I was recently invited to read at Cheval Writers' 'Poems in the Park' event, a wonderful morning of poetry in Neath's Victoria Gardens.
A recording of the event is now online, and includes my poems 'The Pint That Follows', 'New Shirt' and 'Excavation'.
Last night I read alongside a mix of fellow Parthian writers and regular contributors to the now sadly defunct Square magazine to celebrate the launch of J. Brookes’ Selected Poems.
I had a great night at Tiny Rebel in Cardiff – cheers to Square editor Nick Fisk for the invite!
Photos © Simon Oconnor.
My book is now out in the world, and in the coming months I’ll be reading at spoken word events across the globe to promote it (at the time of writing: four in Swansea, one in Newport).
I'll be keeping this event thread on Twitter updated for those who are interested: twitter.com/Rhys_Owain/status/1044994282678079489
If you aren’t able to make any of these events but would still like to buy a copy of the book, you can pick one up now from the Parthian Books website or in bookshops/elsewhere online from 1st October.
Thank you to everyone who came to the hometown launch of That Lone Ship at TechHub Swansea last Friday night. It was so nice to see so many people I know in the same room. Thanks also to Joe Bayliss for playing for us – ‘For You’ was on repeat in my (slightly hungover) head all Saturday morning.
Ann Bjerregaard has just posted a lovely write-up of the launch on the Parthian Books Intern Blog: "Poems acquire a certain intensity when read out loud in the place they are set, and through the poet’s powerful voice, Swansea became a charmed place." You can read the full write-up here:
Such a pleasure to read alongside five brilliant Parthian and Seren poets at the Cardiff Book Festival last night. That Lone Ship is launched! Thanks to everyone who came to support, and to everyone who bought a copy of the book.
Part of the evening was live-streamed on Parthian's Facebook page for those who couldn’t make it: facebook.com/parthianbooks/videos/237320710290528
Had a lovely (albeit fleeting) trip to Laugharne yesterday to read at the Forecourt Fringe Festival. Squeezed in a poem about Under Milk Wood on the steps of Dylan’s BookBus too. Will definitely be back next year!