As we prepare to launch our new season of poetry titles by Kate North, Rhian Elizabeth, Rhys Owain Williams and Mari Ellis Dunning, the first review is in:
'All four poets are spiky and surprising, often dark, sometimes funny...'
Come along to Cardiff Book Festival next Friday 7 September to see three of the poets reading in the New Poetry Showcase.
19:30 — SPLOTT STAGE
Our Friday night Festival fixture showcases some of Wales’ most exciting and engrossing poets. Expect words of wonder from Elizabeth Parker, Claire Williamson, Ross Cogan, Rhian Elizabeth, Mari Ellis Dunning and Rhys Owain Williams.
Buy all four collections in our special offer poetry bundle at £25 or for £8 each from our website.
SALACIA BY MARI ELLIS DUNNING
This accomplished debut poetry collection is a contemporary reflection on mental health, mythology, love and loss.
Salacia offers a stark and honest exploration of human nature and our fallibility, where the dark and sombre moments in life are as precious as the uplifting ones.
THAT LONE SHIP BY RHYS OWAIN WILLIAMS
From the very first page of this varied and engaging debut collection, Rhys Owain Williams invites his readers to pause. Here is a poet who is working things out, taking time to contemplate what it means to grow older with each passing day. The poems in That Lone Ship are often caught between two places – inhabiting the quiet spaces between childhood and adulthood, lust and love, heartbreak and new beginnings, life and death.
THE LAST POLAR BEAR ON EARTH BY RHIAN ELIZABETH
Some poems about being sick and being in love. two things that are one and the same.
the last polar bear on earth charts the fallout after the writer’s diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis. The collection also covers relationships, online dating, sex, polar bears and motherhood with an honest frankness and a dry and self-depreciating humour.
THE WAY OUT BY KATE NORTH
The Way Out offers accessible, entertaining, poignant and funny poems. Kate North’s second collection journeys through the body, across countries, via cities, and from past to present. Whether trying to light a fire, dispatching a rodent, walking around a museum or considering how skin functions, North shows that the only way to harness the future is live one's choices with assuredness in the present. Sharp observations of class disparity, addiction, illness and loss rub shoulders with celebrations of the body, exploration of the world and the value of loving relationships.