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 […]

Editorial: Summer 2016

Sharon Morris’s poems and photography in this issue bury deep into the Preseli hills. Here Morris uncovers signs of great significance in poems haunted in two languages by a mother and a culture past – a very ancient past. Preseli is particularly dense in Neolithic signs: the Bluestone quarry of Carn Meini that produced the stone transported to Salisbury […]

Editor Blog: at Poetry International, Rotterdam

Arriving in Rotterdam for 2016’s Poetry International (7th – 10th June 2016) it felt refreshing, at first, to escape the shrill and anxiety-inducing debate on the UK’s future in or outside the European Union. Of course it’s what most people asked me about once there. But to enter poetry’s dimension for a few days was […]

Concrete Poem: Childe Roland

The B-Line by Childe Roland The B-Line is inspired by the shape of the letter B which has not changed since its Egyptian hieroglyph origins. It still depicts the floor plan of a two roomed hut. It was called BETH. It can be found even in Welsh place names like Bethel. Inclined on one side I found […]

First Thursday, Cardiff, June 2016

Thursday June 2nd, 7.30pm, £2.50 Media Point, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff Poetry Wales returns to Cardiff’s First Thursday literary evening on June 2nd 2016. We’ll be celebrating our new Desire issue with contributors Suze de Lee and Rhys Trimble, Tamara Dellutri and Emily Blewitt. Plus there’s the famous open mic. Visit the First Thursday Facebook […]

Poem: Palatine Hill by Wanda O’Connor

Palatine Hill   Find me not in the Pantheon but with the aviaries of Palatine Hill &nbsp‘mark yourself foreign’ Remnants of copper wire pierce the earth, my own flesh and blood leaves me I’m inflicted with Caesar’s sensations of fullness1 __(two solitudes: one a secret fault) a life I could not live for lack of […]

‘Desire’ Issue Launch, Swansea

Thursday 28th April, 7.30pm Upstairs at Noah’s Yard, Uplands, Swansea,  Join Poetry Wales to celebrate the new ‘Desire’ issue. With readings from contributing poets Rebecca Parfitt and Emily Blewitt. There’ll also be an open mic. Rebecca Parfitt was a finalist for the Aesthetica 2015 Creative Writing Award and has had poems and stories published widely. She edits The […]

Spring / Gwanwyn

Poetry Wales Spring 2016 (RS Thomas)