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secondary character

secondary-character-front-coversecondary character and other stories

from the Welsh Short Story Network (WSSN)

Cover design and photo by Jo Mazelis

After the Cardiff readings of the WSSN last Summer we got together with Barrie Llewelyn and put a call out for short stories from the writers of Wales.

We were delighted with the response and with the quality of the stories submitted, many from established writers and some from those dipping their toes into publication for the first time. We’d love to have published every story but after a long and careful selection process the editor chose 28 stories for this collection.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2015

Now available in paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secondary-Character-Other-Stories-Wssn/dp/1904958583/ and http://www.amazon.com/Secondary-Character-Other-Stories-Wssn/dp/1904958583/

Also the ebook for the Kindle: Details here

UPDATE: August 2015

We are delighted to announce that the first book of short stories from the Welsh Short Story Network – ‘Secondary Character and other Stories’ edited by Barrie Llewelyn will be launched in Swansea and Cardiff next month.

Published by Opening Chapter with a beautiful and evocative cover design by Jo Mazelis the book features twenty-eight stories from twenty-eight writers and is a snapshot of the amazing range of short-story writing talent active in Wales today.

Launch Details

* FREE ADMISSION *

Each launch will consist of two 45 minute sessions separated by a break.

There will be readings from the stories and opportunities to chat and network

Swansea

Mozarts Bar and Venue
Wednesday September 9th 2015 at 7.30pm

followed by a special performance by acoustic trio Anni Wall

* Anni Wall are the renamed fabulous Dead Surf Country with Nico as lead singer and the addition of Anna on harp and accordion. 

Links to YouTube videos of Dead Surf Country
https://youtu.be/3LF4uxUX_t0
https://youtu.be/-Z78NeQBc2c

Mozarts
76b Walter Road
Swansea
SA1 4QA

Mozarts Facebook Page

more details soon . . .

Cardiff

First Space at the Chapter Arts Centre
Saturday September 12th 7.00pm

NOTE: This event will begin promptly at 7pm, there will be opportunities during the break and after the readings to network in Chapter’s spacious café-bar.

Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road
Cardiff

Chapter’s website

more details soon . . .

BOOK DETAILS

The twenty-eight stories collected here offer a wealth of both connection and contrast in plot, theme and style. By its nature the short story is capable of leaping into the reader’s imagination to vivid and startling effect, as demonstrated here; from the supernatural in ‘A Ghost May Come’ to the psychologically charged in ‘Marco’s Eyes’ to the poignant ‘Theft’ each story in this diverse anthology plays with both the everyday and those profound and life changing emotions of loss, jealousy and regret.

Among the compelling characters to be found in these stories is a young woman in the boot of a car, a man embarrassed by an inexplicable wound, a WWI infantryman about to meet his fate and a girl fascinated by bells… all proving that it’s very hard to make rules about what constitutes a short story.

LIST OF AUTHORS

Kay Beechey
Susmita Bhattacharya
Justine Bold
Carole Burns
Luned DeSimon
Karl Drinkwater
Frances Hay
Nic Herriot
Carly Holmes
Nigel Jarrett
John Lavin
Malcolm Lewis
Barrie Llewelyn
Jo Mazelis
Shelagh Middlehurst
Elizabeth Morgan
Lynda Nash
Kate North
Bethany W Pope
Diana Powell
Whyt Pugh
Colum Sanson-Regan
Gareth Scourfield
Danny Shyla
Thomas Stewart
Christina Thatcher
Rhys Thomas
Susie Wild

Infinity

The stunning debut novel from Kiára Árgenta

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*** Now available – Amazon UK, Amazon US

“You will end up killing each other. It will be disastrous. Stop this relationship now with this volatile man and find someone who is normal and nice, Kiára. Find a stable rock of a man who is not a volcano. Listen to my advice, for God’s sake.”

I should follow this advice as the shrink knows what he is talking about. But damn the rock. I rip up the guidebook and the map and plunge into the forest of thorns for pleasure and pain. Obsessive love and hate know no limits and the spikes of their extremes propel me into eternity.

I want to flat-line but I can’t. Not now I have met István, the first king of Hungary.

