Tony Curtis


Tony Curtis was born in Carmarthen in west Wales in 1946. He studied at Swansea University and Goddard College, Vermont, and is the author of several collections of poetry, including War Voices (1995); The Arches (1998); Heaven's Gate (2001) and Crossing Over (2007).


He has also written books of criticism, including How Poets Work (1996) and Welsh Painters Talking (1997), The Art of Seamus Heaney (1982) and Dannie Abse (1985). He is the editor of several books, including The Poetry of Pembrokeshire (1989); The Poetry of Snowdonia (1989); and Coal: an anthology of mining (1997).


In 2007, he edited the anthology, After the First Death, and published his latest collection of poetry, Crossing Over.


Tony Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan where he established Creative Writing in the 1980s and directed the M.Phil In Writing for many years. In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded a D. Litt in 2004.  He has toured extensively giving poetry readings and lectures and won the 1993 Dylan Thomas Award and a Cholmondeley Award in 1997. He lives in Barry, Wales.

Photograph by Jemimah Kuhfeld.

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Upcoming Events



A University of South Wales & Tenby Museum Touring Exhibition, curated by Professor Tony Curtis.

The University of South Wales, Treforest Oriel Y Bont Gallery, April 1st - May 16th 2014

Arts Central Gallery, Town Hall, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan  June 6th - July 5th 2014



My Life with Dylan Thomas Talk 2014 Centenary Tour
Professor Tony Curtis, poet and critic, presents his talk/reading based on the book published by Mulfran Books in a signed limited edition.
Feb 28th – the National Museum of Wales
March 13th – the Paris Lit Up reading, Paris
March 17th – the Cardiff and County Club Lunchtime Talk
March 20th – the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin 7pm
March 27th: chairing the Q&A (with Tom Hollander, Ruth Caleb and Gruff Rhys Jones) at the Wales premiere of the feature film “The Poet in New York” Cineworld, Cardiff  from 5.30.
April 10th– the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea 7.30
May 23rd – Tony’s Dylan Thomas Art Exhibition at King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, from 6pm and talk.
June 25th Worcester Lit Festival St John’s Church, 4pm (also a poetry reading at 7pm)
September 4th – Mulfran’s First Thursday at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 7.30 – with Lesley Saunders.
September 13th – opening of Tony’s curated Dylan Thomas Art Exhibition at Art Central, Barry. From 2pm to include the talk.
October 4th – London Welsh Festival, London Welsh Centre, Gray’s Inn Rd. London (together with an Alchemy of Water reading with Grahame Davies and a discussion with Dannie Abse)
October 15th – University of Lincoln
Last week of October - Wantage/Betjeman Festival, Oxfordshire.  TBC
October 29th – the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, lunchtime talk 1.15pm.

November – Swansea University – date to be confirmed.

My Life with Dylan Thomas is a flexible presentation with over fifty Powerpoint images; it can run from between 45 mins and an hour, with time for questions.

To learn more and to book the talk: please email. If in Wales, writers may be booked via Literature Wales and their website, who may pay 30% of the fee. Tony Curtis will advise about this.



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