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Welsh Poetry Contest Results!

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The winners of the International Welsh Poetry Competition 2022 have just been announced by judge, John Evans.  The contest, which was started in Pontypridd in 2007 has been running for 16 years and is the biggest in Wales. The 2022 Competition 1st Prize       Cross Words – Jennifer Hetherington (Australia) Jennifer Hetherington is an Australian author and artist who holds a degree from Griffith University in Communications (Creative Writing and Screen Studies). Jen was […]

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‘Cross-Currents’ – Second Italian/English Anthology Featuring Welsh Poets

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Translating the work of English-language poets has raised the bar for literary translation among postgraduate students at the University of Salerno. Literary translation is a skill that sits comfortably in the background when it’s done well, invisible to the eye and ear; an art form in its own right to delight and engage its audience in whatever language they find it. Correnti Incrociate 2 (‘Cross-currents 2’), the latest in the poetry chapbook series from Mosaïque […]

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New Book – The Mab

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The Mab Trail is a storytelling and art trail in Pontypridd based on the stories of ‘The Mab’, a bilingual re-telling of the ancient Welsh tales of the Mabinogi – some of the oldest written stories in the UK. The trail is sponsored by Pontypridd Town Council in partnership with Pontypridd Children’s Book Festival. The tales were first written down in the 14th century in two books, Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch (the White Book of Rhydderch), […]

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Poetry Competition – Open And Accepting Entries!

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Wales‘ biggest (and some would say best) poetry contest is now open again and accepting entries! The International Welsh Poetry Competition returns with judge, John Evans, picking the winners.  This will be our 16th year of running the competition and we expect a bumper year of entries. Entry forms will also be winging their way to libraries and writing circles all over the UK during January although you can of course just download one from our website in […]

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Welsh Poetry Anthology!

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‘The Third One’ is the latest compilation from the competition’s organisers and comprises all the winners from the last five years of the contest, namely 2017-2021.  “This third anthology not only cements our position as the biggest and best poetry competition in Wales but also proves there is a viable outlet for talented poets here as well.  A place for writers to be acclaimed on merit and not because of some connection to certain establishment […]

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Estelle Price Wins Wales Biggest Poetry Contest

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The International Welsh Poetry Competition 2021 organisers have announced the winners of their prestigious 15th contest, judged by award-winning Welsh poet Kathy Miles, and the overall winner was Estelle Price for her poem ‘iii’. The winners were as follows: 1st Prize                    iii – Estelle Price, Wilmslow 2nd Prize                  YELLOW LIGHT – Sheila Aldous, Newton Abbot 3rd Prize                   THE FOUNDLING MOTHER’S LIST OF PAIN – Jane Burn, […]

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Dave Lewis Publishes New Poetry Collection

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Pontypridd writer Dave Lewis has just released his 21st book and tenth poetry collection.  Split into three parts with black and white photographs (paperback), colour (kindle version) to illustrate some of the themes / poems. “This new collection’s voices are wonderfully varied, powerful and haunting. Divided into three sections, Lewis touches on a number of diverse themes; anti-racism, Africa and austerity, to name just a few, before finally leading us back to the all-encompassing wrapper […]

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Calling All Poets!

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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.  

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Calling All Indie Poets!

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The Poetry Book Awards is an annual, international book award given to the best poetry books produced by indie writers, self published authors or books published by small, truly independent presses. Even though more and more people are enjoying and participating in creative writing it is becoming increasingly difficult to become traditionally published, especially in the poetry world.  Most of the top book prizes and competitions do not allow self published authors to enter.  If they are allowed […]

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From a Cage on a Rock in a Puddle

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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.  […]