I want to stop the bright colours and sharp edges that make us Kiára and István. I want to trade in the swirling dizzy vortex of Italian Futurist art for the softness of a Monet. Just for one day I want to live without this bipolar illness which has dragged me into the Heaven and Hell which is my Hungary.

Maybe you waited a thousand years for me as you said, István. Maybe it is all a myth. I only know there is no end for us, no rest and no escape.

There is only infinity.

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Gather Gold and Other Stories

Gather-Gold-Cover-Final-FRONT-Lo-ResWe are delighted to publish this wonderful collection of short stories from Barrie Llewelyn, a writer who creates a unique narrative landscape from the rapport and conflict between her American origins and her adopted homeland of Wales; and all told through the voices of her fascinating and very real characters.

A true original.

Women who should know better, but don’t.  Characters who occupy both urban America  and rural Wales – sometimes at the same time.

Mothers and daughters; husbands and lovers – these are some of the tensions and fusions explored in this surprising collection by Barrie Llewelyn, a writer who is interested in the way each authentic voice can be startling and, sometimes, disturbing.

“Barrie Llewelyn’s stories are beautifully observed: they’re exact and patient in evoking the humour, the sadness and the uniqueness of each ordinary life, and they stay with the reader for a long time afterwards.” Emma Darwin

“A moving and powerful collection of human moments. Love, loss, family, friendships: all life is to be found in these stories, and Llewelyn writes with a quiet elegance reminiscent of the best of Amy Hempel or Raymond Carver. Sublime.” Mike Thomas

“The stories are tightly crafted and have an immediate and intriguing voice, which is no mean feat given the range of narrators used. Characters are heart-warming and deftly built; we warm to them right away and are left in each case with an intimate, shared sense of their individual losses, achievements, worries and hopes. The settings are interesting and intensely relevant, capturing the modern notion of shared identity known to so many of this world’s itinerant, diverse people. It’s thought-provoking and engaging! Buy a copy people!!!” Tom Anderson

Available now

Amazon UK £7.99

Amazon US $11.99

or – get a signed copy at the

BOOK LAUNCH
Y Galeri Caerphilly, November 29th 2015, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Fragments

Fragments is a sequel to Infinity
but can be read as its own story

fragments-CS-Cover1-front-smallby Kiára Árgenta

‘She is a true ice princess. Beautiful and delicate, but her heart doesn’t seem to be warm. I have visions that it is not even beating, that I have imagined she is real and she is just a figment of my distressed imagination. It is the first  unravelling I have experienced. Sure, I fell apart after Kiára’s death and I existed in a mist until I met Lilla but this is a splintering feeling. As though I am cracking like a mirror and shards of my personality are starting to fall to the ground.’

Two years after the death of the love of his life, István cannot move on. He is ill with bipolar disorder and is convinced the answer is to find the image of his dead love in someone else. He meets Lilla on a Budapest street; young, fragile and impressionable and he is desperate to possess her. However, Lilla has her own darkness and over time, István’s jealousy, his anger, and his violent obsession turn her into someone who carelessly smashes his heart into fragments.

Boys from the Backfields

Backfields-front 1 cover oct 8-2013Who killed Betty Fish?

In 1963 the world is rocking to the Beatles, and being rocked by the Cold War and the assassination of President Kennedy.

There are far more important things on the mind of Mick Matthews, a 13 year old boy growing up on a council estate in Wales, such as the murder of a middle-aged widow in one of the posh houses across the road. Mick and his small gang are out gathering blackberries and scrumping apples when they witness the murder as it happens.

Around the same time as the demise of Betty Fish, Mick falls in love with the enigmatic Angel, a girl of the same age.

Fifty years later, the murder is still unsolved and the shadows it casts over their lives are as dark as ever.

order a signed copy here

Published as a paperback and for the kindle and other ebooks in all the usual places

Gather Gold Book Launch

r_Visitor CentreGather Gold is the brilliant new book of short stories from Barrie Llewelyn

get a signed copy at the

BOOK LAUNCH
Y Galeri Caerphilly, November 29th 2015, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

If you can’t make the launch, Gather Gold is now available worldwide

Amazon UK £7.99

Amazon US $11.99