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.
The Enemies Project/ Gelynion Wales
Tuesday 19th May @ The Project Space, Newport
Venue: The Project Space (The old Giles Sports Shop)
Address: Unit B, 147 Commercial St, Newport, NP20 1LN
Featuring: Zoë Skoulding & Nia Davies
Joe Dunthorne & Eurig Salisbury
Rhys Trimble & SJ Fowler
Cris Paul & Samantha Walton
Kate North & Katrin Selina Lloyd
Rhian Edwards & Ranjit Hoskote
Jonathan Edwards & Tishani Doshi
Suze MC de Lee & Andres Anwandter
Josh Robinson & Mr&Mrs Clark
The reading will also feature a performance by Welsh folk musician Patrick Rimes
Ewenny Arts Festival
Friday 22nd May @ Ewenny Priory Church, Bridgend
Venue: Ewenny Village Hall
Address: Abbey Road, Ewenny, Bridgend
Featuring: Jonathan Edwards & Rhian Edwards
Booking Details: Tickets from Ewenny Pottery 01656 653020/
Helen 01656 667047 & Allison 01656 663878
City to City: Poetry from India, Pakistan, Wales & Scotland
Sat 23rd May @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London
Time: 14.30 – 18.30
Venue: The Front Room ,Queen Elizabeth Hall
Address: South Bank, London
Featuring: Poets from India and Pakistan are united onstage with contemporaries from Wales and Scotland, recently returned from residencies in Mumbai, Kolkata and Lahore.
Afshan Sajjad and Dr. Khalid Javaid Jan from Pakistan appear alongside Jeet Thayil, Tishani Doshi, Ranjit Hoskote and Sampurna Chattarji from India. They are joined by Welsh poets Joe Dunthorne, Jonathan Edwards, Eurig Salisbury and Rhian Edwards, and Jim Carruth and Katherine Sowerby from Scotland.
Together, the poets present new translations and poems inspired by their recent trips, and reflect on the role that poetry can play in creating bridges between cultures.
In Partnership with the British Council and Highlight Arts
The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Penned on the Bont (Night of Live Literature)
Thursday 18 June @ Carnegie House, Bridgend
Poetry & Open Mic
Venue: Carnegie House (The Old Library)
Address: Wyndham Street, Bridgend, CF31 1EF
Come and join us for an evening of poetry and spoken word that celebrates writers from Bridgend and beyond, hosted by multi award-winning poet Rhian Edwards. There will be a short open-mic at each event.
Damian Walford Davies
Damian Walford Davies is a poet, writer and librettist. He is the author of three Seren collections — Suit of Lights (2009), Witch (2012) and Judas (2015), together with the pamphlet Alabaster Girls (Rack Press, 2015) and the co-written volume, Whiteout (Parthian, 2006). He is Head of the School of English, Communication & Philosophy at Cardiff University, where he specialises in Romanticism, the two literatures of Wales, and Creative Writing.
Tracey is a poet, artist, copywriter and proofreader. Her poetry has been performed as a libretto in Chapter and exhibited in art and word exhibitions at venues including Butetown History and Art Centre and The Senedd. This year, her poetry will feature in a new play by Winterlight Theatre on the subject of Autism. She lives in Bridgend with her husband and two children, the eldest of whom is on the Autistic Spectrum.
For bookings etc: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 01656 815 757