The Writers of Wales Database
Sandra Anstey was born in Newport and grew up on a farm in South Wales. She studied English Literature at Reading University and then moved to the University of Wales, Swansea, to research the writings of R. S. Thomas. She completed her PhD thesis in 1980. During the 1980s she taught English and was reviews editor of Poetry Wales (1980–1990). In 1989 she moved to Cardiff to take up a post in education.
She has edited many resources for teachers, including 14 titles in the series of Reflections for the Classroom and a biannual newsletter, English in Wales (1989–1992, National Language Unit of Wales). Public appointments have included membership of the Literature Committee of the Arts Council of Wales, the Broadcasting Council of BBC Wales, the Council of the National Library of Wales, and the English-Language Publishing Grants Panel (Welsh Books Council). She is Officer for English at the WJEC National Language Unit of Wales and a Fellow of Academi.
Illustrated Poetry Broadsheets: Writing from Wales: Change (Illustrated poetry broadsheets : writing from Wales) (editor) (National Language Unit of Wales, 1991)
Critical Writings on R S Thomas (editor) (Seren, 1982: 2nd edition 1992)
Approaches to the Study of Stories from Wales (Reflections from the Classroom) by Jude Brigley (editor) (National Language Unit of Wales, 1993)
R. S. Thomas: Selected Prose (editor) (Seren, 1983: 2nd edition 1995)
Selected Poems and Letters of Keats (editor) (Heinemann, 1995)
Approaches to the Study of Drama from Wales (Reflections from the Classroom) by Mandy Esseen (editor) (National Language Unit of Wales, 2000)
William Wordsworth: Selected Poems (editor) (Oxford University Press, 1990; revised edition 2006)
Oxford Student Texts: Wordsworth and Coleridge: Lyrical Ballads (Oxford Student Texts) (co-editor) (Oxford University Press, 2006)