'Sheers is a vivid, sensuous writer'
- Helen Dunmore
Owen Sheers is a Welsh poet, author and scriptwriter. He has published two poetry collections, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill which won a Somerset Maugham Award. His debut prose work The Dust Diaries, a non-fiction narrative set in Zimbabwe won the Welsh Book of the Year 2005. Owen’s first novel, Resistance has been translated into ten languages. Owen co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation, released in the UK in 2011. In 2009 he published the novella White Ravens, a contemporary response to the myth of Branwen Daughter of Llyr, as part of Seren's 'New Stories from the Mabinogion' series.
Owen’s theatrical writing includes his libretto for Rachel Portman’s oratorio, The Water Diviner’s Tale, which premiered at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms in 2007. Unicorns, almost, a one man play about the life and work of WWII poet Keith Douglas, was developed with Old Vic, New Voices. In Easter 2011 Owen wrote the script and novelisation (The Gospel of Us) for The Passion, National Theatre of Wales’ 72 hour site-specific production in Port Talbot staring and directed by Michael Sheen, The Observer described the production as ‘the theatrical event of the decade’. Owen’s short play The Fair & Tender was performed as part of the Bush Theatre’s 66 Books.
His verse drama Pink Mist, commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and published by Faber in June 2013, won the Hay Festival Poetry Medal and the Wales Book of the Year 2014. His play, created with wounded soldiers, The Two Worlds of Charlie F. premiered at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and toured the UK and Canada, winning the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award at the Edinburgh Festival.
Owen was the Artist in Residence for the Welsh Rugby Union in 2012. His non-fiction work on the welsh team, Calon was published by Faber in February 2013. His new novel, 'I Saw A Man' will be published by Faber in June 2015.
Owen also presents arts and literature programmes for TV and Radio. In 2009 he wrote and presented A Poet’s Guide to Britain, a 6 part series for BBC 4 about poetry and landscape. The accompanying anthology is published by Penguin. Owen regularly teaches at Arvon centres and Ty Newydd. His professional positions have included being Writer in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust and a 2007/8 Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.
Bristol Old Vic looks to the future with a world premiere of Owen Sheers’ Pink Mist
Award-winning poet and broadcaster Owen Sheers joins Swansea University as Professor in Creativity
Owen was shortlisted for the 2015 St David Awards
Mametz Owen Sheers, Mametz (National Theatre Wales) was nominated in the Wales Theatre Awards 2015
Pink Mist wins the 2014 Wales Book of the Year award:
Dylan Thomas: A Poet's Guide Currently available to view on BBC iplayer: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer
The Two Worlds of Charlie F. touring nationwide from March 2014. Visit www.charlie-f.com for dates, venues and tickets
BBC Radio 4: Midweek
Listen to Owen talking about Calon and his time as the artist in residence with the WRU