Dr Dic Edwards
Dr Dic Edwards BA; PGCE; PhD
Tel: +44 (0) 01570 422351
- Teach undergraduate and MA students; supervise PhD
- Admissions officer for MA
I am a senior lecturer in Creative Writing and a performed and published playwright and published poet. I have also had short stories published. I am managing editor of The Lampeter Review. I am also a qualified secondary teacher. As a writer I have had plays produced professionally throughout Britain and internationally (Copenhagen; New York; Ann Arbour University of Minnesota; Sydney, Australia).
In my capacity as a writer I have been employed as a Writer in Residence in three schools and two theatres – Theatr Clwyd and Theatr Powys. I have worked extensively in the area of Theatre In Education.
As a lecturer I originated the Creative Writing programme at Lampeter University (now University of Wales TSD) and have been responsible for its development into the area of postgraduate studies. I have also worked in the department of Theatre Film and Television in Aberystwyth University and wrote several of their Creative Writing modules. I have spoken at conferences at The University of London, Aberystwyth University and at Gregynog
- National association of Writers in Education
- Writers Guild
TEACHING AT LAMPETER
PhD (Creative Writing) 2008-
Doctoral supervision: Short Stories; Novels; Poetry; Theatre and education;
Supervision by email and skype for international students.
I am currently supervising four PhD students.
MA Creative Writing 2002-
Creative Director; devised and deliver modules; tutorial support; final project supervision;
I teach the following MA modules: Writing Workshop; Approaches to Creative Writing; Screenwriting.
I devise and deliver modules; supervise final projects; offer tutorial support;
I teach the following modules: Imagination Within Structure (Level 5); Writing Workshop (Level 6); Creative Project (Level 6); Advanced writing for the Theatre (Level 6);Towards Publication (Level 6).
WORK IN OTHER HE INSTITUTIONS
2014 External examiner for Dan Pappia’s PhD at Bangor University
2006 External validator for MA in Creative Writing at the University of the West of England
My research interests are creative and critical, both concerning the practice of creative writing. I have written for radio, and have published poetry, short stories and essays: see 'Publications' for full list
I judge my success as a playwright by the number of my plays that have been commissioned and produced. I have produced more plays that have been published and there have been 50 odd productions of my work over the years
PRODUCED PLAYS (1990-)
2013 The Opportunist Anne Arbour, University of Michigan - Basement Arts
2013 The Cloud Eater Various hospices, London; (Opera libretto) - The Maternik Foundation
(Opera libretto) Rio de Janeiro, Festival of Young Opera, Brazil
2011 Songs for Silenced Voices (ii) Promenade performance,Liverpool - Collective Encounters
2010 Songs for Silenced Voices (i) Promenade performance,Liverpool - Collective Encounters
2009 Casanova Undone Krudttønden, Copenhagen, - That Theatre
2009 Solitude Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff - On The Edge Theatre Company
2008 Utah Blue Sherman Theatre, Cardiff - Sherman Theatre
2008 Boy National Tour: Wales - Spectacle TIE Co.
2007 The Pimp New York (public reading) - Origin Theatre
2006 Girl National Tour Wales - Spectacle TIE Co
2006 The Pimp White Bear, London - London City Theatre Co.
2005 Manifest Destiny Assembly Rooms Edinburgh Festival, - Daniel X Productions
2005 Astrakhan (Winter) “C” Venue, Edinburgh Festival - Cambridge ADC
2005 Utah Blue NIDA Sydney, Australia - NIDA students
2004 Manifest Destiny Tricycle Theatre, London - Guantanamo Human Rights Commission
2003 Distant Jazz National Tour: Wales, - Spectacle TIE Co.
2002 Franco’s Bastard Chapter Arts, Cardiff, - Sgript Cymru
2001 Into The East National Tour: Wales, - Spectacle TIE Co.
2000 Antigone Now National Tour: Wales, - Spectacle TIE Co.
1999 Over Milk Wood National Tour: Wales, - Spectacle TIE Co.
1998 The Freewheelers National Tour: Wales, - Spectacle TIE Co.
1997 Vertigo National Tour: Wales, - Spectacle TIE Co.
1997 Kid Wales & N. Ireland Tour - Spectacle TIE Co.
1996 David National Tour: Wales, - Spectacle TIE Co.
1995 The Man Who Gave His Foot For Love National Tour: Wales, - Spectacle TIE Co.
1995 Lola Brecht National Tour: UK, - Castaway Theatre
1995 Utah Blue The Point, Cardiff, - Made In Wales Theatre Co.
1995 The Shakespeare Factory National Tour: Wales, - Spectacle TIE Co.
1994 Wittgenstein’s Daughter White Bear Theatre, London, - London City Theatre Co.
1993 Wittgenstein’s Daughter Citizens Theatre, Glasgow - Citizens Theatre Company
1993 Casanova Undone White Bear Theatre, London, - London City Theatre Co.
1993 The Juniper Tree Broomhill International Opera Festival, Kent, - Broomhill Opera
1993 The Beggars New Clothes Broomhill International Opera Festival, Kent, - Broomhill Opera & Eos Chamber Orchestra
1993 The Beggars New Clothes Cockpit Theatre, London - Broomhill Opera
1993 Moon River National Tour: Wales, - Spectacle TIE Co.,
1992 Casanova Undone Citizens Theatre, Glasgow - Citizens Theatre Company
1991 Regan National Tour: Wales, - Theatr Powys Company
1991 Mother Hubbard National Tour: Wales, - Theatr Powys Company
1991 Low People Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, - Haymarket Theatre Company,
1990 the fourth world Theatr Clwyd, Mold - Theatre Clwyd Company
(see 'Additional Information' for other produced plays)
I have expertise in all aspect of creative writing and in teaching creative writing workshops at all levels including primary and secondary schools.
