Nationwide Poets

As the Nationwide adverts using poets continue to cause controversy I thought I’d repost this piece from earlier in the year first published on Sabotage Review.  Perhaps it was the Kolkata heat, or the second glass of red, or impatience to head out that forced a knee-jerk ‘I’ll do it’ to Claire Trévien’s FB post […]

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Oriel Davies Open Writing Competition 

I’m delighted to be judging the Oriel Davies Open Writing Competition along with the lovely and talented Chris Kinsey. Closing date 4th November. If you’ve read Rebel Sun you’ll know I’ve had a slight obsession with writing about water (dŵr) for some time so I’m really looking forward to reading the submissions! 

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Poetry and the National Trust

Over the last week I’ve been fortunate enough to work with local young people at two National Trust properties: Tredegar House in Newport and Chirk Castle, on the north Wales border. Organised and facilitated by Literature Wales as part of the Young People’s Laureateship, each residency lasted two days and a lot of fun was […]

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On Growing & Writing

I was born to the sound of starlings murmurating across the north Wales coastline. The Rebel Sun rode low in an early February sky as the Irish Sea gnawed across my ribcage. My hair was knotted seaweed. Water swelled sand dunes into my belly & a flock of seagulls took up residence in my mouth. […]

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Expectation (neu addo a bygwth)

Expectation (neu addo a bygwyth) is one of the political poems from Rebel Sun. The Russian-inspired propaganda artwork by Andy Garside giving the reader the heads-up that left-wing socialist/Marxist/anarchist politics will inform elements of the content. Over a decade ago, when first starting out writing, everything I created was political but after a while I […]

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Social Care

I’ve been working with a mix of social care students and people in the community this week at Glyndwr University. We’ve had a great time exploring creativity through poetry and I’ve been delighted with the results. This project is very much the brainchild of Liz Lefroy, a well-respected poet and lecturer who works hard to […]

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Rebel Sun launch

Thanks to Siôn Tomos Owen for making this film of InsOmnia performed at the Rebel Sun launch in Wrexham last week. Also huge thanks to my publisher Parthian Books and to everybody who came and who has supported the book.  

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Codi Pac

Rôn i’n ar y teledu dros y penwythnos yma (S4C). Mae rhaglen enw Codi Pac – am bobl sy’n dysgu Cymraeg. Roedd ‘na darn am Wrecsam – felly dyma fi yn Saith Seren sgwrs am pethau. Rôn i’n nerfus iawn ond roedd y bobl yn rili lyfli. Dwi wedi bod yn ddysgu Cymraeg ers 8 […]

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Rebel Sun

Rebel Sun is here! Can’t believe it’s finally happened. This beautiful hardback book was designed by my partner Andy Garside and I can’t thank my publisher, Parthian Books, enough for all of their support.  Buy the book from Parthian here.  Or catch me at an event over the coming months – listed here.  Thank you […]

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Poet on tour

Poet on tour. Gig dates. I’m so excited to be at Port Eliot Festival this summer on the Caught by the River stage but Cornwall is a reeeeeaallly long way from Wrexham so if anybody can help with additional gigs/readings/events for Rebel Sun while I’m in Cornwall or on the way home I’d be hugely […]

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