The Seren Poetry Podcast

Nerys Williams: 'Republic'

December 21, 2023 Alternative Stories Season 2 Episode 6
The Seren Poetry Podcast
Nerys Williams: 'Republic'
Show Notes

Welcome to The Seren Poetry Podcast, a series of conversations and readings with Seren poets.


In this episode we talk to Nerys Williams about her explosive third collection ‘Republic’. ‘Republic’ opens a window on life in rural west Wales during the 1980s and 90s when arts and culture boomed. English and Welsh-language post-punk bands, politics, feminism and family life are thrown together on the page as the poet questions what constitutes a republic?  


Nerys Williams’s first collection ‘Sound Archive’ (Seren) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and won the Irish Strong First Collection Prize. In 2017 she was a Government of Wales-Literature Wales poet in residence at Passa Porta, Brussels as part of the Literature of Loss programme. That same year her second collection ‘Cabaret’ was published by New Dublin Press. Nerys is an Associate Professor in poetry and poetics University College Dublin, a Fulbright alumnus and is originally from Carmarthenshire. She lives in Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland.


‘Republic’ is available in bookshops nationwide or from the Seren website 


Find out more about the ‘Republic’ playlist on the Seren website or listen on Spotify


The podcast is presented by Rhian Edwards  

The interviewer is Sarah Johnson  

The interview recordings are by Sarah Johnson.

Production, sound design and editing are by Chris Gregory of Alternative Stories


You can find out more about Nerys Williams by visiting her website or following her on X: @achifsain 


Other books by Nerys Williams

‘Sound Archive’ 


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