Below is a list of various magazines, press stories, webzines, publications, blogs and web sites that I’ve been published in or contributed to over the years.

Web links are shown, if available, so why not buy / download a copy as keeping these resources alive is the only way we can halt the bland, boring verse propagated by the metropolitan elites.

Also, if you are a writer, then why not look these publications up yourself and maybe submit some of your own work.

Magazines / webzines:

The Seventh Quarry
Poems: House Martins, Bay Day (Issue 25/Feb 2017)
Poems: Elephant, Bandi

Apricot Press
Poem: shapeshifter

The Journal
Poem: The mudcrawlers (Issue 67 /77, Nov 2022)
Poems: Human Nature, Over weekend washed cobbles (Issue 50, Spring 2017)
Poem: Sirhowy

WordCity Lit
Poem: Every room is another room

The Red Fern
Poem: Goshawk

Africa Dreams
Poems: Etosha to Okavango, Cabinda

SW Evening Post

Red Poets
Poems: From Ponty to Port Elizabeth, Sabi, The Phoenix Capsule, My Hometown, Bike in the River Taff (plus images from SFL), Flatmates, Hard, Socially Distanced God, Ain’t Got No Cymru
Magazine covers: #16, #20 and #27

Dreich Magazine
Issue: ‘Home’ / 4 photographs to accompany Mike Jenkins’s poems

Culture Matters
Poem: Pandemic

Onward / Ymlaen
Poem: Albert & Ernie
appears in ‘Onward / Ymlaen’ an anthology of radical poetry from contemporary Wales, edited by Mike Jenkins

Frogpond Journal
haiku in 42.4 issue

Interview with Ceri Shaw about my writing career and new book (2019)
Interview about the release of my first crime thriller (2011)

Modern Haiku
haiku in 51:1 issue

Nine Muses Poetry
Poems: ‘River Wye Weekend’, ‘Pills’ (Jan 2020)

Under the Basho
haiku in ‘Under The Basho’ 2019

Hedgerow Haiku
haiku in #127 issue

Active Muse
(Commonwealth Writers)
Poems: Eve at Rest Bay, Embrace the space between
Nominated for ‘Best of the Net 2018 – 2019’

British Haiku Journal
haiku in #August issue

Wales Haiku Journal
Two haiku in #Spring 2018

Chapel FM Radio
Writing On Air
Poems: Marrakech, Square

Poetry Super Highway
Featured Poet of the Week (March 6-12, 2017)
Poem: R.I.P. John Thomas

Between These Shores
Literary and Arts Annual (Autumn 2017)
Poem: October Again

The Dawntreader (part of Indigo Dreams Publishing)
Poems: My Town, October Again, plus 3 haiku

Celtic Life International, a Canadian publication

Celtic Life International
Review: Wales Trails (Nov/Dec 2016)
Following in the footsteps of George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the April 2016, website edition, of this quality Canadian magazine sees a great article on Dave and the Welsh Poetry Competition. (March/April 2014)

Dream Catcher
Review: Roadkill by Gillian Drake (in Issue 32)

Roundyhouse Magazine
Review: Sawing Fallen Logs For Ladybird Houses by Agnes Meadows (in Issue 44)
Poems: Lion is 50 Bob, By-Pass, RIP John Thomas

haiku in issue #17 & #24

English Chicago Review
Poem: Terrace (in Issue 4)

Prole, Poetry and Prose
Poem: Heard Yesterday (in Issue 11)

Volume Magazine
Poem: Terminal (in Vol 10)

Morgen Bailey Blog
Poems: Hospital bed, Llangors

The Heron’s Nest
haiku in #December issue

HQ Poetry Magazine
Poem: Sunday Morning, two haiku in #39 & #40

(Irish Haiku Society Journal) two haiku in #19

haiku in #45

Gold Dust publication

Gold Dust Magazine
Poem: Green Grass (Issue 31)
Poems: Like Pitta Bread, October Again (Issue 30)

Poem: Girl from Albany Road
Review: Sawing Fallen Logs For Ladybird Houses

haiku in #12

Ink, Sweat & Tears
Poems: Bobby, Merthyr Bus Stop, Quite early one morning

Poems: Kris cross, Human Nature, Death in Fiji

Monkey Kettle
Poem: Toothless

Bolts of Silk
Poems: Over weekend washed cobbles, a Penguin in Cardiff

Origami Condom
Poem: With a Yes and a No

The Beat
Poem: Skip a Beat

Read This Magazine
Poems: Grinding Down, Afternoon Shift

Gloom Cupboard
Poems: A Kenyan Accident, 41 Ladysmith Rd

Inclement magazine
Poems: Grab, Rev Jones returns home early from Fiji, Bundle

Spark Bright
Poem: Africa

Poem: Hope

Square magazine / Pure Poetry
Poems: A Kenyan Accident, Bobby, With a Yes and a No, 41 Ladysmith Rd, Fragment, Now and Then
Prose: Global Warning

