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 Lit Soc: Fiona Owen
Friday 28 April1-3pm

Lit Soc: with Fiona Owen

‘When Up’s the Word’

A creative writing workshop led by Fiona Owen.. 

A warm welcome to all / Croeso cynnes i bawb

£5, £4 concessions/gostyngiadau
Literary Open Mic Poetry Evening
Friday 28 April7.30pm
Open Mic Poetry Evening

Another opportunity to read your own, or other people's, work in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Held in the Ucheldre's Café, where food and drink can be purchased.

£3 to listen, £2 if you want to read
Broadcast NT Live:
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Thursday 18 May7pm
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) shine in James Macdonald’s “blistering” (FT) production of Edward Albee’s landmark play.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Literary Lit Soc: Victoria Field
Friday 20 May10am - 4pm

'One Hundred Shades of Green'

Literary Society director Fiona Owen introduces Victoria Field.

This writing workshop will explore our relationship to the natural world with a particular emphasis on the beauty and abundance of the month of May.  We will read and discuss poems and short pieces of prose to explore how writers have approached questions such as climate change, the land, animals, birds and plant life.  We will write in response and practice some close observation. We will also look at how the environment can act as a mirror for human experience and dilemmas. No experience necessary as the workshop will focus on generating new writing rather than critiquing.  Please bring a notebook and something to write with.


Victoria Field is a writer and poetry therapist.  Her writing includes memoir, poetry and drama and she has been commissioned for BBC Radio 3 and 4. She is a qualified Mentor-Supervisor for the International Federation for Biblio-Poetry Therapy and is passionate about the transformative power of reading and writing, especially in groups.  She teaches at Canterbury Christ Church University, Metanoia Institute, Professional Writing Academy and Tŷ Newydd, National Writers Centre for Wales. She has been writer-in-residence in Truro Cathedral and for the RSPB in Blean Woods in Kent.  More details on

A warm welcome to all / Croeso cynnes i bawb

£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau
Broadcast RSC Live: Antony & Cleopatra
Wednesday 24 May7pm

RSC Live:

Antony & Cleopatra

This is the second in the RSC’s Rome Season which showcases four of Shakespeare’s most political and bloody plays, set in and around ancient Rome.

Following the assassination of Julius Caesar and his own rise to power, Mark Anthony chooses a life of self-indulgence with Cleopatra, Queen of Eqypt. Distracted he lets go the reins of military power and the lovers come to their tragic end.  Directed by Iqbal Khan (Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012)) with Josette Simon taking on the role of Cleopatra (TV: Lewis Midsomer Murders and Death in Paradise. RSC: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)) and Antony Byrne as Mark Anthony (TV: Jerico, Silent Witness RSC: Henry IV Parts I and II, Richard II).

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, bloody and thrilling programme.

For trailer see link

runnning time to be confirmed
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Literary Lit Soc: Fiona Owen
Friday 9 June1-3pm

‘Cutting to the Quick’

A creative writing workshop led by Fiona Owen.

What techniques can help a story spring to life? What are we looking for when we start editing our fiction? What happens when we overwrite? Come along to explore how to develop your writing or learn new skills that can strengthen your work. This workshop is open to all levels of experience. A warm welcome to all/Croeso cynnes i bawb.

  Fiona Owen has had five collections of poetry published, the latest being The Green Gate (Cinnamon Press) She teaches creative writing, literature and other arts/humanities subjects for the Open University, and writes and records songs with Gorwel Owen, the latest CD being Releasing Birds. She is in training as a poetry therapy practitioner, and directs Ucheldre Literary Society and Rhwng: the Point Between. For more information about Rhwng please click here.

 A warm welcome to all / Croeso cynnes i bawb

£5, £4 concessions/gostyngiadau
Broadcast NT Live: Peter Pan
Saturday 10 June2pm & 6pm

Peter Pan

All children, except one, grow up…

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.


Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale delights us this summer. For children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

★★★★★ ‘Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.’ Radio Times

To see a YouTube clip please click here

2hrs 50 incl intervals
There are two performances of this play 2pm & 6pm
£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
Broadcast NT Live: Salomé
Thursday 22 June7pm

Salomé (15)

The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.

This charged retelling, broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre, turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

£10, £8 concessions/gostyngiadau, £3 children/plant
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. 
Early Bird booking by 1 June 2017, £125 a day

Concert hall
Outdoor sculpture