“Paul Henry is the poet I wish I could be. If I ever meet a genie and get three wishes, I’m asking for his musicality, his use of back-story and his ability to create the most haunting resonance.”
“His poems possess... unpretentious clarity and directness... Henry is a very fine poet.”
Paul Henry was born in Aberystwyth and came to poetry through songwriting. Described by the late U.A. Fanthorpe as “a poet’s poet” who combines “a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination”, his work has been widely anthologised and regularly appears in journals as diverse as Poetry Wales and the TLS. His other collections, all published by Seren, are Ingrid’s Husband (2007), The Breath of Sleeping Boys and other poems, The Slipped Leash, The Milk Thief, Captive Audience and Time Pieces. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 1989. He ran the Ledbury Festival’s Poetry Cafe at Hereford’s Courtyard Theatre. A regular tutor at Ty Newydd, Wales’s national writers’ centre, he also works as an associate lecturer at the University of Glamorgan and as a radio presenter for BBC Wales. He lives in Crickhowell, Powys.