I also have expertise in theatre production as a result of attending rehearsals for more than twenty of my own professionally produced plays.
- 1990-91 Theatr Powys
- 1989-90 Theatre Clwyd,
- 1986 Llanelli Halfway County Primary School
- 1985 Llandelio Tregyb Comprehensive
- 1984 Lampeter Comprehensive
- 2008 Two Immorality Plays(The Pimp & Solitude), London: Oberon
- 2005 Astrakhan (Winter) & Other Works, London: Oberon
- 2005 Kid (inPlaying Out), Argraff, Cardiff,
- 2002 Franco’s Bastard & Lola Brecht, London: Oberon
- 2003 Sobre El Bosc Lacti, Tarragona, Spain: Arola Editors
- 2000 Americana(Utah Blue, Over Milk Wood), London: Oberon
- 1998 The Shakespeare Factor and other plays, Seren: Bridgend
- 1993 Wittgenstein’s Daughter, London: Oberon
- 1992 Three Plays(Casanova Undone, Looking For The World, Long To Rain Over Us) London: Oberon
- 1988 Scenes from Assumption, New Wales
- 1982 At The End of The Bay, Spectrum Press
WORK IN PROGRESS
- Completing the playAugustus
- Completing collection of icepoems
- Completing collection of short stories
2007 Walt Whitman & other poems, London: Oberon
Other poems published in journals including
The Gown (Queens, Belfast); Poetry Wales; The Queens Head (Glasgow); The Raconteur (Cardiff); The Lampeter Review
2014 ‘Distance’ Welsh Arts Review
2013 ‘Christy’ Dead Ink
2013 ‘The Memory Palace’ The Lampeter Review
2013 ‘Writing Libretti’, Writers Guild Newsletter
2010 ‘The Living Corpse: A metaphysic for Theatre’in Eroticism and Death in Theatre Performance (ed. Karoline Gritzner), Hatfield, Hertfordshire: University of Hertfordshire Press
2008 The Living Corpse: A metaphysic for Theatre, Lampeter: Trivium,
2001 ‘Wittgenstein & Morality (The Playwright’s Purpose)’, in: The Professions in Contemporary Drama, Bristol & Portland USA: Intellect Books
RADIO AND TELEVISION
2006 Guest on The Yvonne Ridley Show, Islam Channel
2004 Interviewed on Newsnight, BBC 2 (Manifest Destiny) which included excerpts from Manifest Destiny the opera for which I wrote the libretto
2003 Interviewed on Countryfile, BBC 1 (Dylan Thomas)
1998 Commissioned to write half hour film The Emperor of Ice-cream BBC Wales, TV
1999 Commissioned by Karl Francis, head of Drama at BBC Wales along with three other writers and four directors to write a major work for BBC TV
1995 Guest on Kaleidoscope, BBC Radio 4
1987 Interviewed on numerous occasions for BBC Wales, TV
1982 Guest on Frank Hennessey Show Dragon Radio, Cardiff
1974 Read poem ‘Dead Leaves’on Radio 4 programme Wales Where Are your Poets edited by poet John Wain
2005 Interviewed for Now You’re Talking (drama in conversation) (Parthian, Cardigan) edited by Hazel Walford Davies
2000 Public interview by Jeni Williams as part of Sgript Cymru’s festival of writing for the theatre. Main stage, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
1999 Subject of ‘Documenting the Moment’: series of video interviews conducted by Jeni Williams with key figures in Welsh Theatre at the turn of the century. Currently unpublished but lodged with Department of Theatre Film and Television, Aberystwyth University
1998 One of the four playwrights of Wales featured in State of Play (Llandysul: Gomer,) edited by Hazel Walford Davies
1996 Featured in Staging Wales in conversation with Lucy Gough (Cardiff: University of Wales Press) edited by Anna Marie Taylor
1992 Introduction to my play collection 3 Plays (Oberon), written by Edward Bond.
CONFERENCE KEYNOTE PAPER
2000 ‘Wittgenstein & Morality: The Playwright’s Purpose’ for The Professions in Contemporary Drama, Birkbeck University, London
2002 ‘Images and Texts: Writing the Nation in Recent Welsh Theatre’, interviewed by Jeni Williams, for ‘Wales 2001: the Re-imagined Nation’, Association of Welsh Writing in English annual conference, Gregynog.
PRODUCED PLAYS (1980s)
1989 Low People Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, - Haymarket Theatre Company
1989 Sale of the Century Theatr Clwyd, Mold - Made In Wales Theatre Company
1988 Doctor of The Americas Embassy Theatre, London, - Central School of Speech and Drama
1987 Long To Rain Over Us Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, - Haymarket Theatre Company
1987 Little Yankee Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, - Community Play
1987 Casanova’s Blue Days Bush Theatre, London - Public reading
1986 Looking For The World Sherman Main Stage, Cardiff, - Sherman Theatre Company
1985 Lola Sherman Arena, Cardiff - Made In Wales Theatre Company
1983 Canned Goods Sherman Arena, Cardiff - Made In Wales Theatre Company
1982 At The End Of The Bay Sherman Arena, Cardiff - Made In Wales Theatre Company
1981 Late City Echo Sherman Arena, Cardiff - Members of Theatr Wales