Professor Richard Gwyn
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74887
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff
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I will consider applications from students wishing to carry out research in creative writing, specializing in prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry. I especially welcome innovative proposals that overlap with my own research interests.
Creative nonfiction (especially relating to travel and illness); the prose poem; translation theory and practice; comparative literature(s); contemporary Hispanic American literature (especially poetry).
Deep Hanging Out. (2007) Snowbooks: London.
The Colour of a Dog Running Away. (2005/2007) Parthian: Cardigan/Doubleday:
The Pterodactyl´s Wing: Welsh World Poetry. Editor (2003) Cardigan: Parthian.
Discourse, the Body and Identity. Editor, with Justine Coupland (2003) London:
Communicating Health and Illness (2002). London: Sage.
Being in Water. (2001) Cardiff: Parthian.
Walking on Bones. (2000) Cardiff: Parthian.
Publications since 2000
Sad Giraffe Café. 2010. Prose Poetry. Todmorden: Arc.
The Pterodactyl´s Wing: An Anthology of Welsh World Poetry. Edited Volume, with Introduction. 2003. Cardigan: Parthian.
Being in Water, 2001. Poetry. Cardiff: Parthian Books.
Walking on Bones, 2000. Prose Poetry. Cardiff: Parthian Books.
The Vagabond’s Breakfast, 2011. Talybont: Alcemi.
Deep Hanging Out, 2007. London: Snowbooks.
The Colour of a Dog Running Away, 2005. Cardigan: Parthian / New York: Doubleday.
Discourse, the Body and Identity, 2003. Edited, with J. Coupland. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Communicating Health and Illness, 2002. London: Sage.
Books in Overseas Editions
El desayuno del vagabundo, 2014. Spanish edition of The Vagabond’s Breakfast. Santiago de Chile/Buenos Aires: LOM/Bajo La Luna.
Abrir una caja, 2013. (Poems, selected and translated into Spanish by Jorge Fondebrider). Buenos Aires: Gog y Magog.
Macedonian translation of The Colour of a Dog Running Away. Skopje: Blesok. ISBN9789989595417
Chinese edition, 2012. The Colour of a Dog Running Away. Beijing: New Star Press.
Russian Edition, 2008. The Colour of a Dog Running Away. Moscow: AST.
Cor de burro quando foge, 2008. Portuguese Edition of The Colour of a Dog Running Away. Lisbon: Bertrand.
Color cane che fugge, 2007. Italian Edition of The Colour of a Dog Running Away, Vicenza: Neri Pozza.
Mujer en la noche, 2006. Spanish Edition of The Colour of a Dog Running Away, Barcelona: Roca.
‘An Invisible Procession: How Reading Cavafy Changed my Life’, 2013. Essay in Poetry Review, pp 59-64. Vol 103: 3.
‘Night Rower’, 2013. Prose poem sequence, in Poetry Wales, Vol 49: 2. pp 50-51.
‘Cómo me convertí en traductor’ [How I became a translator’], 2013. Essay: In Fondebrider, Jorge (Ed.) Poetas que traducen poesía, Santiago de Chile: Bajo la luna/LOM.
‘Cities and Memories’ & ‘Only the Journey’, 2013. Poems in Poetry Review, vol 103: 2. p 39.
‘City of Marvels’, 2012. Poem in The Best of Barcelona Ink: the city’s writing. pp 11-13.
‘De Pynchon a Amis, toda una generación borgeana’ 2011. Essay in Clarín for 25th anniversary of death of J.L. Borges, published 14 June 2011. Also available at http://www.revistaenie.clarin.com/literatura/Borges-lo-borgeano-ficcion-inglesa-americana_0_499150336.html
‘Montaigne and the Acceptance of Uncertainty.’ 2011. Essay in New Welsh Review 93, pp 46-52.
‘More about Salt’; ‘Spartans’ and ‘The Past, Again.’ 2011. In J. Monson (ed.) This Line is Not for Turning: An anthology of contemporary British prose poetry, pp 17-19. Blaenau Ffestiniog: Cinnamon Press.
‘Book of a lifetime’: Fictions by J.L. Borges. 2011. Article in The Independent, 29 April 2011.
