Huw Watkins grew up in the coal-mining community of the Rhondda Valley, South Wales in the 1930s. He moved to Leicestershire, where he now lives, in 1946, and worked as a schoolteacher. He has published 'Times' (Nottingham Poetry Society) and was included in the Sestet anthology (Staple, 1995).
Huw Watkins’ scrupulously-considered poems are alert to the matters and manners of the world in which we live: to its frailties, vulnerabilities and also its cherishable loveliness. He is a custodian of both the human and the natural universe, or at least as much of it as falls within his bailiwick, of which, as he says ‘you have to be patient, expectations tempered/ by that balancing of craft with hope’. Such balance is perhaps what all true art aspires to, and this is the proper aspiration of the poems that make up ‘Reincarnations’. (John Lucas)