Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD graduate publishes debut poetry collection


The poet Rhys Milsom, who studied MA Creative Writing at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Lampeter, has published his debut poetry collection, titled Amnesia.

Rhys lives in Roath, Cardiff, and grew up in the Rhondda Valley. He is the editor of – a website for young people aged 11-25 in Rhondda Cynon Taff, which showcases creative writing, poetry, photography, films, reviews and events. The website is also specifically designed for young people to make their first steps into the creative industries. His fiction and poetry has been widely published in magazines, anthologies and websites.

Rhys said: “The MA Creative Writing course at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David was where I believe I truly found my writing “voice”. I was tutored by the brilliant and inimitable poet Menna Elfyn, and it was her advice and guidance that inspired ideas for my debut poetry collection, Amnesia.

“I started the MA course solely writing fiction- short stories, mainly- and ended it writing poetry. How did that happen? Menna saw something in the pieces I would write and, together, we would condense them and leave just the bare bones. The words that were left then morphed and staggered their way into poems.

“During my time at UWTSD Lampeter I had around 10 pieces published in a number of magazines, journals and anthologies. The MA really allowed me to delve closer into my work and really focus on my writing, meaning that my writing standard was becoming higher all the time, giving me the confidence to submit to publications.”

Professor Menna Elfyn, renowned Welsh poet and Director of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Creative Writing Programme said: "One could sense early on that Rhys Milsom was going to make a mark-- his poetry has emotional charge and unforced clarity. Throughout his time at the university he listened intently to comments on his work and one could sense a serious, exemplary observer of life at work. This is merely the beginning of what one can predict will be a successful career in writing."

MA degree programmes in Creative Writing have been offered at UWTSD Lampeter since 1997 and have attracted students from a range of backgrounds and experiences – from recent graduates to mature students with a wealth of life experience. The MA in Creative Writing is designed for committed writers who wish to expand their range and complete significant pieces of publishable work.

The overall aim of the programme is to equip students with the ability to hone their writing skills and to develop areas of creativity at an advanced level, while the practical benefits offered by the module enables students to pursue careers as professional writers, editors and publishers. A focus on the ability to communicate clearly through precise language prepares students for a range of careers, from writing-based advertising or journalism, to related professions such as publicity or arts administration.

Note to Editor

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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014