Press Releases 2014-2015

Chris Coleman Offers Support for Group’s Poetry Book Debut

03.11.2015

Wales’ successful football manager Chris Coleman has offered his support to a poetry group, inspired by dub-poet Benjamin Zephaniah, about to launch their debut poetry anthology.

Poets on the Hill

The ‘Poets on the Hill’ group consists of budding poets and writers from the Townhill and Mayhill areas of Swansea. It is a legacy from the visit of Benjamin Zephaniah during last year’s Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations. The group are supported by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), through its Creative Bubble initiative, and Communities First.

The Group have now assembled their first poetry collection ‘No Apologie Anfologie’, published by UWTSD. It will be launched during a special event on Thursday 12 November at the Creative Bubble (13 Cradock Street, Swansea), starting at 6pm. The poets will read their work and take questions from the audience.

Chris Coleman, originally from Mayhill, said: “I am extremely proud of my roots. I have fantastic memories of growing up on the Hill. My career in football has taken me all over the world but there is nowhere better than home. My family still live there as do my friends and people I grew up with. Every opportunity I have I go back home and just enjoy being with them. Poets on the Hill; back of the net!”

Zoe Murphy, Poets on the Hill co-ordinator and UWTSD Community Engagement Officer, said: “This is a very exciting time for Poets on the Hill and something we never expected. We are growing and progressing, and to have our first book published is beyond our expectations. UWTSD have been pivotal in this, along with Communities First. Their support has been amazing.”

The group meets every week to develop their creative writing and perform their pieces at local poetry and writing events.

Group member Julia Manser said: “Poets on the Hill would encourage anyone to join a poetry collective and the fact that we have our own book coming out is testament to how we have flourished as a group. We would like to thank everybody who has made this possible, especially UWTSD and Communities First. Their help has been invaluable.”

Creative Bubble is an arts-based initiative run by UWTSD and Swansea BID (Business Improvement District). Run through a city centre commercial unit on Cradock Street, ‘Creative Bubble’ brings together UWTSD students, graduates and partners to collaborate and create a series of street performances, art exhibitions, pop-up craft fairs, drop-in workshops and fashion shows across the city centre.

Note to Editor

Photograph and Filming Opportunities – There will be an opportunity to interview, photograph and film the Poets on the Hill and record their performances. For more information or to attend the launch on Thursday 12 November please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 01792 483695 / 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk.