“Herbert Williams deals with uncomfortable topics such as cancer, death and war, yet never in a dark, brooding manner. His approach is almost invariably one with an edge of wit and an ability to view the wider picture. He’s able to be both simple and profound at the same time. It is his long experience of writing (he began publishing in the 1960s) which means that he is assured, yet never sure of himself. Full of candour and dark humour... A remarkable poet.”
“One of Wales’ most celebrated and distinguished writers.”
University of Wales Press
Herbert Williams is a highly respected poet, novelist, short story writer and dramatist. His first collection of poetry was published in 1965. His poems, short stories and plays have been broadcast by the BBC, HTV and Thames Television, and he has contributed to New Welsh Review, Planet, Western Mail, Iota and many other journals. Eight of his poems feature in the groundbreaking anthology Poetry 1900-2000, edited by Meic Stephens (2007). He is also the co-founder of Roundyhouse Poetry Magazine. His awards include a Hawthornden Poetry Fellowship. A book on his work, Herbert Williams, appeared in the University of Wales Press’ Writers of Wales series in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy and a member of the Society of Authors. He currently lives in Cardiff.