Bottom of the World
Poems: Boats, Miners Dog, Glazed Olives, Human Nature

Open Mouse
Poems: Wordsworth in 2006, Boats

BBC Sport
Column on regional rugby fiasco
Pontypridd pubs review

Great Writing
A few poems online here

Tontine Student Newspaper (University of Edinburgh)
Poems: 41 Ladysmith Rd, Afternoon Shift

New Magazine (African Dreams)
Poem: A Kenyan Accident

Never Bury Poetry
Poem: Bobby

Pontypridd Observer
Former columnist

BBC Scrum V
Former web producer / online journalist
Former blogger / rugby writer


Some poets love to perform, others can take it or leave it. To be honest I always feel I’m a better listener than a reader. I also prefer to read poetry when I’m all alone, in the corner of a quiet pub, with the cold, winter wind howling outside, a nice, big log fire burning and a cool pint of HPA real ale in front of me.

John Cooper Clarke is a great performance poet of course while JH Prynne does not give poetry readings, does not appear in anthologies and is never nominated for prizes. Each to his own I say.

I wrote the poem below in response to the argument over whether to ‘perform’ or not. You can hopefully see where the emphasis goes 😉

In my experience, some poets are great writers, some are great performers, only a few, very rare individuals are both. I’d prefer to be the former if given a choice.

Some Poets

Some poets like to SHOUT!
Some prefer a delicate whisper.
Some poets like to make a   f   u   s   s
contorting faces like crumpled paper.

Some poets like to move their hands
while others d A n C e and shake their feet.
Some poets like to make you laugh 🙂
while others   d  r  i  p   death down your street,

but I just like to write
words like raindrop and reflects
…and puppies, tears and cage and yet…
It’s always your scalpel that dissects.

I have read my work at various events. Here are a few I can remember, although I know there’s been quite a few more:

Swansea & District Writers Circle, Civic Centre, Swansea
Poetry talk, plus poems: Various ‘tweets‘ from SFL

Voices From The Bridge, Pontypridd Museum
Poems: Heard Yesterday, Until Tomorrow, The Patriot, 800

Poems & Pints, Gartholwg, Church Village
Poems: RIP John Thomas, What could the world say, What took you so long?, Eighty-five year old man…

RCT Literature Festival, Penygraig
Poems: Empty Basket, Tweet

Red Poets, Owain Glyndwr, Cardiff
Poems: The Phoenix Capsule

Red Poets, Imperial Hotel, Merthyr
Poems: Macro

John Evans Creative Writing, CYB, Pontypridd
Poems: various


I don’t tend to enter many competitions but if I do it’s usually because I like the judge. The problem with many contests though is that they use filter judges which means that while your work might well appeal to the main judge unfortunately they never get to see it. I suppose I should enter a lot more than I do, maybe when I retire…

My short story, Pachyderm Hiraethwas longlisted in the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize 2024.

I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2023/24 for my poetry collection, Algorithm.

In 2022 I managed the top 12% in the Bridport Prize with The mudcrawlers.

My poem Domestic Bliss was long-listed for the Segora Poetry Competition 2020, judged by Martyn Crucefix.

My poetry collection Going Off Grid was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2018 and gained a score of 39/40 from 17 different judges!

I suppose I’d like to enter more poetry contests but I’m not sure my work is that appealing. I entered ‘The New Writer – Poetry Competition‘ in 2010, judged by Helen Ivory, and managed a specially commended spot with my poem: Learning in Gaps, that appears in Sawing Fallen Logs For Ladybird Houses.

I also entered the Rhys Davies Short Story competition back in 2009 with the first short story I ever wrote. I managed to get a runner-up spot there as well, which was good.

‘…the world of Onions is an enclosed one; specifically, a valleys curry-house at a weekend, in which we witness the clash of several disparate cultures, all of which the writer powerfully evokes with the briefest of sketches. The epiphanic moment at the story’s close is expertly done: the headlights of a passing car beam into the restaurant, and ‘the people were lit up, momentarily, clear as diamonds [and] Mohammed could see for the first time in his life’. A remarkably controlled piece of work.’ – Judges: Niall Griffiths & Stevie Davies

‘Onions’ appears in Urban Birdsong alongside two other stories I wrote at that time. I’ve only written one other (still unpublished) since then!

Maybe I’ll enter some more in future.