Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 19:30

Waterloo Tea,

1-3 Washington Buildings,

Stanwell Rd,

CF64 2AD

Jonathan Edwards | Penarth Literature Festival: Poetry Showcase

As always, we'll be ending the festival with a fantastic poetry showcase with readings from Emily Cotterill, Jonathan Edwards, Ruth Sharman plus a musical interlude from Adrian Lewis. It'll all be chaired by the wonderful Stephen Payne.


Emily Cotterill is a Cardiff-based poet originally from Alfreton, Derbyshire. Her debut pamphlet The Day of the Flying Ants is about growing up, leaving home and how the places we are from affect the people we become. It will be published in May 2019 by smith|doorstop as a part of the Laureate's Choice series selected by Carol Ann Duffy.

Jonathan Edwards was born in Newport and grew up in Crosskeys. His debut poetry collection My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren Books) won the People’s Choice Award at Wales Book of the Year, and the Costa Book Award for Poetry in 2014. His second collection, Gen was published by Seren in 2018.

Ruth Sharman was born in south India and came to live in England when she was six. She lives in Bath, where she works as a freelance editor and French translator. Birth of the Owl Butterflies, her first full-length collection, was published by Picador. Her second collection, Scarlet Tiger, won Templar Poetry’s Straid Collection Award for 2016. She is currently working on a third focusing on two recent trips to India in search of her roots.

Adrian Lewis is one of the organisers and hosts of Penarth Acoustic Club. Originally from Swansea, Ade has lived in Penarth since 1984. In 1969, when still only 16, he made a vinyl album as half of the duo Benjamin Delaney Lion, a track from which was included on Cherry Red Records' 3 CD collection published in June 2015 entitled Dust on the Nettles - A Journey Through The British Underground Folk Scene 1967 - 1972.

Stephen Payne was born in Merthyr Tydfil and brought up in Stockton-on-Tees. Since 2005, Stephen’s poetry has been published in magazines and webzines including The Dark Horse, Magma, The North, The Poetry Review and The Rialto. He has reviewed pamphlets for HappenStance Press’s Sphinx webzine and for Sabotage Reviews; he has reviewed full collections for Magma Blogs and The Compass. Stephen’s first full collection, Pattern Beyond Chance, was published by HappenStance Press late in 2015. He lives with his family in Penarth, South Glamorgan.