Language Lessons It started with the books. The ones that they distributed at school. They were hardback, shinier and more colourful than your paperback ones. Their pages were smoother. Your hand slipped across them as your fingers traced words you did not yet understand. You learned by seeing, by making up your own stories about the blonde… More Flash Fiction (?): Language Lessons
“Set in 1960s and ‘70s Australia, The Blood on My Hands is the dramatic tale of Shannon O’Leary’s childhood years, growing up with an abusive father, who was a serial killer. No one, not even the authorities, would help O’Leary and her family. The responses of those whom O’Leary and her immediate family reached out to for help… More Excerpt: The Blood on My Hands by Shannon O’Leary
I reviewed Cardiff-based author, Holly Müller’s debut novel, My Own Dear Brother, for Wales Arts Review. The novel is quite incredible and I’m in awe of it and the author. The research and dedication behind writing this story is evident on the pages and the fact that is has been published by Bloomsbury. I’ll be interviewing Holly next week… More Book Review: My Own Dear Brother by Holly Müller
Originally published on Wales Arts Review: “All Harry Selwyn ever did was keep to the slow lane, ease his heart and prepare for the long haul.” 79-year-old runner Harry is preparing for his 50th race, a marathon, and nothing can come in the way of it. There are trousers to be returned that are too short, the… More Book Review: Harry Selwyn’s Last Race by Tony Bianchi
A while back, I read a quote on Twitter about knowing your endings before you start writing. I unfortunately did not screenshot or favourite the Tweet, which, is now lost among the thousands. Anyway, the point was something about knowing your endings before you start, otherwise the stuff you have written will be wasted time, wasted… More Opinion: Writing with an ending in mind (or not)
Originally posted on Welsh Writers' Trust:
On Friday, March 4th, young writers gathered with their friends and family to celebrate the secondary launch of How to Exit a Burning Building. This anthology showcases the winning and commended work from the Robin Reeves Prize for Young Writers 2015. In December, they met for the first time at Chapter to hear the…
Note: I wrote this review a year or so ago when I was doing my MA Dissertation and I forgot about it until now. Why publish it now? Because I recently read Deborah Kay Davies’ Reasons She Goes to the Woods (2014), which is another fantastic novel about a young girl, coming of age, and mental health,… More Book Review: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Originally posted on MindTank:
I am an OCD sufferer. I was diagnosed many years ago when I was 17 and since then, I’ve been on and off medication. The OCD itself is a living, walking nightmare. It is less of a ‘condition’ and more of an invisible yet loud set of voices dictating my every…
Growing up, it was always a close call between art or literature. I even looked up joint degrees that allowed you to study art AND literature at university, before deciding on literature in the end, knowing that it would be better to get to the core of one which might be ‘better in the long… More When Words Fail.
I’m not a resolution maker. My view has always been that you shouldn’t have to wait for the new year to make new resolutions and changes in your life. Instead, they should be made continuously, as and when you feel necessary. After all, you are unhappy with life, not the year. Still, the new year… More That thing called a resolution.