Jonathan Edwards Author

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards was born and brought up in Crosskeys, south Wales. He has an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick, has written speeches for the Welsh Assembly Government and journalism for The Big Issue Cymru, and currently works as an English teacher. He won the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, was awarded a Literature Wales new writer’s bursary in 2011, and in 2012 won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award. His work has appeared in a wide range of magazines, including Poetry Review, The North, Poetry Wales and New Welsh Review. His poetry collection, My Family and Other Superheroes, was published in 2014 and was the winner of that year's Costa Poetry Award. 

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Monday 19th October, 12:00 to Saturday 24th October, 09:48
Cricieth

This masterclass is aimed at committed poets aiming to further develop their writing. The tutors are former National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and Jonathan Edwards whose first collection, the Costa Prize winning My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), also received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, as did his second collection Gen (Seren 2018). The week will feature a group workshop each morning to prompt the creation of new poems, individual writing time, and free afternoons for writing or gaining inspiration from Tŷ Newydd’s beautiful surroundings. You will also...

Sunday 5th July, 10:00 to 17:00
Brampton Bryan

Join us for a summer celebration of poetry  hosted by Aardvark Books.  The guest list is headed by Owen Sheers, Jonathan Edwards, Pauline Prior Pitt and Char March. Owen Sheer's first collection, The Blue Book (Seren, 2000), was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize Best First Collection and Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year 2001. Skirrid Hill, his second collection, won a Somerset Maugham Prize in 2006 and was longlisted for Welsh Book of the Year. Jonathan's latest collection Gen (Seren, 2018)  received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award.  His first collection, My...

Saturday 11th April, 13:15 to 16:45
Newport, Gwent

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Jonathan Edwards, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work. Jonathan will be running several one-hour sessions . £40 for Poetry Society members, £50 for non-members. Book online here or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420...

Sunday 1st March, 10:00
Hawarden, Flintshire

From Robert Browning to Carol Ann Duffy, Patience Agbabi to Simon Armitage, many writers have explored the joy of how writing from the point of view of someone — or something — else can free the creative shackles and unleash poems of great power. Make your poems sing in new voices by joining this masterclass with Jonathan Edwards, whose second collection, Gen, features a host of voices, from cities to lions, historical figures to retail park trees. Drawing on the work of a range of poets, you will draft poems in a number of different voices. What would it be like to be an animal or an...