The Collective (Poetry Upstairs) with Chris Hall, Jonathan Edwards & Stephen Payne
Chris Hall’s published work include, Bneath Cragshaddo (WYSIWYG Chapbooks), Balladz f Bedlam (Stonebridge).The metaphysical poem A Journey was published in Scintilla and two poems Five Surrealist Paintings and Dewi Stone appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Tears in the Fence.
Current work is to the fore in The Lonely Crowd and Leg Avant.
Jonathan Edwards was born in Newport, South Wales and grew up in Crosskeys. He received a BA in English and American Literature and an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick, and now teaches English at a secondary school in Monmouth. Prior to the publication of his first collection his poetry won numerous accolades, including the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, as well as receiving prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition (for ‘Evel Knievel Jumps Over my Family’) and the Basil Bunting award (for ‘Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren in Crumlin for the Filming of Arabesque, June 1965’) in 2012. His poem ‘Servant Minding a Seat for his Master Before a Performance of The Rivals, Covent Garden Theatre, 1775’ won the 2014 Ledbury Poetry Festival International Competition.
Stephen Payne was born in Merthyr Tydfil and went to school in Stockton-on-Tees. He is currently Professor of Human-Centric Systems at the University of Bath, having previously taught in the Universities of Lancaster, Cardiff and Manchester and worked as a researcher at IBM TJ Watson Research Center in New York state.
In 2010 Stephen was awarded the Smiths Knoll Mentorship and spent 12 months being mentored and edited by Joanna Cutts and Michael Laskey. His pamphlet, The Probabilities of Balance, was published by Smiths Knoll in December 2010.
Stephen lives with his family in Penarth, near Cardiff on the Vale of Glamorgan.
This event is supported by Literature Wales with Writers on Tour funding.