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…

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…

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…

An interview with Rhian Elizabeth

“Poems, for me, are like scars you don’t have to wear around.”  Rhian Elizabeth is a young writer from the Welsh valleys with a unique and gripping voice. Poignant as as it is witty, her debut novel Six Pounds Eight Ounces was released to much critical appraise by Seren in 2014. I was fortunate enough to meet…

The Danger of Believing in Fairy Tales: a Spoken Word Poem

I This poem was written for and performed at the Juke Open Mic night in Little Man Coffee, Cardiff on 19th April 2016. Some of the wording is applicable only to the event as I was writing with it in mind – the theme being ‘Fairy Tales and Myths.’ The event itself was great and I…

Letting Go of My Illness: a Spoken Word Poem

Letting Go of My Illness is a spoken word poem about mental health and recovery. I’ve never filmed myself reading before, but I felt that this piece needed to be heard as a performance rather than read on a page. There’s a first time for everything I guess! See more poetry.

A splurge of defiance that became a poem…

I saw something today which got me thinking. There’s so much to say on the subject of gender equality and its origins, that I’m not even going to attempt to put my thoughts on paper. Instead, I’ve written a very quick poem which I think sums it up nicely: Bound Today — I saw a…