In Her Own Words is an invaluable collection of interviews with women poets from Wales. The subjects range in age (from their thirties to their nineties), in geographic location, and in themes and subject matter. The interviews variously explore topics ranging from personal biography, the complex joys and strains of balancing life with art, issues of cultural politics, gender, family life, to the women's often contrasting experiences of various kinds of change, including political devolution. The challenges and tensions associated with living and working - or for Wales-identifying writers like Deryn Rees-Jones and Wendy Mulford, not living and working - in Wales' dual-language culture is a lodestone for the book.
Editor Alice Entwistle has selected for interview key poets from the last 50 years: Tiffany Atkinson, Ruth Bidgood, Anne Cluysenaar, Menna Elfyn, Christine Evans, Catherine Fisher, Gwyneth Lewis, Wendy Mulford, Sheenagh Pugh, Deryn Rees-Jones, Anne Stevenson, Zoe Skoulding, Samantha Wynne Rhydderch and Nerys Williams.