From Poetry

Issue Ten Launch

Photos from the Cardiff launch of Issue Ten of The Lonely Crowd. All photos by Michou Burckett St. Laurent The Lonely Crowd in Cardiff were… Jane Fraser lives and works in Llangennith, Gower. She has an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from Swansea University. In 2017 she was a finalist in the Manchester Fiction…

An Interview with Jonathan Edwards / Glyn Edwards

Jonathan Edwards was born and brought up in Crosskeys, south Wales. He has an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick, has written speeches for the Welsh Assembly Government and journalism for The Big Issue Cymru, and currently works as an English teacher. He won the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, was awarded a…

An Interview with Bernard O’Donoghue / Martina Evans

Bernard O’Donoghue was born in Cullen, County Cork, in 1945, later moving to Manchester. He studied Medieval English at Oxford University, where he is a teacher and Fellow in English at Wadham College. He is a poet and literary critic, and author of Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry (1995). His poetry collections are Poaching Rights (1987);…

On Finding Ways Out / Kate North

Two of my poems published in Issue Nine of The Lonely Crowd (May 2018) came from my collection The Way Out launched in October 2018. ‘Paris, December 25th’ and ‘Mount Ainos’ are both poems about journeys. The entire collection is structured as a journey in three separate parts; In, Through and Out. The journey leads to an ending that is also a point of departure, encouraging the reader to determine their own direction on from the text.

Books of the Year 2018 / Part Three

Contributors to The Lonely Crowd pick their favourite books of the year.   Cynan Jones It’s been a strange twelve months. I had a baby right at the start of it. That pretty much blew reading out of the water for most of the year. I was sent a lot of unbound proofs ahead of publication,…

Books of the Year 2018 / Part Four

Contributors to The Lonely Crowd pick their favourite books of the year. Valerie Sirr One of the rewarding outcomes of subscribing to small publishers of books and magazines is the surprise packages that drop through your letterbox from time to time like unexpected gifts. Another source of books this year is an old bookshop with several…

Books of the Year 2018 / Part Two

Contributors to The Lonely Crowd pick their favourite books of the year. Gerald Dawe With the volume of book publication hitting dizzying heights, matched by the promotional buzz of the market-place and sales via self-promotion, it sometimes feels that ‘literature’ has become just another product in the digital world of global media. Whatever is good for…

Books of the Year 2018 / Part One

Contributors to The Lonely Crowd pick their favourite books of the year.    Jo Mazelis The intriguing title of Martina Evans’ Now We Can Talk Openly About Men is taken from a phrase that the author remembers was once spoken when a group of her female relatives were gathered together. All of the women that day…

Read by the Author: ‘Soul Transplant’ by Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones reads ‘Soul Transplant’ from Issue Ten.  Patrick Jones’ published work includes The Guerilla Tapestry (1995), The Protest Of Discipline (1996), Detritus (1997), Mute Communion (1997), Commemoration and Amnesia (Big Noise Productions, 1999), Fuse (Parthian Books, 2001), Against (2003), Darkness is where the stars are (Cinnamon Press, 2008), Tongues for a Stammering Time (Anhrefn Records, 2009), The Aspirations of Poverty (Red poets, 2017). © Patrick Jones, 2018. Image © Jo Mazelis, 2018.

Read by the Author: Two Poems by Tracey Rhys

Tracey Rhys reads her two poems from Issue Ten of The Lonely Crowd. The accompanying sketches are by the artist Pete Fowler. ‘Telling Secrets to the Walls’   I.   In the brickwork we suppose there are memories. Lately, feet stop to observe the fireplace. Lit, it must have been warm in this husk. There must have been…

On Weird and Wonderful Wales / Writing Ghosts: Tracey Rhys

Tracey Rhys discusses her poem ‘Telling Secrets to the Walls’, published in Issue Ten of The Lonely Crowd. The accompanying sketches are by the artist Pete Fowler. Last year, I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the Weird and Wonderful Wales project, a joint creative venture between Literature Wales, Cadw and the illustrator Pete…