Monday, 25 March 2013


Had a wonderful time at The Bloody Ballad in Newport on Saturday. You can read my review over on The Stage website, here's an extract:

The Bloody Ballad featuring Mary and the Missing Fingers

Published Monday 25 March 2013 at 10:57 by Susie Wild
The Bloody Ballad is a gloriously grotesque rockabilly riot of a night out based on Mary Maid of the Mill, an old Welsh Romany folk tale by Abram Wood about a girl who gets betrayed by her lover and then goes on a revenge killing spree. Using live music theatre, Gagglebabble (Lucy Rivers and Hannah McPake) have created a unique, playful, immersive work in which the wrong-side-of-the-tracks Mary - “a girl with a dark past who’s had one hell of a week” - shares her gory story through words and song and invites you to sing along. [...]

The show is touring until the end of August (Edinburgh stint) and Gagglebabble are back with a new show in the Autumn too. See the trailer and listen to the soundtrack to The Bloody Ballad over on their Facebook group.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Western Mail: Women writers head Welsh book lists for 2013

Abbie Wightwick, WalesOnline Mar 16 2013

What’s will we be reading this year? Abbie Wightwick asks industry insiders to look to the future and predict the trends for 2013

(With my Parthian hat on, I predict your reading in this feature as part of the Western Mail's Books Special)

Read more: Wales Online