The multi-award-winning poet Rhian Edwards has been instrumental in Carnegie Arts Centre, since its very inception. In fact, Rhian presented the very concept of converting the old library into an art centre to Bridgend Town Council, (alongside Harriet Hopkins and Rachel Ashong-Quinn (Bridgend Arts) in 2013, as a way of continuing the legacy of Rabab Ghazoul’s artist residency ‘Art About Us’ for Bridgend Council.
Since then, Rhian Edwards has been the host and organiser of Penned on the Bont, a live literature event and open mic since 2016. She has facilitated the Bridgend Writing Squad for writers from 10-14 years and in 2015, she won a grant as artist in residence for a multi-media project called Prodigal Audience, a sequence poem, film and exhibition, chronicling the history of all the cinemas in Bridgend to the demolition of the final cinema, the Embassy in 2011.
Rhian is now the poetry editor at Seren Books, who are the biggest publisher of poetry in Wales