Rhian’s 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. And 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, having won both the Judges and Audience award.
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 currently working with Art Across the City, Swansea and the BBC, as part of the 2014 Dylan Thomas Centenary.
Rhian was the first Writer in Residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from March to June 2013 and at the G39 Gallery from January to March 2013.
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 husband Blake, their daughter Megan and their dog Lola.
XX WOMEN’S WRITING FESTIVAL
Thurs 6 March – Sat 8 March
Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff
Prize-winning authors and artists, including novelist A.L. Kennedy, journalist Melissa Benn, poets Kathryn Simmonds and Kim Moore and painter Shani Rhys James are among the many wonderful women joining us in this year’s XX Festival. Both debut and established writers, including TV Producer Sue Vertue, Mslexia Editor Debbie Taylor, Virago Press publisher Lennie Goodings, authors Tiffany Murray, Dorothy Al Khafaji and Wales Book of the Year Winner Rhian Edwards will read from their work, take part in interviews, and share their thoughts on topics such as being a ‘fearless feminist’,sex in women’s writing, script and screen, and the state of publishing. In one panel, male writers and community leaders will read from their favourite women writers and discuss their influence. Workshops on writing and publishing can be booked in advance.
Please note weekend and day tickets do not include entry to the workshops or First Thursday
Weekend ticket: £30/£27
Friday day ticket: £15/£13
Saturday day ticket: £25/£22
Single event £7/£6
I’m on the sex panel with A.L.Kennedy and Debbie Taylor on Saturday, 8 March at 4PM
THE GREEN ROOM @ SUSSED
Friday 28 March
SUSSED, 4-5 James St, Town Centre, Porthcawl, Bridgend CF36 3BG
Mon 7 April 2014
Nos Da Hostel
53-59 Despenser Street, Cardiff