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Professor Richard Gwyn

Professor Richard Gwyn


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 4887
1.10, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am part of the English Literature and Creative Writing sections of the School.

More information about my work as a writer is available from my own website, at


I began my academic career as a linguist, and my first academic publications were in the semiotics of illness and interpersonal sociolinguistics. At the same time I was publishing poetry, and in 2003 I transferred from the 'Language and Communication' section of the School to 'English Literature.' Since then I have published two further poetry collections, two anthologies of poetry, three novels, many articles and stories, and a memoir, The Vagabond's Breakfast, which won a Wales Book of the Year Award in 2012. My most recent novel is The Blue Tent (2019).

I also work as a translator from Spanish, and have published a major anthology of Latin American Poetry, The Other Tiger (2016) which included poems by 97 poets from 16 countries. Edith Grossman wrote that 'this is a book that belongs in every library . . . the translations are beautiful and to the point.' I have also published collections of poetry by the Argentine poets Joaquín O. Giannuzzi and Jorge Fondebrider. My most recent book of translation is a selection of poems by the Colombian Darío Jaramillo, titled Impossible Loves (2019).



  • Gwyn, R. 2019. The blue tent. Cardigan: Parthian Books.
  • Gwyn, R. 2019. Border Country. In: Wack, A. ed. Poems from The Borders. Bridgend: Seren, pp. 28.












  • Gwyn, R. 2008. The Color of a Dog Running Away. New York: Anchor Books.
  • Gwyn, R. 2008. Sexual water: poetry, Dionysus and the aquatic ape. In: Byron, G. and Sneddon, A. J. eds. The Body and the Book: Writings on Poetry and Sexuality. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 11-24.
  • Gwyn, R. 2008. Hunger for Salt. In: Byron, G. and Sneddon, A. eds. The Body and the Book: Writings on Poetry and Sexuality. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, pp. 25.
  • Gwyn, R. 2008. Love Story. In: Byron, G. and Sneddon, A. eds. The Body and the Book: Writings on Poetry and Sexuality. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 26.




  • Elwyn, G. and Gwyn, R. 1998. Stories we hear and stories we tell... In: Greenhalgh, T. and Hurwitz, B. eds. Narrative based medicine: dialogue and discourse in clinical practice. London: BMJ Books, pp. 165-175.


I teach on the MA in Creative Writing and on a range of Undergraduate modules. 

In recent years I have specialised in teaching modules in (a) narrative nonfiction; (b) general fiction; (c) microfiction and the prose poem. 

I have supervises a wide range of PhD students.

Postgraduate students

I will consider applications from students wishing to carry out research in creative writing, specializing in non-fiction, fiction or poetry (especially prose poetry). I especially welcome innovative proposals that overlap with my own research interests.

Research interests

  • narrative nonfiction
  • the novel 
  • short fiction & the prose poem
  • translation theory and practice 
  • contemporary Hispanic American literatures
  • history and cultures of the Mediterranean


I currently supervise or co-supervise seven PhD students in Creative and Critical Writing.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Narrative nonfiction
  • Short fiction
  • The prose poem
  • Comparative literature
  • Borges and Hispanic American literature
  • Translation studies

Current supervision

Julie Primon

Julie Primon

Research student