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Next Flashers’ Club 

Thursday 9th November, 7:30pm doors / 8:00 pm start, Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar. £4 in, or £3 if you’re reading. 

Our guest reader will be Sion Owen. 

Sion Owen head shot

Sion Owen was brought up a first language Welsh speaker in the Rhondda. He considers himself a creative polymath and strives to create things, whether it’s writing, art, cabinets or a mess. He studied Illustration at Glamorgan Centre for Art, Design and Technology before going on to study Creative Writing and Media at Trinity College, Carmarthen. He is a cartoonist, writer and TV presenter of Pobol y Rhondda, a 2 Welsh language series based on the Rhondda Valleys, where he gave a guide to the towns, interviewed locals and created artwork based on the themes of each episode.
Sion has several different jobs including running creative workshops throughout south Wales through his company, CreaSiôn. His book “Cawl”, a mix of short stories, bilingual poetry, articles, and comics, was published in 2016 by Parthian.
Sion was recently part of a cultural exchange between Wales and India where 5 Welsh writers travelled across India to the Kolkata Literature Festival, and 3 Indian writers travelled to Wales for the Hay and Llansteffan Literature Festival. The trilingual book will be published next year. Find a podcast of the discussion at Hay here.
He is currently working on an art book and a Welsh learners’ book coming out in 2018, and an adaptation for a short film.
He lives with his wife and daughter in Treorchy, Rhondda.

Flashers’ Club info

Flashers’ Club is a quarterly flash fiction open mic night at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar, Cheltenham. Writers read original short fiction pieces between 100 and 1,000 words. You can read about our last event on our blog, and we hope you’ll come to our next event. Bring something to read, or just bring your ears!

We welcome all writers: published writers and unpublished, seasoned readers and debutants. The atmosphere is friendly, supportive and inclusive: no need to fear if you’ve never read before! We want to hear you. We like to bribe our readers with free literature (our first three events have featured short story anthologies from indie publishers The Fiction Desk and litmags by Prole and Open Pen), so there’s a good incentive to get up behind the mic.

We also feature a special guest writer every session. Pop over to the ‘Our Readers’ page to see who we’ve featured in the past.

Tickets for Flashers’ Club cost £4, or £3 if you sign up to read. All profits are donated to the charity First Story.

Read about past events and see pictures on our blog pages, and check out open mic reader bios on the ‘Our Readers’ page.

For more details, have a look at the FAQs or contact us via the contact page. You can also find us on Twitter @flashers_club, or on Facebook. Follow us or like us to get the latest news and updates.

See you there!