Huw Lewis is a former Welsh Assembly member and Minister for Education in the Welsh Government, and is set to launch his memoir about growing up in Aberfan, To Hear the Skylark's Song, this Wednesday 5th July at the Pierhead, National Assembly for Wales. The weekend will see Huw attending the Penarth Literature Festival. On Sunday the 9th, at 2pm, he'll be in conversation with Dai Smith. You can see the pair discussing Huw's memoir at the All Saints Church in Penarth, tickets for the event are £5 and are available here. Huw was also featured on Radio Wales' Sunday...
'There are surveys that call my age group “the childless generation”. I am 43 years old — a fact I remind myself of when I am tempted to buy ripped jeans — and, like many of my friends, I am childless. But the world is still a place where it is common to ask why you did not have children and whether you regret it. The planet still sees our situation as “curable”, I guess. But one thing is sure: if one does not have a child, one always stays someone’s child and never officially becomes an adult.'
Cardiff-based authors Lloyd Markham and Crystal Jeans have opened a bookshop in Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff to sell their new novels with their Festival of Bad Ideas this week. The Carnival bookshop popped up on Sat 1 July stocking copies of Bad Ideas\Chemicals, the dark, weird debut novel by Lloyd Markham published by Parthian that has already garnered a cult buzz amongst other top writers:
‘A dark and witty take on small town life.’
– David Towsey
‘bleak, weird, grim, cool... it will probably become a cult classic.’ – Rhian Elizabeth
'Some writers try to do weird. Some writers do weird. Lloyd Markham is weird.' – Christopher Meredith
The shop also stocks Crystal Jeans' second novel Light Switches are my Kryptonite by Honno:
'In Sylvester, Crystal Jeans has created a character as evocative and alluring as her own name. Her book is an amazing piece of literary ventriloquism; convincing, moving, funny, flawlessly sustained, and utterly compelling.' – Niall Griffiths
as well as her first novel, The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise (Honno) recently longlisted for the Polari First Book:
'Think Caitlin Moran in Gabalfa, Cardiff - dysfunctionality made humorous and page-turningly entertaining and moving.' – Tony Curtis
Uršuľa Kovalyk is a poet, fiction writer, playwright and social worker. She was born in 1969 in Košice, eastern Slovakia and currently lives in the capital, Bratislava. She has worked for a women's non-profit focusing on women's rights and currently works for the NGO Against the Current, which helps homeless people. Kovalyk is the director of the Theatre With No Home, which features homeless and disabled actors. She has published plays, short stories and novels, and was shortlisted for the Anasoft Litera 2014 for Krasojazdkyña (The Equestrienne). I lived several lives in the brief instant before my feet touched the ground. The music stopped....
Last Friday saw the award ceremony for the 2017 Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award, at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea. Writers included in the collection, which is published by Parthian, read poetry and extracts from their prose during an evening which is dedicated to nurturing fresh voices in the memory of a beloved poet and friend. Runner-up Poetry | 1st Prize | Runner-up Fiction Thomas Tyrrell | Christopher Hyatt | Katya Johnson The winner of the award's £1000 prize was Cristopher Hyatt, who's short story 'The Unreasonable Ambition of Steelman, Raymond' about a retired demolition worker who dreams...