NEWS

June 21, 2016

John Evans anti wind farm campaign S4C television news programme on YouTube To tie in with the launch of The Experience Meeting, on the summer solstice 2016, John's new blog entry, The Gift, focuses on the main subject under discussion at the event. To mark the occassion, some special summer solstice gifts can also be found on the Blogspot page.

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June 7, 2016

John Evans anti wind farm campaign S4C television news programme on YouTube An excellent piece onThe Experience Meeting can be found on Wales Online. It has also appeared in many Welsh newspapers. Please click the link below to read the feature yourself.

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June 1, 2016

John Evans anti wind farm campaign S4C television news programme on YouTube He's back...for now at least...and here's something new and exciting. A gift for Summer Solstice, 2016! "Life adventures", exercises for the soul", "unlock your inner creative spirit". The Experience Meeting begins 7.30pm, Tuesday, 21st June at Llantrisant Community Centre. See press for further details.

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January 20, 2016

John Evans anti wind farm campaign S4C television news programme on YouTube Read John's personal views and opinions on his new Blogspot page. This time his piece is interestingly titled The Circle of Love

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January 1, 2016

John Evans anti wind farm campaign S4C television news programme on YouTube


John is set to judge this years Welsh Poetry Competition. Now in it's 10th year, the competition organisers felt it fitting that John should be the judge. To find out more please go to the competition website.

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December 12, 2015

John Evans Wales Online News


Wales Online feature about Daniel Holmes, currently serving an incredibly harsh prison sentence in Malta, and John's role in helping him with his writing.

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December 8, 2015

John Evans Wikipedia page













John's Wikipedia page appears to have been updated. It's concise but seems accurate – thanks to those who contribute.

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August 17, 2015

John Evans anti wind farm campaign S4C television news programme on YouTube






A feature on the anti-wind farm public rally was included on S4C's Newyddion news programme which was broadcat at 9.00pm.

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August 16, 2015
John Evans Welsh writer and Nicola Dodd anti wind farm campaign rally















The anti-wind farm rally takes place at Mynydd-y-Glyn, Pontypridd, the latest Welsh mountain to be threatened by a major wind farm project.

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August 13, 2015
John Evans Welsh writer anti wind farm campaign news







Wales Online has a report on the rally on 16th August to show public opposition to the building of yet more wind farms in the Welsh Valleys. John is due to give a speach at the event.

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July 30, 2015
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ITV News online have a feature on the opposition to the environmental damage caused by wind turbines in South Wales with quotes from John.

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March 1, 2014
John Evans Welsh writer Creative Life magazine cover














Creative LIfe Magazine has John on it's front cover this month, and a 6 page in-depth colour feature inside.

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February 1, 2014
John Evans Welsh Poetry Competition Judge 2014 John is judging this years Welsh Poetry Competition.

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December 1, 2013
JOhn Evans Welsh writer fimmaker anti badger film Cullwatch on YouTube



Cullwatch, a short film made by John as part of the campaign against the culling of badgers in England and Wales is launched on YouTube.

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April 25, 2013
John Evans writer Goshawk film premiere in Cardiff















The premiere of the new film and launch of accompanying book took place at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff

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April 25, 2013
John Evans Welsh writer filmmaker Goshawk film Wales Online news







Media coverage of the impending launch of the new film and book, Goshawk, has been excellent. with many interview and features appearing in the media.

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January 17, 2013
John Evans Welsh writer environmental activist anti badger cull BBC Wales News








BBC News interviewed John following a survey of Welsh farmers that found an estimated one in ten of those questioned has illegally killed a badger in the last year.

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June 9, 2012
JOhn Evans writer filmmaker The Acid Real film DVD










The launch the DVD release of The Acid Real film took place at the Hay Festival. The event included a screening of the film and a rare, live, spoken word and music performance by John and Mike Kennedy

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April 25, 2013
John Evans writer Wales tourist brochure















Swiss airline company Helvetic Airlines has been chosen John to represent the artistic face of Wales in Europe. He was also asked to write their visitors guide to Wales.

