The Writers of Wales Database
JONES, PETER THABIT
Dan–y–Bryn, 74 Cwm Level Road, Brynhyfryd, Swansea SA5 9DY
Tel: 07800 939355
Peter was born in Swansea in 1951. He has been a part-time tutor (Children’s Literature) for the University of Wales, Swansea Department of Adult Continuing Education for the past fourteen years. Founder and editor of The Seventh Quarry magazine, Peter has won the Eric Gregory Award, 1979 and has received assistance awards from The Royal Literary Fund and The Society of Authors. He also received an Enabling Grant from Welsh Arts Council, 1990.
Peter’s poems have been published and translated in the UK, Europe, Russia, Greece, India, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, South Africa, Australia and the USA. He has had work published in Madtail Miniwhale (Penguin), The Puffin Book of Christmas Poems (Puffin), Scholastic Collections: Poetry (Scholastic Publications), Bright Shining Star and All in the Family (both Oxford University Press). Peter’s poetry has also appeared in various magazines including Poetry Review and Poetry Wales, and been published by Letts Educational, Macmillan Educational Simon and Schuster, Heinemann Centaur (South Africa) and Titul Publishers/British Council Moscow (Russia).
Peter has been involved in a major British Council educational project to teach English to secondary school children throughout Russia. His work has also been broadcast by HTV Wales, BBC Radio 3 and 4, Radio Cymru, as well as featuring on educational cassettes from various sources. Peter’s articles about tutoring poetry in Swansea have been published worldwide. He has performed and held workshops at various festivals including Laugharne Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Peter has visited the USA and Serbia to give readings. The Seventh Quarry Magazine was awarded Second Best small Press Magazine Award in 2006, and he is heavily involved in organising poetry events through this periodical.
Peter was the only poet featured in a JUNIOR EDUCATION National Curriculum pack on Weather and has had his work used in secondary school examinations. His work has been highly commended twice in National Poetry Competitions; Peter was second prize-winner in Outposts 1988 Competition. One of his poems entitled ’Liverpool Quartet’ has been adapted into a song by singer/songwriter Terry Clarke, and another entitled ’Kilvery Hill’ has been incorporated into a permanent stained-glass window by the Welsh artist Catrin Jones. Peter was included in numerous directories about literature in Wales including The International Who’s Who in Poetry and Poet’s Encyclopedia (Cambridge, 1993) and The New Companion to the Literature of Wales (University of Wales Press, 1998). He is on the U.K. Author List of Heinemann Educational.
Tacky Brow (Outposts Publications, 1974)
Visitors (Poetry Wales Press, 1986)
Clocks Tick Differently (Celtion Poetry Series, 1989)
Broken Tin and Other Stories (Castaway Press)
The Cold Cold Corner (Dark Lane Poetry, 1995)
Ballad of Kilvey Hall (Swansea Bay Publishers, 1999)
The Lizard Catchers (Cross Cultural Communications, 2006)
Where They Dance, Where They Play: An Anthology of Writing for Children (editor) (University of Wales, Swansea. Department of Adult Continuing Education, 1996)
Poems from a Cabin on Big Sur (Cross Cultural Communications, New York, 2011)
Eligible Writers on Tour subjects offered:
1. Read and discuss own poetry
2. Poetry workshops
3. ’Pictures and Poems for Children’ (using an anthology/project, published by Philip Green Educational, for use in UK Primary schools: includes his work, plus his other anthologised work)
AGE RANGE: Secondary schools and adults for 1. Primary schools and secondary schools and adults for workshops. Primary schools for 3.