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Imagined Invited

Edited by David Greenslade, illustrations by Mark Sanders.

“A mind-enhancing project, this text and image dialogue is a new sublime Conference of the Birds, which drives us into areas where revolt is synonymous with the marvellous.” Michel Remy (author: of Surrealism in Britain)

‘Fruit surprises the garden’ when 20 poets and artists from seven countries invite their imagined guests (always including one from Wales) to a Surrealist party inspired by André Breton. Each party poem receives an outrageous response from the dissection table of Mark Sanders: 24 glorious full-colour collages to play tricks with your mind. A mercurial feast of word and image, verse and the visual. Cut-up and cut-up. Veteran Surrealist Desmond Morris (of Naked Ape fame) joins the next generations of révolté writers: Luminita Amarie / Jean Bonnin / Neil Coombs / David Rees Davies / Roxana Dumitrache / Jonathan Edwards / Sarah Glaz / Tim Grant / David Greenslade / Steven Hitchins / Doru Mihai Mateiciuc / David Nadeau / Rhea Seren Phillips / Brian Purdy / Dagmar Stepankova / Rhys Trimble / Christopher Twigg / Nerys Williams (from Romania, Canada, Ireland, France, the Czech Republic, the USA and especially Wales).

On Sale: 21/10/2020

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Publication Date: 21/10/2020

ISBN: 9781916044241

Category: Poetry

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About the Authors

DAVID GREENSLADE is a prize-winning essayist, poet, novelist, frequent collaborator with visual artists, curator of contemporary Wales Within Surrealism exhibition Gogoneddus Ych-a-Fi / Glorious Disgust (2018) .

MARK SANDERS creates collages and ceramics as a diversion from and a reaction to the real world. His work has featured in international exhibitions, Poetry Wales and the surrealist periodical Peculiar Mormyrid. Imagined Invited is his first major collaborative exchange.


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Grandiloquent Wretches Release

October saw the release of Rhea Seren Phillips’ incredible Grandiloquent Wretches, a daring exploration of the Welsh metrical tradition in English.

With our virtual book launch set for December, it’s been an exciting few months for Rhea and Grandiloquent Wretches. Rhea has also been working to expand her poetry beyond the page, recording several voice-overs and a YouTube video to showcase her work.

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As the 13th and final volume in the Boiled String Poetry Chapbooks, Grandiloquent Wretches is an explosive finale to John Goodby’s series. Rhea and Hafan were also the focus of Issue Five of the Indie Insider, highlighting the work that Hafan does as well as drawing attention to Rhea’s upcoming book launch.

Grandiloquent Wretches is AVAILABLE NOW from Hafan Books.


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Welcome to Hafan

Welcome to Hafanbooks.org

Although hafanbooks.org may be a brand new addition to the internet, Hafan Books have actually been publishing bold and exciting voices since 2003. Founded by Tom Cheesman, Eric Ngalle and Sylvie Hoffman, Hafan seeks to empower writers of all walks of life, giving a voice to those who may otherwise have been silenced. Throughout the last 17 years, Hafan has published numerous volumes of poetry, memoirs and fiction, including the Refugees Writing in Wales series and the Boiled String Poetry Pamphlets. Now, however, Hafan is tackling the vast landscape of the internet.

My name is Lily. I’ve been working alongside Tom Cheesman, one of Hafan’s founders, to produce this website and create a presence for Hafan online. I’m a 21 year old English graduate and book blogger, and I’m very excited to bring you this website. There are a lot of exciting things happening at Hafan in the coming months, not least the launch of Rhea Seren Phillips’ explosive Grandiloquent Wretches this October.

We hope you love the website and enjoy exploring Hafan. Please consider donating to Swansea Asylum Seekers Support while you’re here.

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Fragments from the Dark

by People Seeking Sanctuary

The fifth anthology from Hafan Books in Swansea, featuring poems, stories and other texts by female refugees, focusing on the issues that displaced women face today. These works are side by side with that of local writers, creating a dialogue that bridges continents, language and cultures.

As with all Hafan Books, proceeds to go Swansea Asylum Seekers Support.

On Sale: 01/06/2008

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Publication Date: 01/06/2008

ISBN: 9781905762200

Category: Stories


About Refugees Writing In Wales

Poetry, stories and essays written in Wales by People Seeking Sanctuary from wars and persecution.

Fragments from the Dark is part of a series published by Hafan Books that champions the voices of refugees. With seven volumes published since 2003, the series gives an insight into the lives of refugees in South Wales.

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The fourth anthology from Hafan Books with Parthian Books in Swansea, featuring poems, stories and other texts by about 20 refugees – women, men and children – from as many countries, side by side with work by local writers. 

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On Sale: 15/06/2006

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On Sale: 01/06/2005

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ISBN:  978-0954514730

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Nobody’s Perfect

by People Seeking Sanctuary

The second anthology from Hafan Books in Swansea, featuring poems, stories and other texts by about 20 refugees – women, men and children – from as many countries, side by side with work by local writers. 

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On Sale: 01/06/2004

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ISBN: 978-0954514716

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Between a Mountain and a Sea

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Poems, fiction, drama and testimony – lament, plea, satire and celebration – by refugees and asylum seekers living in Wales. Includes two dozen refugee writers from as many countries, mostly African and Middle Eastern. Translations from Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, French and ‘broken English’. Cover artwork by Humberto Gatica (Chile/Swansea). Also includes original poems/essays by several other Wales-based writers, and translations from old Welsh. 

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On Sale: 17/06/2003

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Mynydd

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“If you want to know where the cutting edge of poetry is, then read, and enjoy” — from the Afterword by Chris Torrance. 

“Of course the recurrent, slightly skewed, botanical descriptions of Welsh alpines attracted my attention (mynydd = mountain). But these descriptions, and the Welsh language elements, are only two of the tubes of pigment that squirtingly compose this airy, rather joyous, funny and romantic and open-ended forcefield.” – Intecapillary Space

On Sale: 03/11/2011

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Publication Date: 03/11/2011

ISBN: 978-0956947314

Category: Poetry

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About Rhys

Rhys Trimble is a multitalented bilingual and visual poet from Wales, a visual artist, a performance artist and a musician.

He has authored over 15 books of poetry including Swansea Automatic and Mynydd (Hafan Books).

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Boiled String Poetry Chapbook Series #1.

Childe Roland’s journey across the white page in 47 micro-masterpieces. ISBN: 978-0-9562409-9-6. “the imprint of lips the eyes the tongue in powerful constellationary layerings finding the radiant white silences that is the sound of each four cornered page.” – Maggie O’Sullivan. // “six of clubs is beauty incandescent. White expanses mirror the very nature of existence, permeate page and poet, reflect lands; transcend worlds where littered wisdoms unfold to reveal the journey, and joy, of creation.” – Sophie McKeand

Six of Clubs is part of the Boiled String poetry series, edited by Professor John Goodby.

On Sale: 30/09/2011

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SBN: 978-0-9562409-9-6

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About Childe

Childe Roland was the pen name of experimental poet, Peter Meilleur. Peter was born in Surrey, however his family sailed to Canada before the end of the Second World War. In 1979, Peter and his wife settled in Llangollen, Wales, where he found poetic inspiration in the Welsh language. Peter passed away in 2019 at the age of 75.

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#4 Trees (2012)

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