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© 2019 by Joshua Phillips for Edge Festival Solva

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Writers to write home about

March 22, 2019

This year we have a great line up of writers, all at the top of their game, celebrating the publication of new work. Let's celebrate with them.


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 in the 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 see an outstanding poet  read at the Edge Festival. 








Emily Hinshelwood

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. 

Jonathan Edwards first came to prominence as the winner of the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, before picking up prizes at both the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Poetry Competition in 2012.









Jonathan Edwards

His first book, the poetry collection My Family and Other Superheroes, won a £1,000 first-place prize at the Ledbury Poetry Festival's International Competition in 2014, and the Costa Book Award for Poetry in 2014. His new book Jen has just been published and reflects on the social architecture of working class Welsh valleys.









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. www.susanrichardsonwriter.co.uk


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  - Phillip Hoare







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