Wikipedia-obsessed cats, deleted tweets, James Franco’s mother, west Wales, and Barcelona. Both bleak and joyously optimistic, All The Places We Lived is a collection of disparate, yet inextricably connected stories that are bound by the common threads that exist amongst young people in and out of love with each other and life in the twenty-first century.
Elegant, contemporary, fun. - Chris Killen (In Real Life)
Whether keenly awaiting an imagined terror attack in a twenty-third floor glass box hotel, wandering Catalonian art galleries, or two AM jogging on pitch-black A-roads, solitude is never a truly concrete experience. There is always someone else: someone to buy a dilapidated rural house with, someone to laugh with, someone to get fired with, someone to fight with, someone to ride bikes with.
Richard Owain Roberts has assembled a debut collection of contemporary fiction that is minimalist, confrontational, delicate, and, relentlessly, the absolute unfiltered truth.
Richard Owain Roberts was born in a field on Ynys Mon and now lives in Cardiff, Wales. He studied English Literature at the University of Manchester before joining the Creative Writing MA programme at LJMU, where he graduated with a Distinction. His fiction has appeared in a variety of places in print, online, and radio. Non-fiction work has been published by The Guardian, New Welsh Review, and Plastik Magazine. He currently teaches at Cardiff prison and is working towards his PhD at the University of South Wales. This is his debut short story collection.