• Inspired by the art restorer’s keen eye and by a vivid empathy for people and events, Restorations, is a journey through memory. Suffused with colour, inspired by thoughts of people and places, by artefacts and how the passage of time shifts perspectives and erodes surfaces, these poems are beautifully complex explorations, full of curiosity and the adventure of seeing and listening. Available now.

    Poetry is art
  • Abeer Ameer writes of her forebears in her first collection, Inhale/Exile. Dedicated to the “holders of these stories”, the book begins with a poem about a storyteller on a rooftop in Najaf, Iraq, follows tales of courage and survival, and ends with a woman cooking food for neighbours on the anniversary of her son’s death. Available now.

    A remarkable debut
  • Two poets confident in their own traditions meet in the hinterland between translation and collaboration - Cyril Jones from the disciplines of Welsh cynghanedd, Philip Gross from the restless variety of English verse. Their poems meet in this beautifully illustrated volume with letterpress designs by Valerie Coffin Price. Pre-order now

    A new bilingual collaboration
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Hilary Llewellyn-Williams
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<p>In her fourth collection of poetry, Hilary Llewellyn-Williams revisits many of her favorite themes and subjects. These lyric poems explore the natural world, the environment, and the condition of women. Llewellyn-Williams also addresses a shadowy semi-pagan interface between nature and spirituality, in which the natural world is not just...
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<p><em>North by South</em> offers a choice selection from John Davies&rsquo; substantial body of work. From the slate quarries of north Wales to the steelworks town of his youth in south Wales to the dirt roads of the American West, the poet&rsquo;s travels through rough landscapes and his meetings with the characters who...
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Travelling to the Fish Orchards
Robert Seatter
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<p>Robert Seatter&rsquo;s debut collection is characterised by an open, highly personal tone; his style is fresh and uncluttered; his imagery charged and luminous. A love for Italy pervades the book, from a witty poem on an early language text, Living Italian (1955) to &rsquo;The Book of Milan&rsquo; series which concludes the...
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Birdsong, Dewi Roberts
Dewi Roberts
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<p>From the epic mythologies of the Mabinogion through to the present day, birds have exerted a powerful influence on the literature of Wales. This unique anthology gathers together a remarkable range of poetry and prose, illustrating the varied and multi-layered response of writers across many centuries.<br /><br />Birds are...
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Sarah Corbett
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<p>&quot;Poetry as white-knuckle ride&quot; is how <em>Poetry Wales</em> described Sarah Corbett&rsquo;s debut, <em>The Red Wardrobe</em>. Her eagerly-awaited second collection, <em>The Witch Bag</em>, is as powerful as its predecessor, and is sure to cement Corbett&rsquo;s reputation as...
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Vuyelwa Carlin
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<p>Vuyelwa Carlin has established a reputation as a highly distinctive stylist. Published internationally and instantly recognisable, her poems feature an intricate, mosaic-like technique.</p><p><em>Marble Sky</em>, her third collection, is in three varied sections. It opens with &rsquo;Bottles of Blood&rsquo...
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Paul Groves
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<p>In Paul Groves&rsquo;s fourth book, which consolidates his reputation as one of the most able and consistent poets of his generation, we encounter such unlikely stablemates as Rudolf Hess, Virginia Woolf, Dylan Thomas, and Otto von Bismarck. It ends with &rsquo;The Orthodox Chapel of St. Dyfrig&rsquo;, an anagrammatical tour...
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Eds. Robert Schouten & Robert Minhinnick
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<p>In response to <em>In een ander licht</em>, the Dutch anthology of poems, from Wales comes <em>In a Different Light,</em> a ground-breaking collection of work by fourteen contemporary Dutch poets who have made continental reputations but who wait to be discovered in the English language. And there are fascinating,...
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Sheenagh Pugh
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<p>Lying and truth-telling are a matter of choice; our innate capacity for mendacity is the source of all story-telling. The title poem poem sets the thematic tone for this collection which explores the interface between fiction and reality.</p><p>In &#39;Fanfic&#39;, Pugh travels into cyberspace where devoted fans...
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Heavens Gate, Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
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<p>Heaven&rsquo;s Gate is the eighth collection for Seren by one of Wales&rsquo; best poets. Formally astute, subtle and persuasive in tone, evincing enviable clarity and insight, these poems address subject matter as diverse as forest fires in California, an eclipse recalled from childhood, and a World War One battlefield. Most...
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Douglas Houston
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<p>A wry, singular wit, an astringent honesty, and a virtuoso use of traditional forms characterise Douglas Houston&rsquo;s new book. At its (broken) heart is the not-uncommon crisis of the break-up of a marriage. Houston spins a sharp series of villanelles on the subject, at once poignant and merciless. This is poetry with an ironic...
