Peter Finch is a poet and short story writer living in Cardiff, Wales. He works in both traditional and experimental forms and is a performer on the reading circuit. In the sixties and seventies he edited the ground-breaking literary magazine, 'second aeon', exhibited visual poetry intemationally and toured with sound poet Bob Cobbing. In the eighties he concerned himself with performance poetry, was a founder member of Cardiff's Cabaret 246 and of the trio Horse's Mouth. This was work with props owing as much to theatre as it did to literature. But Peter Finch could never actually leave the book. While others recited their work by rote he chose (and still chooses) to work from the written text. Today he is much in demand as a reader as well as a lecturer at festivals and venues up and down the country. You can get into Finch's performances. There's little deliberate obscurity.
Finch is author of a number of works on poetry and book publishing, compiles the poetry section of Macrnillan's annual Writer's Handbook and the self-publishing section for A&C Black's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. He is a regular book reviewer and contributes monthly pieces on writing, books and the poetry scene to a range of periodicals. His poetry is widely published in magazines and anthologies. He is treasurer of ALP, the Association of Little Presses, ran the Oriel Bookshop in Cardiff between 1975 and 1998, and is now head of the revitalised Welsh Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency.
WANTED FOR WRITING POETRY (Second Aeon 1968); PIECES OF THE UNIVERSE (Second Aeon 1969); CYCLE OF THE SUNS (Art Living 1970); BEYOND THE SILENCE (Vertigo 1970); AN ALTERATION IN THE WAY I BREATHE (QWO 1970); THE EDGE OF TOMORROW (BB Books 1971); THE END OF THE VISION (John Jones Ltd 1971); WHITESUNG (Aquila 1972); ANTARKTIKA (Writers Forum 1977); CONNECTING TUBES (Writers Forum 1980); VISUAL TEXTS 1970-1980 (Pyrofiche 1981); THE O POEMS (Writers Forum 1981); BLUES AND HEARTBREAKERS (Galloping Dog 1981); SOME MUSIC AND A LITTLE WAR (Rivelin Grapheme 1984); ON CRITICISM (Writers Forum 1984); REDS IN THE BED (Galloping Dog 1985); SELECTED POEMS (Poetry Wales Press 1987); MAKE (Galloping Dog 1990); CHENG MAN CHING VARIATIONS (Writers Forum 1990); POEMS FOR GHOSTS (Seren Books 1991); FIVE HUNDRED COBBINGS (Writers Forum 1994); THE SPE ELL (Writers Forum 1995); USEFUL (Seren Books 1997); DAUBER (Writers Forum 1997); ANTIBODIES (Stride 1997).
BIG BAND DANCE MUSIC (Balsam Flex 1980); DANCES INTERDITE (Balsam Flex 1982); THE ITALIAN JOB (Klinker Soundz 1985)
Other works: BLATS (Second Aeon 1973); BETWEEN 35 AND 42 (Alun Books 1982); GETTING YOUR POETRY PUBLISHED (ALP 1973, 15 editions); HOW TO PUBLISH YOUR POETRY (Allison & Busby 1987, 3 editions); HOW TO PUBLISH YOUR POETRY (complete revision, Allison & Busby 1998); HOW TO PUBLISH YOURSELF (Allison & Busby 1987, 2 editions); HOW TO PUBLISH YOURSELF (complete revision, Allison & Busby 1997); THE POETRY BUSINESS (Seren Books 1994)
TYPEWRITER POEMS (Something Else Press 1972); HOW TO LEARN WELSH (Christopher Davies 1978); GREEN HORSE - with Meic Stephens (Christopher Davies 1978); SMALL PRESSES & LITTLE MAGAZINES OF THE UK & IRELAND - an address list (Oriel 1996)
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