Owen Sheers

Award winning Abergavenny born writer, poet and playwright, author of Resistance, soon to be released in cinemas as a film starring Michael Sheen.

Owen Sheers is a poet and short story writer. Born in Fiji, Owen was brought up in Abergavenny. Educated at New College, Oxford and the University of East Anglia (Creative Writing MA), his first collection of poetry was published in 2000. Owen was Assistant Producer at Planet 24 Productions. His poems have been broadcast by the BBC and published in Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland, This is and First Pressings (Faber and Faber). Owen’s short stories have been published in This is and Vogue, Neonlight 2, Time Out and New Writing (Quartet Books).

Owen was named by The Independent on Sunday as one of Britain’s Top Thirty Young Writers and was picked out by poet laureate Andrew Motion as "poetry’s great hope". The Dust Diaries (Faber, 2004), a montage of fiction, biography and travelogue, won the Wales Book of the Year 2005. His collection of poems, Skirrid Hill, was on the Wales Book of the Year 2006 Long List and won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2006. In August 2007 Owen dramatised and interpreted Alun Lewis’ lives and letters in a BBC Radio 4 production directed by Kate MaCall in a play called If I Should Go Away.

His first novel, Resistance was published by Faber in 2007 and his latest collection of poetry entitled Unicorns, almost is due for publication soon by Faber. Owen has also recently written the first in the new series from Seren which will re-work tales from the Mabinogion. Entitled White Ravens (Seren, 2009), the book re-considers the story of Branwen, daughter of Llŷr. Owen also presented the six-part series, 'A Poet's Guide to Britain', aired on BBC Four in 2009. The series considered six poems from six different places in Britain, exploring their meaning, context, influence and legacy. The book accompanying the series was published by Penguin in autumn 2009.

Owen co-wrote the script for Michael Sheen's dramatic production The Passion, and later the screenplay for the film released in 2012, and also the screenplay for the film of his own work Resistance, which was released in 2011. 

I Saw A Man


The stunning new novel from Owen Sheers - as heard on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime.

The event that changed all of their lives happened on a Saturday afternoon in June, just minutes after Michael Turner - thinking the Nelsons' house was empty - stepped through their back door.

Pink Mist


Pink Mist is a verse-drama about three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan. School friends still in their teens, Arthur, Hads and Taff each have their own reasons for enlisting. Within a short space of time they return to the women in their lives (a mother, a wife, a girlfriend), all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of their service.



In the months afterwards all of the women, at some point, said they’d known the men were leaving the valley…

1944. After the fall of Russia and the failed D-Day landings, a German counter-attack lands on British soil. Within a month, half of Britain is occupied.

Skirrid Hill


Skirrid Hill was published in November 2005 and won a Society of Authors Somerset Maugham Award.

The Blue Book


The Blue Book is Owen Sheers' first poetry collection.

The Dust Diaries


Winner of Welsh Book of the Year 2005.
Shortlisted for 2005 Royal Society of Literature Ondaadtje Prize.

The Gospel of Us


While the town awaits the arrival of the Company Man, a stranger appears in the windswept dunes, singing songs to the sea. This is just the start of three days of unearthly events in Port Talbot that see the Teacher soothe a suicide bomber and the dead rising from the walls of an underpass. In the Gospel of Us, Owen Sheers reimagines his three day dramatization of the Passion for the National Theatre of Wales, set in the streets and clubs of Port Talbot and starring Michael Sheen. 

The Two Worlds of Charlie F


Welcome to our war.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F. is a soldier's view of service, injury and recovery. Moving from the war in Afghanistan, through the dream world of morphine-induced hallucinations to the physio rooms of Headley Court, the play explores the consequences of injury, both physical and psychological, and its effects on others as the soldiers fight to win their new battle for survival at home.

White Ravens


Two stories, two different times, but the thread of an ancient tale runs through the lives of twenty-first century farmer’s daughter Rhian and the mysterious Branwen

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience, this is the ideal life.
Mark Twain