West Wales writer Dave Urwin is set to release his second collection of poetry, Plain Song from the Backstreets of Silence. It will be launched at a live performance on Thursday, June 24th, 7pm, at Cwrw, 32 King Street, Carmarthen SA31 1BH. (Performance begins at 7.30pm). This event will also be live-streamed on You Tube on the night. Dave believes that anyone who likes poetry will find something in this new collection to make them […]
The international Welsh Poetry Competition has just launched their 2021 contest. The 15th international, English language competition is now open and accepting entries! 1st Prize – £500 2nd Prize – £250 3rd Prize – £100 plus 17 runners up mentioned on our website and published in our 3rd anthology. Award-winning poet Kathy Miles will judge the contest! To enter just click here. Closing date – 6th June 2021.
Daniel Holmes, a man from south Wales who was arrested in 2006 on Malta with his friend Barry Lee, for growing cannabis for their own use. Daniel then spent 12 years detained on the island, 9 of which were spent in the Corradino Correctional Facility Prison near Valletta. There was no evidence of their intent to deal but at that time in Malta cultivation was automatically classed as trafficking, contrary to EU human rights laws. […]
The organisers of the Poetry Book Awards have just announced the shortlist of winners for the 2020 contest with some fabulous poetry collections. ‘Amongst our top ten we have various themes: barrack banter, Spanish art, drug addiction and redemption, sexual awakening, personal narratives, the nuclear age, nature and myth, life and death and of course love. Proof, if it were needed that modern poets can shine just as bright as the old familiar names. If […]
As some of you may know, Literature Wales, whose job is to promote Welsh writers, also sends a newsletter out. Although they rarely seem to want to promote grass roots projects like this one, or the two international poetry contests we run they do sometimes have to justify their funding by asking people what they think of their service. Well, now is your chance to do just that. The Literature Wales Newsletter is currently under […]
The International Welsh Poetry Competition 2020 is now open and accepting entries. The contest is the biggest in Wales and now in its 14th year. Set up by Welsh writer Dave Lewis in 2007, the competition is now a regular fixture in the literary calendar and respected throughout the world for the high quality of winning poets it uncovers. The organisers will be offering the following prizes: 1st Prize – £500 2nd Prize – £250 3d […]
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How many people know that the world famous International Welsh Poetry Competition began life in a small, independent pub, tucked away down a quiet side street in Pontypridd? Founded by Welsh poet Dave Lewis in 2007 the contest has been run and organised from the town ever since, is now in its thirteenth year and is the biggest poetry competition in Wales! But what makes this competition so special? Some would say the judges, others the […]
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