Robert Minhinnick

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Robert Minhinnick
Robert Minhinnick.jpg
Minhinnick in 2010
Born (1952-08-12) 12 August 1952 (age 65)
Occupation Poet, essayist, novelist and translator
Language English
Nationality Welsh
Alma mater
Period 1998–
Notable awards Forward Prize, 1999

Robert Minhinnick (born 12 August 1952) is a Welsh poet, essayist, novelist and translator.


Minhinnick was born in Neath, and now lives in Porthcawl. He studied at University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and University of Wales, Cardiff. An environmental campaigner, he co-founded the charities Friends of the Earth (Cymru) and Sustainable Wales. His work deals with both Welsh and international themes.[1]

He has published seven poetry collections and several volumes of essays. He edited the magazine, Poetry Wales from 1997 until 2008. He has also translated poems from contemporary Welsh poets for an anthology, The Adulterer's Tongue. His first novel, Sea Holly, was published in autumn 2007.[2]


Minhinnick won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem in 1999 for 'Twenty-five Laments for Iraq', and again in 2003 for 'The Fox in the National Museum of Wales'.[3] His poem ‘The Castaway’ was also shortlisted in 2004. He has also won an Eric Gregory Award (1980) and a Cholmondeley Award (1998), both awarded by the Society of Authors to British poets.[4][5]

In 2006, Minhinnick's book To Babel and Back, describing a journey in the Middle East, won the English-language Wales Book of the Year Award, which he had previously won in 1993 for Watching the Fire Eater.






  • The Adulterer's Tongue: Six Welsh Poets: A Facing-Text Anthology (ed., transl.) (2003)


  1. ^ "Robert Minhinnick". British Council Literature. British Council. 
  2. ^ Seren: Sea Holly, Robert Minhinnick (accessed 18 August 2007)
  3. ^ Forward Poetry Prize winners Archived 2012-07-30 at (accessed 18 August 2007)
  4. ^ Society of Authors: Eric Gregory Trust Fund Awards (winners) (accessed 18 August 2007)
  5. ^ Society of Authors: Cholmondeley Awards for Poets (past winners) (accessed 18 August 2007)

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