Salacia, a poem

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Poetry at Ye Olde Murenger, Newport

Come and see us at Ye Olde Murenger in Newport on 19th September, and maybe pick up a book or two! Rhian will even sign your bum if you ask her nicely 😉

Poetry at the Pound: Llansteffan Literary Festival

Llansteffan Lit Festival After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Llansteffan Lit Fest returns with a week-long celebration of the best literary talent from Wales and beyond. Featuring fiction, poetry, history and art, two literary walks and a great literature quiz in venues in and around the pretty coastal village of Llansteffan, this year’s…

Ravished

Ravished: the unfortunate tale of Bridget Cleary The illness devoured me from the inside, a solitary warmth at first, lingering in my chest then unfurling like a poisonous flower, before cloaking my whole body, my whole being, in its shadow. I grew weak, so weak that I couldn’t leave my bed. My husband brought herbs…

Seasons Greetings from The Mari Lwyd

“The Grey Mare” Winner of the Seren Poetry Christmas Competition 2017 I was absolutely thrilled to win the Seren Christmas Poetry Competition this year with my poem ‘The Grey Mare,’ depicting the old Celtic ritual of ‘Y Mari Lwyd.’ The Mari Lwyd is a wassailing folk custom which was popular in South Wales throughout the…

Collective: hosted by Christina Thatcher

Join us for Collective – an evening celebrating poets who have recently published (or are due to publish) a new collection. Entertaining, amusing, thought-provoking, and surreal, this Parthian & Seren event special will feature some fantastic poets, including: SOPHIE MCKEAND ROBERT WALTON PAUL DEATON RHIAN EDWARDS KATE NORTH RHIAN ELIZABETH MARI ELLIS DUNNING Don’t miss…

A lovely literary wedding <3

A bookish wedding for book-lovers and story-tellers This October, ten years since we first became a couple, I was finally able to stand with my husband(!) look him in the eye and make some all-important promises. I walked down the aisle to the tune of Ar Lan y Mor, one of my favourite Welsh songs…

Salacia: the sensational Goddess behind the poetry

Salacia Saltwater, femininity, sensation, emotion In ancient Roman mythology, Salacia was the female divinity of the sea, worshipped as the goddess of salt water who presided over the depths of the ocean. She was the wife and queen of Neptune, god of the sea and water. As the story goes, Neptune wanted to marry Salacia, but she was supposedly in ‘great…

Salacia: my debut poetry collection

Exciting news! My debut poetry collection, Salacia, will be launching in Spring with Parthian Books. I’m really pleased to be able to announce that my debut poetry collection, currently titled Salacia, will be released with Parthian Books in Spring 2018. Though I’m still tinkering with the final manuscript, the collection is primarily an amalgamation of poetry…

The Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award

Once again, the Terry Hetherington Award ceremony was a fantastic event, featuring a cocophany of talented young writers. It was lovely to see new, previously unfeatured winners this year, another testament to the quality of this award, which prioritises the quality of a piece over the history of an entrant. On a personal note, I…

Cartref

Have you ever been really, really cold? I’m talking so cold that you have to fold up in your bed, huddled into yourself, to keep warm. You can feel your bones getting tired and stiff when it’s that cold, and see your own breath in the darkness. That’s how cold we were on our ‘camping…

The Lonely Crowd – Issue 6

I’m delighted to have 3 poems featured in Issue 6 of The Lonely Crowd. ‘A mind; shifting,’ ‘Oystermouth,’ and ‘Reaching’ are all intimately personal poems which I am pleased to be able to share. Buy a copy of the anthology, read my thoughts on the composition of the poems, or listen to them read aloud…