Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre

Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre

Courtyard beside the Ucheldre Kitchen
Courtyard beside the Ucheldre Kitchen
Canolfan UCHELDRE Centre
Centre for the performing and visual arts in Anglesey, North Wales

Diary — Literary events

The Ucheldre Centre regularly presents talks and readings by leading authors, often sponsored by the Literary Society. P D James, Simon Brett, and Celia Skidmore are just some of the writers who have talked about their work from the Ucheldre stage.

Literary David Crystal
Saturday 19 -
Sunday 20 August

David Crystal

Summer Weekend on the English Language

David Crystal presents a series of his talks on the structure, use, and history of the English language in this two-day event, to be held in the Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales.

  Day 1

Saturday 19 August     9.30 - 5.00

Language Structure - talks (including Q&A) on the structure of English, pronunciation, punctuation, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.


Saturday evening is free, with the option of booking for dinner at the Ucheldre Centre and an evening musical concert.

Day 2

Sunday 20 August    9.30 - 5.00

Language Variation and Change Talks (including Q&A) on accents and dialects, the internet and texting, child language acquisition, the future of Englishes, language play and literature, and original pronunciation (with particular reference to Shakespeare).

For full booking information and cost please contact

phone: (+44) 1407 763361   (10 am - 5 pm weekdays, 2 - 5 pm Sundays)

 post: David Crystal Summer Weekend, Ucheldre Centre, Mill Bank, Holyhead, LL65 1TE, UK

Cost: £150 a day , to include buffet lunch, coffee and tea.
Music An Evening of Welsh Music
Saturday 19  August

An Evening of Welsh Music

A wonderful evening of music. Award winning performers of piano, harp, and song come to the Ucheldre stage.  Featuring Ann Peters Jones, Elain Rhys Jones, Glesni Rhys Jones and hosted by Rhys Jones. 

A pre-performance meal is also available in the Ucheldre Restaurant.

Dinner available from 6pm  The performance begins at 7.30pm

Evening Dinner and Concert £23
Evening Dinner only £15 (pre booking is required for the evening meal)
Concert only £12, £10 concessions, £3 children
Broadcast NT Live: Yerma
Thursday 31 August7pm

NT Live: Yerma

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.

This unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).

Billie Piper won the Evening Standard and Olivier Best Actress award for this role and the production won the Olivier Award for Best Revival.

Please note that the performance of Yerma includes strobe lighting.

For trailer please click here

£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Broadcast John le Carré:
An Evening with
George Smiley
Thursday 7 September7.45pm

John Le Carré

An Evening with George Smiley  (12A)

Broadcast live from London’s Royal Festival Hall, join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character. From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful description s of the War on Terror in The Night Manager, A Most Wanted Man and A Delicate Truth, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century.

In a rare public appearance and one-off event, the author reads from his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, which sees the return of his most iconic Cold War characters, as their past comes back to claim them in the present. With a unique question and answer session, this is an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words. In conversation le Carré discusses the full breadth of his career spanning five decades, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby bespectacled spy, George Smiley.

2hrs 15
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Literary Lit Soc: Tony Curtis
Friday 8 September1-3pm

Lit Soc: Introduced by Fiona Owen

Tony Curtis


"Messages from the fortunate isles"

Tony Curtis reads from his two recent books - From the Fortunate Isles: New and Selected Poems and his selected stories Some Kind of Immortality both published to mark his seventieth year and fifty years of publishing.

A warm welcome to all / Croeso cynnes i bawb

£5, £4 concessions/gostyngiadau
Literary Rhwng: Seán Street Saturday 23 September10am - 4pm


Sound Poetics

Led by poet, writer and broadcaster

Seán Street

This workshop will explore the sound under sound, seek to develop active listening to both the world around us and the sound inside text, and examine species of silence and stillness, uncovering layers of meaning through sonic expression in our relationship with things. Using a heightened awareness of internal and external sound we will seek to recalibrate our auditory responses and their expression within our own writing.

Seán Street's latest full collection is Camera Obscura (Rockingham Press, 2016.) A pamphlet-length sequence, Talk, Radio: Poems of Transmission, was published by Lapwing in 2017. Prose includes a trilogy on sound, The Poetry of Radio (Routledge,2013),The Memory of Sound (Routledge, 2015) and Sound Poetics: Interaction and Personal Identity,(Palgrave, 2017). Among other works are books on Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Dymock Poets. He is Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University and over many years has made radio documentaries and features for various broadcasters including the BBC, CBC in Canada and ABC in Australia.

No special experience or skills are necessary. Just come as you are!

 A warm welcome to all / Croeso cynnes i bawb

£15, £10 concessions/gostyngiadau
Broadcast RSC Live: Coriolanus
Wednesday 11 October7pm


This is the fourth and final in the RSC’s Rome Season which showcases four of Shakespeare’s most political and bloody plays, set in and around ancient Rome. Coriolanus is directed by Angus Jackson.

 As famine stalks Rome and the citizens rise up. The rioting is halted by war and Caius Martius leads the Roman Army to victory, but the people turn against him and he is banished.  He vows revenge and returns at the head of the Volscian army to march on Rome. 

Designed by Robert Innes Hopkins. All four plays in this season share a great creative team. This, together with a reconfiguration of the stage, will bring an added intimacy to what will be a brutal but thrilling programme.

£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Literary Lit Soc: Phil Bowen
Friday 13 October1-3pm

Lit Soc: Introduced by Fiona Owen

Phil Bowen


'Something else: poetry is the lie that serves the truth'

A workshop with poet and playwright Phil Bowen.   According to Charles Causley, 'A good poem is always about something else other than what it's about'. Poems don't have to tell the truth but they have to be true to themselves even if they're telling a lie.

Phil Bowen is a poet, performer, biographer and playwright who has worked in over 500 schools in more than thirty counties as a poet-in-education since becoming a freelance writer in 1994. He has published three full collections - Variety's Hammer and Starfly, both with Stride, and Nowhere's Far: New & Selected Poems 1990 -2008 with Salt Publications, printed and reprinted in 2009.

A warm welcome to all / Croeso cynnes i bawb

£5, £4 concessions/gostyngiadau
Music An Evening with Satie
Sunday 22 October 7pm

David Crystal and Iwan Llewelyn-Jones

An Evening with Satie

David Crystal and Iwan Llewelyn-Jones invite you to join them for the evening as they explore Eric Satie ( 1866-1925).  Satie, a colourful character, musician and thinker, was a member of the early 20th Century Parisian Avante Garde. He composed Gymnopédies and Danses Gothiques, to name but two familiar compositions.

The evening will be arranged with a Parisian, café style, atmosphere and do feel free to dress in the mode of the time if you would like to.

This event is a fundraiser for Canolfan Ucheldre Centre

£8, £7 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant

Concert hall
Outdoor sculpture