The poems that inspire me

Poetry Wales recently asked me to tell them about the poems, poets and collections that inspire me. Here’s what I wrote!

The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass: Book Announcement

The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass: Book Announcement I am delighted to announce that The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass, a collaborative pamphlet I have been working on alongside Natalie Ann Holborow, will be published by Black Rabbit Press as a beautiful limited edition paperback, paper cut cover edition, as well as by Infinity…

Voices on the Bridge

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

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 😉

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…

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…

Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li: Book Review

Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li ‘”Tell Erika I’ll still be coming to the premier. I just…” I just won’t be the same person she knew when I left the office on Wednesday. I am not the same person.’ Star Rating  As I sit down to pen this review, a mug of coffee warming my hand,…

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…

Broadcast by Liam Brown: Book Review

Broadcast by Liam Brown Coming 15.9.17 ‘Forget data mining. This is about mind rape. The end of privacy as we know it.’ Star Rating  David Callow is a Youtube hit, a viral sensation who found fame by documenting every detail of his life from the comfort of his own living room. He makes a living…

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…