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I've got five pieces (a blend of prose poem and flash fiction) on the site Anti-Heroin Chic  today. They are all from a new manuscript called How the World was Made.
It's a great site, a collective literary journal of poetry, photography, stories, essays, and visual art, along with interviews of artists and songwriters, put out by poet
James Diaz.
There's a different poet or interview with an artist or songwriter every day. 
Just in the last week I've discovered two fascinating artists: Lola Gil (scroll down to 9/18/2016) and Elizabeth Shupe (scroll down to 9/16/2016). 
I discovered the site through the poet Miriam Sagan. You can find some great poems of hers on the site here.

Here's the beginning of one of the pieces:

Near the Border

See Siôn Tomos Owen make an appearance on SC4's Heno here. He talks about his forthcoming book Cawl with actor Jeremi Cockram around the 44.40 mark. The interview is in Welsh, but English subtitles are available.

Join us at the book launch for Cawl at the suitable setting of Treorchy Rugby Club on 12 October at 7 PM! More information about the event can be found here

Follow Siôn on Twitter for all the latest updates about Cawl and his other projects: @sionmun

Mari Ellis Dunning, winner of the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award 2016, recently appeared in the Western Mail in the Author's Notes section to talk about her Welsh heritage, longing for home, and what she's currently working on.

Rebbecca Ray and Hilary Shepherd invite everyone who has just begun to write fiction, is writing a novel, or simply needs to find fresh creative energy, to a four-day writing retreat designed to provide the space and stimulus to spark your imagination.

Join us at 3 PM on Saturday 8 October at the Penarth Literature Festival for a great opportunity to hear historian and biographer Angela V. John talk about her latest book, The Actors' Crucible: Port Talbot and the Making of Burton, Hopkins, Sheen and All the Others (Parthian, 2015).

The poet and novelist, Michaela Kahn, has a new blog called The Fulcrum and the Bear. 

  I've posted the beginning of it here and added a link to her blog. Read it. It's short. And includes one of my favorite poems of hers. 

What is the fulcrum & the bear?

A bit of a strange name for a blog I suppose – when I first thought of the idea for a blog and was tossing around names, I kept coming back to a poem I wrote a few years ago – published in this year’s Santa Fe Literary Review (out now). The more I kept thinking about the poem, the more I thought that it holds within it the seeds of a philosophy - a way of looking at the world - that is what I would want for my blog.

To me the poem is about an urge toward change – not just political or economic change - but a shift of perception that touches on everything. In the world of my poem the fulcrum of this change is not from the world of technology, not made from the usual materials of our current age  – it is something from the earth itself: a chthonic energy....   

You can find the rest  here.
You can find another poem of hers, on this blog,

The origins of a day honoring those who do the work of the world can be traced to Chicago on May 1st, 1886. There was a general strike that day, led by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, pushing for an eight-hour work day. At the time, regular shifts were from 10 to 16 hours a day. If you were injured or killed on the job (which happened quite frequently) there was no compensation. "If you can't work, buddy, then you starve."
On May 4, there was a related labor rally held in Haymarket Square, in Chicago, organized by several anarchist groups. When the rally was breaking up, someone threw a bomb. Seven policemen were killed in the blast. The explosion touched off a police shooting spree. No one knows how many were wounded or killed by the police.The bomber was never caught.

Haymarket Massacre

I recently finished a short novel, along with a book of prose poems. And so, what better way to celebrate literary fiction and poetry than by posting a series of Sci-Fi stories over the next two months?

The one below, Tribute, came to me as an image in a dream. For the most part, whenever I try to transform dream imagery into a story, it doesn't work. This time, though, I woke up, put down the image, wrote the outline a couple days later, and the story was finished within a week. (That's rare for me. Usually short stories tend to take an inordinate amount of time from conception to finished product.) The story is about fate - among other things. I ended up liking this world so much that I wrote five more stories that take place on this particular planet, all featuring the desert carrion bird, the scoryax. 
This story was first published in Interzone, the UK's longest running Sci-Fi magazine. The illustration below, by Richard Wagner, was featured with the story.

'This is a remarkable book and important book. One would expect no less from Peter Lord who has devoted his career to advocating the visual culture of Wales. In presenting a history of Welsh art in one accessible volume, the author has succeeded both from an academic standpoint and from the point of view of the general reader. This is a thought-provoking book and its content both verbal and visual is given the high design and production values that it merits. In short, it is a book that will stand the test of time.'

Look, here's Gwenno Dafydd meeting Nicola Sturgeon in Bute House, home of the First Minister of Scotland in Edinburgh in an official reception to celebrate all the cultural festivities in the city over the summer.

She received a copy of Gwenno's book 'Stand Up & Sock it to them Sister. Funny, Feisty Females' which was launched that afternoon at Footlights Bar & Grill.