STEVE GRIFFITHS POET
Steve Griffiths was born in Anglesey – Ynys Môn – in 1949. He has published seven collections of poems since 1980.
Steve was awarded an Arts Council England grant in 2015 to work with film-maker Eamon Bourke of Park6Productions to create 30 short films of performances of poems from his new collection Late Love Poems, published by Cinnamon Press in 2016. Click below the cover to order the book. See the Late Love Poems pages for more.
Steve's work has been broadcast at intervals on BBC Radio 3 since 1976; Steve has read some of the Late Love Poems on BBC Radio Wales' The Arts Show, and on BBC Radio Shropshire. He has read in Wales, England, USA, Spain and France. In 2012 he gave a series of seven readings in New York.
He has appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Library of Wales ’Poetry 1900-2000’ (2007, Parthian Books), featuring 100 twentieth century Welsh poets writing in English.
My third Poem of the Month is another from my first book, Anglesey Material (1980, but written in 1976). Why such early work? I have been thinking about the work I reckon is worth preserving, perhaps, who knows, in a second Selected Poems. I've tweaked a number of those early poems, but I haven't touched this one. It's about conditions in Amlwch, the town I grew up in, which was once an industrial revolution copper mining boom town. It uses quotes from the early nineteenth century, courtesy of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society, and I am struck by contemporary resonances in the way language is used. Next month, something a bit newer.
Quite a while ago, I was approached to write some advertising copy about seasalt. A brainstorm resulted in lots of language, which reminded me about life as a child with the salt on the wind and in the sea, quite a long way from the original brief - but perhaps not. In time, it became this poem, Saltings, reproduced as a blog on the website of Anglesey Seasalt, or Halen Môn.
I really enjoyed reading at Poetry Shrewsbury in February 2017, the Apple Store Gallery in Hereford, the Hen & Chicks, Abergavenny in March, the Vanguard reading at the Sitting Room, The Blue Boar, Ludlow in April, in September at The Poetry Marathon in Knighton, supporting people displaced by war and violence - and in October at Verbatim, the Dragon Hotel, Montgomery.
Delighted to have three poems in Stand Magazine. A couple of grandad poems, and one about being born. Curious how a recurrent theme of childhood is emerging in my work - how being a grandad kicks off a kind of conversation with one's own childhood, indeed just like being a dad did. So now a three-way conversation, most of it celebratory. Lovely to be in Stand after a long break: such good memories of the support and encouragement of Jon Silkin as editor in the Seventies and later. More poems in Stand this year!
Another communique for Donald Trump and his ilk - he has many of his ilk in this country - is my updating of Bob Dylan's great 'The Times they are A-changin''. A bit more rollicking than 'Blowin' In the Wind' (see below), but there it is. As the football crowds sing, Stand up, stand up, stand up'.
Earlier, the Centre for Welfare Reform published my reworking of Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind for people to have something contemporary to sing. I'll be putting out more poetic markers to shine a light on the lovely man who holds so much power in his hands. I'm sure he needs the publicity.
I've just published a blog on the Poetry Wales website. It revisits Late Love Poems. I explore the dimension of sickness and disability: the poems and films of lament, defiance and celebration that form a significant but unexpected part of the book. How does the face of the ageing poet on film change the experience of the poem?
Copyright © All Rights Reserved