Paul Henry (poet)

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Originally a singer-songwriter, Paul Henry is a UK poet 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”.


Henry was born in Aberystwyth in 1959. After receiving a Gregory Award his first collection, 'Time Pieces', was published in 1991 by Seren. In 1992, he attended Joseph Brodsky's poetry masterclass at the Hay Festival, since which time a further eight books have appeared. His poems have been widely anthologised and can be found in journals as obscure as Poetry Review and The Times Literary Supplement. They have also featured on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please. 'The Brittle Sea, New & Selected Poems' was recently reprinted by Seren in the UK and by Dronequill in India, under the title 'The Black Guitar'. 'Mari d’Ingrid', Gerard Augustin's translation of his fifth collection, 'Ingrid’s Husband',is published by L’Harmattan.

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A popular creative writing tutor, Henry regularly teaches at writers' centres and has lectured at the University of South Wales. He has read and performed his songs at venues across Europe, the USA and India. His co-readers have included Paul Muldoon, Carol Ann Duffy, Don Paterson and Vikram Seth. Henry is a featured poet in the UK pages of Poetry International and in the British Council authors' pages. More recently, he has written and presented arts programmes for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.



  • 2011: The Black Guitar - Selected Poems, Dronequill (India)
  • 2010: The Brittle Sea: New & Selected Poems, Seren
  • 2008: Mari d'Ingrid, L'Harmattan (tr. Gerard Augustin)
  • 2007: Ingrid’s Husband, Seren
  • 2004: The Breath of Sleeping Boys & other poems, Carreg Gwalch
  • 2002: The Slipped Leash, Seren
  • 1998: The Milk Thief, Seren
  • 1996: Captive Audience, Seren
  • 1991: Time Pieces, Seren

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