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 latest pamphlet of poems Brood (Seren) has just been published. Launch dates are as follows:

Upcoming Readings

September & October 2017 Readings

PENNED ON THE BONT @ CARNEGIE HOUSE, BRIDGEND
WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 
Time: 7.30PM
Venue: Carnegie House (The Old Library)
Address:  Wyndham St, Bridgend, CF31 1EF
Featuring: Susie Wild & Tyler Keevil & OPEN MIC
Admission: £4
t: 01656 815757 (9am-1pm)
e: bridgend.tc@bridgend.gov.uk
You can also book here:
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NEW POETIC VOICES @ CARDIFF LITERARY FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
Time: 7.30PM
Venue:  Prince of Wales Suite @ The Angel Hotel
Address: Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1SZ

“To be born Welsh is to be born privileged; not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but music in your blood and poetry in your soul.”

There’s a whole raft of exciting new poetic voices breathing fire into Brian Harris’ famous words. This showcase gives a platform to some of Wales’ most exciting new poets: Rhiannon Hooson, Rhian Edwards, Emily Blewitt, Sophie McKeand, Susie Wild, Natalie Ann Holborow and Rhys Milsom.

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THE STRINGS OF SONG: A CELEBRATION OF VERNON WATKINS IN REFLECTION & RESPONSE @ THE TALIESIN ART CENTRE, SWANSEA
MONDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Time: 7.30PM
Venue: Taliesin Art Centre
Address: Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PZ
Admission: FREE (but ticketed)

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Vernon Watkins Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers, has invited five award-winning Welsh poets to write a response to Watkins’s work. Chaired by Professor of English and holder of the Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University, M. Wynn Thomas, poets Rhian Edwards, Menna Elfyn, Paul Henry,Robert Minhinnick and Jonathan Edwards read and discuss the poetryof ‘Swansea’s other poet’ before sharing their own new work.

In support of this event the exhibition; Vernon Watkins 1906-1967: Poet of Gower, in partnership with Jeff Towns, Honorary Fellow of Swansea University and Dylan’s Mobile Bookstore, includes a group of early manuscript poems, original letters, rare editions of his books, ephemera and photographs of Vernon and his family. The exhibition runs from Saturday 30th September to Tuesday 3rd October, Singleton campus main library.

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THE STRINGS OF SONG: A CELEBRATION OF VERNON WATKINS IN REFLECTION & RESPONSE @THE HAY POETRY BOOKSHOP
SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER
Time: 2PM
Venue: The Poetry Bookshop
Address: The Pavement, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BU

‘The most profound and greatly accomplished Welshman writing poems in English’ – Dylan Thomas

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Vernon Watkins Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers, has invited five award-winning Welsh poets to write a response to Watkins’s work.

Join him & three of those poets; Rhian Edwards, Robert Minhinnick and Jonathan Edwards as they read and discuss the poetry of ‘Swansea’s other poet’ before sharing their own new poems with the audience.

Presented in association with Swansea University & Literature Wales.