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Richard Lewis Davies is the Menter Rhosygilwen playwright in residence for 2015 and this month’s writer of the month.

The Rhosygilwen residency is a year-long programme of writing which will see Richard working on a new play. He is currently developing work with the National Theatre of Wales and Gustav Dunck and also with Broken Souls Theatre Company on an adaptation of the W. H. Davies memoir Young Emma. He is also producing a series of talks on Welsh theatre at the Oak Hall in Rhosygilwen with writers including Ed Thomas and Owen Sheers.

 

Richard’s credits for the theatre include:
 

Sickert, Supertramp and Jack the Ripper 

*** The Scotsman

 

Carole Burn's debut collection The Missing Woman and Other Stories launches at our Spring Shorts event at the Cameo Club in Cardiff on Wednesday 1 April 2015 (7.30pm). We caught up for a chat...

 

Which writers, books or ideas have inspired you?

Join us at Cameo Club, Cardiff on April 1st 2015 for a spring celebration of the short story launching two new short story collections - The Missing Woman and Other Stories by Cardiff-based writer Carole Burns and Goldfish Memory by Monique Schwitter (translated from the German by Cardiff-based author Eluned Gramich).

 

They will be joined by two more Cardiff writers with forthcoming short story collections - Richard Owain Roberts (All The Places We Lived, May 2015) and Mark Blayney (Doppelgangers, 2015). 

Gee Williams reveals her influences, guilty pleasures and childhood experience rewriting Shakespeare ahead of the release of her fifth book, Desire Line in June 2015...
 
Which writers, books or ideas have inspired you? 
 
Kidnapped— every time I read it I look (meanly) to find one weakness. Haven’t so far.
 
What influences your writing aside from other writers? 
 
How filmmakers continually upgrade their terms of narrative. Whether it’s successful or not. It really started as a child watching (unsuitable) Hitchcock films with my father who was a great fan. He had hearing difficulties and they are wonderfully visual— enough so to keep his attention. I’m not sure he followed the intricacies of the plots but I did.

Huge congrats to Georgia Carys Williams, Tyler Keevil and Alix Nathan whose three Parthian collections Second-hand Rain, Burrard Inlet and His Last Fire have made the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2015 long-list, following on from Rachel Trezise's success last year in winning the Reader's Prize. 

Dannie Abse 1923–2014: A tribute featuring music by Jobina Tinnemans

22 September 1923–28 September 2014

 

Just what is it that makes Port Talbot a 'star factory'? The Western Mail have interviewed Professor Angela V John, herself born in the steel town, who is currently writing a book which attempts to answer that question. The Actors’ Crucible: Port Talbot and the Making of Burton, Hopkins, Sheen and All the Others will be published in November 2015, on the 90th anniversary of Richard Burton’s birth.

Burton, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Michael Sheen all strode out to international acclaim from the fiery, smoky industrial heartland. The town has also produced a string of lesser-known but no less professional actors like High Hopes’ Robert Blythe and Di Botcher who has appeared in Little Britain and Twin Town. Comedian, presenter, actor and writer Rob Brydon is also from there.

Port Talbot has an undisputed claim to be called the actors’ capital of Wales, producing a remarkable number of actors since the inter-war years. This book suggests explanations for this phenomenon while also surveying the careers of 50 actors from Port Talbot and considering what its stars have contributed to the community.

Read the full Western Mail article here. To preorder a copy of the book at the special price of £15.00 (book will be £20 on publication) click here

 

We are incredibly pleased to announce that the judge for our search for the Next Generation of Welsh Writers is Dylan Thomas Prize winner, Rachel Trezise.
 
Hailing from the Rhondda Valley, Trezise has been a solid fixture on the literary scene after the massive success of first book In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl and her second, Fresh Apples. Trezise is an established short story writer, poet and novelist and also counts scriptwriting and theatre as a few of her many accolades.
 
Since her break out onto the scene, Trezise has published five books (both fiction and semi-memoir) including Dial M for Merthyrin which she tours with local band Midasuno, had her work performed on stage and on the radio, and been included in numerous anthologies.
 
The Welsh Writer’s Trust trustee, Clare Potter said:
 
‘Who better than to judge a competition on overcoming adversity that Rachel Trezise?  The characters in her novels, short stories and dramas face adversity, this is what her work is about, putting the lens to difficult lives which have within them depth and integrity. She often writes about transformation, moving forward.
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Angela V. John

Preorder now for the special price of £15 (book will be £20 on publication).

Just what is it that makes Port Talbot a 'star factory'? The late, great Richard Burton, Oscar winner and Hollywood elder statesman Sir Anthony Hopkins and in-demand 'acting chameleon' Michael Sheen all strode out to international acclaim from the fiery, smoky industrial heartland.

The town has also produced a string of lesser-known but no less professional actors like High Hopes’ Robert Blythe and Di Botcher who has appeared in Little Britain, Twin Town, Hunky Dory. Comedian, presenter, actor and writer Rob Brydon is also from there. Historian and author, Professor Angela John, who was herself born in the steel town, attempts to find out why.

John Harrison, intrepid explorer and award-winning travel writer, will be at the Truro Cultural Festival at Waterstone's, Boscawen Street, Truro at the end of this month.


At 6.30pm on March 30th 2015, John will be chatting and answering questions about his travelling experiences, particularly his recent trip to Mexico while following the route of Hernan Cortes, the man who caused the downfall of the Aztec empire - a journey documented in his upcoming book 1519: A Journey to the End of Time.



When Hernán Cortés met the Mayans, Aztecs and other cultures of the gulf coast of Mexico in 1519, it was the first extended contact between the peoples of continental America and Europe. The Spanish found cities larger and better run than any in Europe, and pyramids greater than Egypt’s. The Aztecs believed time was running down and they lived in the final age of the world. Many Spaniards believed Christ’s millennium was approaching, and God’s revelation of Americas had opened the final act: the conversion of the remote races of the earth. After the Day of Judgement God’s experiment with man was over. The laboratory, the physical world, would be destroyed. Both cultures were acting out the last days.

 

Halfway through researching this book John Harrison had a scan which told him he would not live to write it; he was seeing out his own days.