Paul Henry came to poetry through songwriting. The author of ten poetry collections, a performance version of his 2018 book, The Glass Aisle (Seren), including songs co-written with Brian Briggs, is currently touring UK festivals. Described by U.A. Fanthorpe as “a poet’s poet” who combines “a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination”, he has read and performed his work at festivals in Europe , the USA and Asia. A Writing Fellow at the University of South Wales, he has presented programmes for BBC Radio Wales, Radio 3 and Radio 4. www.paulhenrywales.co.uk
Poems after Poems
Poems after Poems will interest those who wish to explore how new poems can emerge from existing ones in the rich cultural and historical canon. We’ll be reading poems and borrowing a single image, form, metre or theme you find inspiring to create your own. We’ll also look at translating poems between Welsh and English and other languages. Working both independently and as a group, we’ll breathe new life into old poems, exploring how language changes. Whether you’re new to poetry or experienced in the art, this weekend course in Tŷ Newydd’s friendly, supportive environment will help you to develop your technique.
Stephen Knight has published six collections of poems: Flowering Limbs, Dream City Cinema, The Sandfields Baudelaire, The Prince of Wails, A Swansea Love Song, and, for younger readers, Sardines and Other Poems. His novel, Mr Schnitzel, was the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year in 2001.