Peter Finch

Peter Finch is a poet, author and critic who lives in Cardiff.  He is author of the hugely popular Real Cardiff  trilogy, published by Seren and series editor for the 'Real' series. His numerous poetry titles include Zen Cymru, Useful, Poems for Ghosts, Food and Selected Later Poems from Seren, Antibodies from Stride, and Vizet, a selected poems in Hungarian from Kronkét Könyvek.  He compiles the poetry section for Macmillan’s annual Writer’s Handbook and the self-publishing section for A&C Black’s Writer’s and Artist’s Yearbook.  His extensive website can be viewed at

Peter is a former publisher, bookseller and Chief Executive of the Welsh Academy (now Literature Wales), the Welsh Literature Promotion Agency and Society of Writers and receipient of the Ted Slade Award for Service to Poetry 2011.

His latest book, The Roots of Rock, from Cardiff to Mississippi and Back, charts the evolution of rock and popular music from 1950s Cardiff Suburbia to modern day America and beyond.



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Author Events

Thursday 10th May, 18:30

Discover the mysteries of Wales’ capital city with Peter Finch and Jon Gower in conversation, to celebrate the launch of Peter’s new book, Real Cardiff: The Flourishing City. From lost rivers and vanished roads to the culinary odyssey of City Road, from the ornate Mahogany Room above Burger King to the new high-rise centre, let Peter Finch guide you through Cardiff ancient and modern, in its everyday and its outlandish glory. Doors open: 18:30 Free event, all welcome – book to reserve your place: