On Saturday 13th May, CARAD welcomes five exceptional women to their theatre space in Rhayader to share stories about their lives, and those of other women. Local writers, Jay Griffiths and Meltem Arikan, will be kicking off the event with a Q&A and a reading. The storyteller priestess Christine Watkins joins us with a tale about the Wild Woman of the Wye, Angela Jones, and artist Kate Green will be sharing songs about navvies, witches and love affairs. The headline act of the evening is aerial performer and actor Kate Hart, with her performance about the life of trailbazing mountaineer Emmeline Lewis-Lloyd from Elan.
Jimmy Tuti, local mixologist, has designed a cocktail menu for Friday night around powerful Powys women of the past, such as ‘Mayor Morgan’, a mocktail named after Gwenllian Morgan, the first female mayor in Wales. The event is free, but advance booking is recommended.
This project came about from a perceived lack of information about women in local archives. Elan Links and CARAD decided to elucidate and elevate the stories of local women, which – though hard to find – do exist between the margins.