LAUNCH: Republic by Nerys Williams
Wednesday 26th April 2023 at 6:00pm
Join us for the launch of ‘Republic’, the explosive new poetry collection from Nerys Williams, on Wednesday 26th April at 6pm.
Praise for Republic
“Nerys Williams has written a ‘gold rush’ of a book, at times explosive and at other times meditative and soulful. Her vignettes, richly poetic, zing and thrill, delight and haunt. You will want to slow down your reading in order to catch every last word, rhythm and breath. Her magnificent lyrical inventions, veering from the zany to the profound should make this a modern-day classic.” – Menna Elfyn
“Nerys Williams’s Republic is a tour de force, a masterful account of the intellectual, political and personal development of a young woman from Welsh-speaking rural Wales out in the world. Pitched against nostalgia, Nerys Williams’s prose poems are tough-minded, shrewd and hugely evocative of the times she chronicles. She deploys details so vividly and with such a light a touch that she’s created a new music all of her own.” – Gwyneth Lewis
“Thoroughly satisfying. A west Wales Baudelaire in Dr. Martens recording her oral history in a run of one-page prose pieces. Nerys Williams rolls the 60s into the 80s in a non-stop innovative rush. The music and the culture of the times are totally present. They riddle this wonderful work like a string of lights.” – Peter Finch
“A guide-book to flicking the switch on. This is a rampage of words, phrases, and thoughts which well and truly inspires.” – Rhys Mwyn
“Reading Republic, each 20-sentence chapter is a gem. Nerys speaks to a generation growing up in Wales at a crucial age. She transports you to the sounds of her life in such a way, you feel you are living them with her.” – Pat Datblygu
About the Author
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.