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: www.aber.ac.uk/devolvedvoices/. 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 […]

On Violence and Empathy: Winter Editorial

From Poetry Wales Winter 2014/2015 I started writing an editorial about violence. I realised that this was going to be a violent issue. I wrote myself questions like this: Is Wales safer than Mexico for women? Why partake in poetry when poetry cannot on the face of it do much about violence? When does a depiction […]

Review: Short Days, Long Shadows by Sheenagh Pugh

Sheenagh Pugh, Short Days, Long Shadows, Seren, £9.99, 72pp, 9781781721568 by Joey Connolly The blurb of Sheenagh Pugh’s twelfth collection Short Days, Long Shadows describes her as a poet who ‘considers “too accessible” to be the best sort of compliment’. So often the back of a book of poetry sells its author short, but on […]

First Thursday

First Thursday in February will be entirely devoted to Poetry Wales Magazine! Hosted by Editor, Nia Davies and featuring novelist and poet Richard Gwyn, young Cardiff poets Emily Blewitt and Rebecca Parfitt, and Fran Lock. 5th February at Chapter Arts Centre 7:30 pm, £2.50 entry, OPEN MIC


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Live poetry in Merthyr with Jonathan Edwards

Nosweithiau Meic Agored / Open Mic Nights 22-01-2015 Gwesty’r Imperial Hotel, Pontmorlais Merthyr Tudful, CF47 8UH Mynediad am ddim / Free On January 22nd Poetry Wales will be marking its 50th year in the town where it all started – Merthyr Tydfil. We will be celebrating at the regular open mic night at the Imperial […]