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Rebecca F. John's short story 'Moon Dog' is one of three stories shortlisted for the PEN International/New Voices Award 2015. The award is designed to provide a space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work and encourage new writing in the countries where PEN operates. All candidates must be nominated by their local PEN centre and cannot submit entries directly.

The other shortlisted entrants are Lea Sauer (German PEN) and Sophie Prévost (PEN Québec).

The three-person shortlist will be heading to the 81st PEN International Congress in Quebec on 14th October where the winner will be announced and the award presented.

Have a gander at Jane Parry's fabulous new author video! In it Jane tells the story of her time exploring barn-dwelling and buddhism in Brittany and reads from her book Lessons in Impermanence – the perfect summer read if you dream of packing the rat race in for the good life. Unfortunately, as Jane would find, the reality doesn't always live up to the ideal...

Author of some 220 scientific papers and three books on butterflies, John Tennent served in the British Army between 1967 and 1991, mostly overseas. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours List in 1981 for work in Belize, and made a Member of the Order of Logohu in the Papua New Guinea New Years Honours List in 2015, for research into Pacific butterfly taxonomy.

Gareth Williams was born and brought up in Barry, and is a graduate of the universities of Oxford, London and Chicago. In 1970 he became a lecturer at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he became Professor of History before in 2001 moving to the University of Glamorgan where he is Director of the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Wales.

Between 2008–2011, Nick Fisk was the editor of Cardiff-based poetry and writers’ magazine, Square, which was a product of the Square Writers’ Circle. A poet himself (who describes his poetry as “not as cheap as Tesco Value but not as pretentious as Tesco Finest”), he has particular flair for performance and slam poetry, and was a finalist in the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry in 2009.

Tattoo on Crow Street is Kate Noakes’ fifth collection of poetry. Her website boomslangpoetry.blogspot.com is archived by the National Library of Wales. She lives and writes in Paris and London.

Landeg White was born in south Wales and lives in Portugal, having taken in along the way universities in Trinidad, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Zambia and York. His books include studies of V. S. Naipaul; of Mozambican and Malawian history; and of southern African praise poetry; along with seven collections of poetry including Where the Angolans are Playing Football (Parthian, 2003) and Arab Work (Parthian, 2006).

Gary Raymond is from Newport in south Wales. He writes on a wide range of subjects from literature to film to current affairs, is editor of Wales Arts Review, and is a university lecturer in English and Creative Writing.

Mark Blayney won the Somerset Maugham Prize for Two Kinds of Silence. His story ‘The Murder of Dylan Thomas’ was a Seren Short Story of the Month and he’s published poems and stories in Agenda, Poetry Wales, The Interpreter’s House, The London Magazine and the delinquent.

Norman Schwenk was born and grew up in Nebraska and was educated in the USA. He taught literature and writing at the University of Pennsylvania, Uppsala University in Sweden and Cardiff University in Wales. Norman has been writing and publishing verse in the US and the UK for more than 60 years. His most recent collections are The More Deceived: poems about love and lovers (2005) and Cadillac Temple: haiku sequences (2010). Married to the Welsh writer Deborah Kay Davies, he lives in Cardiff.