Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch BA, MA

Lecturer in Creative Writing


Samantha grew up in New Quay, Ceredigion where she still lives. She read Classics at Cambridge followed by an M.A. in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing at Cardiff University. Samantha's first book, Rockclimbing in Silk was published by Seren in 2001 and described by Patrick McGuinness in Poetry Wales as “one of the finest collections (first or otherwise) to appear this year”. She is the first Welsh poet to reach the Picador list and both of her Picador collections, Not in These Shoes (2008) and Banjo (2012) were shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. 

Poems from  her books were chosen for inclusion in the Forward Anthology 2002 and 2009. Awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2005. In 2014 her pamphlet Lime & Winter was published by Rack Press and was a finalist for the Michael Marks Award. Her poems have been published in Agenda, Granta, the Financial Times, the Independent, Magma, New Welsh Review, Planet, Poetry London and Poetry Wales

Samantha has held residencies at the Dylan Thomas Boathouse and at the National Wool Museum. She is the recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Creative Wales Award.

Samantha runs regular ‘Writing Surgeries’ at the university.

If you are looking to raise your writing onto a new level, sign up for a half hour session. Contact including a short story or a poem.

What are writing surgeries?

The Writing Surgeries are a one-to-one mentoring service offered by the university to help you hone and craft your creative work.

What happens in a writing surgery?

You’ll be given:

  • individual critical feedback on your poetry or prose – you can also bring along any short fiction or ideas you may have for a play/novel that you’d like to talk through

  • strategies to help you develop and improve your writing

  • techniques to discern what works/doesn’t work in your drafts and why


On the following WEDNESDAY afternoons only:

Weds 3rd February 1- 4pm

Weds 17th February 1- 4pm

Weds 24th February 1- 4pm

Weds 2nd March 1- 4pm

Weds 9th March 1- 4pm



in A134 (first floor Arts Building on the Lampeter Campus)

Contact Samantha on to book a half hour session. Please note that Samantha has a very part-time post and therefore is only in college for a few hours a term

Who is the tutor?

Writing Fellow, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, a poet who has published three poetry collections, twice shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year, a finalist in the Michael Marks Award 2014, first Welsh poet to be published by Picador Pan MacMillan.