SPECIAL guest at The Cellar Bards’ November event in Cardigan will be award-winning performance poet Mark Blayney.

Mark has been a finalist in two major spoken word events – the National Poetry Slam and the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry.

He’ll be reading and performing work from his fourth and latest poetry collection Loud music makes you drive faster on Friday, November 24, in the Cellar Bar, Quay Street. Doors and the bar open at 7.30pm, the event starts at 8pm. Entry is £3.

A regular performance poet and MC, Mark won the Somerset Maugham Prize for 'Two Kinds of Silence'. His second book, 'Conversations with Magic Stones' was described by John Bayley as “good as some of the best of Elizabeth Bowen”.

His third and fourth collections, 'Dopplegangers' and 'Loud music makes you drive faster' are both published by Parthian. Recently Mark has been a Hay Festival Writer at Work and this year received a Wales Media Award.

The Cellar Bards’ November event, the last for this year, will be compered by poet Dave Urwin.

Open mic spots are always available at The Cellar Bards for writers of poetry, short stories, micro-fiction and novels (maximum five minutes each).

People who want to read should put their names down at the door on the night or go along to listen to Mark Blayney, plus a great variety of spoken word performances from the talented regulars.