POETRY, music and the arts combine in the Inspired in Caersws Festival which is part of the 10th anniversary season at the Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws, and being held in association with Fair Acre Press.

It takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, with workshops and performances also including a celebration of John “Ceiriog” Hughes,, the poet and musicologist who was also a railway stationmaster at Caersws.

The “Cerdd a Chan” celebration will be on the Sunday afternoon from 2pm and feature local teacher Delma Thomas and author Marlis Jones reading some of their favourite poems by Ceiriog, accompanied by Andy Warren on the flute.

TS Eliot Prize shortlisted author Ian McMillan will be giving readings with award winning poet and playwright Menna Elfyn, plus vocalist Diane Drummond and her band, in Don’t Just Hear, Listen!” at 7.30pm on the Saturday.

Yorkshire poet Gill Lambert will be running a poetry workshop to start the festival off from 3pm on the Saturday. Her workshop will be inspired by “Nexus”, the Arts Centre’s current exhibition by the Borderlands Visual Arts group, and will examine the connections between poetry and art.

The Sunday will start at 11am with another poetry workshop, this time “The Path of Sound Through the Air” looking at what the contemporary poet can learn from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, led by poet and Coleridge scholar Dr Gregory Leadbetter.

Gregory Leadbetter will return for Poetry in the Afternoon from 3pm, with David Calcutt and Keith Chandler.

The festival will end with a Open Mic from 5.30pm sharing poems written during the festival, hosted by Nadia Kingsley, director and editor of Fair Acre Press.

There are charges and tickets needed for all events expect the final Open Mic, Full details can be found on the midwalesarts.org.uk website and at fairacrepress.co.uk/inspired-in-caersws-festival.