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‘[Nigel Jarrett has the] ability to trawl the impassive depths and hew from them something to hold', so says Phoebe Walker in her review of Miners at the Quarry Pool in Lunar Poetry #5.
 
Walker feels a connection with the poems and describes the collection, dedicated to the author's father, as a personally reflective collection of ‘quietly visceral poems, pregnant with the peril and pain of the excavation – of all types – that Jarrett’s dedication implies.' She admits that, although the collection houses a number of somewhat difficult poems that 'evaded [her] at first reading', they are enjoyable and 'still saturate [the] mind’.

After releasing number 39 in the Library of Wales series last October - Rhys Davies' second novel in his acclaimed Rhondda trilogy, A Time to Laugh - we're barely stopping to pause for breath after the Christmas break in our quest to bring you more classic Anglo-Welsh fiction! Indeed, we have another four releases forthcoming in the next three months:

 

Several reviews for our books have appeared in various journals across the winter. Here is what some have written about our new releases. 
 
The reviewer for Little Man by Richard James Jones in the PBS Bulletin writes of a ‘compelling debut collection', one in which 'Richard James Jones revels in that contrast of the poetic and profane....The mystery builds the more we look, the music of this collection chiming in the very chafe of comic and cosmic.’ 
 
Little Man is now available, here.
 
Whilst in New Welsh Review (NWR), Prof. Tony Brown took a look at Story, volumes I and II, both edited by Dai Smith.

'Her vocabulary is unpredictable, surprising, uncompromising… She uses words as a physical, sensual act: her words don't sooth, they don't serve, they destabilise, they devastate, they keep secrets, they hook you with images passing by your face like intercity trains.’ New Welsh Review

 

January's Author of the Month, Stevie Davies, has won numerous awards for her fiction and has been longlisted for the Booker and Orange Prizes, but her writing also encompasses an impressive range of genres, from history to literary biography and poetry criticism. Several of her books have been adapted into radio and screenplays. Stevie lives in her hometown of Swansea, where she is Professor of Creative Writing at Swansea University. She is a perfectionist (she wrote Kith and Kin eight times before she was happy with it) and a passionate sea-swimmer, cyclist and walker on the Gower.

'I have always wanted to write. As soon as I could hold a pen, I was writing stories. I still have one I wrote when I was six. It is a story about Germans shooting each other. I'd illustrated it too, but it's appalling!

 

'Writing has been my life, even when I was in boarding school my energy went into writing letters home. It was my release.'

Stevie’s latest novel Awakening is hot off the press for January and is Wales Book of the Month. 

 

He was looking a little thin after the Christmas break (the only one might I add), but as we creaked back in to things in the Editorial and Marketing office yesterday, who should settle on the sill to keep a beady eye on proceedings but Eric.

He’s been choosing to nest by our translated fiction since we moved in to the Swansea office and we thought it was high time to honour him with his own place on the blog as we retire the much abused and less morale-boosting Parthian Plants.