Paul Henry

Paul Henry is one of Wales’s leading poets, described by the late U.A. Fanthorpe as “a poet’s poet” who combines “a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination”. His work has been widely anthologised and regularly appears in journals as diverse as New Welsh Review and The TLS. Mari d’Ingrid, a translation of his fifth collection, Ingrid’s Husband, recently appeared from L’Harmattan and The Brittle Sea, New & Selected Poems has just been published by Seren. Henry has read at festivals across the UK and also in Europe, the USA and India.

A Fellow of the Welsh Academy and a popular Creative Writing tutor, he ran the Ledbury Festival’s Poetry Cafe at Hereford’s Courtyard Theatre, and is a regular tutor at Ty Newydd, Wales’s national writers’ centre.

He occasionally teaches Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan and has edited Poetry Wales. He recently presented the Inspired series of arts programmes for BBC Radio Wales and also Do Not Expect Applause, his programme on the Scottish poet W.S. Graham, for BBC Radio 3.

Paul Henry lives in Crickhowell. 

Boy Running


Boy Running is his beautiful sixth collection and the first to follow The Brittle Sea: New and Selected Poems . We begin in a Studio Flat . Cut adrift by marital break-up, the poet must sort through the emotional fallout and the various chattels left behind; a sea of characteristic props: tables, lamps, metronomes, pianos, guitars. The poet s sons are at the heart of this section where pathos is balanced by humour amidst the characters of a small country town.

Captive Audience


Captive Audience Private and public worlds collide in this second collection of poems.

Ingrids Husband


How the living haunt themselves is Ingrid’s Husband’s concern, and the author discovers his spirits through an imagery of absences

The Brittle Sea


This long awaited selection from Paul Henry’s work confirms a unique voice in contemporary poetry.

The Milk Thief


The milk theif is time – as it colours the lives of the characters and relatives who feature in this selection of poems.

The Slipped Leash


The choices that we make – between music and silence, impulse and security; between the “torn land” and the “dazzling sea” – feature strongly in this collection of poems.

Time Pieces


Paul Henrys debut collection of poems. Clear eyed, compassionate and concerned, he writes movingly about members of the family and community.

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