Peter Finch (poet)
6 March 1947
Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
Peter Finch (born 1947) is a Welsh poet and author living in Cardiff, Wales. Until 2012 he was Chief Executive first of Academi., the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society of Writers and then its successor body, Literature Wales. As a writer he works in both traditional and experimental forms. He is known for his poetry readings, his creative work based on his native city of Cardiff, his talks on the history of rock music and his psychogeographic cycle and walking tours around the capital of Wales.
Between 1966 and 1975 he edited the literary magazine, Second Aeon
During the 1960s and 1970s he was treasurer of ALP, the Association of Little Presses, exhibited visual poetry internationally and toured with sound poet Bob Cobbing.
Between 1975 and 1998 he ran the Arts Council of Wales's specialist Oriel Bookshop in Cardiff.
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.
In 2016 he returned to an earlier obsession and wrote The Roots Of Rock, a book about popular music.
In recent years Finch has continued to give poetry readings as well as illustrated talks on the city of Cardiff, the Severn Estuary and on the history of Rock music.
|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|
|47||Edging The Estuary||2013||Seren|
|48||The Roots Of Rock From Cardiff To Mississippi And Back||2016||Seren|