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Jonathan Edwards | Ledbury Poetry Salon
Hear Jonathan Edwards read at the Ledbury Poetry Salon in December.
Jonathan's latest collection Gen was chosen as the People's Choice at the Wales Book of the Year Awards 2019. A book of lions and rock stars, street parties and servants, postmen and voices, Gen is exploration of youth and young manhood. In the opening sequence, the author sets his own Valleys upbringing against the ’50s youth of his parents and the experience of a range of pop culture icons, including Kurt Cobain and Harry Houdini. These poems give way to a sequence of monologues and character sketches, giving us the lives of crocodiles and food testers, pianists and retail park trees. Other poems place a Valleys village and the characters who live in it alongside explorations of Welsh history and prehistory, and the collection concludes with a selection of sometimes witty, sometimes heartfelt love poems. With his characteristic humour, warmth, formal range and swaggering music, it is a worthy follow-up to his popular and critically-lauded debut.