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WELCOME

June 2016, site updated and new Blogspot entry!

John Evans Welsh writer



























"Welsh Hero”, “punk legend”, “environmental activist”, “one of Wales' most talented and original artists, writers and filmmakers”.

John Evans started his career in the music industry as the singer-songwriter in Wales’ first punk rock group the Tax Exiles. He was later signed as a solo artist to the Situation 2/4AD arm of Beggars Banquet Records.

Since that time he has worked as a full-time writer and filmmaker. He has been described as “the leading figure in the New Wave of Welsh writing”.

He is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books across a wide range of genres, such as his factual study of postindustrial culture and society, How Real Is My Valley?, and works of fiction and poetry like his novel, Giants, and his most recent poetry collection, The Acid Real.

He has also written for film and television and his work, which the BBC amongst others has broadcast, has received equal critical success.

The skills he has acquired over the years has also taken him into other work related areas. He has been a newspaper features writer and columnist, a creative writing tutor, and a lecturer in contemporary literature for Cardiff University.
























































He is also a prominent environmental campaign organiser and activist, championing those issues close to his heart. He wrote The Red Kite in Wales, the first ever book published to focus solely on the species and which successfully highlighted the need for greater conservation measures to ensure it's long term survival, And his most recent work, Goshawk, was the result of a three year study of the life and habits of this rare bird which also led to him setting up Raptor Watch, an organisation to conserve and protect birds of prey in South Wales.

More recently, he created Save The Badger and, alongside Queen's guitarist Brian May, he was at the forefront of the successful campaign to halt the proposed badger cull in Wales and has also been involved with those opposing the cull in England.

During 2004, in a public poll to find the "greatest Welsh men and women of all time", John Evans was voted at number 27 out of a list of 100 names also nominated by the public.

And in 2011, when Swiss airline company Helvetic Airways were looking for artists to represent the various European countries on their flight route they chose John to be the "public face" of Wales. They also asked him to write a guide book to Wales which is given to all passengers visiting the country and his text appeared alongside images by Magnum photographer, David Hurn.

If you wish to purchase any of the books written by John Evans, or own any of his films out on DVD, then please contact us. For titles out of print, please check Amazon, eBay or other online retailers.

Alternatively, the Welsh Books Council are the main distributor of John's work and they can be purchased directly from their website.



For more information, please contact us: info@johnevans.org.uk


Critical Responses

John Evans Goshawk book coverGoshawk, Marc Llywelyn, (Gwales, 2013)
"John Evans is up there with other great modern nature writers like Richard Mabey and Robert Macfarlane, yet his poetry here reminds me most of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ ‘The Windhover’. The poetry here has similar spiritual qualities and moves me in the same way – I can think of no greater endorsement of this book. "

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JOhn Evans Acid Real book coverThe Acid Real , Steve Dube (Western Mail, 2010
"These are among the pieces that confirm Evans as a vibrant as well as challenging modern writer. He won me over, and I began to understand why he made 27 in the largest-ever online poll, 100 Welsh Heroes ahead of Dafydd ap Gwilym and behind only Dylan and RS Thomas of the poets."

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John Evans Welsh punk band The Tax Exiles CD coverThe Tax Exiles, Stuart Schareder (Shitf-Fi, 2008)
"If “(I Don’t Believe in) Miracles” was not enough for us to start rewriting the punk history books—first by crossing out Warsaw—certainly Tax Exiles’ aptly named “Rough in the Valley,” an unheralded Welsh anthem, deserves an entry under British proto-hardcore punk."

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John Evans Welsh Heroes book coverProfile, Iestyn George (100 Welsh Heroes, 2007)
"John Evans is probably the only writer in Wales today whose work appeals to a generation raised on music, TV and contemporary art. His books and writing style are as challengingly, contemporary as a piece of art by say Damien Hurst...He is a leader in his field of work. Everything he writes is groundbreaking, and touches the heart of matter in the subjects that matter most to the Welsh nation."

