Jonathan Edwards was born and grew up in south Wales. He has an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick and currently works as an English teacher. He won the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, was awarded a Literature Wales new writer’s bursary in 2011, and in 2012 won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award. His poems have appeared in many magazines including The Poetry Review, The North, Poetry Wales and New Welsh Review. His first collection My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014) was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2014 and was the Winner of the Costa Poetry Prize 2014. His current book of poetry is Gen, published by Seren in 2018.
His poems sing in the language of now - Gillian Clarke
Peter Finch has published more than 25 books of poetry. His most recent is Zen Cymru, published by Seren Books. His other titles include Food , Useful & Poems For Ghosts (Seren) and Antibodies (Stride). His The Welsh Poems appeared from Shearsman in 2006. His Selected Later Poems was published by Seren in 2007. A recent work is hammer lieder helicopter speak a sonic history of twentieth century music published as number one in Antonio Claudio Carvalho's revived futura series put out by p.o.w. ( poetry /oppose / war ). There are four examples of his poetry incorporated into public artworks inthe city of Cardiff. He is the author of the Real Cardiff books and editor of the Real Wales series, the latest of which, Real Preseli, is featured at the Festival. Peter is the outstanding poet of his generation, constantly pushing the envelope of what poetry is about. Peter’s readings are few and far between, this is a huge opportunity to seean outstanding poet read at the Edge Festival.
Her poetry has been published in literary magazines including Ambit, Poetry Wales, Acumen, The Rialto. She has won many awards for her poetry including John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, Envoi poetry competition, Aesthetica Creative works (highly commended), shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and nominated in 2010 for the Forward Prize for an individual poem.
Susan Richardson is a poet, performer and educator whose fourth poetry collection, Words the Turtle Taught Me (Cinnamon Press, 2018), which emerged from her recent residency with the Marine Conservation Society, has been shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. In addition to her ongoing residency with the British Animal Studies Network, facilitated by the University of Strathclyde, she is currently poet-in-residence with the global animal welfare initiative, World Animal Day. Susan has performed her work on BBC2, Radio 4 and at festivals from Hay to Adelaide.
Susan is a dynamo of a performer - Write Angle
Susan Richardson's work sparkles and startles by turn...remarkable and challenging - Twelve Rivers
vital, glorious, salutary – Philip Hoare