My essay on James Joyce ‘An Exile from Trieste’ is published in the Wales Arts Review for Bloomsday. My thanks to editor John Lavin
My piece on Mexican writer Paulette Jonguitud’s novel Mildew is included in Wales Arts Review, Highlights of 2015. Lots of brilliant cultural highlights here chosen by Robert Minhinnick, Gee Williams, Mark Blayney, Gary Raymond, Jemma Beggs, Shauna Gilligan, Bethany W. Pope, Tom Vowler.
Happy to have some fiction of mine published in Welsh literary magazine, The Lonely Crowd. My thanks to editor, John Lavin, for including my work in such a great line-up:
The first print issue of the The Lonely Crowd will be published this April and is now available to pre-order from the online store. Edited by Wales Arts Review’s Fiction Editor, John Lavin, it features new short fiction & poetry from Alison Moore, Medbh McGuckian, Stevie Davies, Anna Metcalfe, Tom Vowler, Valerie Sirr, Jo Mazelis, Gary Raymond, Nigel Jarrett, Caitlin Thomson, Dan Coxon, Armel Dagorn, Carole Burns, Jamie Guiney, Bethany W Pope, Liam Cagney, Gregory Norminton, Kathy Miles, Steph Power, Rachel J Fenton, Rosalind Hudis, Patrick Holloway, Frederick Pollack & Clodagh O’Brien. There is also photography from Jo Mazelis & artwork from Constantinos Andronis.
It was great to meet John Lavin of Wales Arts Review at the Cork International Short Story Festival in September. John included one of my stories ‘Pete’ in a special issue celebrating the short story.
During the festival in Cork he chaired an engaging panel discussion with Rachel Tresize and Kristiina Ehin at the Triskel Arts Centre and after the festival he interviewed some of the writers who took part: Colin Barrett, Paul McVeigh, Matt Rader, Órfhlaith Foyle, Nuala Ni Chonchuir, and myself. Read the interviews in the current issue here
John relates his own experience of the festival with characteristic enthusiasm for the short story here
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 Mackay, Katy Darby, Nigel Jarrett, Chrissie Gittins, Gary Raymond, John Lavin and Nuala Ní Chonchúir.
In Favourite Short Stories authors Patricia Duncker, Matthew Francis, Alison Moore,Stevie Davies, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Nigel Jarrett, Kate North, Tyler Keevil, Jim Morphy, Jimena 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!