Just Another Poet

is Wales' first Youtube poetry channel founded by Taz Rahman in May 2019 to widen access to contemporary poets.

The channel received its first literary commission in April 2020 from Literature Wales and subsequently, the 'New Audience Creation' grants 2022-23 and 2023-24 from the Books Council of Wales' which have supported programming with a wider focus on promoting the whole poetry publishing apparatus and exploring ways of connecting diverse new audiences to contemporary poets. 

The advisory board for the channel: Welsh poets Natalie Ann Holborow, Suzanne Iuppa, Indian poet Jonaki Ray, nature writer Lottie Williams, novelist Hammad Rind, Welsh-language biographer Alun Gibbard, and contemporary Caucasus culture expert Dr. Neil Watson.


2024 In the Pipeline:
 
I am delighted to say that the Books Council of Wales has continued to offer funding support to the Just Another Poet channel from the third annual round of the New Audience Fun. Exciting episodes of interviews and documentaries are in the pipeline featuring established and emerging names from Wales! 
 
Most Recently Uploaded Programmes Available to watch:  
 
12th June 2024 - Seren Esgynnol / Rising Star - featuring Phil Jones

2nd June 2024 -  Seren Esgynnol / Rising Star - featuring Bethany Handley

1st June 2024 -  eren Esgynnol / Rising Star - featuring Leigh Manley

28th May 2024 - Seren Esgynnol / Rising Star - featuring Laura Sheldon

1st March 2024 - Writing Wales: New Perspectives with Sophie Buchaillard & Katie Munnik

8th February 2024 - A 'creative writing' author chat: Janet Laugharne and Sophie Buchaillard

26th January - Exposé: The Welshness of Dylan Thomas - Alun Gibbard explores Dylan's reputation via in-depth discussions with T James Jones, former Archdruid, and the American Dylan expert David Lloyd

14th December 2023 - Exposé: The Cardiff Poetry Scene (from 60s to the 90s) conversation between veteran poets Robert Walton and Tôpher Mills 

5th December 2023 - Poet Interview with Abigail Parry, shortlisted for the 2023 T S Eliot Prize

23rd November - Severn Bridge at Clifton Litfest 2023 featuring Abeer Ameer, Rhian Edwards, Caleb Perkin and Kay Lyons (Wales meets south west England)

5th November 2023 - Book Launch: Yer Ower Voices! Culture Matters Dialect Poems in Welsh and English from Cymru. Filmed at Cardiff Central Library

 
19th October 2023 - Interview with the 2023 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize winner Nasia Sarwar-Skuse

16th October 2023 - Interview with the poet and writer Joshua Jones, twice shortlisted for the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition

26th September 2023 - 'Exposé: Writing for Illtud' is a glimpse into how the historic St. Illtud's Church in Llantwit Major, adjacent to the 6th-century college of learning founded by Illtud, inspires the brilliant present-day local writing community

3rd May 2023 - The story of Just Another Poet Youtube channel



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 The poetry channel Just Another Poet features around 100 hours of Poetry related content:

- Poet Interviews with major and early-career published poets  
- Seren Esgynnol (Emerging star poet/performer)
- The Exposé series of literary documentaries
- 2022 Seren Poetry Festival Vlog (Snippets of impressions from literary festivals)
- Poetry readings and events featuring Welsh poets from 2019 to the present day, with over 60 hours of readings.
- Interviews/launches in collaboration with the ecological crisis-themed literary magazine Modron