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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."

Fi Glover introduces a successful writer Gee Williams (twice shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year) and her physicist husband David as they embark on writing a novel together, proving once again it's surprising what you hear when you listen. How do you work together, what do you sacrifice, and how are there approaches different to their work?
 
 
The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject
 
Producer: Marya Burgess.
 

 

All The Places We Lived is out in Spring 2015

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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.'

 

Read the review in full in the latest edition of Mslexia 

Buy Second-Hand Rain from Parthian (or all good bookshops on and offline).