South West Wales

Swansea poet and author Nigel Jenkins dies aged 64

Nigel Jenkins
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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