Fire on the Mountain by Jean McNeil: Book Review

Fire on the Mountain by Jean McNeil ‘I do know this country, even if I have not been here before. It has been waiting for me. It is trying to speak to me. It says, Finally you’ve come.‘ Star Rating  When NGO worker Nick drops unexpectedly into the lives of Pieter and Sara Lisson, he feels…

Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniella Tully: Book Review

Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully ‘They looked as if they had woken up from a bad nightmare, as if the fervour of the previous night had worn off and all that was left was shame and guilt.‘ Star Rating   When the remains of Maya Wiseberg’s grandmother are found in a hotel resort thousands of…

Seasons Greetings from The Mari Lwyd

“The Grey Mare” Winner of the Seren Poetry Christmas Competition 2017 I was absolutely thrilled to win the Seren Christmas Poetry Competition this year with my poem ‘The Grey Mare,’ depicting the old Celtic ritual of ‘Y Mari Lwyd.’ The Mari Lwyd is a wassailing folk custom which was popular in South Wales throughout the…

Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li: Book Review

Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li ‘”Tell Erika I’ll still be coming to the premier. I just…” I just won’t be the same person she knew when I left the office on Wednesday. I am not the same person.’ Star Rating  As I sit down to pen this review, a mug of coffee warming my hand,…

Collective: hosted by Christina Thatcher

Join us for Collective – an evening celebrating poets who have recently published (or are due to publish) a new collection. Entertaining, amusing, thought-provoking, and surreal, this Parthian & Seren event special will feature some fantastic poets, including: SOPHIE MCKEAND ROBERT WALTON PAUL DEATON RHIAN EDWARDS KATE NORTH RHIAN ELIZABETH MARI ELLIS DUNNING Don’t miss…

A lovely literary wedding <3

A bookish wedding for book-lovers and story-tellers This October, ten years since we first became a couple, I was finally able to stand with my husband(!) look him in the eye and make some all-important promises. I walked down the aisle to the tune of Ar Lan y Mor, one of my favourite Welsh songs…

Salacia: the sensational Goddess behind the poetry

Salacia Saltwater, femininity, sensation, emotion In ancient Roman mythology, Salacia was the female divinity of the sea, worshipped as the goddess of salt water who presided over the depths of the ocean. She was the wife and queen of Neptune, god of the sea and water. As the story goes, Neptune wanted to marry Salacia, but she was supposedly in ‘great…

Salacia: my debut poetry collection

Exciting news! My debut poetry collection, Salacia, will be launching in Spring with Parthian Books. I’m really pleased to be able to announce that my debut poetry collection, currently titled Salacia, will be released with Parthian Books in Spring 2018. Though I’m still tinkering with the final manuscript, the collection is primarily an amalgamation of poetry…

Broadcast by Liam Brown: Book Review

Broadcast by Liam Brown Coming 15.9.17 ‘Forget data mining. This is about mind rape. The end of privacy as we know it.’ Star Rating  David Callow is a Youtube hit, a viral sensation who found fame by documenting every detail of his life from the comfort of his own living room. He makes a living…

Paved with Good Intentions

They’ve just introduced a fast lane in Liverpool. Honestly, in Liverpool. You’d think London would be the first place to get something like that. I’ve heard people in the office talking about it, about how ridiculous it is and how we’re all too busy, moving too quickly through life, but you know what? The people…

Nala

Nala She didn’t remember much these days, but she remembered Nala. Not every day, and not always when she wasn’t there, but the minute Nala walked through the door, my mother’s eyes would light up in recognition. Sometimes, she couldn’t quite recall her name – Nala. I would watch her chasing the letters around her…

The Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award

Once again, the Terry Hetherington Award ceremony was a fantastic event, featuring a cocophany of talented young writers. It was lovely to see new, previously unfeatured winners this year, another testament to the quality of this award, which prioritises the quality of a piece over the history of an entrant. On a personal note, I…