Peter Finch (poet)
6 March 1947
Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Peter Finch (born 6 March 1947) is a Welsh poet, critic, author, literary entrepreneur and 'psych-geographer' living in Cardiff, in South Wales. He was Chief Executive of Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society of Writers. As a writer he works in both traditional and experimental forms. He is best known for his declamatory poetry readings, his creative work based on his native city of Cardiff and his encyclopedic knowledge of the UK poetry publishing scene.
Peter Finch was born on 6 March 1947 in Cardiff.
In the 1960s and 1970s he edited the ground-breaking literary magazine, Second Aeon, exhibited visual poetry internationally and toured with sound poet Bob Cobbing.
In the 1980s and 1990s he concerned himself with performance poetry, was a founder member of Cardiff's Cabaret 246 and of the trio Horse's Mouth. This was work with props, owing as much to theatre as it did to literature. In the new Millennium he was worked on psychogeographies and alternative guides to his native city of Cardiff. The city has become his obsession.
Finch lectures throughout the UK, often on the subject of Cardiff and urban living. In addition to the readings Finch also delivers a number of presentations on the poetry publishing scene (how to get yourself published – a demystification of the arcane world of books, magazines and the internet), on the history of sound poetry (which features histrionic performances of dada texts and the playing of numerous historical recordings), on the writing of short fiction and on the history of the small press. He works with schools and has led young people's writing squads in co-operation with local authorities.
From the early seventies until the late nineties he was treasurer of ALP, the Association of Little Presses. Between 1975 and 1998 he ran the Arts Council of Wales's specialist Oriel Bookshop in Cardiff. From 1998 he was Chief Executive of Yr Academi Gymreig/ The Welsh Academy – the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society for Writers.
|1||Wanted For Writing Poetry||1968||Second Aeon||with Stephen Morris|
|2||An Alteration in the Way I Breathe||1969||Quickest Way Out|
|3||Pieces of the Universe||1969||Second Aeon|
|4||Beyond The Silence||1970||Vertigo|
|5||Circle of the Suns||1970||Art Living|
|6||The Edge of Tomorrow||1971||BB Books||with Jeanne Rushton|
|7||The End of the Vision||1971||John Jones Ltd|
|9||Typewriter Poems||1972||Something Else Press||editor|
|12||Getting Your Poetry Published||1973||Association of Little Presses|
|13||Trowch Eich Radio 'Mlaen||1977||Writers Forum|
|14||Green Horse||1978||Christopher Davies||co-edited with Meic Stephens|
|15||How to Learn Welsh||1978||Christopher Davies||editor|
|16||Connecting Tubes||1980||Writers Forum|
|17||Blues and Heartbreakers||1981||Galloping Dogs|
|18||The O Poems||1981||Writers Forum|
|19||Visual Texts 1970–1980||1981||Pyrofiche||microfiche edition|
|20||Between 35 and 42||1982||Alun Books|
|21||On Criticism||1984||Writers Forum|
|22||Some Music and a Little War||1984||Rivelin Grapheme|
|23||How to Publish Your Poetry||1985||Allison & Busby||re-issued 1998|
|24||Reds in the Bed||1985||Galloping Dog|
|25||How To Publish Yourself||1987||Allison & Busby||re-issued 1997|
|26||Selected Poems||1987||Poetry Wales Press|
|27||Cheng Man Ch'ing Variations||1990||Writers Forum|
|29||Publishing Yourself, Not Too Difficult After All||1990||Association of Little Presses|
|30||Poems for Ghosts||1991||Seren|
|31||Five Hundred Cobbings||1994||Writers Forum|
|32||The Poetry Business||1994||Seren|
|33||The Spe ell||1995||Writers Forum|
|34||Small Presses & Little Magazines of the UK and Ireland, An Address List||1996||Oriel Bookshop||compiler|
|40||Vizet – Water||2003||Konkret Konyvek|
|41||Real Cardiff 2||2004||Seren|
|42||The Big Book Of Cardiff||2005||Seren||co-edited with Grahame Davies|
|44||Selected Later Poems'||2007||Seren|
|46||Real Cardiff 3'||2009||Seren|
Peter lives in Cardiff and has three children, Belinda, Daniel and William, from his first marriage.
- "Peter Finch Biography". Retrieved 19 August 2009.