"Initially I was interested in quite abstract questions about what comprised a river. I was approaching ‘my obsession’ (for this is what it quickly became) from the philosopher’s perspective. Before long a shift occurred: the question of semantically defining a river became less important; after all, there was no denying the Teifi’s existence, as it rolled seamlessly seaward, in front of me. This freed me from focusing solely on the ‘flowing water of the Teifi’, and from this point on the project broadened its scope. I began to write about the lives of the river: its banks, its secret places...
In the run up to the Wales Book of the Year winning announcement, Llenyddiaeth Cymru / Literature Wales are recording readings from the shortlisted authors.
Here's Sarah Broughton reading from Brando's Bride, whch has been shortlisted for the creative non-fiction category!
Winners will be announced on 31 July, so keep your fingers crossed for her!
You can watch the reading here.
Nation.Cymru have reviewed Sam Adams's poignant coming-of-age novella, The Road to Zarauz, describing it as a 'tight, taut tale of four young men heading for a sojourn in Spain in the summer of 1954'.
'For the remaining three men who took the road to Zarauz, with its dark curtains of storm and endless sweep of beach, they know that this was the place where, indubitably, their youthful dreams had ended, shattered like Guernica.'
You can read the full review here.
'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.