About Me

Wales, United Kingdom
Cinnamon Press is a small, independent publisher based in Wales & publishing the best new poetry and fiction with occassional non fiction and cross-genre titles. Books come from Wales, the UK and the world. We run writing competitions twice a year to find new voices in poetry and fiction with three categories (novel/novella; poetry; short stories) - each category has a cash prize plus publication. You can find our excellent list of titles at www.cinnamonpress.com

Saturday, 22 November 2008

brilliant reading from patrick jones

Last night was a real treat – instead of constant talking about darkness is where the stars are a lucky audience in Caernarfon got to hear patrick performing poetry from the book. A huge thanks is due to Matthew, the proprietor of Y Ddraig Goch Cafe (a gorgeous place if you;re in Caernarfon any time) and to Rhys Mwyn who organised the event. The cafe had been phoned by Christian Voice with the same old message that the reading should be cancelled and apparently a member of CV even went to look the venue over, but thankfully there was no protest at all. About 50 people attended a fantastic reading which can be seen on YouTube http://uk.youtube.com/user/cinnamonpress

What was most encouraging is that people were able to hear the wide range of issues that patrick addresses in his poetry and to witness his amazing integrity as a writer and performer – the passion was absolutely authentic and his energy was impressive – and, of course, the audience warmed to him.

We’re looking forward to more readings, including patrick’s appearance at the Welsh Assembly, Committee Room 24 on December 11th at noon. Borders are also making plans for the main launch – due to the pressure on them the date and time is still to be confirmed, but invitations will be issued and we are immensely grateful to Borders for both their stance on free speech and the seriousness with which they are treating the safety of their staff and the launch guests.

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