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Book trailer for 'Ritual, 1969'!

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Yen-Yen Lu | 0 comments

Jerwood Prize winner Jo Mazelis (Significance, published by Seren, 2015) is back with a new collection of short stories this month. Ritual, 1969 contains dark stories of murder, the ghostly, and the border between the natural and supernatural, ranging across early twentieth-century France, 1960s South Wales and contemporary Europe.

Spooked yet? Take a look at the book trailer for more info.


Ritual, 1969 is available to order now on our website. 

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Graham Mort and Lawrence Scott longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Rebecca Robinson | 0 comments

Terroir by Graham Mort  and Leaving By Plane Swimming Back Underwater by Lawrence Scott have been longlisted for the 2016 Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

From England to Europe, Africa to South America, these stories from prizewinning short-story writer Graham Mort explore relationships: father and child; man and wife; man and his environment.

A rising star of winemaking understands his terroir, but oversteps the boundaries; a father taking his son on a day out finds himself in unexpectedly terrifying circumstances; an aid worker in Uganda finds himself treading in his father’s footsteps…

All these stories are sensitively told and beautifully written, bringing fresh perspectives to our place in the world around us.

Graham Mort’s first collection of short stories, Touch, was published in 2010 and contained the Bridport prize winning story ‘The Prince’. Touch went on to win the Edge Hill Prize in 2011. This collection was written over five years, partly during a writing fellowship at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing and Transcultural Literature at Lancaster University.

Scott's collection of short stories explores a Caribbean world of yearnings and memory, of escape and return underpinned by the disturbing tensions wrought by religion, race, sexuality and crime.

Sensuous and evocative, Scott’s prose has a glorious lightness of touch and tone that exhilarates and illuminates.

He has been short-listed for Commonwealth writers’ prizes three times, long-listed for the Whitbread Prize and the Booker Prize and was winner of the Tom-Gallon Short Story Award. His latest novel is Light Falling on Bamboo (Profile Books, 9781781251584) about the 19th-century painter Jean Michel Cazabon. Leaving by Plane Swimming Back Underwater is his second short-story collection. He lives and works in both London and Port of Spain, Trinidad.


For more information on the other nominees visit the Edgehill University website.

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Losing Israel by Jasmine Donahaye one of The Telegraph's Best Travel Books of 2015

Posted on December 02, 2015 by Rebecca Robinson | 0 comments

The Telegraph's Michael Kerr has chosen Losing Israel by Jasmine Donahaye as one of his best travel books of 2015. Kerr writes, "Donahaye is an Israeli raised in Britain who discovered by chance that her family had colluded in the eviction of Palestinians in 1948. Losing Israel moves between the damp of rural Wales (where she lives now) and the desert; it weaves together travel, memoir, politics and birdwatching. It’s a brave book, unflinchingly honest, and a beautiful one."

Buy it here.

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Rosie Shepperd Awarded Second Place in LPF Poetry Competition

Posted on November 06, 2015 by Rebecca Robinson | 0 comments

This year's Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition received over 1500 submissions but after much deliberation, Judge Deryn Rees-Jones has awarded the Second Prize to Rosie Shepperd, for her poem ‘Break’.

All winners have been invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2016, and you can read all the winning poems (including Rosie's) here.

To see the full list of competition winners, visit the Ledbury Poetry Festival website.

Rosie Shepperd's debut poetry collection, The Man at the Corner Table was published in July. 

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