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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.

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.