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…

Why I love Penny Shorts

Penny Shorts:  the best new voices in fiction They say there’s no such thing as a free meal, but with Penny Shorts, you really can have your cake and eat it too. Or rather, you can download quality short stories and read them on the bus. Edited by Cathy Horlick, Penny Shorts offers unlimited free…

An interview with Rhian Elizabeth

“Poems, for me, are like scars you don’t have to wear around.”  Rhian Elizabeth is a young writer from the Welsh valleys with a unique and gripping voice. Poignant as as it is witty, her debut novel Six Pounds Eight Ounces was released to much critical appraise by Seren in 2014. I was fortunate enough to meet…

A perfectionist’s guide to winning NaNoWriMo

‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ I am a perfectionist. Not in all aspects of my life, admittedly, but when I commit to something, I commit hard, and NaNoWriMo is no exception. If you’ve been participating in the month-long novel-writing challenge this year, you’ll know it’s no easy…

How to do your bit for the writing world

Last night saw the awards evening for the 10th annual Welsh Poetry Competition, an international competition which has grown and expanded under the care of writer and curator Dave Lewis. Held in Clwb y Bont, on Pontypridd’s Taff Street, the evening was pertinent for me, having spent the first years of my life in Ponty….

“She believed she could, so she did…”

My moodboard and why it works: Moodboards are a visualisation tool to help keep us focussed and inspired. I’m posting this one here for my own benefit, as well as using it as my iPad wallpaper. Creating a collage like this helps me to stay positive about my goals and ambitions, and even helps me to…

A splurge of defiance that became a poem…

I saw something today which got me thinking. There’s so much to say on the subject of gender equality and its origins, that I’m not even going to attempt to put my thoughts on paper. Instead, I’ve written a very quick poem which I think sums it up nicely: Bound Today — I saw a…

Becoming a better writer with Welshisms

Welshisms Some time ago, I was weary of the way I sometimes wrote in subtle Welsh dialect, often entirely unintentionally. Someone would point out to me that ‘by there’ or ‘have a go’ was a Welshism, and, unless it was part of dialogue, I would change or remove the term, replacing it with something more universally understood….

Delphinus: a Poem

Delphinus (North Beach, Aberystwyth) The sky is a Rothko of orange-pink paint smeared with fingertips and the ball of a hand. The water below is still-black, unmoving-black, undisturbed, quiet ballooned lungs, festering. The sun’s umber flames are swallowed into the ocean, and thin dim-cool light casts over silhouettes, tumbling. Sand-grains fills every crevice of their shorts,…

We’re taking Percy to Aber Writing Fest!

… One Month Countdown!! A new festival hosted by some well-known literary talents will be held in Abergavenny in April this year. Abergavenny Writing Festival coincides with the launch date set for Percy the Pompom Bear, making it the perfect place to debut the book! This week, the postman brought me a lovely surprise –…

Why working together is the way forward… my experience of coworking

Thinking of joining a coworking space but not sure where to start? Over time, I’ve learned that working together is the only way to work – who wants to be alone all day long!? Here’s my honest account of coworking…. I enjoy working for myself, primarily because I don’t like being told what to do!…