Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 15:30 to 16:30

Gladstone's Library
Church Lane

Jonathan Edwards | Hearth Festival

Join poet Jonathan Edwards as he reads from his warm, entertaining second collection, Gen, and discusses the importance of place in his poetry. Firmly rooted in the South Wales Valleys, the poems in the collection reflect on what it means to live in this area in the 21st Century. They offer us a world of closely-knit families and night clubs at chucking-out time, crowded retail parks and couples kissing beneath the neon sign of a pub. The collection is as adept at looking at Wales past as at Wales present, reflecting on significant moments in Welsh history such as the tragedy of Aberfan and the drowning of Tryweryn. The poems celebrate natural environments as well as gritty urban settings and this event will also include a selection of poetry films. Gen (Seren, 2018)  received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award. Jonathan's first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award. Tickets: £15. For further details and to book visit the Festival website: