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 sixth Boy Running, was published in February 2015 and was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year in 2016, and in February 2018 his latest collection, The Glass Aisle, was added to the ranks and even lead to a performance version co-written with fellow musician and songwriter Brian Briggs. They performed it at festivals throughout the summer and there is now a CD available to purchase. 

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Author Events

Monday 18th May, 00:00 to Friday 22nd May, 00:00
Cricieth, Gwynedd

This five day residential course is hosted by award-winning Welsh poet Paul Henry and singer-songwriter Brian Briggs – former frontman of indie-folk band Stornoway. Their collaboration, The Glass Aisle (Seren 2018), is a mesmerising collaboration of songs and poetry. On this course we’ll explore the borders between poems and song lyrics. Through group workshops and one-to-one tutorials, we’ll look at what poetry and songwriting can learn from each other, considering the influences of melody and rhythm. Turning poems into song lyrics and vice versa, we’ll explore how words behave differently...

Monday 30th March, 15:00 to Saturday 4th April, 10:00
Sedbergh, Cumbria

This week long residential course is hosted by award-winning Welsh poet and musician Paul Henry. The course aims to help you develop your poetry by exploring how new poems can emerge from existing ones. Daily writing workshops will interpret “afterness” in its broadest sense and  In addition to morning workshops, individual tutorials will offer technical guidance in redrafting your work. You will write from a wide range of source poems, sharing new reading and reflecting on how writing “after” can enrich and lend authority to our art. Poems ‘after’ Poems welcomes both new and experienced...