Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Brecon Beacons, Green Man Festival, Ep.1

Oh Literary Death Match at Green Man was such fun, thanks to the 1000+ audience for coming and watching at Babbling Tongues on Saturday afternoon, and to Adrian, Laura and Fiona for inviting me along, it was so, so very close...









August 18, 2018 — In our first foray into an event at a National Park, Literary Death Match headed to the Green Man Festival in Brecon Beacons, Wales for an afternoon delight that saw Rebecca Tantony narrowly outduel Susie Wild in sudden death during a One Star Wonder finale, winning Tantony the LDM Green Man, Ep. 1 crown and literary immortality to go with it. 
Here's the lineup from the event: 
JUDGES: 
Literary Merit: Anita Sethi, award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster
Performance: Johnny Lynch
, a.k.a. Pictish Trail, a Scottish musician for the ages
Intangibles: Horatio Clare, critically-acclaimed author and journalist, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and author of Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North
READERS:
Round 1:
Ross Sutherland
, writer, performer and award-winning podcaster, who works across theatre, film and radio
Susie Wild, author of Better Houses, journalist, critic, lecturer, festival organiser and editor based in Cardiff
Round 2:
Rebecca Tantony, spoken word artist, journalist and author of Talk You Round Til Dusk
Hari Ramakrishnan, Bristol-based actor, writer and director 
Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga (check out his debut novel Collision Theory today!)

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Planet Review: Better Houses

Oh I've just read a lovely joint review of Brood by my dear friend Rhian Edwards and Better Houses by me me me in the new issue of Planet. Thanks Elizabeth Edwards. Some snippets for you...

On Better Houses:

"The collection begins on a riotous note in 'Build the Table First', invoking fire, broken glass, flamingos and fake blood, in worlds made, destroyed and remade through outnumbered 'house moves'. But (as the fake blood may suggest) nothing comes to serious harm here, ultimately looking towards physical and emotional forms of steadiness: 'nothing is broken between us / for long'. It's a fitting introduction to the collection as a whole, which contemplates big life shifts throughout but is ultimately a gentle and conciliatory work. [...] 'Carcharodon Carcharias, Cariad', reels gorgeously from a restaurant to the seashore to the night sky [...] Finding (the way) home is of course a key theme for this collection full of thresholds. [...] The collection ends with an anxious doorstep pause – 'You wait for your self / to open up, to let you in with your secrets' ('Inside You') – that suggests an unfinished journey through the experiences and signs that tell us we're home." 

On Brood:

"From The Parliament of Fowls to Crow, birds are familiar ground for poetry but Edwards's dark and witty Brood finds new points of entry. Suggesting maternity, and a mood, from the title onwards, Brood bears witness to things unravelling – a relationship, a pregnancy, a myth, a familiar rhyme. [...] transporting us the undefined chaos of an unreal world crowded with characters (human and avian) and voices (spoken and sung), and their increasingly punishing demands."

I'm just a few sales away from a reprint, make it so  and also please buy and support Planet or log in to your account to read more x