‘Enigmas of the night: Reflections on Latin American Poetry, Part 2.’ 2011. Essay in Poetry Wales Vol 47 No 1 pp 9-13.
‘The green whale of summer: Reflections on Latin American Poetry, Part 1.’ 2010. Essay in Poetry Wales Vol 46 No 3 pp 30-35.
‘Insomnia’. 2010. Essay. The Reader no. 37. pp 12-22.
‘The many disappearances of Roberto Bolaño.’ 2010. Paper given for Crime Narratives in Context (CNIC) series. http://www.cf.ac.uk/chri/research/cnic/papers/index.html
‘The Handless Maiden’, 2010. Short story, in Sing Sorrow Sorrow: Dark and Chilling Tales. (edited by Gwen Davies). pp 59-70. Bridgend: Seren.
‘Sicilian Lock-Up’. 2009. Creative non-fiction. New Welsh Review 84: 51-58.
‘Sexual Water: Poetry, Dionysus and the Aquatic Ape.’ (2008). Essay. The Body and the Book: Writings on Poetry & Sexuality. pp 11-24. New York: Rodopi. ISBN 9789042024229.
‘Einkorn, Spelt and Emmer’; ‘La Vendange’; ‘Modes of Travel’; ‘New Year’s Journey’. (2007) In Stephens, M. (ed)., Poetry 1900-2000: One Hundred Poets from Wales pp 755-760. Cardigan: The Library of Wales.
‘10 Books in which Things End Badly’. Guardian Unlimited 1 March, 2007. Published online at: www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/mar/01/fiction.bestbooks.
‘A Boat Trip’, 2006. Short fiction extract. New Welsh Review 74: 55-60.
‘Letter from Greece’, 2005. In Poetry Wales: Forty Years On. pp 253-9. Bridgend: Seren.
Review Article: ‘Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life’ by Adam Feinstein. 2005. London: Bloomsbury. Poetry Wales 40(4) 56-60.
‘Buenos Aires Diary.’ Creative non-fiction. 2005. New Welsh Review 69: 28-33.
‘We move about the rooftops.’ 2005. Fiction extract. New Welsh Review 67, 2005: 54-60. ISSN 09542116.
‘Narrative Analysis and Illness Experience’. 2003. In A. Rogers, (Ed). Communication, Relationships and Care pp 139-47. London: Routledge.
‘A Preface in Fragments’, 2003. In The Pterodactyl´s Wing: Welsh World Poetry pp xix-xxxii. Cardigan: Parthian Books.
‘Processes of re-figuration: shifting identities in cancer narratives’. 2003. In J. Coupland and R. Gwyn (eds) Discourse, the Body and Identity pp 209-224. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
‘Introduction’ , 2003. J. Coupland and R. Gwyn (eds) Discourse, the Body and Identity. pp 209-224. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
‘The problematic of decision-sharing: Deconstructing ‘cholesterol’ in a clinical encounter’, 2003. With Elwyn, G., Edwards, A., and Mooney, A. Health Expectations 6(3): 242-254.
'Really unreal: narrative evaluation and the objectification of experience’, 2001. Narrative Inquiry 10 (2) pp. 313-40.
‘Lifting the Virgin’. In The Best of The Prose Poem, 2000. p 96. Buffalo, NY: White Pine Press.
Reviews since 2010
‘Lost Luggage’ by Jordi Punti., London: Short Books. In The Independent, 3 September, 2013.
‘Omnesia’ by WN Herbert and ‘Horse Music’ by Matthew Sweeney. In Poetry Wales vol 49 no. 1, pp 65-7.
‘Ways of Going Home’ by Alejandro Zambra, London: Granta. In The Independent, 29 January 2013.
‘The sound of things falling’ by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, London: Bloomsbury. In The Independent, 1 December 2012.
‘Traveller of the Century’ by Andrés Neuman, London: Pushkin Press. In The Independent, 20 April 2012.
‘The Third Reich’ by Roberto Bolaño, London: Picador. In The Independent, 1 March 2012.
‘The Last Hundred Days’ by Patrick McGuinness, Bridgend: Seren. In The Independent, 8 September 2012.
‘While the Women are Sleeping’ by Javier Marías, London: Chatto and Windus. In The Independent, 3 December 2010.