Live: Future/No Future, Cardiff 7th April 2017

Jacob’s Antiques, Cardiff, Doors open 7pm FREE What happens to language when the future keeps getting cancelled? To launch Poetry Wales’s new Future/No Future issue we are teaming up with the Cardiff Poetry Experiment for an evening of live poetry at Jacob’s Antiques in Cardiff. Nathan Jones, Peter Finch, Ailbhe Darcy and Julia Rose Lewis will all […]

Happy International Women’s Day!

‘Poems sometimes arrive during a daydream’ Today we celebrate International Women’s Day with March’s featured poet, Josephine Corcoran, on how she approaches the business of writing a poem. I was at a Poetry Business Writing Day in Sheffield in January, and poet and tutor Ann Sansom told us not to be surprised if we wrote […]

First Thursday: Nicky Arscott & Eric Ngalle Charles

Thursday 2nd March, 7pm Chapter Arts, Cardiff Poetry Wales presents an edition of First Thursday at Chapter Arts, Cardiff with  Eric Ngalle Charles and Nicky Arscott. Their performances will be followed by the traditional FT open mic. Eric Ngalle Charles is a poet, playwright and novelist. His play ‘My Mouth Brought Me Here was showcased at the South […]

February’s poet, Giles L. Turnbull, shares his approach to writing poetry

‘Poems themselves like to have a little time for their words to get to know each other — gossip and squabble, fall out and flirt.’ Pay Attention I used to love catching sight of things happening in the peripheries of my vision. A person precariously swaying towards the traffic on a busy street, as if […]

‘Many Forms Bleed’ – Nia Davies on how she writes a poem

January’s poet, and editor of Poetry Wales, kicks us off on a new series of monthly features where we ask a poet to impart their knowledge and experience of writing a poem. How do they do it? What approach do they take? What gets them writing? Each poem is as unique as its author, and […]

Editorial: Winter 2016

How do you fuck up a system from within? asks Aase Berg. The hacker and the parasite are metaphors she uses at length in her new collection  Hackers, extracts of which are translated from Swedish by Johannes Görannson in this issue. The hacker and the parasite enter the host culture and wreak havoc from the inside. In her poems […]

Poem: Menna Elfyn, translated by Robert Minhinnick

English translation below by Robert Minhinnick   EXIT   1 Yn blentyn, ni ddeallwn y llythyren X, ai Crist yn cario ei groes ar oledd oedd? Wedyn, ei weld fel llythyren ddieithr– llifolau uwchben y gair lle cuddiai nefoedd anwel a chartref Duw lawr ar y lôn a wenai’n rasol at lewyrch sgrin. A chyn […]

Editor Blog: Heaney’s HomePlace

In Bellaghy in County Derry a new centre, HomePlace, dedicated to the late poet Seamus Heaney has been built, and opened earlier this month. That such a home place for poetry be built in 2016, that it should be erected here in a quiet village known more for its past than its present or future, that […]

Blog: Disability, Infirmity, Audience – Steve Griffiths

LATE LOVE POET ON FILM: DISABILITY, INFIRMITY, AUDIENCE  by Steve Griffiths   My seventh collection, ‘Late Love Poems‘, was published by Cinnamon Press this year.  It was preceded by a week-by-week uploading to YouTube of thirty short films of performances of poems from the book, filmed in a range of settings and styles by Eamon […]