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Peter Thabit Jones

The Seventh Quarry Press
Founder and Editor
Wales, UK
Peter Thabit Jones was born in Swansea in Wales and is the author of thirteen books, several of which have been reprinted and four published in Romania. His work has been translated into over twenty-two languages.

In 2008 Peter’s American publisher, Stanley H. Barkan, organised a six week poetry reading tour for Peter and Dylan Thomas’s daughter, Aeronwy. The pair gave readings and workshops from New York to California, at many universities and prestigious art venues. Peter is the co-author, with Aeronwy, of the Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village, New York, available as pocket-guide book and a smartphone app.

He is the recipient of the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry (The Society of Authors, London), The Society of Authors Award, The Royal Literary Fund Award (London), and an Arts Council of Wales Award. He has been a prize-winner in several UK and international poetry competitions.He resided at Big Sur, California, in 2010 as writer-in-residence, returning again in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Peter is the Founder and Editor of The Seventh Quarry Swansea Poetry Magazine and the accompanying The Seventh Quarry Publishing Press. His poem “Kilvey Hill” has been incorporated into a permanent stained-glass window at the new Saint Thomas Community School in Swansea, Wales.

Peter has participated in many festivals and conferences in America and Europe, including World Affairs Conference, Colorado, 2009; NEMLA Conferences, Boston, 2013, and Pennsylvania, 2014 , and Canada in 2015. In December 2012, Peter was one of just eight people invited to meet His Royal Highness Prince Charles at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea.

In April, 2014, he was inducted into the Phi Sigma Iota Society at Salem State University, Massachusetts, for his contribution to literature and literary translations. His name is being put forward for a writer’s residency at a prestigious university in Scotland.

He was awarded the 2016 Ted Slade Award for Service to Poetry by The Poetry Kit, UK, and the Homer - European Medal for Art and Poetry in 2017.

His drama, The Fire in the Wood, about reclusive Big Sur sculptor Edmund Kara, just published as a book, will have its premiere at a Massachusetts theatre in May 2017.

Further information: www.peterthabitjones.com

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