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), 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) and The Meaning of Apricot Sponge: Selected Writing of John Tripp, 2010.

Tony Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan where he founded and directed the M. Phil Writing course. He won the 1993 Dylan Thomas Award and a Cholmondeley Award in 1997.and was awarded a D. Litt in 2004. He has toured extensively in Europe and the USA giving poetry readings and lectures He lives in Barry, Wales. After fifty years of writing and publishing his selected poems and fiction are about to be published - see listings below...


Criticism, Poetry


Album Christopher Davies, 1974

Three Young Anglo Welsh Poets (with Duncan Bush and Nigel Jenkins)   Welsh Arts Council, 1974

Out of the Dark Wood: prose, poems and short stories Edge Press, 1977

Carnival a pamphlet Alun Books, 1978

Preparations: poems 1974-1979 Gomer Press, 1980

The Art of Seamus Heaney (editor and introduction)   Poetry Wales Press, 1982

The Deerslayers  a pamphlet Cwm Nedd Press, 1982

Letting Go Poetry Wales Press, 1983

Dannie Abse (Writers of Wales series)   University of Wales Press/Welsh Arts Council, 1985

Poems, Selected and New Story Line Press (US), 1986

Selected Poems 1970-1985 Poetry Wales Press, 1986

Wales: The Imagined Nation Poetry Wales Press, 1986

The Last Candles Seren, 1989

The Poetry of Pembrokeshire (editor)   Seren, 1989

The Poetry of Snowdonia (editor)   Seren, 1989

How to Study Modern Poetry Macmillan, 1990

Love from Wales (editor with Sian James)   Seren, 1991

Taken for Pearls: new poems Seren, 1993

War Voices Seren, 1995

How Poets Work (editor)   Seren, 1996

Coal: an anthology of mining (editor)   Seren, 1997

*Welsh Painters Talking Seren, 1997

The Arches (collages by Jon Digby)   Seren, 1998

Assemblea di Poety edited, MobyDick, ed. Italy, 1999

Dal Confine : Selected Poems in Italian  MobyDick, Italy, 2000

Welsh Artists Talking Seren, 2000

Heaven's Gate Seren, 2001

Considering Cassandra : a selection of poems and a story Gwasg Garreg Gwalch, 2003

Related Twilights: Josef Herman, Notes from an Artist's Diary (editor)   Seren, 2004

Last Candles: Selected Poems trans.Armenia, Zangat-97,2006

Crossing Over Seren, 2007

After the First Death; an anthology of Wales and War in the C20th  edited Seren, 2007

Wales and War: Critical Essays on Literature and Art  edited. Seren, 2007

The Meaning of Apricot Sponge: Selected Writings of John Tripp ed. Parthian Books, 2010

Real South Pembrokeshire Seren Books 2011

Eight Pegs - a pamphlet  Mulfran Press 2011

Alchemy Dwr/ The Alchemy of Water - bi-lingual poems with Graham Davies  Gomer Press 2013

My Life with Dylan Thomas   Mulfran Press, 2014

Poems New & Selected: From the Fortunate Isles  Seren October 2016

Some Kind of Immortality : Selected Stories   Cinnamon Press - May 2017.

Prizes and awards

1972  Eric Gregory Award

1974  Arts Council of Wales Young Writers Prize

1984  National Poetry Competition (first prize - 'The Death of Richard Beattie-Seaman in the Belgian Grand Prix, 1939')

1993  Dylan Thomas Award

1997  Cholmondeley Award

2001  Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

2004  D.Litt. awarded, University of Glamorgan