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!
I'm reading at an event celebrating Mission Gallery's 40th anniversary this Saturday. The event will also feature poetry from Richard James Jones, David Thomas and Rian Jones, and jazz from The Three Divas.
The event starts at 6pm, and entry is priced at £5. You can find out more by going to the Facebook event page:
Yesterday I read some of my poems at Parthian's 'Carnival' pop-up bookshop, alongside fellow Cheval writers Rhian Elizabeth, Durre Shahwar and Philip Jones (who also played a solo set of songs by his band Dusty Cut). I strongly urge you to look them all up.
The Carnival bookshop is located in Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff, and is open all of next week too. Take a look at the Facebook event for more info about their Festival of Bad Ideas:
My poem 'The Walk to Work' has been included in the latest Cheval anthology, published by Parthian. Cheval is the anthology of the Terry Hetherington Award, which has become known as one of the most significant awards for young writers in Wales. Now in its 10th year, the award was set up in memory of the Welsh poet Terry Hetherington, who died in 2007.
It was lovely to read at the launch of the anthology in Swansea last Friday, where I met many of the wonderful people associated with the award. I was also pleased to be reading alongside my fellow Hay Festival Writers at Work Rhian Elizabeth and Philip Jones. Perhaps the highlight of the night, though, was being drawn by the supremely talented Siôn Tomos Owen. Thanks Siôn!
You can order a copy of Cheval #10 from Parthian's website: parthianbooks.com
Edit: A review of the Cheval launch has since been published by Wales Arts Review. Read that here: walesartsreview.org/cheval-10-spoken-word-night
Had a great time reading poems at Mad as Birds in Uplands last night. Thanks to Iqbal Malik for inviting me to feature and to everyone else for listening.