Absolutely delighted to have a new poem and an accompanying interview published by Poetry Wales today. 'Mother and Child' is inspired by two of Josef Herman's paintings at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea – a place my mother took me to regularly when I was growing up.
Earlier this week I visited the gallery and one of the paintings mentioned in the poem – 'Miners' (1951) – is actually on temporary display at the moment as part of Glynn Viv's 'Art and Industry: Stories from Wales' exhibition. As I say in the poem, it still steals a breath.
'Miners' (1951) by Josef Herman, on display at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Diolch yn fawr to Zoë Brigley and Poetry Wales for publishing the poem and asking me a few questions about my writing process for their #HowIWriteAPoem series. You can read the poem and the interview on their website:
¿Hablas español? I don’t unfortunately, but if you do then you can read interviews with me and other contemporary Swansea writers in this brand new book on Dylan Thomas by Juan Pablo Bertazza: Himnos al sol en la oscuridad ('Hymns to the sun in the darkness’.) Diolch to Juan for inviting me to be a part of it!
Alternatively, if your Spanish is as bad as mine, the mind-blowing Google Translate app can do this for you. It’s not a perfect translation but honestly…we are living in the future.
I recently picked five of my favourite poetry books for The Poetry Question's #TPQ5 series, and you can read the interview here: thepoetryquestion.com/2020/02/19/tpq5-rhys-owain-williams
I'd recommend checking out the rest of the website too – it's packed full of poetry criticism and comment with a strong focus on small presses.
Fellow Parthian poet Rhian Elizabeth has kindly offered to shine a light on my work during her takeover of the Parthian Books blog. Rhian says some really nice things about me in this interview, including praising my "talent for befriending old ladies and drinking beer." I'm afraid you'll have to read the whole thing for greater context: