular visitor to schools in the area over the past 15 years, offering workshops and experience in poetry and creative writing in the classrooms of morth east Wales.

He returns to Llangollen to host two very special events this Saturday - a poetry workshop and poetry slam, both at The Bridge End Hotel, Mill Street.

Budding poets are invited to sign up to join in on the slam on the day of the performance or via the form on the Llangollen Fringe website: http://llangollenfringe.co.uk/index.php/en/festival-2016/festival-2017/other-events-calendar/levi-tafari-poetry-slam 

The rest of the festival week continues with world music pioneer JAH WOBBLE, TS ELIOT poetry prize winner SARAH HOWE, U.S. reggae legends EASY STAR ALL-STARS, Welsh music Prize winner GWENNO (who’s band features ex FLAMING LIPS DRUMMER KLIPH SCURLOCK) and Belfast’s DUKE SPECIAL.

The closing weekend packs just as much of a punch, with headline slots from post punk legends GANG OF FOUR, dance floor fillers DREADZONE and a finale outdoor concert with the Spain’s ULTRA HIGH FLAMENCO, in the breath taking surroundings of VALLE CRUCIS ABBEY.

There are also numerous workshops, themed concerts on the Steam Railway and Canal Boats and family activities throughout the festival.

The poetry workshop with Levi Tafari takes place at 2pm followed by the poetry slam at 7pm on Saturday July 16 at The Bridge End Hotel, Mill Street, Llangollen. Tickets for both events are £5.00 each.

* Festival tickets, poetry workshop and slam tickets and full listings are available from www.llangollenfringe.co.uk or by calling the Fringe box office:  0800 1455 779.

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