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Hilary Llewellyn-Willians
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<p><em>Hummadruz</em> brings together Hilary Llewellyn-Williams&rsquo;s first two collections, the long-absent <em>The Tree Calendar</em> (1987) and <em>Book of Shadows</em> (1990). The former includes her reputation-making title sequence of poems reflecting on the Celtic calendar, in which each month...
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Peter Finch
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<p>In <em>Food</em> the multi-talented and endlessly inventive Peter Finch keenly observes the dark forces that afflict us and then relentlessly skewers them with a quick wit, or twists form to give alternative versions, inflicting a random beauty on the stale or predictable.</p><p>He fearlessly lampoons the cliches...
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Fiona Sampson
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<p>Surviving a murder attempt generates the clarity, compression and pure celebratory drive of this book&rsquo;s title sequence of fourteen syllabic sonnets. These form the spinal cord of the entire collection, from which nerve endings reach out into a dizzying range of poetic matter, while retaining the book&rsquo;s essential...
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Samantha Wynne Rhydderch
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<p>Samantha Wynne Rhydderch&#39;s intense, uncompromising style recalls the confessional poets but her vivid narratives often conjure dark personas: men on the edge of breakdown or women in the midst of ecstasy.</p><p>The poet&rsquo;s fascination with the ferocious and marginal lead her to daring risks with language. This...
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Jean Earle
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<p><em>The Bed of Memory</em> was shortlisted for the 2002 Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award. These poems are informed by layers of memory, but never weighed down by them.</p><p>Newcomers will appreciate the accessible style and the universal themes touched upon while even those familiar with her work will...
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Teaching a Chicken to Swim
Rob Middlehurst
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<p><em>Teaching a Chicken to Swim</em>&nbsp;celebrates the work of nineteen graduates of the Masters in Writing course at the University of Glamorgan, among them Maria McCann, Richard John Evans, Pamela Johnson and Dan Rhodes.<br /><br />&quot;The University of Glamorgan is immensely proud of its Masters in...
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Don Rodgers
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<p>Playful, experimental, intense, ironic, these strikingly original poems by Don Rodgers are evidence of a passionate sensibility that delights in a vocabulary as sumptuous as the gardens he writes about. A cool honesty, quiet humour and a compassionate tenderness towards his subjects are hallmarks of his style.</p>
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<p>Celebrating the current resurgence of poetry by writers under 45 in Wales, <em>Oxygen</em> is a snapshot of recently established and exciting new talent writing in both the languages of Wales.</p><p>Urban and rural, ironic and earnest, lyrical and lively, the poetry reveals there is plenty to get excited about. It...
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Ruth Bidgood
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<p>A sense of mystery and mortality infuses these beautiful poems by Ruth Bidgood. Her deep engagement with the landscape and history of her part of Wales is matched by a metaphysical questioning as to the purpose and meaning of experience.</p><p>The voices that she invokes are often the &rsquo;unremembered&rsquo; ones: a...
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Frances Williams
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<p>The poems in Wild Blue are the product of a restless and inventive intelligence. Capable of ruminating with grace and flair on such diverse personalities as Isaac Newton and Elvis Presley, Williams moves confidently between the metaphysical and the modern, combining a delight in abstract ideas with sensuous physicality. This new...
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Owen Sheers
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<p><em>The Blue Book</em> is Owen Sheers&#39; first poetry collection.</p><p>From recollections of a return to Fiji, to sharper memories of an adolescence in a rural town in Wales; from dark ruminations on farm life to tender and unconventional love poems. Owen Sheers has a talent for visual imagery, a flair for...
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Catherine Fisher
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<p>The fate of an Italian icon damaged by floods, a Victorian skeleton, and a Vampire Ballet are amongst the many unusual subjects of the poems in this collection by Catherine Fisher. Lyrical grace combined with a sharp eye for imagery and a precise use of language are her hallmarks. Her themes are history, religion, and distinctively for...
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Paul Groves
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<p>Paul Groves&rsquo;s first volume confirms the promise which has marked him out as one of the most engaging poetic voices of recent years. Crystalline, deft, and exhilaratingly ironic, these poems deserve a wide audience. Those who are not already familiar with Paul Groves&rsquo;s well-crafted verse will not be disappointed by this...
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