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The Shattering sequel to Opera. Kiára Árgenta’s latest novel is an intimate portrayal of the life and loves of Opera Divas on and off the stage.
Beneath the beauty and glamour of the Opera stars and the richly coloured world they inhabit, lies a morass of insecurity and jealousy, passion and anguish.
A disturbing yet moving book that is written in Kiára’s unique style. Not to be missed.
A unique collection of short stories by Derec Jones.
What’s the point of this trudge around town? Why is the richest man in the world a miserable git?
The stories in this collection are both challenging and accessible, simply told yet illuminating.
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Me? I’m just a walker, a walker and a watcher. I observe, I see things and I interpret them in my head. It used to be just a game, when I was younger, playing with people’s lives, my mind; but there’s a price to pay. Open yourself up; peel away the layers of self-justification and stare at the void. The price of being different, of being aware. So, I walk, and watch, and remember, storing away all the looks on your faces. I spend many a happy hour lying sleeplessly in my bed thinking of you, recalling those expressions.
Can you picture this?
A body walks down a street or in a shopping arcade – a market. It’s a man, could be a woman? Or maybe women are different. Does it have to be a man? This guy is walking. OK – you listening? He has his hands in his pockets, his head bowed, bent towards his feet – walking – he passes a shop window; you stare out from behind the counter. He lifts his head from the floor and turns it towards you. You expect an intelligent stare – an inner knowing glow – at least a mad look, something to make you shiver with unknowing. No, what you see is a blank frightened look – the face of a loser – a shambolic dirty-coated greasy-haired, pimply-skinned loser. He puts his head down and moves on, shuffling forlornly, in character, on the damp concrete floor. You sigh with relief and turn back to your life your own hope renewed.
I’m still walking and watching.
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
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.
* 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
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.
76b Walter Road
more details soon . . .
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
more details soon . . .
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
Bethany W Pope
The stunning debut novel from Kiára Árgenta
“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.
Featuring 28 wonderful stories from 28 great writers, many of them award-winners, this book brings together a unique collection of the best contemporary short stories from Wales. A delicious fusion of characters and themes told by a rainbow of voices.