‘Jemma L King is a poet based in West Wales. She won the Terry Hetherington Young Writer of the Year Award in 2011 and in 2014 was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Wales Book of the Year for her poetry collection ‘The Shape of a Forest’ (Parthian Books). Her second book ‘The Undressed’ was released by Parthian Books in 2014. She is a reviewer of contemporary literature for numerous publications. She is currently working on a novel.’

Enquiries to: jemmalking@gmail.com


 1. Book Publications (Selection from the past two years)
2014: The Undressed, full poetry collection, Parthian (Swansea)
2013: The Shape of a Forest, full poetry collection, Parthian (Swansea), shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize (£30,000 Prize), The Wales Book of the Year (£10,000 Prize) and the Roland Mathias (£10,000 Prize)
2014: Rewiring History, anthology, Inpress Books (London)
2014: When young Dodos met young Dragons, anthology, L’Atelier d’ écriture (Mauritius)
2014: Sarajevo, anthology, Scritture Giovani (Italy)
2. Prizes
2014: Wales Book of the Year/ Roland Mathias: shortlisted.
2013: Dylan Thomas Prize: shortlisted.
2011: Winner of Terry Hetherington Young Welsh Writer of the Year Award.
2011: Nominated for Sundress Award by NAP Magazine
3. Selection of Readings (Selection from the past year)
March Hare Lit. Fest (Canada) 2015,
Mantova Lit. Fest (Italy) 2014,
Berlin Lit. Fest (Germany) 2014
March Hare Lit. Fest (Canada) 2014
Hay Festival (UK) 2014
Laugharne Festival (UK) 2014
Harlech Lit. Fest. (UK) 2014
Dinefwr Lit. Fest. (UK) 2014

4. Reviews (Selection from the past year)
Amy Key, ‘Luxe’, Poetry Wales (2014)
Melissa Lee-Houghton, ‘Beautiful Girls’, Poetry Wales (2014)
Sue Moules, ‘The Moth Box’, Poetry Wales (2014)
Daniel Westover, ‘R. S. Thomas: A Stylistic Biography’, Gwales (2014)
Antal Szerb, ‘The Third Tower: Journeys in Italy’, New Welsh Review (2014)
Meirion Jordan, ‘Regeneration’, New Welsh Review (2014)
Gee Williams, ‘A Girl’s Arm’, Gwales (2014)






2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Jemma,
    Congratulations on your shortlisting. I’m not sure how else to contact you, but in my capacity as festival coordinator I would like to extend an invitation to promote your book at the forthcoming Harlech Literary festival – Penodau Harlech Chapters 1. It will take place on 26 -29 September. Would this be of interest to you?
    Good luck!

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