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John Evans Giants book coverGiants, Gwyn Griffiths (Morning Star, 2000)
"John Evans not only writes a spare, tight prose but his plots too are similarly stripped down. He reminds one of another Celt, the well-renowned writer and film-maker Breton Alain Robbe-Grillet. Evans also makes films."

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John Evans Time Out magazine coverProfile, Andrew Hedgecock (TimeOut, 1998)
"His exuberant use of imagery has led to comparisons with William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Hunter S Thompson, Henry Rollins and Cardiff-born Iain Sinclair, who has called him ‘a hot and necessary particle in an evidently grim landscape’. And there are significant similarities with Sinclair: a relish for exploring forgotten zones, high-energy prophetic prose and detailed observation of mass psychic breakdown."

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John Evans GBH book coverG.B.H. Gwyn Griffiths, (Morning Star, 1996)
"John Evans is the voice of the disaffected, alienated youth of the south Wales valleys, the street voice of post-industrial Britain rattling to its death...His style is reminiscent of William Burroughs and the later works of Hunter Thompson. It's Burroughs with graphics and graffiti."

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John Evans Industria book coverIndustria, SR, (Y Fanner Goch, 1996)
"Evans is being hailed as Wales' answer to Irvine Welsh. Some would say he's more talented. One thing is certain, Industria is a masterpiece of contemporary literature that will haunt the reader for years."

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John Evans How Real Is My VAlley? book coverHow Real Is My Valley?, Herbert Williams, (New Welsh Review, 1995)
"One of the most committed writers in Wales today"

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John Evans Out book coverOut , Chris Torrance, (The Wobbly, 1992)
"For 22 years I’ve waited for the emergence of this man...John Evans’s work represents an antennae of intense lyric consciousness, mining directly at the interface, where meaning constantly forms & reforms in synch with the tides of time & space, of decay & revolution. Don’t miss it."

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John Evans The Red Kite in Wales book coverThe Red Kite in Wales , Eric Hardy, (Liverpool Daily Post, 1991)
"...It puts the history, habits and conservation of Welsh kites into a nutshell...Conveniently pocket-size, it fills a gap in kite literature. With posters, films, fund-raising publicity and press-handouts, even red kite trails mapped out in libraries and inns, the enlightened modern public can’t be blamed for touring Wales in search of this bird. I suggest they take this little book with them."

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John Evans Less book coverLess , Peter Finch, (What's Happening, 1990)
"John Evans is very much a post-modernist applying the type of linguistic technique usually reserved for use by Americans. It’s controversial territory of the kind that will start some readers muttering about how Pound never really meant this when he advocated revolution. But if you want to be up front then this is the cutting edge."

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Other Sites

John Evans Welsh writer Goshawk film front cover Welsh Hero
During 2004, in a public poll to find the "greatest Welsh men and women of all time", John Evans was voted at number 27 out of a list of 100 names also nominated by the public. Following the reults, a permanent website was set up to mark the event and a book published which contained all the winners..

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John Evans writer environmental activist Save The Badger anti cull website Save The Badger
The website of the organisation to conserve and protect badgers. Save The Badger was set up to fight government proposals to cull badgers in Wales, but is now also involved in the campaign against the cull in England. John Evans is the spokesperson for Save The Badger and his essay on the issue, The Killing Fields of Wales, can be found on the site.

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John Evans writer environmental activist Raptor Watch birds of prey conservation website Raptor Watch
The website of the organisation to conserve and protect birds of prey, specifcally those found in South Wales. Raptor Watch was set up by John Evans and he is actively involved in raptor protection and conservation. His essay on the issue From Green to Black and Back Again caThe Acid Real film had it's premiere at Cardiff Arts Institue, Aug, 2010. It has subsequenty been screened at venues throughout the UK, including the Hay Literature Festival.

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