Hywel Griffiths was born in Carmarthen, south-west Wales and raised on a farm near the small village of Llangynog. After completing a BSc and MSc in physical geography he completed a PhD in fluvial geomorphology at Aberystwyth University where he is now a lecturer in physical geography. He has won two chairs in the National Urdd Eisteddfod in 2004 and 2007 (for strict metre poetry) and won the crown at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2008 (for free verse). His first collection of poetry, Banerog (Y Lolfa, 2009) was shortlisted for the 2009 Welsh Book of the Year. He is also a author of novels for children, and his first, Dirgelwch y Bont (Gomer, 2010) won the Tir Na Nog prize for children’s literature. Hywel writes primarily in the strict metre poetry of cynghanedd, and is and regularly competes in poetry slams in Wales. His work has been translated into Italian ( Un Seme de Poesia, 2010). Although varying in theme, many of Hywel’s poems focus on nature, the relationship between people, place and history, and the politics of language and class.
'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.
Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.
At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.