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My story ‘Pete’ is included this special issue of Wales Arts Review celebrating the short story. Thanks to John Lavin, editor, for inviting me to contribute a story along with a piece on a recent favourite of mine by Czech writer Ivan Klima.

There are interviews here with Rachel Trezise and Will Self.

Read fiction from Shena MackayKaty Darby, Nigel Jarrett, Chrissie GittinsGary Raymond, John Lavin and Nuala Ní Chonchúir. 

In Favourite Short Stories authors Patricia DunckerMatthew FrancisAlison Moore,Stevie DaviesNuala Ní ChonchúirNigel Jarrett, Kate North, Tyler KeevilJim MorphyJimena Gibert and Chris Cornwell all talk about a work of short fiction that means something to them. Senior Editor, Gary Raymond, reflects upon Saul Bellow’s ‘The Bellarosa Connection’Adam Somerset discusses Somerset Maugham’s unduly neglected, ‘The Alien Corn’, and Georgia Carys Williams writes about the influence of Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper. Elsewhere, acclaimed novelist and short story writer Cynan Jones contemplates his on-off love affair with the short story and takes a look at a selection of his favourite pieces. And in recognition of this week’s announcement that William Trevor has been awarded The Charleston Trust/ University of Chichester inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Short Story Writing, John Lavin contributes this issue’s long form essay, an in depth look at what is perhaps the essential Trevor story: ‘The Ballroom of Romance.’

Dylan Moore, looks at Bernardo ‘Atxaga’s prize-winning, genre-defying ‘short story collection’ Obabakoak.’ In ‘New Short Story Collections’, acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jon Gower looks at the new books fromMary-Ann Constantine, Adam Marek, Eduardo Halfon and Hassan Blasim. Carl Griffin’s examines the connections between poetry and short fiction, in Stephen Dobyns: Finding the Short Story in the Poetry of a Novelist and Richard Gwyn’s dreamlike, short-story-like prose poem ‘The Days.’

Lots of great reading for any short story aficionados out there!

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