John Barnie was born and raised in the market town of Abergavenny. He has published published seven collections including Sea Lilies: Selected Poems 1984 - 2003 for Seren. His work has appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies and has won a Welsh Arts Council Prize for literature. He has toured throughout the UK and abroad, reading his poems and playing guitar in a number of blues and poetry bands. Previously editor of the influential cultural magazine, ’Planet: The Welsh Internationalist" he is now a freelance writer, based in Aberystwyth.