Dr Philippa Holloway is writer and senior lecturer at Staffordshire University. The Half-Life of Snails #THLOS, is her debut novel and follows the narratives of two sisters Helen and Jennifer. A bond that has been intertwined and tested by the looming Wylfa Power Station that marked their childhood in Ynys y Mon. During research for her PhD which examined nuclear psychogeography, Philippa visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. This extensive research shaped the writing in #THLOS and grounded her work in exploring the relationship between the land around us and our sense of belonging. What are you reading right now? The Scrapbook,...
'My concerns are primarily with matters of perception, and the many ways that individuals attempt to overcome the recurrent problem of communication. I try not to get hung up on trivia, and at the same time I love detail.'
Wales Literature Exchange, for their annual Bookcase, have selected The Blue Tent by Richard Gwyn as one of their 2019/2020 Welsh literary works recommended for translation.
Click the link here to read what Richard had to say when they interviewed him.
Ahead of the September publication of Riverwise, Jack Smylie Wild's poetic volume of slow river prose, he was interviewed by Glen Peters of Rhosygilwen.
In this short and lovely video, Jack talks about his Ceredigion roots and the inspiration for his fascination with the Teifi, and offers a couple of readings from the book.
You can see the interview here.
And copies of Riverwise, due out on 1 September, can be pre-ordered here.
For their New Welsh Writers series, The Cardiff Review's Jamie Gillingham interviewed Jodie Bond (The Vagabond King) about all things writing. The series 'speaks to new voices in Welsh literature, delving into how they got their start and what advice they might have for other emerging writers.'
Jodie talks about her writing routine, her inspirations, and her experience of the route into publishing.