Publication date: 31/07/2008
The international quarterly Poetry Wales has a new Editor and her first issue is out now. With the appointment of Dr Zoë Skoulding to the post, the editorial base of the magazine moves from south Wales to Bangor. Zoë, who has lived in the area since 1991, will be editing the magazine from Bangor University, where she is Research Fellow in the School of English and Co-ordinator of part-time BA and MA courses in literature and writing in the College of Education and Lifelong Learning.
"I am excited about the future of this magazine, which has built up strong international relationships under Robert Minhinnick's editorship. What do these mean for English-language poetry in Wales? As I read through the submissions that arrive every week, I am more and more convinced that there is not so much a singular 'poetry' of Wales than a multiplicity of poetries with sharply differing perspectives on language and place. Poetry Wales is a magazine in which these voices can be brought into a conversation that has relevance within and beyond Wales," Said Dr Zoë Skoulding.
Zoë's experience in Lifelong Learning has convinced her that there is plenty of new talent to be discovered in Welsh writing. "For several years I have taught creative writing to adults who come to study part-time and I am often amazed by the way in which writers can suddenly gain confidence and produce extraordinary work. I hope that the relationship of this international magazine with north Wales will contribute towards the collective confidence and enthusiasm of writers in this area, and strengthen their connections with what is happening further afield."
The rich bilingual context of north Wales also has much to offer as a context for the magazine. Although the magazine focuses mainly on writing in English, Dr Fflur Dafydd of Swansea University will be joining it in September as Welsh-language Editor, and hopes to create more dialogue between the poetries of the two languages.
Zoë's first editorial comments that: "The poems, reviews and features will continue to reflect the diversity of a magazine that has in the past offered a located perspective on ever-expanding horizons. It remains committed to publishing the best poetry from Wales alongside that from elsewhere, and to developing the conversations that might emerge between the two. It also remains open to the kinds of risk and surprise that are necessary to maintain a lively writing culture."
Dr Brec'hed Piette, Director of Lifelong Learning at Bangor University said 'We are delighted that a member of staff of the university is undertaking this prestigious editorship. Lifelong Learning and school of English creative writing students will benefit enormously from Zoe's innovative work and wide range of contacts gained through the editorship of Poetry Wales.'