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

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

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...

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...

Sunday 23rd February, 18:00

The final headline event of the festival brings three vital poets together to read and talk about their work. Jonathan Edwards‘ latest collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), follows his acclaimed and Costa Book Award for Poetry winning My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren 2014). Deryn Rees-Jones‘ latest collection Erato (Seren, 2019) is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and follows her recent selected poems, What It’s Like to be Alive (Seren 2014). Mimi Khalvait‘s latest collection, Afterwardsness (Carcanet, 2019) follows previous gems such as The Meanest Flower, Child and The Weather Wheel, all...

Sunday 23rd February, 13:00 to 15:00

“So this is how we love – by these doodles”. So runs the definition of writing poems which appears in Glyn Maxwell’s wonderful book On Poetry. From Seamus Heaney’s Follower to Carol Ann Duffy’s Rapture, many of the best and most emotive poems are written for and about those people the writers love. 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 work towards writing...

Saturday 22nd February, 12:00

Take a walk on the wild side to explore the extraordinary power that animals can bring into your poems. Led by Jonathan Edwards, this course will celebrate and facilitate poems which come fluttering, roaring, snarling and crawling into our lives. Participants will explore different approaches, from description to monologue, narrative to the surreal, as a way of getting the energy of animals into our writing. The course takes place in Bristol which, in sites like The Wild Place Project and with its interesting urban wildlife, is a place with excellent access to the wild. There will be three...