Anna Lewis’s new full-length poetry collection, In Passing, is out now from Pindrop Press.
In Passing gives us a world of André Breton and street musicians, pubs and churches, immigrants and early medieval saints. The poet’s excavations from history are often as playful and accessible as they are powerful… In Passing marks Anna Lewis’s transition from one of our most promising young writers to one of our most accomplished and singing voices. – Jonathan Edwards
Her debut full-length collection, Other Harbours, was published by Parthian in 2012. The Blue Cell – poems on the lives of early medieval Welsh saints – came out from Rack Press in 2015, and A White Year – a long poem set over the course of a year in the Iron Age lake village at Glastonbury – was published by Maquette in 2017, and described in Tears in the Fence as an “important small collection of poems… a terrific poem for these times”.
Anna Lewis has won several awards for her poetry, including the G.S. Fraser Prize, the Robin Reeves Prize and the Christopher Tower Prize, and her story ‘Fruit’ won the Orange/ Harper’s Bazaar short story competition. Her poems and stories have appeared widely in magazines including Agenda, ARTEMISpoetry, The Interpreter’s House, Magma, The Moth, New Welsh Review and Poetry Wales. She holds a doctorate in archaeology, and is a Hay Festival Scritture Giovani fellow.
She lives in Cardiff.
‘By turns visionary and erudite… all evoked in delicate, precise lines… it was a great pleasure to read Anna Lewis’s first collection, which more than fulfils her original promise.’ Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch
‘Anna Lewis’s poems have a quiet, disconcerting precision, suggestive but at the same time compressed, they are crafted to last in the mind long after they’ve been read.’ Patrick McGuinness
‘Lewis’s work needs to be sought out and devoured.’ Sarah Coles, Planet