Simon Rees
Simon Rees was born in Chelmsford, Essex, in 1958, to an English mother and a Welsh father. He studied at Colchester Grammar School, then read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and taught English in Lucca and Asolo, Italy and at Kyoto University, Japan. He has published three novels, Nathaniel and Mrs Palmer (1991), Making a Snowman (1990, both Penguin), and The Devil's Looking-Glass (Methuen, 1986), as well as poems and librettos. In 2010 Poetry Salzburg published his pamphlet Animals, Beasts & Creatures which explores the animal world from A to Z. He has collaborated with Welsh composer Mervyn Burtch on an opera, Twm Sion Cati. With Welsh composer Peter Reynolds he wrote the world's shortest opera, The Sands of Time, and a piece for saxophone quartet and spoken voice, The Head of Brass. From 1989 to 2012 he was dramaturg at Welsh National Opera and now works as freelance dramaturg, specialising in opera and theatre surtitles, programme articles, librettos, and translation. He lives in Cardiff.

Books available from Poetry Salzburg:

Simon Rees: The Wood below Coelbren, November 2014. 91 pp. ISBN-13 978-3-901993-48-0
£10.50 (+ 2.00 p&p), €13.00 (+ 2.50 p&p), US$ 18.00 (+ 3.00 p&p)

Simon Rees: Animals, Beasts & Creatures, November 2010. 36 pp. ISBN-13 978-3-901993-32-9 (= PSPS 3)
£4.50 (+ 1.00 p&p), €5.50 (+ 1.00 p&p), US$ 8.00 (+ 1.50 p&p)