South West Wales

Swansea poet and author Nigel Jenkins dies aged 64

Nigel Jenkins Image copyright Gomer Press
Image caption Poet and lecturer Nigel Jenkins wrote about his native Gower and Swansea

The Swansea-born poet and author Nigel Jenkins, a former winner of the Welsh Book of the Year award, has died.

The 64-year-old was a director of Swansea University's creative writing programme.

Jenkins, who lived in Mumbles, Swansea, also wrote prose, plays, literary criticism and scripts for the BBC.

A spokesperson for publisher Gomer Press said: "Wales has lost an advocator of Welsh writing in English."

Jenkins also co-edited the Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales.

Literature Wales' chief executive officer Lleucu Siencyn said: "Nigel Jenkins was a shining example of a writer who transgressed traditional boundaries, flourishing as an academic, artist, journalist and dramatist.

"Anyone who knew Nigel will remember his humour, humility and genuineness alongside his legacy - a varied and consistently outstanding body of work".

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