Paul Henry was born in Aberystwyth in 1959 and is one of Wales's leading poets. His new & selected poems, The Brittle Sea (Seren) was published in October 2010, and selected for Wales Literature Exchange's Autumn Bookcase 2011. The book has recently been reprinted in the UK and was also published in India, in 2012 under the title The Black Guitar (Dronequill).
Described by the late U.A. Fanthorpe as 'a poet's poet' who combines 'a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination', Henry came to poetry through songwriting, receiving a Gregory Award in 1989. His work has been widely anthologised and regularly appears in journals as diverse as Poetry Wales – which he has guest-edited – and The Times Literary Supplement. A Fellow of the Welsh Academy and popular creative writing tutor, he ran the Ledbury Festival's Poetry Cafe at Hereford's Courtyard Theatre and is a regular tutor at Tŷ Newydd, the National Writers' Centre for Wales. Mari d'Ingrid, a French translation by the late Gerard Augustin, of his fifth collection, Ingrid's Husband (Seren), was published by L'Harmattan.
Paul Henry came to poetry through songwriting and a performance version of The Glass Aisle, including songs co-written with Brian Briggs, is currently touring UK festivals. A popular Creative Writing tutor, his songs and poems have been played on BBC Radio 4, Radio 6 Music and Radio 2. He has also presented programmes for BBC Radio Wales, Radio 3 and Radio 4.