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Autumn 2021. Alhaji Sheku Kamara‘s third collection with Hafan Books. “These poems belong to no political party / They have no political affiliation / They should not be quoted or recited by politicians / To gain or score political points / These poems are the people’s poems / The poet is not a politician’s poet / But the people’s poet.”

Alhaji laments war and injustice in his beloved Sierra Leone and around the world, but (in the words of Gaskin Sanghor Faa-Suku) “the Phoenix symbolism shows the poet is optimistic that our country will rise from all those vices. And his love poems tickle as the poet’s heart skips a beat to his queen!” — Alhaji Kamara takes readers on an adventure in art, politics and love. Warning – the poems contain Krio, reggae, rap and dancehall!

ISBN 9781916044265

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Autumn 2021. Martin White presents 45 song texts in search of voice and music, a selection from many more he has written over the years. The songs all have working melodies: they just need somebody to bring them to musical life. Martin is active in the charity Butterfly Conservation, and a longstanding volunteer with the award-winning Oxfam Bookshop, Castle Street, Swansea. Sales of this book (like all Hafan Books) raise money for Swansea Asylum Seekers Support.

ISBN 9781916044210

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Grandiloquent Wretches

by Rhea Seren Phillips

An explosive exploration into the cultural identity of modern Wales through the Welsh metrical tradition in English. It makes strange new music for Wales today, drawing on folklore, myth, historical legends and family memories from Wales and around the world.

Grandiloquent Wretches is the 13th and last volume in the Boiled String Poetry series, edited by John Goodby.

About Rhea

Rhea Seren Phillips is a PhD. student at Swansea University (2016-2020).

Her research focuses on how the Welsh metrical tradition could reinterpret the cultural identity of modern Wales.

You can read more about the work Rhea does through her blog, Grandiloquent Wretches.

Boiled String Poetry Chapbooks

Experimental poetry from Wales

Boiled String is edited by Professor John Goodby.

#1 Six of Clubs

by Childe Roland (2011)

#2 There’s Only the Dance

by David Barnett (2011)

#3 Mynydd

by Rhys Trimble (2011)

#4 Trees (2012)

by Childe Roland

#5 Bitch Dust (2012)

by Steven Hitchins

#6 Chroma (2012)

by Graham Hartill

#7 Thy Mine (2013)

by William Shakespeare, tr. by Tom Cheesman, Ulrike Draesner, Olive Ond

#8 Flower Angel Ship (2013) by Jörg Bernig

#9 Stars (2015)

by Childe Roland

#10 Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız or Long Words (2015)

by Nia Davies

#11 Teint for the Bièvre (2016)

by Zoë Skoulding

#12 Zodiac (2018)

by Rhys Trimble

13# Grandiloquent Wretches (2020)

by Rhea Seren Philips

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