Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch has published two collections, Rockclimbing in Silk (Seren, 2001), and Not in These Shoes (Picador, 2008), which was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2009.
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.
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...
The poet discusses the writing process behind her collection of poems, Banjo.
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