The winner of the 2019 Roland Mathias Prize was awarded at a ceremony on 20 June in Aberystwyth. Ailbhe Darcy won both the Roland Mathias poetry prize and the overall Wales Book of the Year award, the fourth time this has happened in the last eight years. Her winning collection of poetry, Insistence (Bloodaxe Books), is set in the period the poet and her family lived in a post-industrial city in the American mid-West. The poems explore her feelings of bringing up a child in an environment of economic, racial, and environmental separation. Ailbhe Darcy is a lecturer in creative writing at Cardiff University.
Ms Darcy will give a performance of her poetry at the Muse in Brecon on 1 November.