Steve Griffiths has published six collections of poems since 1980, including Selected Poems (Seren) and An Elusive State – Entering al-Chwm (Cinnamon). His sixth collection, Surfacing, was published by Cinnamon in 2011. His work has also appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Library of Wales Poetry 1900-2000 (Parthian Books), featuring 100 twentieth century Welsh poets writing in English. Late Love Poems is published in January 2016, again from Cinnamon and a further book of poems is well advanced. Steve’s work has been broadcast at intervals on BBC Radio 3 and other stations since 1976, and he has read in Wales, England, USA, Spain and France. In 2012 he gave a series of seven readings in New York.
Steve was born in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey, in 1949 and spent much of his childhood on beaches and cliffs. His mother ran a guest house; when he was 11, she got a new job as Canteen Supervisor in a chemical works in Amlwch, the origin of al-Chwm in An Elusive State, and the family moved to the other side of the island. They moved in a milk-truck and he nursed his cat in the cab. After reading English at Cambridge at the end of the Sixties, he began a working life engaged with the consequences of, and some solutions to, poverty, inequality and poor health, first as a welfare rights worker in London, later as a researcher and consultant in social and health policy, in the last 19 years working freelance all over Britain for local and national government, health bodies, and charities.
Steve has constantly returned to the scene of his childhood for renewal. Though he is an expert on social conditions in London, he admits that after forty years he still saw the place from the outside, a boy who grew up on a beach, playing in the same rockpools as RS Thomas, 35 years earlier. Steve was appointed Vice-Chair of the Welsh Academy (English section) at the beginning of the Nineties, and was made a Fellow, forming a strange triangle of fellowships, with a Visiting one at the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Central England, and a Senior Research Fellowship at the Centre for Psychological Therapies at the University of Chester.
In 2013, Steve and his wife Wendy moved from the capital to Ludlow in Shropshire, where they have discovered a vibrant and supportive poetry and arts scene.