From 2-3.30pm today (Monday 15th December), Jane Parry will be in conversation with Legendary punk rock musician, antiquarian and author Rhys Mwyn on Radio Môn discussing her most recent book, Lessons in Impermanence.
Be sure to tune in to hear what happens when you pluck a family from a Welsh hillside and transplant them to a French field, and how renovate a derelict pig shed pas de finance, among other trials and tribulations of country living.
Georgia Carys Williams' debut collection and Dai Smith's comprehensive chronicle of the Welsh short-story form received glowing praise in John Lavin's recent 'Short Story Collections of 2014' article for WAR.
For Lavin, the two Story volumes are "destined to be regarded as Welsh classics", with particular praise reserved for volume two, "a bold and brilliant affair teeming with evidence of the current rude health of Welsh literature, featuring such contemporary marvels as Jon Gower’s ‘Bunting’, Rachel Trezise’s ‘Fresh Apples’ and Jo Mazelis’ ‘Too Perfect’." In assembling these two anthologies, he recognises that Smith has cleverly drawn attention to the way that these stories mirror changes in both Welsh society and "to the remarkable depth of quality in the Welsh short story tradition." He finishes by stating that this "is a depth that is perhaps not as widely recognised outside of Wales as it might be and as such this is a book to prize and to champion."
All The Places We Lived is out in Spring 2015
Mslexia reviews Second-Hand Rain by Georgia Carys Williams: 'Williams' writing is at once uplifting and upsetting - I cried twice [...] I loved the unpredictability of the collection [...]From a lyrebird to a doomed fetus, each character is completely submerged in their own authentic world.'
Buy Second-Hand Rain from Parthian (or all good bookshops on and offline).