Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers Poems

Owen Sheers is a Welsh poet who was born in 1974. His collection of poems about family life, The Blue Book, was published in 2000 and won the Wales Book of the Year and the Forward Prize. He has also written plays, novels, and presented documentaries on the BBC. In 2011, Sheers was appointed writer-in-residence at the Welsh Rugby Union, becoming the first writer to ever hold such a position. 


by Owen Sheers

‘Farther’ was first published in Sheer’s second collection, Skirrid Hill, in 2005. The poem depicts the relationship between the poet and his father.

Owen Sheers' poetry, including 'Farther,' showcases his distinct style and artistic sensibility. His poetry often incorporates evocative language, painting a rich and immersive picture for the reader. This poem should be considered as one of his best.

I don’t know if the day after Boxing Day has a name

but it was then we climbed the Skirrid again,

choosing the long way round,

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Night Windows

by Owen Sheers
That night we turned some of them off but left the hall bulb bright, sending one bar of light into the living room, so we could see.

Y Gaer (The Hill Fort)

by Owen Sheers

‘Y Gaer’ tells the narrative of Sheers visiting the place where a man comes to grieve for his dead son. The poem is a tribute to grief and the power of nature.

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