Rhian is a multi-award winning poet. Her first collection of poems Clueless Dogs (Seren) won Wales Book of the Year 2013, the Roland Mathias Prize for Poetry 2013 and Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice 2013. It was also shortlisted for the  Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2012.

Her pamphlet of poems Parade the Fib, (Tall-Lighthouse), was awarded the Poetry Book Society Choice for autumn 2008.

Rhian is also the current winner of the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, winning both the Judges and Audience award. She was also the first Writer in Residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from March to June 2013.

Rhian’s poems have appeared in the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, New Statesman, Spectator, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, Arete, Prague Revue, the London Magazine, Stand, Planet Magazine, the New Welsh Review and the Lampeter Review.

Rhian is a poet and musician and has delivered over 400 stage, radio and festival performances world-wide. She lives in South Wales with her daughter Megan.

Rhian’s forthcoming pamphlet Brood (Seren) is due for publication in November 2016.

Upcoming Readings


Thursday 13 October 2016
Time: 7.30PM
Address: Wyndham Street, Bridgend, CF31 1EF
Featuring: Philip Gross & Mab Jones PLUS OPEN MIC, hosted by Rhian Edwards
Admission: £4
Contact: 01656 815 717/ bridgend.tc@bridgend.gov.uk
Saturday 22 October 2016
DT3 – Poetry Workshop W/ Rhian Edwards
Time: 2-4PM
Venue: The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Address: Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JT
Admission: £15
Acclaimed poet Rhian Edwards offers this innovative workshop in which she will be using Dylan Thomas poems such as ‘Fern Hill’, ‘The Hunchback in the Park’ and ‘After The Funeral’ to inspire character portraits and an evocative sense of place. This will be an inspiring and informative workshop offering you a rare opportunity to work in a small group with Rhian, one of the UK’s finest poets.
DT4 - I Walk on Fire Spoken Word Cabaret & Open Mic
Time: 8-10PM
Venue: Smokey Joe’s. £8/£5 conc*
Address: 15-17 Bennington St, Cheltenham, Glos, GL50 4ED
Join us for an electrifying night of spoken word. Three performers read their favourite Dylan poems, plus new work inspired by the Welsh bard. 
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