Tony Curtis

Richard Saturday

Tony Curtis was born in Carmarthen in west Wales in 1946.

He studied at Swansea University and Goddard College, Vermont, and is the author of several collections of poetry, including War Voices (1995); The Arches (1998) and Heaven’s Gate (2001).

He has also written books of criticism, including How Poets Work (1996) and Welsh Painters Talking(1997), The Art of Seamus Heaney (1982) and Dannie Abse (1985). He is the editor of several books, including The Poetry of Pembrokeshire (1989); The Poetry of Snowdonia (1989); Coal: an anthology of mining (1997); and The Meaning of Apricot Sponge: Selected Writings of John Tripp (2010)..

In 2007, he edited the anthology, After the First Death, and published his latest collection of poetry, Crossing Over.

Tony Curtis is Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan where he directs the M. Phil Writing course. In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded a D. Litt in 2004. Tony has toured extensively giving poetry readings and lectures and won the 1993 Dylan Thomas Award and a Cholmondeley Award in 1997. Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales. He lives in Cowbridge.

At our 2022 festival last year, Tony not inly discussed his own historical thriller, Darkness in the City of Light, but also helped to interview legendary Welsh photographer, David Hurn, in front of a full house on the Sunday afternoon, before leading a number of contributors in reading from the Ty Hafyn poetry anthology, Where the Birds Sing our Names