NJ for ArgusIMG_3479Nigel Jarrett pic for Mon CL NIGEL JARRETT

(Four images, just in case I lose my mind and am found wandering in the hinterlands without identification or portfolio. Second from left is a sketch by the Welsh cartoonist ‘Picasso’ Griffiths – I didn’t do anything to warrant selection; he was just circulating with drawing pad and felt-tip at some ‘corpo’ event I had to attend and he must have thought my phizog sufficiently lugubrious. Well, it is.)
Nigel Jarrett is a freelance writer and music critic. He’s written poetry, essays and short stories for such journals as the Observer magazine, London Magazine, Planet, Agenda, Poetry Wales and Poetry Ireland, and many others of dim provenance and solemn obscurity.
He is a winner of the Rhys Davies Award for short fiction, and the 2016 inaugural Templar Shorts prize.. A collection of his stories, Funderland, was published in October 2011 to widespread acclaim. In November 2013, Parthian published his first poetry collection, Miners At The Quarry Pool. A novel, Slowly Burning, and a second story collection, Who Killed Emil Kreisler?, appeared in 2016.
     He spent many years as a daily newspaper sub-editor, feature writer and reporter, so has known drudgery and elation. He was once thanked by Councillor Goff Miles for changing ‘erotic’ to ‘erratic’ in a report of the councillor’s laceration of a female colleague. He also spent a few years covering Welsh sport for the nationals, including a Wales-England chess match at thirty minutes’ notice.
For the past twenty-five years, and a long time before that when he ‘shadowed’ the critic and broadcaster Kenneth Loveland, he wrote on classical music for the South Wales Argus but gave it up in order to get a good night’s sleep. A few years ago, he interviewed Dame Gwyneth Jones. As she was variously on a plane, a train, in a taxi in Vancouver and at a gala evening in Zurich at the time, this was difficult.But she liked the write-up ( or ‘wry tup’, as theatrical luvvies say).
His short stories, poetry and journalism have appeared widely in newspapers and the literary press, including the Observer magazine, London Magazine, The Salisbury Review, Poetry Ireland Review, New Welsh Review, The Black Mountain Review (Ulster), Outposts, Poetry Wales, Panurge, Wales Arts Review, English-Chicago Review, French Literary Review, The Lonely Crowd, Crannog (Galway), The Moth (Eire), Staple, Cambrensis, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Salzburg Review, Chimera, Tears in the Fence, Planet (the Welsh internationalist), Envoi, the Swansea Review, Smiths Knoll, Borderlines, and many others. Never heard of them? Nor has 99.9% of the population. But  he has embraced literary websites, if tentatively and with an eye on their imminent evaporation into some cyberspatial ‘sphere’ or other.
The stories have been anthologised in Secondary Character (Opening Chapter), ( Signals-2 (London Magazine Editions), Mother’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe (Cambrensis/ Welsh Arts Council) and Tilting at Windmills (Parthian), and several of his poems are catalogued in the South Bank Centre’s national poetry archive. He is also the co-editor with Godfrey Brangham of The Day’s Portion, a collection of journalism by Arthur Machen (Village Publishing).
He writes and reviews for Jazz Journal and the poetry magazine Acumen. Since 2012 he’s been contributing the odd feature story and a light-hearted column  called Monmouthshire Meander to Monmouthshire County Life magazine. Well, it makes him smile. Since April, 2015 and on its resumption, he has been contributing to the Wales Arts Review as a music critic and – he lives in hope – as a writer of fiction and poetry and, accolade of ultimate accolades, as someone worthy of being interviewed (which he has been several times; once by the illustrious Vanessa Gebbie, and once by Americymru.net, the website for Welsh expats in the USA).

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