Event 12

Workshop with Jonathan Edwards: ‘Someone Else’s Shoes’ – Writing Monologues

 Saturday 15 February

Location: Committee Room

16:00 – 18:00

What would it be like to be an animal or an astronaut, to have lived 500 years ago or to see the world through the eyes of a bird circling above a city? This workshop from prizewinning poet Edwards will show that all you need do is pick up a pen to find out. Jonathan Edwards was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year with his most recent poetry collection, Gen (Seren). His debut collection, My Family and Other Superheroes won the Costa Poetry Prize. Please bring a pen and paper. 

£15, or £10 with concessions (book in advance*).

*It is recommended that you book in advance for this event as numbers are limited

Authors and Artists

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards was born and brought up in Crosskeys, south Wales. He has an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick, has written speeches for the Welsh Assembly Government and journalism for  The Big Issue Cymru, and worked for some years 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 work has appeared in a wide range of magazines, including  Poetry Review,  The North, Poetry Wales  and  New Welsh Review. His poetry collection,  My Family and Other Superheroes, (Seren)was published in 2014 and was the winner of that year’s Costa Poetry Award.  His recent collection, Gen, 2019 (Seren) was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. He has recently been named as the new Editor of the long-established Poetry Wales magazine.  

He is a popular reader and has appeared nationwide at festivals and events.  

How fluently these poems capture the place and time we call ‘now’. This is an original voice that celebrates poetry’s essential quality: music. We can all learn as we rejoice in this collection. 

– Gillian Clarke on Gen