Nerys Williams


Originally from West Wales, I live in Kells, Co Meath.

I have published poems and essays widely. My first volume, Sound Archive (Seren, 2011), was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis (Forward) prize and won the Strong (Irish) first volume prize in 2012. I also won the Ted McNulty Poetry Prize (Poetry Ireland) a little time ago. In May 2017 I was poet is residence at Passa Porta, Brussels as part of the Welsh Government’s Poetry of Loss / Barddoniaeth Colled centernary commemoration of Welsh language poet Hedd Wyn.

I lecture in American Literature at University College, Dublin. Other single authored books include  A Guide to Contemporary Poetry (Edinburgh UP, 2011) and  a study of contemporary American poetics and Language poetry – Reading Error: The Lyric and American Poetry (Peter Lang, 2007).

My second volume of poetry, Cabaret was  published late summer 2017 by  New Dublin Press



The poems of Cabaret display a stong imagism and an engaging ‘I’ voice  that sometimes subverts expectations, allowing for a shift into more collective concerns. In addition her deft handling of soundplay (especially the use of alliteration and assonance) greatly add to the experience of the poem as art.

Michael S. Bengal  Poetry Ireland Trumpet (Winter 2018)

Williams’s language  is punchy, a deft mixture  of the erudite and the vernacular and sometimes achingly beautiful. Dense with references to art, design, film, popular music, culture and performance it darts  fire-fly-like, left, right and centre…

A polymath of the first order, Williams clearly knows her stuff.

Ellen Bell Poetry Wales (Spring 2018)

Nerys Williams’s Cabaret is a poetry book in three acts. Like the German Kabarett of the 1920s and ’30s, it is as concerned with politics as it is with performance and song.In particular it probes the uneasy relation of culture to capital…

Even the book itself is presented as a precious objet d’art, an A6 ivory quarto whose title is embossed in gold type

Link to: Dublin Review of Books (February 2018)


I am currently researching an academic  study on the relationship between American poets and BBC radio

(primarily on the 3rd Programme).

Also,  I am writing a procedural memoir/ fictive, cross genre-volume which examines the 1980s and 1990s alternative music, political protest  and living  in a minority language  (viewed from a 21st century perspective in Ireland).

This is provisionally  entitled Another Music