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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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Christina Thatcher, Essays, News, Parthian Books, Poems, poets, Wales Arts Review, writing, Zoë Brigley -

Sydney Whiteside, for the Wales Arts Review, takes an indepth look at the writings of Christina Thatcher (How to Carry Fire) and Zoë Brigley (Notes from a Swing State), finding cultural depths and resonances as an American living in Wales. "Both Christina Thatcher’s How to Carry Fire and Zoë Brigley’s Notes from a Swing State are born of trans-Atlantic origins. Writing between Wales and America, though in opposite directions, Thatcher and Brigley speak of both countries with spellbinding precision and depth. As someone inhabiting a similar position, reading these works was both a joy and an inspiration." You can read...

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Poetry, poets, writing -

Listen to Susie Wild narrate her poem 'The Carnivore Boyfriends', published in the Spring 2020 edition of Poetry Wales. Link here.  

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Dai Smith, Fiction, Parthian Books, Reviews, The Crossing, writing -

Gareth Kent offers a perceptive and engaged review of Dai Smith's closing novel in his trilogy of south Wales, The Crossing. Just published in Wales Arts Review. 'While The Crossing can often feel challenging, it is a novel that is equally rewarding. Some readers may struggle to connect all of the novel’s historical threads together due to the shifting narratives and bewildering historical ties. The Crossing, however, reminds us that this is precisely the point: "untangling the threads of lives was, at best, a fraught, uncertain process", and recorded history is, of course, never quite what it seems. The Crossing successfully shifts through the misty...

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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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