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.