Robert Minhinnick

Minhinnick, Robert

Robert Minhinnick (b. 1952), essayist and environmental campaigner, is one of the leading poets of his generation. The author of eight collections of poetry, he lives in Porthcawl, on the south coast of Wales.

Recipient of a Cholomondeley Award, Minhinnick was awarded the UK's Forward Prize for 'best single poem' in 1999 and 2003. To Babel and Back was awarded the Wales Book of the Year award 2006. Robert Minhinnick has also made an important contribution to environmental campaigning in Wales and beyond, helping to co-found Sustainable Wales, and Friends of the Earth Cymru in 1984, and editing Green Agenda: Essays on the Environment of Wales (Seren, 1994). He has written several further volumes of his own essays, including Watching the Fire-Eater, which won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year Award in 1993, and Badlands (Seren, 1996).

As editor of Poetry Wales until 2008, he was influential in changing the shape of the contemporary poetry scene in Wales, and in forging an international context for Welsh poetry. He has also been central to opening a dialogue between Welsh-language and English-language Welsh poetry. An important contribution is The Adulterer's Tongue (Carcanet Press, 2003), where Minhinnick's translations bring six contemporary Welsh-language poets to the attention of readers of English. His novel, Sea Holly, was published by Seren in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. His most recent publications are The Keys of Babylon (Seren, 2011) and New Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2012).