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Congratulations to Swansea writer Rebecca F. John, one of the 6 shortlisted writers for this year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her nominated story, 'The Glove Maker's Numbers', focuses on a woman who creates an elaborate system of numbers to cope with the loss of her brother. Rebecca’s dark yet dazzling debut short story collection Clown’s Shoes will be released through Parthian later this year.

She joins a critically acclaimed group of five global literary names in the running for the world’s richest (£30,000) short story prize, including the American novelist Elizabeth McCracken, picked for her story 'Hungry', the Canadian Madeleine Thien, the author of 'The Wedding Cake', the previously shortlisted Chinese-American writer Yiyun Li, chosen for 'A Sheltered Woman', the New Zealander Paula Morris, for 'False River', and the American Scott O'Connor, for 'Interstellar Space'.



Join us in Waterstones, New George Street in Plymouth at 4pm on Saturday 14th March to celebrate the launch of The Normal State of Mind, the debut novel by Susmita Bhattacharya. Free entry, books to buy / get signed, light refreshments, all welcome.
‘...a deliciously bold debut novel...
Dr Heather Williams (Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth) and Jamie Harris (Aberystwyth University) have been announced as this year’s winners of the prestigious M. Wynn Thomas Prize for outstanding academic work in the field of Welsh Writing in English. Once again, submissions were of a very high quality, and the judging panel (Dr Matthew Jarvis, Aberystwyth University/University of Wales Trinity St David, Dr Aidan Byrne, Wolverhampton University and Dr Alyce von Rothkirch, Swansea University) were hard-pushed to arrive at a decision. The panel felt that the winners’ work showed exceptional scholarship as well as the willingness to explore new territory.
Winners receive £150 each and a full set of the Library of Wales titles published by Parthian Books. The prize will be awarded at the annual conference of the Association of Welsh Writing in English, ‘The Country and the City: Rural and Urban Wales’, to be held at Gregynog Hall, Powys, 27-29 March 2015.

‘[PeterKrištúfek] offers readers a privileged vantage point from which to watch a nation write … its history,’ as Phillip Clement acclaims in the New Welsh Review #107.

Clement felt that Krištúfek’s chosen narrator for the tale in Adam Trnovsky helped to map out Slovakian history with a ‘light hearted and conversational tone.’ Clement felt that this tone of voice ‘mesmerises readers with its flat, dead-pan humour and its keen eye for the detail within the spectacle...’ It is through this ‘child’s eye’ that Clement notes that ‘the reader experiences the petty tensions and conflicts…’ Clement enjoys this ‘naïve interpretation of events.’

Clement praises the book  highly, in comparing it's style as 'reminisent in tone to Markus Zuzak's The Book Thief.

‘[Richard James] Jones is that rare thing: a poet, of variousness, experiment and surprise’, according to Amy McCauley in her review of Little Man in the New Welsh Review #107.

McCauley comments on Jones’ ability to blend together different forms of speech within his poetry as being experimental, offering ‘versatility and weight’ to the books form. She admits that, although ‘prevent[ing] the collection from lapsing into uniformity, smugness or predictabilty’ the variation acted as a ‘double-edged sword’ she wondered if a ‘running thread-whether vocal or thematic-might have offered a useful structuring device for such a short collection.’ 

Finding pleasure in Little Man McCauley found them an exciting collection to read. Commenting on the personality of Jones' poetry it was his 'ability to surprise that I [McCauley] value most,' her favourite poems included 'What Comes' and 'Snow Globe,' to name but a few, she felt a connection to the way they 'straddle[d] the 'real' world and the world of fable.' McCauley called them 'unsettling, wise and funny all at once.' 

Congratulations to Eluned Gramich who has been announced as the winner of the New Welsh Writing Award 2015, organised by the New Welsh Review in association with WWF Cymru and the CADCentre.

Scenes from a Hokkaidan Life, a memoir of Eluned’s stay on the remote Hokkaido island in the far north of Japan, has been described as ‘As precise and nuanced as Japanese calligraphy… As much about learning a language (with connotations of ‘reading’ a wild landscape) as it is about nature, this dignified and nuanced work evokes what is cultured and cultivated, and yet also honours the wild; the untranslatable.’

As well as £1,000 cash, Eluned Gramich's work will also be published in e-book format by New Welsh Review in 2015. Eluned also won a weekend stay at Gladstone's Library, Flintshire, and a positive critique of the work by leading literary agent at WME, Cathryn Summerhayes, and lunch with her in London.

There's a rare opportunity at Rhosygilwen on Thursday 26th of February to be part of a feedback audience for an exciting new jazz musical murder mystery, Alma by David Cottis and Jonathan Cohen.
Menter Rhosygilwen are supporting the writing and development of the play with a week of rehearsals and development culminating in a free but ticketed performance on Thursday evening after which there will be a feedback session with the writer and musical director.
Alma is described as a story of music, passion, and the stupid and terrible things that love makes us do.
It is 1935, in the sleepy retirement town of Bournemouth, a love triangle is played out between a love-starved songwriter, Alma Rattenbury, her older, retired husband Francis, and their 19-year-old chauffeur, George Stoner. Tragedy strikes when Francis is murdered, and the two lovers compete to take the blame. 
The show tells the true story of one of Britain's most famous crimes of passion.

One of the most readable books on rugby... a stylish contribution to the game’s history.” The Times

Carwyn: A Personal Memoir by Alun Richards, the Pontypridd born writer and dramatist, is new in the Library of Wales series and  launched at London's Brand Exchange on Friday, March 6th as part of a week long celebration of Welsh art, food, music and culture to celebrate St David’s Day, organised by Brand Exchange and The Gallery Yr Oriel Newport Pembs. Entry to the gallery and events is free to invited guests. To reserve your place, please email enquiries@brandexchange specifying which event(s) you would like to attend or call 0207 389 9410.

Swansea University’s student led paper The Waterfront interviews Rebecca John, author of the forthcoming short story collection Clown’s Shoes (Parthian, Autumn 2015).

Their 16 February edition features a page of endearing insights into how the Swansea University MA student, (long listed for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award), found her love for writing and how she has handled being a writer. It also features a short extract from her story The Dog Track which was selected for braodcast in 2013 by BBC Radio 4.