is a poet, experimentor, psychogeographer, performer, author, and
compiler of books on cities and places throughout the lands. You can
find out more about his work here.
The Valleys - Peter Finch and John Briggs walk north. Check here.
Fifteen walks in four valleys. Finch and Briggs explore how the Valleys
have changed, and what they have become. Their forward-looking book
is also one of record, as the towns and villages evolve into the twenty-first
centuries. This is their take on Abercynon, Aberdare, Aberfan, Bargoed,
Caerphilly, Gelli, Gelligaer, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Porth, Rhymney,
Taffs Well, Tonypandy, Treherbert and Ystrad Mynach.
The informative texts can
be used as both a route finder and a literary entertainment in themselves.
John Briggs's lively photographs provide further detail and each walk
is illustrated with a map. Armchair walkers will find the book as
interesting and as useful as those actually pull on their boots. And
natives and visitors alike will find a new discovery around every
this equates to a superb gift, even if you dont wish to venture
out in person. Walking The Valleys is an immersive guide that will
take you there anyway, and you can lose many hours within its wide-scape
pages, enjoying facts and fascinating insights. How the south Wales
valleys have changed since their coal mining past is extremely interesting,
and the fact that these places are a short train trip or even cycle
away makes them very tempting to take a visit to. An excellent addition
to Finchs series of psychogeographic guides, and highly recommended."
- Mab Jones in Buzz
The City - A Journey Round the Border of Cardiff - complete with
maps and rich in anecdote is available from Seren. A city psychogeographic
ramble, an anecdotal history, a literary adventure, an armchair traveller's
guide, a geographic entertainment, all of these. "Theres
a citys edge playlist which filled the authors head as
he strode available on Spotify". Edging the City is a
view of Cardiff like no other, full of insights and discoveries. Read
writing is as jovial as it is fascinating
..In a similar way
to some of Bill Bryson's work, Peter Finch's love for his home city
is evident in every sentence; Edging The City is engaging in every
sense of the word." - Chris Andrews:
Edging the City does so effectively, though, is defamiliarize and
enrich these landscapes, with allusion, digression and depth, all
painted in seemingly effortless poetic prose. Finch lifts the apparently
mundane to a place of real literary significance, giving some of these
lesser-known quarters the attention they deserve."
- Tim Cooke in Nation
Edging the City, Finch has created a work that is not just a walking
guide, but is an historic record of a particular time and place. He
puts flesh on the narrative bones of his journey with the monochrome
pictures and coloured maps he uses to illustrate his book."
- Bobby Seal in Psychogeographic
feels this treasure trove of material has been building for some time....
He writes as a poet, but also as someone who has lived locally for
many years and has digested the city, mentally, physically and emotionally.
His conversation with the reader has the directness, intelligence
and humour of a Guardian newspaper columnist."
- Madeleine Gray in Morgannwg - The Journal of Glamorgan History,
from the publisher Seren Books.
more information here
Plotaroute interactive map
and for those who would like to see what it all looked like the photostream
Peter Finch Collected Poems in two volumes - edited by Andrew
Taylor with forewords from Ian McMillan and Nerys Williams. From the
60s to the 2020s visual work repaired, innovations strengthened, poetry
represented in all its variety. In all its heft and style this work
is now published. More information here.
was for me the poetry book of 2022, the essential Peter Finch wonderfully
served by Seren Books"
- Billy Mills
"this collection is a delight. A gallimaufry. A compendium of
forms. A dictionary of discovery. A mixtape of marvels. A variorum
Steven Walling - Litter
in his mid-seventies, the shaven headed septuagenarian feels more
culturally relevant than ever, not least because of his verve and
iconoclasm. If, like him, youve an appetite for literary subversion,
youll find his double volume Collected Poems good enough to
Paul McDonald on The Collected Poems in London Grip, August, 2022
in both paperback and hardback
Signed copies available with a special two vols almost for the price
of one offer. Don't miss it.
Out Now -
The Estuary - Finch on the estuary that separates Wales from England.
The new 2022 reprint now available from Seren.
Chepstow to Worm's Head, Gloucester to Lynmouth, the barrage, the
islands, the water. Now available from Seren. For more information
Walking Cardiff - Peter Finch and urban photographer John Briggs
explore the lesser-known and offbeat parts of the city. Large format.
Photographs, text and maps. £14.99 from Seren Books
Check the blog here
Of Joy, first new collection of poetry by Peter Finch in a decade.
Available now. £9.99 direct from Seren here.
"Peter Finch continues to make iconclastic works that sparkle
and spit... his new collection is a painfully joyful achievement -
not only in its command of various genres, including concrete poetry
and the sombre-comic anecdote, but also in the ability to unite his
variety of singing fish in the net of a single poem." Carol Rumens
in The Guardian. A free podcast from Alternative Stories and
Fake Realities is available entirely free here.
Read more about this groundbreaking new vol here.
Aeon (1966-1974) A revised history of Peter Finch's historic magazine.
The past comes back to life. History here,
bibliography of the magazine and the press here.
Oriel. A revised and illustrated history of the Charles Street
and The Friary manifestations of this enterprise. Check here.
Peter Finch reading A
Welsh Wordscape and Urology
made by the Israeli film maker Omri Lior. Filmed at the end of
2018 these are a cut above the regular face to camera and breathe
new life into two of Peter Finch's most popular poems.
