In the meantime we can help with most aspects of media production of one sort or another
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 book Made in Roath is a snapshot of some of the creative talent associated with the area of Cardiff known as Roath. It is a record of some of the activity and work made during the festival of the same name.
Edited by Christina Thatcher and featuring the work of 40 contributors. (**scroll down for a list)
The book is available as a paperback – 6″ x 9″, 150 pages, containing prose, poetry, observations, and black and white photographs.
ISBN 10: 1-904958-46-X, ISBN 13: 978-1-904958-46-8
All for just £7.99
Made in Roath, the festival, is an artist-led, free event which aims to take art out of the gallery and into the wider community, allowing a larger and broader audience to access the wealth of creative talent in our neighbourhood whilst maintaining a standard of excellence, reflecting the contemporary art scene in Cardiff and South Wales.
It showcases the work of emerging and established artists, makers, musicians, writers and performers, who use the whole of Roath as the venue, including domestic, commercial, public and overlooked or disused spaces.
Made in Roath offers residents and visitors an opportunity to engage in the arts through a dynamic programme of exhibitions, residencies, collaborations with community groups, workshops and performances.
For more information please visit the Made in Roath website http://madeinroath.com/. You can also like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or just come along to their next exciting endeavour in Cardiff.
** List of contributors
clare e potter
Deborah de Lloyd
Laura Amy Liderth
Rachel Helena Walsh
Simon L. Read
Our Latest publication is the result of a collaboration between ourselves and 40 contributors involved with Cardiff’s Made in Roath Festival.
The festival is held in various guises throughout the year. This year the main event happens next week – links below.
Made in Roath, The Book, contains a mixture of poetry, prose, observations and photographs and provides the opportunity to take a peek into the minds, individual and collective, of the uniquely creative inhabitants of the multi-layered area of Cardiff known as Roath.
The book was conceived during a chat with the festival’s Poetry and Literature Coordinator – Christina Thatcher not long after last year’s events; and, eventually, due to Christina’s gentle persistence and hard work in collecting the contributions and editing them, the resulting book has finally manifested itself and is available worldwide – and in particular in Roath.
There’s going to be a mini-soft-launch for the book sometime at the end of next week, on Sunday 18th, the last day of this year’s festival I think. More details will be available from: