POETRY EMERGENCY: a north west radical poetry festival

Our editor Nia Davies is co-curating the programme for Manchester & Salford’s POETRY EMERGENCY festival. See below for more info, to purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

POETRY WALES WINTER 2018 LAUNCH @ First Thursday Open Mic, Chapter Arts

We’ll be launching our Winter 2018 Issue (54.2) at First Thursday Open Mic, Chapter Arts Centre, 7.30pm on November 1st. Reading on the night will be Richard Gwyn, Katherine Stansfield & Ailbhe Darcy, and maybe YOU as part of the open mic portion of the evening. Come along to celebrate the launch of our Winter Issue, […]

Meic Stephens (1938 – 2018): A Personal Appreciation by Robert Minhinnick

In 1971, at Bridgend Boys’ Grammar Technical School, I began studying ‘Welsh Voices’: “an anthology of new poetry from Wales”, published by Dent, edited by Bryn Griffiths. Crucially for me it did not include the description ‘Anglo-Welsh’, which I first encountered several years later. I was seventeen, and part of a family that saw writing […]

‘The Mabinogi’ by Matthew Francis – a review by Eurig Salisbury

It was perhaps inevitable. Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf in 1999 made fashionable the work of translating into Modern English old texts deemed (often justifiably) inaccessible to a modern audience. His most notable successor in this work is Simon Armitage’s Sir Gawain and the Green Night (2007), and the trajectory of both works seems, in hindsight, to lead on […]

Nia Davies on Ritual, Poetry Wales Editorial Summer 2018

Ritual, Poetry Wales 54.1 Welcome to a special issue of PoetryWales dedicated to ritual. Ritual marks out this space, that is the page, and a time, that is Summer 2018, as special. Ritual is a performance, a heightened presence, an intention. I invite you to step into this liminal place with us. But before the ritual […]

Tishani Doshi on How She Writes a Poem

With her recent collection Girls Coming Out of the Woods (Bloodaxe, 2018) selected as one of the Poetry Book Society’s Summer Recommendations, we decided that May’s ‘How to Write a Poem’ should come from Tishani Doshi: Steal a first line if you must. After you’ve finished writing the poem, destroy that line. Or not. Newspapers can […]

Poetry in Expanded Translation – an update

by Zoë Skoulding Peter Riley’s review of books by Peter Hughes, Tim Atkins, Robert Sheppard and others refers to ‘expanded translation’ as what he takes to be a ‘new academic category’ of poetry translation in which canonical texts are translated or re-versioned in the interests of ‘modernisation, personalisation, and democratisation’. While Riley notes that ‘several academic […]

Peter Finch on How He Writes a Poem

For the month of April we have the inimitable Peter Finch musing on how to craft a poem: Collect the data.  All of it.  Research endlessly.  Nothing should be below notice.  The more specialist the better.  Scour and store.  Absorb this stuff.  Think about it and then absorb some more.  When there’s enough the poem will […]

Poetry in Expanded Translation

Poetry Wales is delighted to be a part of the Poetry in Expanded Translation project. Our spring issue features groundbreaking poetic works in collaboration from Eric Zboya, Zoë Skoulding, Jessica Pujol Duran, Chris McCabe, Nia Davies & Jeff Hilson, Vahni Capildeo & Alys Conran, Tim Atkins, Simon Smith, Ghazel Mosadeq and Rhys Trimble. Translation may seem like […]