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Rhys Owain Williams

That Lone Ship

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‘The decks of That Lone Ship fizz with the imagery of a changing seaside town. Its souls are chronicled with pathos and tenderness.’  –  Paul Henry

'Wide-ranging and intelligent, heartfelt and elegant – Rhys Owain Williams explores loss, love and a Swansea boyhood in poems that surprise and amaze.' – Joe Dunthorne

Rhys Owain Williams proves himself a skilled navigator, charting a course through seas both calm and rough, familiar and strange. By turns moving, poignant, funny and undeniably local, these poems deal with place and people, love and friendship: Swansea town and its familial inhabitants in all their ugly (lovely) glory. That Lone Ship, whether arriving or departing, is one you’ll swim out to; one you won’t want to miss.’ – Emily Blewitt


that lone ship on the horizon, 
arriving or leaving? 


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. 

An acute observer, Williams writes with a sharp-eyed, questing intelligence. The future has as large a presence in this collection as the past. Restrained and elegantly-crafted, the poems in That Lone Ship resonate beyond the page, finding their footing between the known and the unknown, the said and the unsaid.

Rhys Owain Williams was born and raised in Morriston, Swansea. His poetry has been published in various magazines and anthologies, including AgendaLighthouse and Popshot, and was recently commissioned for a permanent public Art in Site project at Morriston Hospital. Rhys was a runner-up in the WalesPENCymru New Voices Competition 2016, and was selected as one of the Hay Festival’s Writers at Work in 2017. He co-runs The Crunch multimedia poetry magazine and is assistant editor of The Ghastling.