The Crunch Issue 10

I loved being part of multimedia magazine The Crunch’s last issue of 2018. Curators Adam Sillman, Rhys Owain Williams and Richard James Jones asked me to join them for a chat about my debut poetry collection on a blustery Winter evening before Christmas, and we recorded the podcast instalment of Issue 10 of The Crunch….

What is a Poetry Pamphlet?

With the deadline of The Rialto‘s Poetry Pamphlet competition looming (31st December 2018), I got to thinking about what exactly a poetry pamphlet entails. How long is a poetry pamphlet? How does it differ from a collection? How should you go about putting one together? And where can you submit it once it’s ready? WHAT IS A…

Voices on the Bridge

An evening of live music and poetry starting at 7:30, globetrotters bar, November 15th.

Salacia, a poem

Salacia is a available to order now from Parthian books. See more

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…

The Teacher’s Secret by Suzanne Leal: Book Review

The Teacher’s Secret by Suzanne Leal “But it was so long ago,’ he says. ‘Can’t they take that into account?’ He shakes his head. ‘Not when there was a child involved.” Star Rating  In this tapestry of tales from a small, sleepy town in Australia, a school teacher watches his career collapse before him, a…

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…

Fire on the Mountain by Jean McNeil: Book Review

Fire on the Mountain by Jean McNeil ‘I do know this country, even if I have not been here before. It has been waiting for me. It is trying to speak to me. It says, Finally you’ve come.‘ Star Rating  When NGO worker Nick drops unexpectedly into the lives of Pieter and Sara Lisson, he feels…

Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniella Tully: Book Review

Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully ‘They looked as if they had woken up from a bad nightmare, as if the fervour of the previous night had worn off and all that was left was shame and guilt.‘ Star Rating   When the remains of Maya Wiseberg’s grandmother are found in a hotel resort thousands of…

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…