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 on the Mega Tawe Poem as part of the Dylan Thomas Centenary. Rhian has also just finished working on a 3-part BBC documentary Poets on the Estate with Benjamin Zephaniah. This is due to aired in April 2014.

Rhian was the first Writer in Residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from March to June 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.

Upcoming Readings

July 2014

Monday 28 July to Saturday 2 August: Only Poetry Aloud @ Ty Newydd

(with Luke Wright, Rhian Edwards & Guest Reader Molly Naylor)


Venue: Ty Newydd

Address: Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd, LL52 0LW.

Course 27: Poetry Aloud!
28 July – 2 August

Tutors: Rhian Edwards and Luke Wright
Guest Tutor: Molly Naylor
Fee: £550 per person (single room) / £450 per person (shared room)

Learn how to take your poetry from page to stage with two of the UK’s best loved live poets. Through a series of workshops and one-to-one sessions we’ll look at story, musicality, imagery, form and performance techniques to help you create poetry that captivates audiences of all kinds.

Rhian Edwards’ first collection of poems Clueless Dogs (Seren, 2012) won Wales Book of the Year award in 2013, the Roland Mathias Prize for Poetry 2013 & Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice 2013, as well as being shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2012. Rhian was also awarded the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry 2011-2012, winning both the Judges and Audience award, making her Wales’ best performance poet. www.rhianedwards.co.uk

Luke Wright is a poet and broadcaster. One of the most popular poets of his generation, Luke’s work is regularly featured on TV & radio. He’s the author of seven poetry stage shows and the curator of the Latitude Poetry Arena, one of the largest poetry events in Europe. His debut collection, Mondeo Man, was published by Penned in the Margins in 2013. www.lukewright.co.uk

Molly Naylor is a poet, scriptwriter and performer. She has had work commissioned by BBC Radio 4, Sky TV, the RSC and Apples & Snakes. She has performed her poetry at festivals and events all over the world, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where her poetry show Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You debuted in 2011 and was described by the Guardian as ‘brave, bold, beautiful writing’.

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August 2014

Saturday 16 August @ The Edinburgh International Book Festival

Voices in the Dark

Time: 8.30Pm – 9.30PM

Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Address: Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ

Appearing with: Josh Idehen, William Letford & Rachel McCrum