Lit on the Lawn

The Welsh in South America 4.15pm, Saturday 4th July Lit on the Lawn at the Caerleon Festival, Priory Hotel Gardens, 11.30am to 5.45pm Tickets for the whole day: £10 We preview our summer issue ‘Patagonia, Wales and the cultures of the imagination’ at Lit on the Lawn at the 2015 Caerleon Festival. PW editor Nia Davies joins author Jon Gower […]

Poem: 1.4/grid by Calum Gardner

in solidarity with the Save Roath Library protest, 20.5.15 THIS is gardened-night, a space when all impractical floating love is kept by morning, and the rust-SOIL is unforgot and ill-maintained, but still any such people’s epic numbers a wash of names like on a school-leaver’s hoodie, makes me feel old, like a rock: keep that […]

Spring 2015 Editorial

By Nia Davies Something Marilyn Jones told me on my first week of work at Swansea Central library in early 2008: libraries would never have been invented in today’s world. With this the place seemed miraculous; the sweeping views of Swansea bay, its blend of high, low (and everything in between) culture, the invitation to […]

An Interview with Rosalind Hudis

  Topography More delicate than the historians’ are the map-makers’ colors. Elizabeth Bishop – The Map   She can’t read but likes to crackle her fingers over the surface of a map she has opened batted and flattened into position beside me. She wants to draw along the contours of a story that flows out […]

Gelynion – Enemies Cymru

9th May – 5th June 2015 in Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Hay-on-Wye & London Gelynion – Enemies Cymru – is a groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry in Wales through the potential of collaboration. It takes the international Enemies project into the multilingual context of Wales, aiming to create original collaborative work in both of Wales’s […]

Poem: Dark by Julián Herbert

JULIÁN HERBERT Translated by Richard Gwyn   Dark I spent the whole night with my arm in a crack. It was not a hall of saints. It was an hotel on the outskirts of Querétaro. Two single beds provisionally pulled together to hold the three of us (always three) together. Ascesis: a light sleep: Hannibal […]

50th Birthday Celebration, Aberystwyth

Tuesday 10th March A special event to celebrate our 50th birthday in the unofficial poetry capital of Wales – Aberystwyth. We’ll launch the Winter issue of Poetry Wales with performances from Elin ap Hywel, Amy McCauley, Katherine Stansfield and special guest, one of Danish poetry’s most renowned new voices, Martin Glaz Serup who is in Wales for the first time for […]

Poem: At Flint Castle by Sarah Corbett

The Devolved Voices project based at Aberystwyth University is investigating the state of Welsh poetry in English since Wales’s devolution ‘yes’ vote of 1997. A series of interviews and filmed readings with a whole host of poets associated with Wales is available at: The latest in the series is from Sarah Corbett. Sarah also reads […]

Poem: Food Tester by Jonathan Edwards

Food Tester I’d give my life for his. This poisoned fruit that could cut short his breath or break his heart, this leg of pork that makes him sick for days or weeks slips easily across my lips and down my throat. You get a feel for this, a nose, and do the work by […]