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An evening of debauched intellectualism in the Welsh tradition with live poetry and storytelling competitions, live harping, Penderyn whiskey, druids, visiting authors and the first North American showing of "Otherworld." Part of the second annual Left Coast Eisteddfod. Come get your Cymru on.
Anyone wishing to register as a competitior in either the Poetry or Story Telling Competitions please email email@example.com to arrange. First prize is $250 and second is $100. There will be ten competitiors in each contest.
"On his eighteenth birthday, Lleu's world is shaken by the news that he is adopted. On the same day, his friend Rhiannon thinks that she may be pregnant, and Dan, who lives in his big brother's shadow, is as scatty as ever.
They all put their problems aside for the day when they come together to celebrate Lleu's birthday. Venturing on a boat trip along the coast they suddenly see a change in the water. They realise that, on May Eve, they have found the golden doorway to the Otherworld, which can be seen shining deep beneath the waters.
Being an independent and stubborn girl, Rhiannon doesn't think twice before plunging into the sea, and the other two are not far behind. As they swim deeper and deeper and get closer and closer to the golden gate, they are transported many centuries ago to the incredible world of the Mabinogi.".....more
"The musical score is arranged by John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground, in conjunction with the National Orchestra of Wales.
Ioan Gruffudd (Hornblower, The Forsyte Saga), Matthew Rhys (The Graduate stage adaptation), Jenny Livsey, Daniel Evans, Phillip Madoc, Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) and Paul McGann (Withnail and I) are just some of the famous names who have contributed to the film.".....more
7.00 -7.30 pm Readings by Featured Authors at the Wordstock Festival
Niall Griffiths,Harrison Solow, Chris Keil, Peter Griffiths
World Premier Niall Griffiths will be reading for the first time from his forthcoming book in the 'New Stories From The Mabinogion' series. Niall was commissioned by Seren ( one of Wales' leading publishing houses ) to write a modern adaptation of two tales from the ancient text:- 'The Dream of Macsen Wledig' and 'The Dream of Rhonabwy'. The resulting title 'The Dreams of Max And Ronnie' will be published in mid October. Advance signed copies will be available for purchase at the event together with other titles from the series. The project is introduced in the following terms on the Seren website:-
"In this series commissioned by Seren, the old tales are at the heart of the new. Each author reinvents a story in their own way: creating fresh, contemporary tales that speak to us as much of our own world as of events long gone."
7.30 - 9.10 pm Left Coast Eisteddfod 'Live' Narrative Competition
A live narrative competition for which we will be looking to recruit 10 contestants. There will be no restrictions on narrative style or content although competitiors must tell a story of some kind. Each contestant will have 8 minutes at the mic and there will be a first prize of $250 and a second prize of $100. There will be no registration fee although all competitiors will be required to pay the standard $6 dollar admission fee. You need not be a member of Americymru to attend or compete. If you wish to compete please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
9.20 -11.00 pm Left Coast Eisteddfod 'Live' Poetry Competition
A live poetry competition for which we will be looking to recruit 10 contestants. There will be no restrictions on narrative style or content although competitiors must tell a story of some kind. Each contestant will have 8 minutes at the mic and there will be a first prize of $250 and a second prize of $100. There will be no registration fee although all competitiors will be required to pay the standard $6 dollar admission fee. You need not be a member of Americymru to attend or compete. If you wish to compete please email email@example.com to arrange.
11.00 -12.00 pmHalley Weaver Portland's very own 'Zero Emissions Harpist'
...will be performing selections from The Mabinogion Suite and other works.