Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch is the author of collections Rockclimbing in Silk (Seren, 2001) and Not in These Shoes (Picador, 2008), which was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2009.

 

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From paintbrush to pen: Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch on words and objects

From paintbrush to pen: Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch on words and objects

I am someone who often has my nose in a book. Not unusual, of course, for a writer. But in 2012 I decided to think about doing this quite literally when I collaborated with the Ceredigion Art Trail open studio event in west Wales. Every August, artists open their homes to members of the community for ten days, enabling the public to come and see what artists get up to the rest of the year. I decided to join in and offer my home as an exhibition space.

Why would a writer do this? you might wonder.

Friday poem: 'Titanic' by Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Friday poem: 'Titanic' by Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

In the pause after the poem's first word you can feel the clamouring of panicked voices as the passengers hear that first almighty crash of iceberg on ship. And in that image of the piano, caught out mid-song and now drowning in a lungful of water, is the helplessness of all on board.

The writer's life

The writer's life

Dylan Thomas lived in New Quay, Wales, for a year during the Second World War before he settled in the Boathouse in Laugharne. Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, whose poetry collection Banjo was published by Picador in 2012, has spent the past month as writer in residence at Dylan Thomas's writing shed.