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#AuthorInsights, #DecemberDialogues, Author, interview, Rhys Davies Short Story Award, Short Stories -

Welcome to our fifth #authorinsight, where we present to you a behind-the-scenes interview with 2021 Rhys Davies Short Story Award shortlisted author, Giancarlo Gemin, who wrote the short story 'Cure Time'.  Born in Cardiff, Giancarlo has previously written two children’s books, Cowgirl and Sweet Pizza, both of which were winners of the Tir Na n-Og Award (2015 and 2016). He is currently working on his first adult novel based on a library in Wales during the austerity years. His short non-fiction, “The Valleys of Venice” (the story of his mother’s journey from Italy to Wales) will be part of Parthian’s travel anthology,...

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#AuthorInsights, #DecemberDialogues, Author, Interview, Rhys Davies Short Story Award, Short Story -

You know it by now, it’s day four of our #authorinsights! Today we were joined by Rosie Manning who discussed her shortlisted short story and first publication, ‘Juice’!  Before her publication, Rosie spent many years travelling, working and studying. Recently she completed an MA in Creative Writing at the Open University, graduating with a distinction. Now, Rosie works in a local library and is in the process of writing her first novel and a short story collection. In Rosie’s shortlisted entry, a teenage boy oversees a secret that his neighbour wants hidden. With themes of bullying and sexuality, the two...

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"At the age of seventy-eight Max Boyce has become a cultural icon. He has been a cultural phenomenon since his career took off with his surprise-hit, best-selling Album Live at Treorchy in 1973. It was a moment for which his particular genius was made: an instance of historical triumph poised between the successful miners’ strikes of 1972 and 1974 whose significance, the first national victories since 1912, he understood in his bones." Dai Smith reflects on the life and career of Max Boyce for Wales Arts Review. You can read the full article here. Information on Max's book signing tour,...

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#DecemberDialogues, Author, Interview, Rhys Davies Short Story Award, Short Stories -

On the third day of our author insights, I had the honour of discussing Philippa Holloway’s entry for the 2021 Rhys Davies Short Story Award, ‘A Cloud of Starlings’, with the author herself. Philippa is a writer and an academic whose short fiction and non-fiction writing has previously been published worldwide in several literary journals and magazines. Philippa has won prizes in various awards and been shortlisted for many other competitions. With a passion for exploring the relationship between people and place, she is currently working with Parthian Books on her 2022 debut novel The Half-Life of Snails. In Philippa’s...

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#AuthorInsights, Author, December Dialogue, Interview, Kate Lockwood Jefford, Rhys Davies Short Story Award -

Day two of our Rhys Davies Short Story Award author insights! Today we interviewed Kate Lockwood Jefford, who was shortlisted for her story, ‘Conditions for an Avalanche’. Born and raised in Cardiff, Kate has trained as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with an interest in writing and performing, including stand-up comedy. She has also completed an MA in creative writing at Birkbeck. Kate has written many short stories which have featured in collections such as the Brick Lane Bookshop 2020 Prize Anthology and the Fish Publishing & Bristol Prize Anthologies 2021. Her short story, Picasso’s Face, won the 2020 VS Pritchett...

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