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Parthian Books

Cardiff 75: Contemporary Writing from the City

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Edited by Sara Hayes, Paul Jauregui and Martin Buckridge


"In celebration of Cardiff Writers’ Circle’s 75th anniversary comes this bright green anthology, full of life and energy, showcasing the output of various members of the group and spanning both prose and poetry...  this Parthian-published book is therefore heartily recommended, and a really, really good book for dipping randomly into, as well as of excellent quality all round." Mab Jones, Buzz

"A big box of marvels, abuzz with distinctive voices and vivid tales. This is dazzling testament to the ability of Creative Writing groups to energise and inspire." – Alan Bilton

“Down-to-earth at one moment, the next fantastical, humorous or heartfelt, nostalgic or raw, and yet hospitable, grounded in locality but with connections open to the wide world... All this describes the writing gathered in this generous anthology – and equally the city of Cardiff itself… which may explain why the Cardiff Writers Group has 75 years of life behind it, and is still going strong.” – Philip Gross

"A beautiful anthology capturing a breadth of talented Welsh voices, many with a vivid sense of place rooted in Cardiff and beyond. Writing groups are so important for writers and this collection is testament to what they can achieve." – Taylor Edmonds

Contemporary Writing from the City is full of interest and delight, with many different voices drawing the reader in. It is a confident and enjoyable celebration of a Writers Circle that has provided a supportive and creative environment for writers in Cardiff for 75 years. Long may it continue!“ – Francesca Kay, poet and occasional adjudicator of the Cardiff Writers Circle Poetry Competition


Some collections serve to mark particular events or milestones, whilst others contain work of the highest quality. This collection manages both of these things, with 75 pieces of poetry, creative non-fiction, and short fiction by local writers celebrating 75 years of creative writing in this fabulous city of the arts.

Cardiff Writers’ Circle was formed in 1947 and is joined here by other local writing groups, all lending their imaginations to a wide variety of styles, genres, and formats. Poignant, playful, satirical, and acutely observed, this anthology is a showcase for the fantastic talent that exists today in Cardiff, city of the dragon.