Marvin Thompson has announced that he’ll be stepping down as co-editor at Poetry Wales three weeks after he and Zoë Brigley were appointed as the first joint editors of the magazine.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Marvin Thompson wrote:
“It’s with great regret that I have to tell you that I won’t be able to take on the role of co-editor Poetry Wales. As the new school year approaches I realised that I have misjudged the time, as a teacher and as a parent, that I would have available to work on the magazine.
As recent events have shown, Poetry Wales is doing important work, especially in the commitment to combat racism and inequality, which I applaud.
Poetry Wales is one of the UK’s leading poetry magazines, discovering new voices, packed with the sort of writing I want to read, and I urge everyone to read it and support it. I wish it well for the future.”
Poetry Wales have yet to release a statement regarding the departure of Marvin Thompson. More updates to follow.
To find out more about Zoë Brigley visit her website.
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Marvin Thompson, the Welsh-based poet and Newport high school teacher, has won the prestigious National Poetry Competition for his poem “The Fruit of the Spirit is Love (Galatians 5:22)”.