Meet Us


Gwen Davies, Editor

Gwen Davies grew up in a Welsh-speaking family in West Yorkshire, England. Her translations are the novels Martha, Jack and Shanco (Caryl Lewis, Parthian, 2007) and The Jeweller (Caryl Lewis, forthcoming). She is the co-translator, with the author, of Robin Llywelyn's White Star (Parthian, 2003). She is the editor of Sing Sorrow Sorrow, Dark and Chilling Tales (Seren, 2010), an anthology of spooky contemporary stories based on myth, folk and fairytale by the authors of Wales. She lives in Aberystwyth with her husband and teenage son and daughter.Gwen became editor of New Welsh Review in 2011.

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John Rhydderch, Finance and Administrative Officer

John grew up in Llanelli and then studied law at Aberystwyth University, before embarking on a career in the civil service. He spent a number of years working as a Press Officer at the Home Office, in London, and also in the Communications Directorate at the Welsh Government, in Cardiff, before returning to Ceredigion in late 2012. He joined as New Welsh Review's Finance and Administration Officer in January 2013, working part-time, on Mondays and Tuesdays each week. In his spare time, John is currently working on his first novel.

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Julia Forster, Marketing and Publicity Officer

Julia has worked in many different contexts within the publishing industry including stints in the marketing departments at Barefoot Books, Alastair Sawday Publishers, Dorling Kindersley and BCA. She also spent two years working in a literary agency in London selling foreign rights. Her first book, Muses: Revealing the Nature of Inspiration, was published in 2007. She moved to Wales in 2010 with her young family and joined as New Welsh Review's Marketing and Publicity Officer in January 2013, working part-time. When she's not at New Welsh Review, Julia is also writing her first novel.

The Board

Glyn Mathias, Chair

Glyn Mathias has spent a career lasting more than thirty years in journalism, working as Political Editor for ITN at Westminster and Political Editor for BBC Wales in Cardiff. He went on to become an inaugural member of the Electoral Commission, serving as the Commissioner for Wales from 2001-2008. He is chair of Ofcom's Advisory Committee for Wales as well as a member of the Ofcom Content Board. From 2005-2011, he was chair of the Roland Mathias Prize Committee. He lives in Brecon.

Tiffany Atkinson, Poetry Editor (Submissions, Company Secretary)

Tiffany Atkinson is a poet and literary critic, and teaches Creative Writing and Literary Studies at Aberystwyth University. Her main research interests are theories of the body and the history of anatomy, contemporary literature and poetics. Her first poetry collection, Kink and Particle (Seren 2006) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation, shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award, and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her second collection, Catulla et al was published by Bloodaxe in 2011, and she is currently working on a third collection, provisionally entitled So Many Moving Parts. She is also the editor of The Body: A Reader (Palgrave 2004). Her poetry is featured on Poetry International Web and appears regularly in journals and anthologies, including Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets ed. Roddy Lumsden (Bloodaxe 2010) and Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets Writing In English ed. Amy Wack and Eva Salzman (Seren 2009).

Daniel Williams, Vice-Chair

Daniel Williams is the Director of CREW (Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales) and the Richard Burton Centre at Swansea University.

Laura Jones, Treasurer

Laura is an Audit Manager at Broomfield and Alexander. She is a graduate of Aberystwyth University.

Jo Furber

Jo Furber is Literature Officer at Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre, where she also curates the permanent Dylan Thomas Exhibition, and directs the annual Dylan Thomas Festival. She gained an MPhil from Swansea University in 2003, and continues to publish widely. Her research interests include contemporary poetry and Dylan Thomas. She has taught on Trinity College Carmarthen’s MBA Arts Management module, and regularly lectures on Dylan Thomas and arts development, most recently at the International Ibsen Conference in Skien, Norway.

Richard Gwyn

Richard Gwyn is director of the Creative Writing programme at Cardiff University. Poet, academic, critic, novelist and nonfiction author, his memoir The Vagabond's Breakfast (Alcemi) is a nominee for the Wales Book of the Year award, 2012.

Mari Siôn

Mari Siôn joined Literature Across Frontiers, the European platform for literary exchange based at the Mercator Institute for Media, Languages and Culture, as a coordinator in 2010. Her first collection of poetry Dilyffethair (Unfettered) won the Urdd National Eisteddfod Literature Medal in 2004, and her poetry has subsequently appeared in Golwg, Tu Chwith and Poetry Wales. Her first children's novel, Ar Binnau (On Pins) was published in 2011 by Gwasg Gomer.]

Dominic Williams

Dominic Williams is a former marketing director of Parthian, still acts as marketing and publishing consultant and is the director of Coracle.

Andrew Green

Andrew Green is the former chief Librarian of the National Library of Wales.

University of Wales Trinity St David's Dylan Thomas Summer School 25 May - 7 June 2014


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