The Poetry Wales Committee:
John Barnie taught at the University of Copenhagen from 1969-82. He was Assistant Editor (1985-90), then Editor (1990-2006) of the cultural magazine Planet: The Welsh Internationalist. His publications include, Sea Lilies: Selected Poems 1984-2003, Trouble in Heaven (long-listed for the Wales Book of the Year, 2008) and Tales of the Shopocracy. The Forest Under the Sea, a collection of poems, and Fire Drill, a collection of essays, will appear in 2010. John Barnie’s poetry has been translated into Danish, Estonian and Italian. He has performed with the bilingual blues and poetry bands Llaeth Mwnci Madoc/Madoc’s Moonshine and Y Bechgyn Drwg/The Bad Boys.
Lyndon Davies lives in Powys, where he co-runs the Glasfryn Seminars. His first collection of poetry, Hyphasis (Parthian), was published in 2007. His second collection of poetry, Shield (Parthian) appears in 2010. He also co-runs the Hay Poetry Jamboree.
Damian Walford Davies teaches in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. He has published two collections of poetry: the co-authored Whiteout (Parthian 2006), with Richard Marggraf Turley, and Suit of Lights (Seren, 2009), and has published widely in his two main academic fields – Romanticism and the two literatures of Wales. He is the General Editor of the forthcoming Oxford Literary History of Wales.
Deryn Rees-Jones is a poet, and Senior Lecturer at the School of English at the University of Liverpool. Her publications include poetry collections: The Memory Tray (Seren, 1994), Signs Round a Dead Body (Seren, 1998), Quiver (Seren, 2004), Falls and Finds (Shoestring Press, 2008); critical work: Carol Ann Duffy (Northcote House Publishers Ltd, 1999;2001;2009), Consorting with Angels: Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 2005); and an anthology: (ed) Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 2005). In 2004 she was named one of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation poets, and she has judged the T.S. Eliot Award and the Costa Poetry Prize..
Sioned Puw Rowlands is Director of Wales Literature Exchange, which facilitates the translation of literature between Wales and the world and also acts as the secretariat for Translators’ House Wales. Co-editor with Patrick McGuinness of the Seren Literature in Translation series. Co-author, with Alexandra Buchler, of the report Making Literature Travel: support for literary exchange and translation in Europe. Founding Editorial Director of the European Internet Review of Books and Writing, Transcript. Publications include a comparative study of the political aesthetic and the essays of Václav Havel, Bohumil Hrabal and Twm Morys (University of Wales Press) and a collection of short stories, which won the Literature Medal at the Urdd National Eisteddfod (1996).