NEWS

March 1, 2014










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 is judging this years Welsh Poetry Competition.

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December 1, 2013




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











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






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






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








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










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

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OTHER SITES

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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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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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 can be found on the site.

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WELCOME

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

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 has been broadcast by the BBC amongst others, 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 Helvetica 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 alonside 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

Goshawk, 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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The 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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The 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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Profile, 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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Giants, 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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Profile, 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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G.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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Industria, 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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How Real Is My Valley?, Herbert Williams, (New Welsh Review, 1995)
"One of the most committed writers in Wales today"

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Out , 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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The 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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Less , 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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