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Alys Morgan interviewed by Billie Ingram-Sofokleous.   Do not ‘abandon hope all ye who enter here.’   Ward Nine: Coronavirus, a heartfelt and informative journal of thoughts and feelings, is an absolute must read. In a minefield of overworked and underpaid nurses, overwhelmed cleaners, and a myriad of vacancies that need to be filled, when Alys Morgan was hospitalised with Covid she was nevertheless surrounded by kindness amongst the complaints, worries and unspoken truths. Her account of the wards is of a chaotic, yet safe space harnessed through the contemptible ailments of this disease. She recounts her daily journey into...

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#AuthorInsights, #DecemberDialogues, Author, Craig Hawes, Interviews, Rhys Davies Short Story Award, Short Story -

After a short break we are returning with another #authorinsight from 2021 Rhys Davies Short Story Award author, Craig Hawes, who was shortlisted for his story, 'Coat of Arms'. Born and raised in Briton Ferry, Craig spent many years working in London and Dubai as a journalist before returning to his native South Wales. Now a copywriter, he has previously been shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story prize in 2009 and was a runner-up in the Rhys Davies Prize 2010. His short story collection The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqeim was published by Parthian in 2013. His stories and plays...

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Rhys Davies, Rhys Davies Short Story Award -

The distinguished national Rhys Davies Short Story Competition for writers from, or living in, Wales is now open for entries, and the competition’s guest judge for 2022 is Parthian's very own star, the multi-award-winning Welsh novelist and playwright Rachel Trezise! All of the information you'll need is on this link. Closing date: Tuesday 22nd March 2022. Get scribbling!  

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

For our daily #authorinsight, we were joined by Brennig Davies who discussed his short story, ‘Dogs in a Storm’, shortlisted for the 2021 Rhys Davies Short Story Award!  Brennig is a writer from the Vale of Glamorgan, who recently completed a BA in English at Mansfield College. In the past his work has been published in magazines and anthologies, and he has previously won the inaugural BBC Young Writers Award (2015), as well as the Crown at the Urdd National Eisteddfod (2019). In Brennig’s shortlisted entry, Dogs in a Storm, a mother is desperately hoping for change, verging on transformation as she realises...

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Interview with Patrick Jones, Author of Fuse/Fracture (Poems 2001-2021) Selected Poems: 20th Anniversary Edition with a Foreword by James Dean Bradfield.   Within this collection of skilfully stitched poetry ‒ spanning a twenty-year career ‒ you hear woven through it striking elements of technique, strategy, and movement. There is pain, a sense of grief and belonging that each creative strives for, a need to be understood, to have an audience to connect and to engage with our work. They stand as witness to their surroundings. These poems hold as a platform to rebel, to protest, and to illuminate as the forms...

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