Wales Book of the Year Readings: Poetry

In the run up to the Wales Book of the Year ceremony, Literature Wales are releasing videos created by Cwmni Da, of the actors Rhodri Siôn and Catrin Mara reading from the titles shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award. My poem, ‘Cariad,’ is featured in the video below, read beautifully by Rhodri Siôn: For more…

How to Title a Crime Novel?

Bizarrely, it seems to me as though the most difficult part of writing a novel is choosing a good title! Since completing my first novel, which I suppose would be categorised as ‘crime,’ I’ve been struggling to give it an appropriate title. A title should reel the reader in, it should stand out on a…

A Blog Post for Father’s Day

Until a few years ago, I never had reason to celebrate father’s day, because I never had a father. Being abandoned as a small child by one of the two people who were supposed to care more about me than anyone else had a massive impact on me growing up – an impact I wasn’t…

Y Creadur/The Creature by Harri Gwynn

In a shadowy, circular room at Aberystywth Arts Centre, on the centenary of Harri Gwynn’s birth, writers Robert Minhinnick and Twm Morys came together last autumn to perform the poet’s original 1952 National Eisteddfod entry, ‘Y Creadur.’ As I enter the room, Twm Morys stands below a dome-shaped ceiling. Centre-stage and dimly lit, he welcomes…

Generation Y-Not?

The good, the bad and the just plain stupid. The truth behind the #YOLO culture. As a generation of online networking fiends, we have adopted the motto ‘You Only Live Once.’ But what does it mean? For people who have the phrase tattooed to their foreheads (yes, I have seen this happen), it seems to…

The Truth Will Out: A Review

The Truth Will Out, Jane Isaac Star Rating I received The Truth Will Out,  wrapped in brown paper and stamped by Legend Press, through the post not long ago. The pages bound by the mysterious cover contain a thrilling crime story. In the very first pages we jump straight in to the action, as Eva…

Wonderful Women: Female Writers for your Bookshelf

Wonderfully Weird Women Who Write: Why we should read Fiction by Women The Guardian recently featured a small article stating that female writers are often overlooked and marginalised in a male-dominated industry. It’s a widely accepted fact that while women are published in roughly the same numbers as men, their works are sidelined by reviewers…

Between the Sheets: Book Release

Between the Sheets: a Fairy Tale Collection You may already have seen the page on this blog about the work in progress, Between the Sheets. Well, I’ve finally released it as a short collection in the form of an ebook! The book can be downloaded from Amazon as an ebook for the Kindle or straight to your…

Fairy Tales and Freud: Psychoanalysis in Children’s Stories

Psychoanalytic theory, founded by Sigmund Freud during the twentieth century as a means to evaluate and cure mentally disturbed patients, lurks beneath the surface of traditional Fairy Tales, barely hidden. When these stories are read in Freudian terms of latent and manifest content, (as described in ‘The Interpretation of Dreams‘), it’s possible to read familiar narratives as…

How To: Alice in Wonderland Themed Tea-Party

My friends and I hosted an Alice in Wonderland themed fancy dress party last week. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favourite childhood stories, and with its bizarre plot-line, whimsical characters and the obnoxious child at it’s centre, an Alice-themed party is a recipe for a fantastic night. The party was so much fun, and…