Forethoughts: The Dig by Cynan Jones

Although The Dig (Granta Books) from Welsh author Cynan Jones is newly published, I’m not unfamiliar with it, or at least part of it. You see, back in February 2013 I read a short story by Mr. Jones that was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Digging up Fflur

Digging up Fflur, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. If I've said it once then I've said it a thousand times - I love debut novels from emerging writers - and just lately I seem to have had an affinity with Welsh-based ones. First, although … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Nettles!

Nettles!, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. I know I've featured The Breathing by Mary-Ann Constantine (Planet ISBN: 9780954088187) in a Daily Bookshot already, but I couldn't resist a shot of my favourite story in the collection - Nettles, … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Tues 30th June 2009

Last night - Yay finally turned the last page on Athol Fugard’s Tsotsi [forethoughts] last night. But I’m ‘yaying’ not because I couldn’t wait to finish it (far from it, it was quite the literary journey), but rather I was getting frustrated at my … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Sun 28th June 2009

Last night - Alex Burrett, if you’re reading this I just want to tell you that you’re a genius, and I love your imagination! Read Immortal from his My Goat Ate Its Own Legs collection (Burning House) and I loved it. Reading as a kind of modern … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: From the Valleys

From the Valleys, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. As I seem to be in a mood for talking 'Welsh literature', I thought for today's 'bookshot' I'd feature a couple of titles from the Welsh valleys which were recently added to my reading … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: One Moonlit Night by Caradog Prichard

In a Nutshell: Memorable! Touching! Endearing! One Moonlit Night is one of those rare books that once read will always remembered! With the turning of the final page of One Moonlit Night having taken place, my journey into Welsh village life in … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: One Moonlit Night by Caradog Prichard

I’ll kick off my forethoughts for this novel by declaring my ignorance from the outset, and admitting that I’ve never heard of One Moonlit Night or its author Caradog Prichard before now. A shameful thing to admit perhaps (given it's been around for … [Read more...]