As usual for Issue 59.1, we are open for general submissions, starting on the 7th March 2023. For this issue, however, we will also be celebrating the South Wales Valleys and areas like it that experience economic stress. We would be glad to see submissions from those writers who have connections to the Valleys as [...]
Zoë Brigley Thompson is the author of three books of poetry: Hand & Skull (2019), Conquest (2012), and The Secret (2007), all published by Bloodaxe. She also has a collection of nonfiction essays, Notes from a Swing State (Parthian 2019), and edited the academic volume Feminism, Literature, and Rape Narratives (with Sorcha Gunne).
Times Literary Supplement: "Death and life are inextricable and this book has a defiant mark of hope.” Emily Trahair: "Brigley's sense of social justice is woven with delicacy and strength, in a voice that is neither daunted nor hectoring."
about this site
Back in 2004, I started a blog called The Midnight Heart via Warwick Blogs, which the Times Higher Education Supplement listed as one to watch. This new site is a continuation of what I started there.
Tŷ Newydd – come join me at the end of July!
So I am very much looking forward to running a retreat at the end of July at Tŷ Newydd, a wonderful writing centre (center Am. spelling) up in North Wales. It is a beautiful place, which once belonged to David Lloyd George who was prime minister of Britain during World War One. The dates are [...]
On the eve of the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival, a guide to Cardiff
Photo of Cardiff Cable a large tower on a grassy mound with cloudy sky behind by David Atkins on Pexels.com It's the eve of the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival taking place this weekend July 29th to July 31st. Hoping to see you there! Cardiff is a really fun city. I grew up in Caerphilly just [...]
Poetry Wales – new issue featuring disabled writers & a call for submissions
Alt-text: the cover of Poetry Wales 58.1. An illustration by artist Vivi-Mari Carpelan of a yellow brain covered in X marks, with a red rose blooming from the centre. It is suspended between two pieces of machinery, and lightning is emanating from it. Three bees fly towards the brain in front of a light yellow [...]
Imagination and the Natural World
100 Poems to Save the Earth Book Cover I just came away from giving a talk with my co-editor Kristian Evans on 100 Poems to Save the Earth. It was for a series on imagination and the natural world for the Open University. We were asking questions like, how do contemporary writers concerned about climate [...]
Poetry Wales 57.1 Ready for Preorder
Poetry Wales 57.1 - Summer Issue I just finished editing issue 57.1 with Vicky Morris, our contributing editor. You can pre-order the new issue now.
Nikita Gill and Zoë Brigley at Ledbury Poetry Festival
2pm – 3pm, Zoom, £5 BOOK TICKETS Zoë Brigley grew up in Caerphilly in the Rhymney Valley of Wales, and is now an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University in the US. Her three collections with Bloodaxe Books are The Secret, Conquest and most recently Hand & Skull. She also researches violence against women. ‘The poems in [...]
Ruth Awad’s workshop: ‘Ecopoetics and the Possible World’
Recently I have been working on a project here in Ohio title 'Dwelling During the Pandemic.' Funded by the Ohio State University Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme, this project uses poetry and science to help process our experiences here in Ohio during the global pandemic. One of our collaborators is the international poetry journal Magma Poetry, [...]
Call for Poetry Submissions for Poetry Wales
Hi friends, I wanted to flag up that I am very lucky to be able to guest edit the summer issue of Poetry Wales. See details below. Please send up to 4 poems with a 50-word bio via Submittable or post. Open til 28th April 2021. "For issue 57.1, guest editor Zoe Brigley is open [...]
Zoom Tips for Making Poetry Events Safer
I have recently experienced a number of Zoom-bombings at poetry readings. They're unpleasant and upsetting. This post is designed to help organizers of poetry events to make their readings safe from gross interference. It is written in the spirit of positive learning and knowledge sharing together as a community. Let me know if you have [...]
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