Event 6

Peter Finch: The Machineries of Joy

Saturday 15 February 2020

Temple of Peace


Renowned Cardiff psychogeographer and performance poet Peter Finch presents poems from his new collection, The Machineries of Joy (Seren).  

Like a cool breeze during a heatwave, a new collection from Peter Finch is most welcome. As these new poems show, he has lost none of the wit, keen observatory eye for detail and inventiveness that has become his trademark. As William Carlos Williams noted ‘a poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.’ Finch has excelled himself with these machines and he takes us on the road through the American heartlands, the Cardiff of his childhood and the regenerated Welsh capital. Stunning work from one of the foremost poets in Britain. We are lucky to have him.  – Andrew Taylor 

£5, or £3 with concessions

Authors and Artists

Peter Finch 

Peter Finch is a poet, writer, performer, psychogeographer and literary entrepreneur living in Cardiff. He has been a publisher, organisation manager, periodical editor, event organiser, literary agent and literary promoter. He was at the forefront of the UK’s small press revolution in the 60s and the 70s and pioneered performance poetry in Wales during the 1980s .

From 1974 to 1995 he ran the Oriel Bookshop in Charles Street, and later The Friary, Cardiff. From 1996 to 2011 he was Chief Executive of Yr Academi Gymreig / The Welsh Academy, an organisation which was later rebranded as Literature Wales.