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Second prize winner, Terry Hetherington Award for Young Writers in 2012, M. A. Oliver-Semenov’s first poetry collection, The Elephant’s Foot, was released earlier this month by Parthian Books.

M. A. Oliver-Semenov (Mao) was born in Ely, Cardiff. In 2011, he immigrated to Siberia to live with his wife Anastasia. After the publication of his memoir, Sunbathing in Siberia by Parthian in 2014, The Elephant’s Foot now explores his roles as a father, husband, son, brother, teacher, in both Britain and Russia. 

Join us as we celebrate a new generation of writers from Wales with readings, pizza and refreshments in the new Octavo bookshop, café and wine bar in Cardiff Bay. 


6-8pm, Tuesday 26 July, Octavo's Book Cafe and Wine Bar, West Bute Street, Cardiff Bay CF10 5LJ


Some wonderful burb quotes have been flooding in for Siôn Tomos Owen's anthology of cartoons, essays, poetry and fiction Cawl.


‘Good, honest, mean-minded, violent, foul-mouthed stuff, just what a good cartoon should be. Siôn Tomos Owen is a down ‘n’ dirty Welsh Robert Crumb, as exhilarating and slightly terrifying as a Saturday night in the rougher parts of Swansea (and if you can find the less rough parts, good luck to you!).’ – Martin Rowson


Pre-order a signed copy starting Monday on our website for £9.99 with offer code STANDUP.


Gwenno Dafydd has been a professional broadcaster, singer and actress since 1980, when she began her performing career as a street singer in Belgium, soon after taking up a post as an au-pair in Brussels, after completing her Drama and Welsh "Certificate in Education" at Barry Teacher Training College.

‘A fitting tribute to the memory of radical Welsh poet Terry Hetherington…gives young writers in Wales a wonderful opportunity for recognition’
– Mike Jenkins
‘The experiments with form in both prose and poetry highlight the considerable abilities of the Welshwriters published here. Cheval looks relentlessly forward. The talent of its writers promises a great deal in the future.’ 
– New Welsh Review 
A dolphin washed-up on the Welsh coast marks the crisis point in the life of a family. A shopkeeper’s daily jogs with her friends allow her to reflect on her relationships, her life.
Miren Agur Meabe was born in Lekeitio in 1962. She qualified as a teacher, specialising in sociology, and later gained a degree in Basque philology. She taught at a Basque school in Bilbao for some years, and since 1990 she has been an editor at the Giltza-Edebé publishing house - where she is senior editor today. In 1986 she published Uneka... Gaba (Momentarily...