Paul Henry

Described by the late U.A. Fanthorpe as 'a poet's poet' who combines 'a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination', Paul Henry came to poetry through songwriting. Born in Aberystwyth and now based in Crickhowell, his work has been widely anthologised and regularly appears in journals as diverse as Poetry Wales and The TLS. A popular creative writing tutor, he ran Ledbury Festival's Poetry Cafe at Hereford's Courtyard theatre and is a regular tutor at writers' centres. He's also taught at the University of South Wales and has guest-edited Poetry Wales. Mari d'Ingrid, a translation of his fifth book, Ingrid's Husband (Seren), was published in France by L'Harmattan. His new and selected poems, The Brittle Sea, appeared in 2010. This was followed in 2012 by its Indian version, The Black Guitar. A regular reader and performer at festivals, he has recently written and presented arts programmes for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. His latest collection, Boy Running, was published in February 2015. 

Paul's website.

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Author Events

Monday 24th July, 16:00 to Saturday 29th July, 10:00
Sedburgh

This four day course invites both new and experienced poets to develop their art within a friendly, supportive environment. A combination of workshops, readings and one-to-one tutorials will explore the craft and mystery of writing poetry. The value of learning from a broad range of poetic voices will underscore workshops partly inspired by the inner landscape of Memory and by the stunning dales surrounding the retreat. Tutorials will help you in the redrafting of your poems and in approaches to form. Above all else, ‘Writing Poetry’ will offer you precious time and space to enjoy refining...

Friday 2nd June, 10:00 to Monday 5th June, 18:00
Cricieth

Poems after Poems will interest those who wish to explore how new poems can emerge from existing ones in the rich cultural and historical canon. We’ll be reading poems and borrowing a single image, form, metre or theme you find inspiring to create your own. We’ll also look at translating poems between Welsh and English and other languages. Working both independently and as a group, we’ll breathe new life into old poems, exploring how language changes. Whether you’re new to poetry or experienced in the art, this weekend course in Tŷ Newydd’s friendly, supportive environment will help you to...

Saturday 20th May,
18:15 to 19:15
Bath

Join acclaimed poet Paul Henry and Stornoway frontman Brian Briggs for a unique performance of music and poetry. Following a reading from his collections, Paul will be joined on stage by Brian as they perform their collaborative work, The Glass Aisle – a haunting piece which crosses the borders between poem and song lyric. 

Saturday 8th April,
14:00 to 16:00
Llandysul

Paul Henry will be leading a poetry workshop with the Teifi Writers, a group of writers who meet once a month on a Saturday afternoon.Please email |Kelly Yamazaki for futher details: yamazaki.kelly@yahoo.co.uk.

Saturday 1st April, 20:15
Oxford

The Glass Aisle: Poetry and Song. Poet Paul Henry and lead singer of the Oxfordshire band, Stornoway, Brian Briggs join forces for a session of poetry and song featuring their recent collaboration on the long poem, The Glass Aisle, a long poem inspired by the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal close to Henry’s home and its associations with the radio pioneer Marconi and an old union workhouse. He has composed song adaptions of the poem with Briggs, who is a member of the critically acclaimed Oxford indie folk band Stornoway. Henry will read poems from his collections The Brittle Sea and Boy...