Little Man is a poetry collection that examines what it means to be alive. Never boastful of its wares, it is a collection that shows Richard James Jones isn’t afraid to get its hands dirty – exploring the frustrations of his craft, strange graffiti on an old shed, or even casting a keen eye to the detritus that washes up on the beach. That’s not to say there isn’t celebration – there is – but the poems delight in the minutiae, the small movements that are often the most revealing. Witty and honest, Little Man is a collection plugged directly into what matters.
Richard James Jones was born in Swansea, where he continues to live and work whilst also studying for a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Bangor University. He has been published in a number of British and international journals, including Poetry Wales, Magma and The Rialto. Richard has also been the recipient of two awards. In 2011 he was awarded a place working with the poet Paul Henry as part of the Academi mentoring programme. In 2013, a Literature Wales New Writers’ Bursary allowed him to take a sabbatical from teaching to concentrate on completing Little Man.