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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Getting around Cymru

We’re still between vans at the moment so I’ve been relying on public transport when workshopping. The train is always the best option for getting to Cardiff or Swansea from Wrexham and the direct line is pretty efficient but along the coast the service is a bit threadbare (literally some of the seats are falling […]

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Edau – falling in love with the arts

It’s been a lovely few days running workshops for teachers as part of the Edau (falling in love with the arts) project. The teachers are really enthusiastic about finding new approaches and ideas for stitching poetry into their classroom work so that I’ve genuinely felt the workshops have made a difference. 

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On Houses 

In May 2017 Rebel Sun poetry collection is out with Parthian Books. Here’s the artwork from Andy Garside, I’m so pleased with it. Below is an excerpt from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran that inspired elements of the work.

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Paper News

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#thirtydaysofBrexit

I’ve been working on a project over on Instagram for the past thirty days called #thirtydaysofBrexit. It began on the day of the referendum result as part of a desperate effort to try and understand what happened. I voted remain, everyone I know voted remain (aside from a couple of family members) so it came […]

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Focus Wales Festival

I had an amazing time at Focus Wales festival. It continues to grow in size and brilliance every year. The commissioned poem will be filmed soon but in the meantime here’s a couple of clips from my performance, huge thanks to Joey and Heather at Filmage for some smart filming and editing.

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On living and working in Y Gogs

  I’ve had a number of interesting discussions recently about Welsh art in the context of how it’s perceived by, and in relation to, England. One of the points made was that there are so many artists (across all disciplines) who are well respected in Wales yet nobody has heard of, or is interested in, […]

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Empty

I’ve been wary of hurtling down mountains on the bike (an Orange5 Diva Pro) since getting a bit too feisty and badly wrenching my shoulder on the uplift at Cwmdown a couple of years ago. Since then I’ve found the sprint triathlon’s swim, bike, run more appealing – until this month.

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