The Estuary - Finch on the estuary that separates Wales from England.
The new title from Seren. Chepstow to Worm's Head, Gloucester
to Lynmouth, the barrage, the islands, the water. Coming from Seren
at the end of June, 2013. Check here
Real Cardiff - the truth about Europe's youngest capital. A irreverent,
informed and thoroughly readable guide to the Capital of Wales in
all its reinvented glory. Cardiff the multi-layered. Cardiff the multi-cultural.
Cardiff the post-industrial. Cardiff the much bigger that you thought.
Based-on and much extending Peter Finch's books for Seren, the Real
Cardiff section of this site is an essential guide.
the original and first book, is now in its fourth printing, Real Cardiff
Two extends the boundaries. Real Cardiff
Three - The Changing City is the new one and you can check the
content here. It was published on
26th November, 2009. The BBC story and photo slideshow is here.
The Big Book of Cardiff (edited with Grahame
Davies) collects contemporary writings by many hands. The Gardens,
a typographic realisation of part of Real Cardiff Three, was exhibited
at the Waterloo Teahouse, Cardiff. They can be viewed here
The Estuary - Finch's travels along the Welsh and the English
coasts looking for just where Wales runs out - coming soon
from Seren. Watch here for more details.
City Littoral - David Enrique Spellman's film from the Cardiff
edge. See it here
- based on the success of the Real Cardiff series. A book encompassing
the whole country. Finch's Real Wales
(Seren) is available. View the Real Wales Flickr photostream here.
lieder helicopter speak is Peter Finch's latest 2012 publication.
A sonic history of twentieth century music published in folded poster
form as #1 in Antonio Claudio Carvalho's revival of Hansjorg Mayer's
sixties futura series. Chris McCabe blogs about the project
of the Now is an electronic and print collection of poetry. Based
at Queen Mary, University of London, it hosts recordings of over 100
poets based in the UK, including many unique, specially commissioned
recordings unavailable anywhere else. All the recordings can be downloaded
free of charge. Finch's extensive entry including many specially made
recordings is here.
RSAW - For his work in these areas Peter Finch was made an
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Architects of Wales (RSAW)
in September, 2007. Read the citation
Award For Service To Poetry. Peter Finch won this award in 2011.
"The Ted Slade Award is given annually to a person who is in
the opinion of the selection panel has given unstintingly of their
time and efforts over many years to promote poetry to a wider audience."
Blog with Peter Finch at http://peterfinchpoet.blogspot.com/
Finch Archive is also one of the original writers' sites on the
net. Here is collected information on self-publishing, on the poetry
scene, Welsh literary links, examples of Finch's own poetry, prose
and criticism, concrete, visual and experimental verse, a unique and
avant-garde information resource on the poet R.S.Thomas, and a lot
Poetry - Finch's
work can be read in Food, published Seren Books.
His innovative The Welsh Poems is published
by Shearsman. His fat Selected Later Poems
is published by Seren. Download
special purchase offer, three Finch titles for the price of two, here
Zen Cymru - a recent
collection pf poetry is available from Seren. More details.
YouTube clip of Peter Finch reading from
Zen Cymru at The Promised Land, Cardiff is here.
Audio Downloads -
at 57 Productions thirty
Peter Finch poems are available for download from 57's new iPoems.
You can also view a film of Finch's The Way It Grows (Phil Hayes -
camera, Pete Lewis -sound, Paul Beasley - Director) on 57's video-jukebox
along with a flash animation by Peter Howard of the poem Blodeuwedd
Translated. More work at the edge - check
You Tube - look here for embedded
files of Peter Finch performances
Second Aeon - (1966-1975)
Peter Finch's historic magazine is available again. The past comes
back to life with the Poetry Library's online collection of Poetry
and see what issue 19-21, the huge final smash, along with issues
14 and 15 (recently uploaded) were actually like. Read second aeon's
history onsite here.
Wales offers an extended interview which locates Peter Finch's
with Cardiff, maps his verse and his attitudes to the avant garde
and to Wales. "Finch is the godfather of Welsh literary experimentalism"
says Babylon webmaster Anthony Brockway. Check for yourselves.
Finch as Taliesin Grahame
Davies's tribute poem read at Finch's standing down from his post
as CEO of Literature Wales. Here
Not About Pete
Ifor Thomas's tribute poem. Here
Vizet / Water is
a selected Finch in Hungarian, edited (and for a large part translated)
by the amazing Kinga Kovacs, published by Konkrét Könyvek of Budapest.
Read here. Andrew Wood's videos of readings
from Foodball and the Viset launch in Budapest can
be viewed here
The Argotist Online
offers a transcription of Zoe Skoulding and Ian Davidson interview
with Peter Finch carried out at Theatre Gwynedd, Bangor, in January,
Public poetry -
Peter Finch's work has been incorporated into five public structures
in Cardiff. Across the entrance, glass frontage, foyer and main corridor
of BT's Internet Data Centre in Cardiff Bay is an extensive extract
from Finch's post-modern interpretation of the work, life and influence
of Wales' greatest twentieth century poet, R S Thomas. The BT
IDC is situated in the west Bay, on the Ferry Road peninsular.
To the east, running across the top of the re-claimed Lamby Way refuse
dump, is a Finch commission which recycles itself as it goes. The
structure is visible from the road alongside the Rumney River. Finch's
acrostic concrete poem as part of Jean-Bernard Metais' L'Alliance
is situated outside the new John Lewis store in the centre of Cardiff.
Look down not up. His Ballast Bank poem now fronts the new South Wales
Police HQ on James Street in Cardiff Bay. His poem Kerdif now
graces the front windows of Cardiff's new Central Library
Biography - in one
page here's a handy Peter Finch biography.
Where is Peter Finch appearing next?
Flickr - Peter
Finch's photostream is here
Slope. Visit also
the Welsh issue of Slope,
the on-line US magazine. Finch's guest edited edition includes everyone
from Dannie Abse to Childe Roland. Find out what's really being written
in Wales today.
Bob Cobbing 1920-2002 - A Tribute.
But check the rest of the
Peter Finch Archive before you go.