Rhian is a multi-award winning poet. Her first collection of poems Clueless Dogs (Seren 2012) 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.

Rhian’s second full collection The Estate Agent’s Daughter (Seren 2020) was a National Poetry Day Recommended Read for 2020.

Rhian also has two pamphlets of poems Parade the Fib, (Tall-Lighthouse 2008), which was awarded the Poetry Book Society Choice for autumn 2008. Brood (Seren 2017) is an illustrated pamphlet of bird poems, containing beautiful and original charcoal magpie drawings by artist Paul Edwards.

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.

Upcoming Readings

October 2021 Readings

CRICKHOWELL LITERARY FESTIVAL
SEREN POETRY SHOWCASE
SUNDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2021
Venue: The Clarence Hall
Address: Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN
Time: 5.00PM
Cost: £8.48
Acts include: Andre Mangeot, Katherine Stansfield, Abeer Ameer and Rhian Edwards
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Girl’s night in Open Mic with poet Rhian Edwards hosted by Alix Edwards and Cardiff Women’s Aid (ONLINE EVENT)
THURSDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2021
Time: 6.30PM to 9PM
To book a place please click on the Eventbrite link CORRECT LINK TO FOLLOW SHORTLY or contact SHOUT@cardiffwomensaid
If you would like to read or have any questions please DM Alix Edwards @CompanyofWords. Sign-ups are also on the evening – this event is for new and experienced women writers and everyone is welcome to read!
This event is free. Donation to Cardiff Women’s Aid can be made using the Just Giving link justgiving.com/cardiffwomensaid for monetary donations and donations@cardiffwomensaid.org.uk for practical items.
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SEREN’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY: POETRY SHOWCASE (ONLINE EVENT)
THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2021
Time: 7PM to 8.30PM
More details to follow:
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LAUNCH OF A LAST RESPECT: THE ROLAND MATHIAS PRIZE ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY POETRY
FRIDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2021
Time: 7PM
Venue: Brecon, Details to follow:
A Last Respect is a selection of contemporary Welsh poetry by winners of the Roland Mathias Prize. The poems included are wide ranging in style and subject. They contemplate relationships, nature, the environment, mortality, time, art and politics, and take place in a range of locations, from Aberystwyth to Baghdad, from war-torn landscapes to parents’ evenings. Featuring Dannie Abse, Tiffany Atkinson, Ruth Bidgood, Ailbhe Darcy, Rhian Edwards, Christine Evans, John Freeman, Philip Gross, Gwyneth Lewis, Robert Minhinnick, and Owen Sheers, it is a must-have anthology of poetry from Wales.