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’s pamphlet of illustrated Bird poems Brood (Seren) was published in March 2017. Rhian’s second full collection of poems The Estate Agent’s Daughter (Seren) is due to be published in June 2020.
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.
VINEGAR VALENTINES WORKSHOP & READING @ SEREN CARDIFF POETRY FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2020
Venue: The Temple of Peace
Address: King Edward VII Ave, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AP
Multi-prize winning Welsh Poet and performer Rhian Edwards presents: Vinegar Valentines, a workshop of lovers lost; lovers unrequited, lovers-done-me wrong and lovers I’ve done-wrong. We will look at how to explore the concept of love in a creative, visceral, even humorous way, as well as writing a character portrait about a lover, past or present. For this exercise, I would recommend bringing a photograph or souvenir of this person. Notepads, pens required.
Disclaimer: You will not get a hallmark card or Fifty Shades of Grey out of this workshop!
Brief feature on ‘Make a Living as a Poet’ and performance by Edwards.
£15, or £10 concession (book in advance, limited numbers)
Society of Authors members may also purchase concession tickets for this event only.
USING WILD CREATURES IN YOUR POETRY: A WORKSHOP WITH RHIAN EDWARDS
CHELTENHAM POETRY FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 17 APRIL 2020
Time: 11AM to 1PM
Venue: The Sober Parrot
Address: Cheltenham, GL50 3PR
One for Sorrow, Two for Joy
Join Rhian Edwards for an inspiring workshop in which you will free your wild imagination and use the natural world to trigger powerful poems.
If you book for this workshop, you can add a ticket for Rhian’s reading at 6.30 pm on the same day for £4 extra. That’s half the price of a standard ticket for the reading, which includes an Open Mic. As a workshop member, you have priority for a place to read in the open mic if you wish. You will be emailed a seperate ticket for the evening reading a few days after your workshop ticket is issued.
Rhian was the Winner of all three categories of Wales Book of the Year in 2013 for her debut poetry collection, Clueless Dogs. Her latest collection is the pamphlet Brood in which birds feature in magical and mythical and symbolic form. At the centre of Brood is a ten-part poem based upon the rhyme One for Sorrow, Two for Joy- the familiar song is used to tell a very personal tale.
BROOD: RHIAN EDWARDS & GILLIE HARRIES READING & OPEN MIC
CHELTENHAM POETRY FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 17 APRIL 2020
Venue: Francis Close Hall Chapel
Address: Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ
Rhian Edwards was the Winner of all three categories of Wales Book of the Year in 2013 for her debut poetry collection, Clueless Dogs. She is known for her dazzling performance style and her vivid, and Concentrated, irresistible poetry, (Emily Blewitt.) Rhian reads from her acclaimed new pamphlet Brood, a mesmeric and hypnotic, spell-like series of poems in which myth and personal narrative mingle and birds are at all times present: hovering, chattering, casting their shadows, both tricksters and familiars.
Gillie Harries is inspired by the wild – the sea, countryside and Britains eroding coastlines were her earliest influences, alongside her Welsh Fathers love of poetry and her Kentish Mothers gifts for storytelling . Gillie is launching her first solo collection (Eye Wild Books) at this event. She is also a member of Echoes and Edges, a music/poetry collective, who have performed widely across Bristol.
For the OPEN MIC, poets who order tickets in advance will have priority in being listed to read.
PENNED ON THE BONT
FRIDAY 15 MAY 2020
Venue: Carnegie House (The Old Library)
Address: Wyndham Street, Bridgend, CF31 1EF
Join us for an evening of poetry and spoken word that celebrates writers from Bridgend and beyond. Hosted by award-winning local poet Rhian Edwards. featuring guest poet, TBC.