Thursday, 23 June 2011

Nu2: Memorable Firsts Out This Month

Whoop whoop! Nu2: Memorable Firsts comes out this month and I have three poems in it. In fact all three of The Raconteur's editorial team are in the new edition and we have an official launch at Chapter in Cardiff on 13 July 7pm.
Nu2: Memorable Firsts will include poetry and short fiction from Richard Owain Roberts, Darja Ernst, Gareth Hill, Mao Jones, Gary Raymond, Susie Wild, Emily Blewitt, Siôn Tomos Owen, Joao Morais, Tim Evans, Mab Jones and Dylan Moore....

Look at this lovely quote about the first Nu, which I had a short story in...
"Wales really does seem to be harbouring some exponentially talented writers and this anthology collates the newest among them. Reading it reminds you that writing can be dangerous, can be rock 'n' roll, can be sexy. A sumptious mix of prose and poetry rubs shoulders with delicately constructed photo essays, showing that all the best anthologies don't have to stick to just one medium. If this is a sign of the future, us book fans are in for one hell of a time ." - Buzz Magazine

Friday, 17 June 2011

I am performing at Cardiff Medley on Sunday 26 June

and it is my birthday on Tuesday 28 June so I shall be having birthday drinks afterwards and you can bring me presents if you like.


Sunday 26th June 2-4pm

A fine and fragrant potpourri of poets and prose writers, story tellers and city dwellers....

Featuring Somerset Maugham Award-winner Mark Blayney

Bright Young Thing author Susie Wild

Plus Gill Brightmore, Mike Greenhough, Will Ford, Amanda Rackstraw, and more TBC!

These events are free to attend and part of the Big Little City residency in the new Cardiff Story Museum.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

I am performing at Bailey Hill on Sunday

Come and join us for a full day of fun for the whole community.
Last year 2,500 people visited the Bailey Hill Festival to celebrate the culture and history of Mold (yr Wyddgrug)...

TheAbsurd will be running a Spoken Word area with performances from:

Hywel Griffiths
Susie Wild
Martin Daws
Rhys Trimble
Stephanie Finegan
Sophie McKeand

Organised by Cittaslow Mold ( )
1pm - 8pm children free, adults £1...

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Nan, I'm on the telly!

Friday, 10 June 2011

The Raconteur

Just a quick post today -- I wanted to let you know that I am now the Associate Editor of The Raconteur. More exciting news on that front in the near future. Had a top meeting today with Cofounders and Editors Gary Raymond and Dylan Moore.

Monday, 6 June 2011



At an event to unveil the judges for this year’s prestigious literary competition at Hay Festival last night it was announced that Rachel Trezise, the first winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize,  is to join this year’s judging panel.
Literary luminaries gathered for a champagne reception in Richard Booth’s famous Bookshop in the Town of Books to hear readings by two of the three former winners ofthe University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize — US poet Elyse Fenton, who won the £30,000 prize last year for Clamor, her debut collection of 21st century war poetry; and Rachel Trezise from Rhondda, the 2006 winner of the competition for her gritty collection of short stories Fresh Apples.
Peter Florence, creator and director of the Hay Festival and of the international programme of Hay Festivals, is to continue to chair the international panel of judges. He will also be joined by literary scholar Kurt Heinzelman, who is Professor of English at the University of Texas; Dr Mererid Hopwood, a National Eisteddfod Bardic Chair winner and who is also an acclaimed poet, linguist, academic and TV presenter; and Dr Kim Howells, former Pontypridd MP and Foreign Office Minister.
Also on the panel will be the Daily Telegraphcolumnist and novelist Allison Pearson; and broadcaster, columnist and former history lecturer Professor Peter Stead.
Commenting on the event, Peter Stead, who is also the Prize chairman, said:
“Elyse’s was an astonishing, fully accomplished book of huge ambition and spectacular delivery and we were delighted to discover this new poetic talent, while Rachel’s collection was exceptional and focused the eyes of the world on the brilliance of Welsh writers.
“The excellence of their work is beyond question and stands out as examples of what the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize is about – wonderfully evocative writing that the great man himself would have been proud to produce.
“I’m sure that this year’s entries will match up to the standards set by their predecessors, and the panel is really looking forward to seeing what the latest batch of young writers have created.”
The £30,000 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded to the best eligible published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author under 30 years of age. The competition is open to authors from around the world and the winner will be announced at the final awards ceremony in Swansea on November 9.