BIOGRAPHY: ANTONY OWEN
Antony Owen was born in Coventry and was raised by working class parents. His poetry subjects are diverse with a general focus on forgotten people and the consequences of international and domestic conflicts.
He is the author of four poetry collections by Pighog Press, Heaventree Press and most recently Hesterglock Press who published his latest collection Margaret Thatcher’s Museum.
His work has appeared in several literary journals worldwide with translated works in both Dutch and Japanese war poetry anthologies by Poetry International Europe and Coal Sack Press (Japan).
In 2015 Owen self-funded a trip to Hiroshima to interview A-bomb survivors and meet various schools who have been taught some of his poems. His work has been exhibited at various peace centres including the International Convention Centre, Hiroshima.
In recognition of his work, CND Peace Education UK selected Owen as a patron in 2015 alongside award winning writer AL Kennedy.
Other past recognitions include being selected to meet Irish President Michael D. Higgins in 2014 on the first state visit to the UK by an Irish President. This was to acknowledge Owen’s voluntary work on co-organising the Coventry / Cork twin city poetry exchange.
Owen is a past finalist of two poetry competition awards: The Wilfred Owen Story (UK) and The Shine Journal (USA). Owen is working on a fifth full collection titled We Are Made From Beautiful Atoms which is scheduled for publication circa late 2016.
Owen wishes to acknowledge The Coventry Hiroshima Society who have played a major role in organising and coordinating Owen’s peace activities in Japan. http://www.cnduk.org/information/peace-education/item/2254