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Peter Finch lives in Cardiff and is a poet, critic, author and reviewer. In the 1960s and '70s he edited the literary magazine, second aeon, exhibited visual poetry and later became well-known for his performance poetry. He ran the Arts Council of Wales bookshop, Oriel, for some years, was treasurer of the Association of Little Presses and is now Chief Executive of the Welsh Academi.

 

He is the author of many poetry books, including Poems for Ghosts (1991); Useful (1997); Antibodies (1997) and a bi-lingual collection in English and Hungarian – Vizet-Water (2003). His Selected Poems was published in 1987 and a Selected Later Poems in 2007.

He also writes books about the poetry publishing scene such as How to Publish Your Poetry (1985), How to Publish Yourself (1987) and The Poetry Business (1994) and gives lectures and presentations on these topics.  He has worked on various poetry and public Art projects and in schools.

Peter Finch’s other non-fiction books include Real Cardiff (2002); Real Cardiff 2 (2004). For this work he was awarded an Honorary Fellowhip of the Royal Society of Architects of Wales in 2007. Real Wales was published in 2008.

Bibliography

Wanted For Writing Poetry   (with Steve Morris)   Second Aeon, 1968

An Alteration in the Way I Breathe   Quickest Way Out, 1969

Pieces of the Universe   Second Aeon, 1969

Beyond the Silence   Vertigo, 1970

Cycle of the Suns   Art Living, 1970

The Edge of Tomorrow   (with Jeanne Rushton)   BB Books, 1971

The End of the Vision   John Jones Ltd, 1971

Blats   Second Aeon, 1972

Typewriter Poems   (editor)   Something Else Press, 1972

Whitesung   Aquila, 1972

Antarktika   Writers Forum, 1973

Getting Your Poetry Published   Association of Little Presses, 1973

Trowch Eich Radio 'Mlaen   Writers Forum, 1977

Green Horse   (co-edited with Meic Stephens)   Christopher Davies, 1978

How to Learn Welsh   (editor)   Christopher Davies, 1978

Connecting Tubes   Writers Forum, 1980

Blues and Heartbreakers   Galloping Dog, 1981

The O Poems   Writers Forum, 1981

Visual Texts 1970-1980   (microfiche edition)   Pyrofiche, 1981

Between 35 and 42   Alun Books, 1982

On Criticism   Writers Forum, 1984

Some Music and a Little War   Rivelin Grapheme, 1984

How to Publish Your Poetry   (revised edition 1998)   Allison & Busby, 1985

Reds in the Bed   Galloping Dog, 1985

How To Publish Yourself   (revised edition 1997)   Allison & Busby, 1987

Selected Poems   Poetry Wales Press, 1987

Cheng Man Ch'ing Variations   Writers Forum, 1990

Make   Galloping Dog, 1990

Publishing Yourself, Not Too Difficult After All   Association of Little Presses, 1990

Poems for Ghosts   Seren, 1991

Five Hundred Cobbings   Writers Forum, 1994

The Poetry Business   Seren, 1994

The Spe ell   Writers Forum, 1995

Small Presses & Little Magazines of the UK and Ireland, An Address List   (compiler)   Oriel Bookshop, 1996

Antibodies   Stride, 1997

Dauber   Writers Forum, 1997

Useful   Seren, 1997

Food   Seren, 2001

Real Cardiff   Seren, 2002

Vizet - Water   Konkret Konyvek, 2003

Real Cardiff 2   Seren, 2004

The Big Book of Cardiff   (co-edited with Grahame Davies)   Seren, 2005

The Welsh Poems   Shearsman, 2006

Selected Later Poems   Seren, 2007

Real Wales   Seren, 2008

 

 

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