Peter Finch

Peter Finch is a poet, author and critic who lives in Cardiff.  He is author of the hugely popular Real Cardiff  books, published by Seren and series editor for the 'Real' series. The latest in the series, Real Cardiff; The Flourishing City, was published in May 2018. Finch’s 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.  Peter is also the author of The Roots of Rock, from Cardiff to Mississippi and Back, which charts the evolution of rock and popular music from 1950s Cardiff Suburbia to modern day America and beyond. 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.



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Author Events

Tuesday 23rd October, 19:30

Join Cardiff expert and legend Peter Finch at Rhiwbina Library, Cardiff, where he will reveal some of the fascinating histories and eccentricities from his new book, Real Cardiff: The Flourishing City. A guide book with a difference, the latest Real Cardiff  takes you through Cardiff ancient and modern, in its everyday and its outlandish glory: 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. 7:30pm Free entry