The Writers of Wales Database
RHYDDERCH, SAMANTHA WYNNE
Samantha grew up in New Quay, Ceredigion where she still lives. She read Classics at Cambridge followed by an M.A. in Writing at Cardiff University. She lived in Oxford, Paris and the Isles of Scilly before returning to New Quay.
Samantha was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2005 to write her debut collection for Picador, Not In These Shoes, published in June 2008. This title was on the 2009 Wales Book of the Year Short List. Click here to read two poems from her collection.
With respect to Not In These Shoes (Picador, 2008)
"Full of fresh and exciting poems written from a plethora of different points of view including, in ’The Naming of The Storm’, that of the beguiling figurehead on the prow of a ship……the best poems triumphantly announce a significant new talent."
Keith Richmond, Tribune
"Like being dropped into the middle of an intriguing conversation. Direct, conversational and personable, the team of voices within take their muse from quiet, cunning and often obscure situations…a collection where ’the sanity of doilies’ and phrases of similar ilk feel right like a well done sum."
Peggy Hughes, Scotland on Sunday
Rockclimbing in Silk (Seren, 2001)
Not In These Shoes (Picador, 2008)
Banjo (Picador, 2012)
Not in These Shoes (Picador, 2008)
Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch’s debut collection for Picador introduces a young poet with a remarkable range of imaginative tactics at her disposal, and seems to announce not one, but several new voices. Not In These Shoes is an act of uncanny ventriloquism, and a distinct spirit seems to haunt each of Wynne-Rhydderch’s meticulously drawn spaces. Whether conjuring the interior of a toy snowstorm, a flooded valley, a woman in a backless dress, a ship’s figurehead or a matador in a hotel room, Wynne-Rhydderch finds a voice that perfectly commands our attention.
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Banjo (Picador, 2012)
While Banjo opens with a clutch of fine lyrics, elegies and set-pieces, at the heart of Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch’s new book is a remarkable tale of darkness and light, music and silence. Celebrating the centenary of Captain Scott’s arrival at the South Pole in 1912, Banjo gives us new psychological insight into the lives of the early Antarctic pioneers, as well as an extraordinary account of the role played by music in surviving the long Antarctic winters.
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