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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Author Events

Thursday 3rd October, 10:00 to Thursday 12th December, 18:00

In ‘Pied Beauty,’ Gerard Manley Hopkins insists we celebrate ‘all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.’ Yet the truth is that for most poets the day job is a chore, a necessary evil which stands between us and a day writing poems, but also pays for our writing time. There are a number of exciting ways in which poets have written about work, and this course will draw on their approaches to help generate new poems. Firstly, there are the voices of working-class poets like Geoff Hattersley and Fred Voss, in touch with the routines of the shop floor and the rage of class identity. For other...

Thursday 19th September, 17:45

Two award-winning South Wales poets come to Central Library Hub as we celebrate three years of Open Space events with writers noted for their insightful and empathetic observations on family and daily life. Jonathan Edwards’ first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. With his second collection, Gen (Seren 2018), also recently a winner of the latter award, his characteristic humour & warmth have made him one of Wales’ most popular contemporary poets. Clare E. Potter has won the...

Saturday 7th September, 14:00 to 16:00
Cheltenham

As part of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival acclaimed poet, Jonathan Edwards, will be holding a Masterclass followed by a reading from Jonathan and poets who attend the class. The workshop will begin with a close reading of Simon Armitage’s brilliant poem ‘Not the Furniture Game,’ as a way of exploring how metaphor can be used effectively in character sketches. By working through a couple of different writing exercises and strategies, participants will then work towards writing a poem about someone they love. Tickets: £18/£15. Only 8 places are available so early booking is advised. For further...

Thursday 29th August, 19:30
Bradford on Avon

Come and join us at Bradford on Avon's popular reading series, Words & Ears with guest poets Jonathan Edwards and Michelle Diaz. Jonathan's first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award. It was also shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018)  and was the winner of the People's Choice Award, Wales Book of the Year 2019. Tickets £4.00 on the door. Bring a poem, story or song to share, or just bring yourself. All performers and...