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Byron Beynon was born in Swansea and brought up in Carmarthenshire. He has worked mainly as a teacher in London, Cardiff, Norway, France and Australia. Since 1999 he has worked as a tutor for the University of Wales, Swansea.


His work has appeared in a number of publications ranging from The Independent, to Planet; Stand Magazine to Quadrant (Australia); Agenda to Poetry Ireland Review; New Welsh Review to Poetry Australia. Three collections, all published by Stride.


In 2004 he was involved in co-ordinating a Young People's anthology entitled Fifty Strong, a project to celebrate 50 years of the Poetry Library at the South Bank, London. At one time he co-edited the magazine, Roundyhouse.

The poem featured here is Musée du Louvre

Phil Carradice is a poet, novelist and short story writer. He was born Pembroke Dock, educated at Cardiff College of Education, Glamorgan Polytechnic and University College, Cardiff. Was formerly a Headteacher and social worker and for some years a full time writer and consultant.

He has published over seventy books, including novels and non-fiction on history and other subjects. An example of the latter is one on the Cuba missile crisis of 1962, published by Pen & Sword in 2017. Work has appeared in dozens of magazines and periodicals, from The New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales and Cambrensis to The Western Mail, New Society and The Times Educational Supplement.

A regular broadcaster, Phil has his own radio programme on BBC Radio Wales, The Past Master.

Featured here is the short story The Isle of Avalon

Bryn Fortey, a past editor of Target and the underground/ post-underground/ Beat/ jazz/ rock'n'roll magazine Outlaw. He won first prize in the 2004 Aber Valley Annual Arts Festival short story competition and was short listed in the Cambrensis 60th Birthday celebration. His work has appeared widely.

Read NEWPORT CITY (Gateway to Wales).

Pat's favoured writing is poetry, both free and formal. Besides the book mentioned below, she has had work published in Cambrensis and elsewhere.

The poem featured here is Uranus, Father of Saturn.

(From Tidings From Deep Sky, published in 2003 by CAJ, Porthcawl.)

Huw is a specialist in prose. His publications have been in Scrawl, Cambrensis and elsewhere. 

Read Ten Minutes. What would you do if you only had ten minutes to live?

Terry Hetherington was part of the poetry scene in Wales since early 1980. His work was widely published in magazines and anthologies, and he was a frequent reader of his poetry in venues throughout Wales, and also in Ireland. His book The Undiminished was published in 1987.

Sadly, Terry died on 31 August, 2007. In my opinion he was one of Wales' finest poets. Certainly he was much underrated.

Featured here is Bryn Celli Ddu.

Emily was born in London, and travelled across several continents before finally settling in South Wales. She writes mainly poetry and plays, and in 2003 she won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Roundyhouse, Red Poets Society and Cambrensis. She has given poetry readings in a range of venues in South Wales and London. Scriptwriter for the bilingual production Dylan Pwy? Dylan Who? and forthcoming production Ugain Mlynedd Ymlaen. She is the co-founder of the writers' groups 'Hooker's Pen', and 'Peacock Vein Scriptshop'. Her recent poetry collection, Sucking at Sticky Fingers has won the DJST Award for the best self-published poetry collection in 2004.

Read Tattoed Goddess

Rowland writes both prose and poetry. He has had publications in Roundyhouse, SCWI Cambrensis, and elsewhere.

Read Black Wednesday a 'copy' of a sermon from 1899.

Peter Thabit Jones was born in Swansea, Wales, UK, in 1951. His work has appeared in books from publishers such as Penguin, and Titul Publishers/British Council (Russia). The recipient of several awards, he tutors Literature at the University of Wales Swansea. He is the founder and editor of The Seventh Quarry, a poetry magazine published in Swansea,Wales. A collection of his poems, The Lizard Catchers, was published by the New York-based publisher Cross-Cultural Communications.

Read The Empty Park.

After surviving the Clapham Rail Crash in Dec 1988 Alex decided to take a long serious try at writing (we only get one shot at this life). Since then he has published five "Caz Flood" crime novels and hundreds of short-stories and craft articles. In Wales he has appeared in Cambrensis and the New Welsh Review,and in two collections "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe", and "Mr Roopratna's Chocolate". The Western Mail also featured Alex's story "The Last Love Letter of Berwyn Philip Price" in a Rugby Special. Alex teaches writing face to face and also runs an on-line Writing School called Boot Camp.

Featured here is The Laundry Girls

Dennis Lewis is a retired Misdemeanant and Drifter, ruined by absinthe and rum. With wet feet and a loud cough he broods in a mist- shrouded valley valley among ancient stones and broken bottles, waiting for the morning dragon to bathe him with fire. Obedient to the fiddler's tune, this is the way it must be.

Read Auschwitz, 1945

Gwili has had many works published. He has a particular liking for articles, and these have appeared in Country Quest, Carmarthenshire Life and elsewhere. He has also made broadcasts on Radio Cymru.

Darllenwch WNIWNS yn Gymraeg.

Robert Nisbet taught English for 30 years in grammar and comprehensive schools and is now an associate lecturer in creative writing at Trinity College Carmarthen. His Downtrain was published in the Spring of 2004 by Parthian. Robert is proud to be lifelong supporter of Haverfordwest Football Club.

Featured is Bomber, a football story

Wendy favours formal poetry, particularly the sonnet. Her work has appeared in Cambrensis and elsewhere.

Read Madoc, an Italianate Sonnet.

Carole is the Secretary of Llanelli Writers' Circle. She has had a number of publications, including those in Roundyhouse, The South Wales Golfer, Llanelli Miscellany, Ireland's Eye, Cambrensis, The Seventh Quarry and Athena.

Featured here is Mill Cove.

Dominique Spearey was born in Cardiff of Welsh - French parents and has always felt it an advantage to be able to choose from two cultures and languages. After many years in education she is now having a 'career break' and considering her options. She is enjoying the opportunity to practise what she has preached in many, many English classes and seeing the creative process from the other side. Her favourite form is poetry, particularly for performance, but she is working hard on extending her repertoire. The novel is, however, a long way off.

Read Thirty Nine.

Aurel Stancu was born in Galati (Galatz) Romania in 1954. He now works there as a journalist for Viata libera ('Free Life') and has had two novels, a collection of features, and three books of poetry published. In the UK he has had poems published in Orbis, Roundyhouse, The Seventh Quarry and elsewhere. The poem here is from Lectia de uliu (a hawk's lesson) a trilingual (Romanian, English and French) collection published by Alma in 2002. Another trilingual collection, Ploi Primitive (Primitive Rains), this time in Romanian, English and Italian, was published in 2006 by Editura Senior.

Read different dreams.

Herbert Williams is an award-winning poet, novelist, short story writer and biographer. He has also written books on aspects of Welsh history as well as scripts for TV and radio. He has adjudicated the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and was for some years one of the producers of the BBC's Morning Story on Radio 4. Brief Encounter appears in his short story collection The Stars in Their Courses published by Alun Books. It has also been broadcast by the BBC and was the editor's declared favourite story in Cambrensis.

Read Brief Encounter.