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Poetry Upstairs biogs for: TUESDAY 25th October


Another fabulous opportunity to join the increasingly popular Poetry readings, and an opportunity to meet and chat to the poets themselves.


Doors and Bar open at 6:30pm, please bring £5 for the door entry, and do please pre-register to ensure your space: email info@melvillecentre.org.uk



Jonathan Edwards was born and grew up in south Wales. He has an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick and currently works as an English teacher. He won the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, was awarded a Literature Wales new writer’s bursary in 2011, and in 2012 won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award. His poems have appeared in many magazines including The Poetry ReviewThe NorthPoetry Wales and New Welsh Review. His first collection My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014) was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2014 and was the Winner of  the Costa Poetry Prize 2014



John Freeman recently received the Roland Mathias Prize for Poetry at the Wales Book of the Year Awards for his tenth collection, What Possessed Me (Worple Press). Lauded by critics as ‘a remarkable volume of honest and engaging writing’ (Tears in the Fence) and ‘a collection lit with humour and openness’ (London Grip), the poems in the book provide powerful, witty and moving reflections on his relationships with people, place and time. The poet taught English Literature and Creative Writing at Cardiff University for many years and lives in Cowbridge.


Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch grew up in New Quay, Ceredigion. After reading Classics at Cambridge University, she took an MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. She lived in Oxford, Paris and the Isles of Scilly before returning to New Quay. Her work has been shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award (2014), the Roland Mathias Prize (2013) and Wales Book of the Year (2009). Samantha has taught Creative Writing on the MSt. at Oxford University and on the MA programme at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David where she was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing in 2019.

In 2012 Samantha was Leverhulme writer in residence at the National Wool Museum and the work resulting from this, Lime & Winter (Rack Press, 2014) was a finalist for the Michael Marks Award. In 2014 she held a residency at the Dylan Thomas Boathouse to mark the centenary of the poet’s birth and in 2015 was awarded an Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award. ibliography

Stranded on Ithica (pamphlet), Redbeck Press, Bradford, 1998
Rockclimbing in Silk, Seren, Bridgend, 2001
Not In These Shoes, Picador, London, 2008
Banjo, Picador, 2012
Lime & Winter, Rack Press, 2014


Free Parking and wheelchair access available





Johnathan Edwards                             John Freeman             Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

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