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'The final process of writing is performance. In redrafting, there are still variants you are weighing up, and reading the poem at a poetry event forces you to make those final decisions. Some of these are made at the microphone, and some are surprising.'
'I was writing anti-poems, non-poems, un-poems. I was working so hard at writing them. It's a terrible thing: a poet who's not writing poems is an ailing creature, wailing through the night. A catastrophe for everyone around them.'
Jonathan Edwards reflects on the unique experiences and connections that his poetry career has created and how travel, both physical and imaginary, influences the writer.
Jonathan Edwards recalls his time as writer in residence at Dylan Thomas’s boathouse, examines how the poet’s work changed over his lifetime, and explains why Thomas remains his most treasured literary inspiration.
Eighty years after its publication, Ray French looks at how a famous novel and its film adaptation have overshadowed notions about Welshness, and how this might at last be changing.
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