The most legendary names in poetry from Wales - David Jones, Idris Davies, Vernon Watkins, RS Thomas, Dylan Thomas and Alun Lewis - are featured here alongside many living greats such as Dannie Abse, Tony Conran, Gillian Carke, Tony Curtis, Robert Minhinnick and Gwyneth Lewis. Every decade of the century is featured, as is almost every part of Wales - urban, industrial and rural - and many of the poems reflect our history from Edwardian times to the post-industrial present. Biographical notes are provided for all the poets. A few lesser names have been selected to suggest continuity and the changing literary scene over the century. Wales now has a rich, vibrant and varied literature in English and this anthology reflects it comprehensive, authoritative and lively way.
Meic Stephens was born in Trefforest, Pontypridd, in 1938. Educated at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He taught in Ebbw Vale for several years before becoming a journalist with the Western Mail. He founded the magazine Poetry Walesin 1965 and was its editor for eight years. From 1967 to 1990 he was the Literature Director of the Welsh Arts Council. He joined the University of Glamorgan in 1994 and was given a chair as Professor of Welsh Writing in English in 2000. He is the author, editor and translator of about two hundred books, including a number of anthologies, The New Companion to the Literature of Walesand the Writers of Walesseries.