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Afternoon Tea with Gwyneth Lewis; Hosted by Matt Jarvis

8 July @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Pop the kettle on and get to know Welsh writer Gwyneth Lewis in conversation with Professor Matthew Jarvis. Gwyneth will share her creative routine, her work as a non-fiction writer and dramatist, and her writing as a poet, including the influence of the Welsh and English language on her work.

A recipient of Mind Book of the Year for Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book about Depression, she will also address how authors can help themselves when struggling in difficult times.

The event will take place on online via Zoom Webinar and the event link will be sent to registered attendees.


  • 2 minutes – Welcome from Professor Matthew Jarvis
  • 5-10 minutes – Introduction from Gwyneth Lewis and glimpse into her creative routine
  • 10 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected
  • 5 minutes – Gwyneth Lewis will read a poem
  • 10-15 minutes – Q&A with audience

Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Gwyneth Lewis in advance, email jmccrum@societyofauthors.org with ‘Gwyneth Lewis – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.

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The line-up

Gwyneth Lewis – Author

Gwyneth Lewis was Wales’s National Poet from 2005-06. She wrote the words for the front of the iconic Wales Millennium Centre – they’re formed of six-foot-high stained-glass windows and rumoured to be the biggest poem in the world. Her most recent publication is a translation, with Rowan Williams, of The Book of Taliesin (Penguin Classics, 2019). She has published 17 books, including poetry in Welsh and English, non-fiction, plays, lectures and novellas. Her first screenplay, Y Streic a Fi (‘The Strike and Me’) won a BAFTA Wales Best Drama. Gwyneth was awarded a Cholmondeley Award by the Society of Authors in 2010. She is a freelance writer and teacher and has held a number of fellowships in the US, where she’s taught at Princeton University and is a faculty member of Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont, where she was the Robert Frost Chair of Literature in 2016.

Gwyneth’s Twitter | Gwyneth’s Website  

Professor Matt Jarvis – Literary professor and poet

Professor Matthew Jarvis is Anthony Dyson Fellow in Poetry at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Professorial Fellow in Literature and Place in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. His scholarly work focuses on the English-language poetry of Wales since the 1960s, on which he has published widely. He is currently Chair of the magazine Poetry Wales and leads the editorial team of the International Journal of Welsh Writing in English. His poetry pamphlet The Mallarmé Poems was published by Cinnamon Press in 2020.

 Matt’s TwitterMatt’s Website www.matthew-jarvis.co.uk



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