Poetry in Expanded Translation

Poetry Wales is delighted to be a part of the Poetry in Expanded Translation project. Our spring issue features groundbreaking poetic works in collaboration from Eric Zboya, Zoë Skoulding, Jessica Pujol Duran, Chris McCabe, Nia Davies & Jeff Hilson, Vahni Capildeo & Alys Conran, Tim Atkins, Simon Smith, Ghazel Mosadeq and Rhys Trimble. Translation may seem like […]

First Thursday Cardiff with Ailbhe Darcy, Steven Hitchins and Julia Rose Lewis

Thursday March 1st, Chapter Arts, Cardiff, 7.30pm Join Poetry Wales for a special St David’s Day First Thursday at Chapter Arts Cardiff. Editor Nia Davies presents three poets for your aural enjoyment followed by the famous FT open mic. £3 on the door, redeemable with the purchase of a book! Ailbhe Darcy is an Irish poet […]

Ailbhe Darcy on How She Writes a Poem

We kick off 2018 with the marvellous poet, Ailbhe Darcy, on how she writes a poem: First, invest monstrously in your own personal mythology. Novelists build a fictional world for the space of a volume or several volumes, but the poet builds a fictional world across an entire life. Then, disagree. A poem is a […]

From the Archive: Joseph P Clancy

Elan Grug Muse reads Joseph P Clancy in Poetry Wales, Summer 1967 It’s the musicality of the lines that first grab your attention. The way the consonants bounce and roll against each other. It is strangely familiar, but you can’t quite place it. Joseph Clancy called it a cywydd, and although it is ‘inspired by’ […]

Llyr Gwyn Lewis on How He Writes a Poem

‘resist writing — the act of getting words down on paper — until much later in the process of composing.’ For October’s ‘How to’ we invited Llyr Gwyn Lewis to share his fascinating thoughts and approach to his writing: Read, read, and interact — but keep in mind that it’s a fine line between inspiration […]

Frances Presley on How She Writes a Poem

‘See if the draft poem has thematic and technical substance or throw it away. Subject it to all the tests you can think of.’  In September’s instalment of ‘How to write a poem’ Frances Presley shares her lovely and instructive wisdom for approaching a poem: 1. Write a sequence of poems with a theme and […]

Sophie McKeand on How She Writes a Poem

‘As the years roll by I feel I am no longer waiting at a dried-up riverside, instead I’m slowly metamorphosing into the river, and that is as much as I can hope for.’   Since discovering the mental landscape existed over a decade ago I’ve realised how important it is to cultivate this space when […]

Blog: Rebel Sun by Sophie McKeand

    Expectation (neu addo a bygwyth) is one of the political poems from Rebel Sun. The Russian propoganda-inspired artwork by Andy Garside giving the reader the heads-up that left-wing socialist/Marxist/anarchist politics will inform elements of the content. Over a decade ago, when first starting out writing, everything I created was political but after a […]

Eric Ngalle Charles on how he writes poetry

‘I write then I revisit until I can relive the memory again exactly as I remember it.’ Eric Ngalle Charles is a Cameroonian born Wales based writer, poet and dramatist. He provides us with a vivid insight into his writing process and how memory inspires and informs his poetry. ‘I have little memory triggers. The […]