Mike Jenkins

Mike Jenkins (born 1953, E) is a poet, story writer and novelist. He is also the father of Plaid Cymru politician Bethan Jenkins and journalist Ciaran Jenkins. A former editor of Poetry Wales and a long-term co-editor of Red Poets. He has won many awards and has judged the Welsh Poetry Competition on two occasions. Famous for his lively readings and writing workshops Mike frequently appears on radio and television and is known among Cardiff City football fans as the club’s unofficial poet.


  • The Common Land (Poetry Wales Press, 1981)
  • The Valleys (An anthology from south Wales Valleys, co-edited with John Davies)
  • Empire of Smoke (Poetry Wales Press, 1983)
  • Invisible Times (Seren, 1986)
  • A Dissident Voice (Seren, 1990)
  • Graffiti Narratives (Planet, 1994)
  • Are You Talking To Me? (Together with four other poets) (Pont, 1994)
  • This House, My Ghetto (Seren, 1995)
  • Wanting to Belong (Seren, 1997)
  • Red Landscapes: New and Selected Poems (Seren, 1999)
  • Coulda Bin Summin (Planet, 2001)
  • Barbsmashive (Pont, 2002)
  • Laughter Tangled in Thorn and Other Poems (Corgi Series: 3) (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2002)
  • Poems for Underage Thinkers (Pont, 2004)
  • The Language of Flight (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2004)
  • Child of Dust (Gomer, 2005)
  • Walking on Waste (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2007)
  • The Fugitive Three (Cinnamon Press, 2008)
  • The Climbing Tree (Pont, 2010)
  • Moor Music (Seren, 2011)
  • Dim Gobaith Caneri (Self-published using Arts Council of Wales funding, 2011)
  • Barkin! (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2013)
  • Question Island (Alun Books, 2013)
  • Shedding Paper Skin (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2015)
  • From Aberfan t Grenfell’ (Culture Matters, 2019)
  • Anonymous Bosch. (Photographs by Dave Lewis) (Culture Matters, 2021)

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