A while back, I attempted to compile a list of Welsh BME writers to read on Twitter. Since then, I’ve sat on this for months, thinking and then overthinking it; “is this necessary? Are you really going to be that person? How will people respond?” Yet every now and then, I’m reminded of this little project of…Read More
I’ve never really done this, but seeing as I haven’t had the chance to fully promote and talk about the cool stuff that I’ve been writing and doing lately, I thought, why not? So this post will just be some pieces I’ve had published here and there the past couple of months. A wide mixture really; flash…Read More
Published this month, The Elephant’s Foot is M. A. Oliver Semenov’s (Mao) “first and maybe final” poetry collection, filled with the vibrancy and poignancy of life. With poems that depict childhood memories of the narrator’s mother, to Skyping family on birthdays and Christmases, it provokes feelings of nostalgia through distance and time. It explores how memories are eternal and…Read More
The Normal State of Mind by Susmita Bhattacharya My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a very quick and generalised review as I read the book a year ago and never got around to reviewing it at the time. While a lot of the detail has filtered out, the key aspects of the book…Read More
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…Read More
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…
This was one of my goals to achieve by the end of the year, and as the year comes to an end, I’m feeling pretty pleased to have achieved it. Two of my short pieces have been published in two different anthologies alongside other, brilliant, local, Welsh writers. Many of them are young writers, students, and…Read More
Originally published on Wales Arts Review:
After the success of his debut, The Hairdresser of Harare (2010), Tendai Huchu’s second novel, The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician is a cleverly written, multi-layered narrative about the lives of three Zimbabwean men residing in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is set in the early-to-mid 2000s, with its characters following the political unrest in Zimbabwe under the Mugabe Regime, all the while mapping out new lives in Edinburgh.
The chapters alternatively follow each character’s story; three different novellas are interweaved together. The Magistrate, a middle aged, once well-respected man of law, now trying to adjust to a new life in Edinburgh where his qualifications and titles mean little. While his wife has secured a job, the Magistrate remains without one, straining their relationship, all the while trying to come to terms with a teenage daughter growing up in an alien culture.