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.
THESE THREE STREAMS FESTIVAL
POETRY & BELONGING WORKSHOP
SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022
Venue: St Illtud’s Church,
Address: College Street, Llantwit Major, CF61 1SG
THESE THREE STREAMS FESTIVAL
READING FROM TY HAFAN ANTHOLOGY ‘WHERE THE BIRDS SING OUR NAMES’
SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022
Venue: Community Centre
Address: Station Road, Llantwit Major, CF61
YE OLDE MURENGER HOUSE OPEN MIC
Feature Reading with Rhian Edwards
THURSDAY 14th JULY 2022
Time: 7.30PM to 8.30PM
Venue: 22 High St, Newport NP20 1FX
SEREN CARDIFF POETRY FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 29TH JULY TO SUNDAY 31ST JULY 2022
Event: Sunday Published During the Pandemic
Date: Sunday 31st July 2022
Featuring Abeer Ameer, Rhian Edwards, Rosalind Hudis & Katrina Naomi (streaming)
Daily showcase of poets and collections that were published during the pandemic, whose book launches were reduced to Zoom readings, audiences on mute, silent applause and bedroom backgrounds. Published During the Pandemic is the daily event that seeks to give these poets the book launches they lost, with the inimitable atmosphere and energy of a live theatre audience and stage.
ELYSIUM GALLERY & STUDIOS: POETRY & OPEN MIC
Feature Reading with Rhian Edwards & Jessica Mookherjee
SUNDAY 28 AUGUST 2022
Time: 2PM to 4PM
Venue: Elysium Gallery and Studios, 210 High St, Swansea SA1 1PE
Open mic commences at 2:00pm and will last for forty-five minutes. The open mic will be followed by a short break, following this break their will be two main slots: Jess Mookherjee and Rhian Edwards, each reading for twenty minutes.