Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The Metropolitan Review Interview and Launch

It was lovely to speak to the students at Cardiff MET about work, writing and publishing. They also asked an informed bunch of questions during the formal and informal Q & A sessions. I stayed on in the evening for the launch of their brand new online journal The Metropolitan Review before braving reading extracts of a Cornish prose work-in-progress, as I thought I'd put myself back in their open mic shoes and there were a number of Cornish students present. Then I was able to sit back and enjoy the rest of the readings and I was particularly impressed with the confidence of the first year readers. 

You can read the interview by the evening's well-dressed host and journal co-editor Renn Hubbuck-Melly on The Metropolitan Review.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Photo Blog: The Murenger

Some lovely photos by John Briggs from The Murenger gig last week:

Posing for this shot because the (good) photographer, who has often photographed me, insisted... I'm a bit like 'John, give up, I'm not photogenic today and I want a pint now, before we run for the train... please...?' and full of cold and fever... so amazed I look vaguely alive, really...

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Octopoet at Made in Roath

I had a lovely time reading with Tom Bullough and the open mic lot at Ye Old Murenger in Newport last night. Thanks so much to Alan Roderick for organising it. Here's a picture of me there (thanks to the ever-lovely Torben, supporting me despite having an awful cold that I gave him):

News just in:

Made in Roath: Octopoet, 11th October, Coffi House, Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff, 7.30pm, free entry: 'Our brilliant line-up is now confirmed as: Bethany W Pope, David Foster-Morgan, Francesca Rhydderch, Susie Wild, David E. Oprava, Carly Holmes, J Brookes, Dave Daggers and kicking things off, the national treasure that is Boyd-Clack and Kirsten Jones. What a stellar collection! Come along if you haven't tried Octopoet before - there is a range of perfomances to suit all tastes. And if you have been before, you know what an enjoyable, eclectic and thought-provoking evening it is.'

Friday, 2 October 2015

Secondary Character - First Review

So, a first review for the Secondary Character anthology from the Welsh Short Story Network has been published on Goodreads and I get a couple of pleasant mentions...

'The writing is excellent throughout - I was often arrested by an image or way of wording things, which I usually jot down so I can revisit them later. Some of those in my pad as I glance through it now are:
“Each month brought a new period of bereavement, a red morning to mourn.”
(Susie Wild, “Pocillovy” - making words work twice as hard.) 


Although I enjoyed all the stories, I inevitably had personal favourites, no doubt different from the next person's (which is one of the fun things about anthologies). Without giving too much away, these ones made me think the most:


Susie Wild, “Pocillovy” - really captures the lead character's headspace.


As you can tell, I recommend this collection if you like contemporary short stories!' 

Read the review in full

Available now from Opening Chapter, Amazon, etc...