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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 September 1st, can be pre-ordered here.  

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Authors, Books, Fiction, Jodie Bond, Parthian Books, The Cardiff Review, The Vagabond King, writing -

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. "When I’m in the flow of writing, particularly when writing fantasy, I can forget the world around me and exist on a plane of pure escapism. It’s a kind of therapy." You can read the full interview...

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Banned literature, Books, Fiction, Insomnia, Reviews, Translation -

Lee Tisdale, in the latest issue of New Welsh Review, gives a thoughtful review of Bels's Cold War classic, the infamous, previously banned Insomnia. "Alberts Bels’ accessible and compelling novella Insomnia depicts Soviet-era Latvia through the eyes of Mr Eduards Dārziņš." You can read the full review via the link here. And you can buy the book here.

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Books, Fiction, Hello Friend We Missed You, Parthian Books, Reviews -

June has got off to a great start for Richard Owain Roberts and his debut novel Hello Friend We Missed You. The first review, from Wales Arts Review, has come in and it's a corker! Here are a couple of choice quotes to whet your appetite... "Exploring tender issues such as resentment, loss, and loneliness with a cryptic and sometimes bizarre sense of humour, Roberts carefully reminds us that grief is intrinsically personal, and always comes in more than one shade." "As Niall Griffiths remarks, this novel is 'a simple boy-meets-girl' narrative 'transmuted into something uniquely astonishing'. Indeed, while the...

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Books, Jack Smylie Wild, Parthian Books, Riverwise, writing -

Jack Smylie Wild's beautiful book of slow river prose, centred around afon Teifi, has received a wonderful endorsement from Miriam Darlington, the best-selling author of Owl Sense and Otter Country. She had this to say: "Jack is a wonderful writer - his voice is wonderful company - tender, thoughtful, profound yet understated, never self-indulgent. It is so hard to achieve this balance - and this writing, like a first chapbook or collection of poems brings a lovely voice into the world, subtle yet powerful. I felt taken by the hand and swept on the current to the wildest secret places of...

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