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'Moonlight washes across the entire, exposed landscape of this poetry collection. The ‘white eye’ orbits from the first page to the last, with a quiet, ancient glint amid the frail unfolding of melancholy lives. Swansea-born writer Natalie Ann Holborow levels the lunar gaze onto a sudden first kiss, violence at a party, memories of past love, wretchedly drunken taxi rides, and a bundle of other tender, inflamed moments. Each is conjured in imagery that aches.'

'And Suddenly You Find Yourself is somehow both meticulous and raw, as if Holborow has mulled infinitely on how best to describe the act of stripping us to our simplest selves.

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'Shoot for the moon? Holborow has landed, roamed its face, dipped into the craters, and gathered an armful of stars while up there.'

Sophie Baggott reviews Natalie Ann Holborow's debut poetry collection And Suddenly You Find Yourself for Wales Arts Review.

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#IndiaWales, 2017, Alys Conran, April 2017, Author of the Month, Authors, Bee Books, Books, Fiction, IDTP17, Literature Wales, Parthian Books, Parthian Europa Carnivale, Poetry, Women in Translation -

Alys Conran is based in North Wales, where she writes fiction and poetry. Her debut novel Pigeon is one of 6 books by writers aged 39 and under shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017. 'An exquisite novel by a great new writer' – M.J Hyland   Last year a Welsh language adaptation of Pigeon (Pijin by Sian Northey) was published at the same time as the English original. This year Pigeon will be released in India by Bee Books. Alys Conran's short fiction has been placed in the Bristol Short Story Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize. She completed her MA in Creative Writing at Manchester, graduating with distinction,...

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Booker prize short-listed author M J Hyland  read Alys Conran's first novel Pigeon as a proof for Parthian a year ago. She considered it 'An exquisite novel by a great new talent.' Today it been included on the short-list of six for the Dylan Thomas Award. It has been widely reviewed in Wales in both the English and Welsh media as a ground-breaking novel about the power of language, identity and Wales. Alys Conran recently took part in a Free Word event at the the London Bookfair focusing on how writers from the margins can engage with readers and writers. And asking...

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As spring begins it's the perfect time to make some progress on your reading challenge goals! Here at Parthian we've got some recommendations from our newest titles: Natalie Ann Holborow's recently released debut poetry collection, And Suddenly You Find Yourself, provides an exploration of what it means to be human. Begin your spring by delving into a world where the mythological meets the modern, and fairytales collide with family, fear and revenge.If a critically-acclaimed novel is more your style, Alys Conran's novel Pigeon, which was recently longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017, is available to order. Called 'An...

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Cartoons, Cawl, Essays, News, Poems, Rhondda, S4C, Short Story, Siôn Tomos Owen, TV, Wales -

The second series of Pobol y Rhondda, presented by Siôn Tomos Owen starts this Thursday 23 March at 21:30 on S4C exploring the Rhondda Valley and its people. The series will feature the book launch of Cawl – Siôn Tomos Owen's anthology of short stories, poems and essays.

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