Matthew Francis

Matthew Francis

I am a poet, novelist and Professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. I am the author of six poetry collections, Blizzard, Dragons, Whereabouts, Mandeville, Muscovy and The Mabinogi, two novels, WHOM and The Book of the Needle, and a collection of short stories, Singing a Man to Death. I am also the editor of W.S. Graham's New Collected Poems, and author of a study of Graham, Where the People Are. I live in west Wales with my wife, Creina.

The Mabinogi

This site was last updated on 21 November, 2017. My poetic version of The Mabinogi is now out from by Faber and Faber. "Blazes with fresh and exciting strangeness." Marina Warner. Read an extract from it here.

I also run a blog for Aberystwyth Chess Club.

On this site

Writing - About my poetry and fiction

News - My yearly newsletters, for anyone interested in my personal life (updated)

Photographs - Including some pop-up poems

Aldeburgh - An opera writing course at the famous Festival centre (yellow pages)

Estonia - Travels in the Baltic republic (green pages)

W.S. Graham - Twentieth-century Scottish poet whose work I have edited (blue pages)