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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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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The Party of Wales

It wasn’t intentional to use The Guardian twice in a row for #postnewspolitics. In their defence it’s because I haven’t posted one in a while and couldn’t bring myself to spend the extra money a Saturday paper costs on anything else. But now I’m here and the pages are open I’m reminded why I’m becoming […]

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Newspaper loyalty

Just a quick #postnewspolitics today. Taken from The Guardian.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the oscillating love/hate I’ve had for The Guardian over the past few years. A decade ago I’d buy it religiously especially on Saturdays (and the Observer on Sundays). I felt a real affinity with the columnists and political writers. What […]

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Post News Politics

Last year I launched a project charting our print newspapers’ response to Brexit. It was a depressing time and after thirty days I was left unable to read a newspaper for weeks. I named it, predictably, #thirtydaysofBrexit. Now that May has called a snap election and the UK is about to go thermonuclear I’m reviving […]

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The Welsh Agenda

This week I was honoured to feature in The Institute for Welsh Affairs, The Next 30 / Wales’ Rising Stars: 30 people working to make Wales better over the next 30 years. I had no idea I had been nominated so it was a complete shock to discover the inclusion recently. Reading through the list, […]

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Post-News Poetry 

  Today was a lovely lovely workshop to finish off a mini-work-stay in Cardiff. I was invited by Literature Wales to work with year 9s at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni in Blackwood as the class recently won the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru Cipio’r Castell slam award. The winning poem, performed by four hugely talented young women, […]

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We Are Wrexham 

I was recently asked to write a piece responding to a derogatory article written about Wrexham in the Spectator back in the 1800s. This poem is called We Are Wrexham and seeks to embrace all the elements and people that make up this crazy old town. On Sunday I filmed it with the wonderful crew […]

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