Real Cardiff The Flourishing City, the fourth volume in the series,
is available from Seren Books. Copies can be ordered directly from
the publisher, Seren, here,
or are available from good bookshops. The
blog for book containing extracts and additional material is here.
The Roots Of Rock From Cardiff To Mississippi And Back - Peter
Finch traces the music on both sides of the Atlantic. Music, travelog,
psychogeography, playlists, history. Published by Seren Books @ £9.99.
You can buy directly from the publishers here.
Or from Amazon.
The Roots of Rock blog is here
Real Cardiff - the truth about Europe's youngest capital. A irreverent,
informed and thoroughly readable guide to the Capital of Wales in
all its reinvented glory. Cardiff the multi-layered. Cardiff the multi-cultural.
Cardiff the post-industrial. Cardiff the much bigger that you thought.
Based-on and much extending Peter Finch's books for Seren, the Real
Cardiff section of this site is an essential guide.
the original and first book, is now in its fourth printing, Real Cardiff
Two extends the boundaries. Real Cardiff
Three - The Changing City is the new one and you can check the
content here. The BBC story and photo
slideshow is here.
The Big Book of Cardiff (edited with Grahame
Davies) collects contemporary writings by many hands.
- David Enrique Spellman's film from the Cardiff edge. See
- based on the success of the Real Cardiff series. A book encompassing
the whole country. Finch's Real Wales
(Seren) is available. View the Real Wales Flickr photostream here.
lieder helicopter speak is Peter Finch's sonic history of twentieth
century music published in folded poster form as #1 in Antonio Claudio
Carvalho's revival of Hansjorg Mayer's sixties futura series.
of the Now is an electronic and print collection of poetry. Based
at Queen Mary, University of London, it hosts recordings of over 100
poets based in the UK, including many unique, specially commissioned
recordings unavailable anywhere else. All the recordings can be downloaded
free of charge. Finch's extensive entry including many specially made
recordings is here.
RSAW - For his work in these areas Peter Finch was made an
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Architects of Wales (RSAW)
in September, 2007. Read the citation
Award For Service To Poetry. Peter Finch won this award in 2011.
"The Ted Slade Award is given annually to a person who is in
the opinion of the selection panel has given unstintingly of their
time and efforts over many years to promote poetry to a wider audience."
Blog with Peter Finch at http://peterfinchpoet.blogspot.com/
Finch Archive is also one of the original writers' sites on the
net. Here is collected information on self-publishing, on the poetry
scene, Welsh literary links, examples of Finch's own poetry, prose
and criticism, concrete, visual and experimental verse, a unique and
avant-garde information resource on the poet R.S.Thomas, and a lot
Poetry - Finch's
work can be read in Food, published Seren Books.
His innovative The Welsh Poems is published
by Shearsman. His fat Selected Later Poems
is published by Seren. Download
special purchase offer, three Finch titles for the price of two, here
Zen Cymru - Finch's
collection of poetry is available from Seren. More details.
YouTube clip of Peter Finch reading from
Zen Cymru at The Promised Land, Cardiff is here.
You Tube - look
here for embedded files of Peter Finch
Finch as Taliesin Grahame
Davies's tribute poem read at Finch's standing down from his post
as CEO of Literature Wales. Here
Not About Pete
Ifor Thomas's tribute poem. Here
Vizet / Water is
a selected Finch in Hungarian, edited (and for a large part translated)
by the amazing Kinga Kovacs, published by Konkrét Könyvek of Budapest.
Read here. Andrew Wood's videos of readings
from Foodball and the Viset launch in Budapest can
be viewed here
The Argotist Online
offers a transcription of Zoe Skoulding and Ian Davidson interview
with Peter Finch carried out at Theatre Gwynedd, Bangor, in January,
Public poetry -
Peter Finch's work has been incorporated into five public structures
in Cardiff. Across the entrance, glass frontage, foyer and main corridor
of BT's Internet Data Centre in Cardiff Bay is an extensive extract
from Finch's post-modern interpretation of the work, life and influence
of Wales' greatest twentieth century poet, R S Thomas. The BT
IDC is situated in the west Bay, on the Ferry Road peninsular.
To the east, running across the top of the re-claimed Lamby Way refuse
dump, is a Finch commission which recycles itself as it goes. The
structure is just about visible from the road alongside the Rumney
River. Finch's acrostic concrete poem as part of Jean-Bernard Metais'
L'Alliance is situated outside the new John Lewis store in the center
of Cardiff. Look down not up. His Ballast Bank poem now fronts the
new South Wales Police HQ on James Street in Cardiff Bay. His poem
Kerdif can be read on the front windows of Cardiff's Central
Biography - in one
page here's a handy Peter Finch biography.
Where is Peter Finch appearing next ?
Flickr - Peter
Finch's photostream is here
Slope. Visit also
the Welsh issue of Slope
- In 2001, and with
the assistance of Ceri Anwen James, Finch guest edited a Welsh edition
of the US literary magazine Slope. The issue gave a bi-lingual snapshot
of just what was happening in poetry in Wales at the turn of the Millennium.
Contributors included Dannie Abse, Child Roland, Iwan Llwyd, Robert
Minhinnick, Catherine Fisher, Gwyneth Lewis, Bobi Jones, Sheenagh
Push, Fiona Sampson, Ifor Thomas, Chris Torrance, Grahame davies,
Tony Curtis, and many more.
Bob Cobbing 1920-2002 - A Tribute.
check the rest of the Peter Finch Archive before you go.