Ben Halford was born in Abergavenny. He studied Creative Writing at Bath Spa University as an undergraduate before completing the MA in Creative Writing at postgraduate level. Although initially a prose writer, he took up writing poetry at undergraduate level and persevered with it through the MA at Corsham Court.
Rhain and the Busker details a narrative focusing on Rhain, a hitman who operates in the South Wales’ valleys. After being assigned to assassinate a rogue busker, he follows a trail through the declining valleys’ towns, eventually leading to a confrontation in the mythical Ragetown. The following poems are taken from the end of the collection.