»Yesterday I found a photo of you at seventeen, holding a horse and smiling, not yet my mother.«
from Not Yet My Mother in Intwasa Poetry
Owen was born in Fiji in 1974 and brought up in Abergavenny, South Wales. Two collections of his poetry, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill have been published. His debut prose work, The Dust Diaries, a travel memoir set in Zimbabwe, was short-listed for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and won the Welsh Book of the Year 2005. Owen has also written for radio, TV and newspapers and has toured extensively, including to the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo in 2006 and to Bulawayo again in 2009 when he launched Bryony Rheam’s This September Sun. He has since had published his first novel, Resistance, in 2007, White Ravens: New Stories from the Mabinogion, in 2009, and edited A Poet’s Guide to Britain. A film has been made of Resistance.
amaBooks writings by Owen Sheers
Poems: Drinking with Hitler in Short Writings from Bulawayo III and The Equation, Not Yet My Mother, The Umbilical Tree, Valentine and When You Died in Intwasa Poetry. Short Story: Safari in Long Time Coming