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2018, Baltic Series, Baltics, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, London Book Fair, News, novel, Parthian Baltic, Parthian Books, Poems, poets, Translation, Vilnius -

The three Baltic states will be the market focus for the 2018 London Book Fair, just one part of a year-long programme to commemorate a century of independence for each country. This focus brings an opportunity to delve into the tangles of literary history, and to appreciate the contemporary cultural landscapes of these lesser-known countries.

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Better Houses, bristol, free, gig, poetry -

New Welsh Review Reviewed Better Houses: Wild clearly has a sense of fun. Her poem, ‘Pub Crawl Date’ – cataloguing a nine-pint epic evening out – had me chuckling out loud. So too, ‘The Bed Testers’. But, in my view, Wild is at her best when she is more serious and, to this end, there were several stand-out poems. [...] Similarly, there is a Plath-like forensic quality to ‘The Lash Museum’ which I also really enjoyed. It opens with ‘A gutsy Cornish wind / slammed the caravan door shut, / skinning a birthmark, / my head / a blood fountain.’...

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Author of the Month, interview, Ironopolis, New Writers -

Early in the writing of Ironopolis, I scribbled a line in one of my notebooks. I don’t know if it’s a quote or if I made it up: people arranged into fixed social settings by unseen forces. All this stuff was swirling about in my head when I started the book. What I learned lit a fire of rage in me that propelled the narratives I was piecing together.

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Author of the Month, Fiction, Library of Wales, Short Stories, Wales -

With Selected Stories, Rhys Davies further proves his indelible impact on Welsh literature, writing working class fiction about the Rhondda Valley, his home, seldom deemed worthy of literary attention before he came along.

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See Susie Wild read from her new poetry collection Better Houses in Cardiff and Newport this month. Firstly here: NEW POETS: SHOWCASE Emily Blewitt, David Foster-Morgan, Susie Wild, Katherine Stansfield, Stephen Payne. Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack introduces these mostly Cardiff-based poets who have all published acclaimed first collections in recent years. Duration: 1 hour Location: The Pantry Cafe, Cornerstone, Charles Street, Cardiff Type: Poetry reading For event information contact Amy Wack: 07943-819271 Buy £5 tickets ...and then here:

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