Now embarking on its sixth year Literature Caerleon once again brings together the cream of contemporary Welsh writing suitably augmented by a unique debunker of the status quo from across the bridge.
Recently returned from the campaign trail, bibliophile and ITV Wales’ Political Editor, Adrian Masters will be on hand to help guide proceedings.
DEREK JOHNS was Jan Morris’s literary agent for twenty years. Published to coincide with Jan’s recent 90th birthday, Ariel is not a conventional biography, but rather an appreciation of the work and life of someone who besides being a delightful writer is known to many people as a generous, affectionate, witty and irreverent friend.
Jan Morris is one of the great British writers of the post-war era. Soldier, journalist, writer about places, elegist of Empire, novelist, she has fashioned a distinctive prose style that is elegant, fastidious, supple, and sometimes gloriously gaudy. As James Morris she was the journalist who brought back the story of the conquest of Everest in 1953 and who discovered incontrovertible evidence of British involvement in the Suez Crisis of 1956. Her writings on Wales represent the most thorough literary investigation of that mysterious land.
KATE HAMER grew up in Pembrokeshire. Her bestselling novel The Girl in the Red Coat (Faber & Faber, 2015) was a no 3. Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award, the Bookseller Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, the John Creasey New Blood Dagger and Wales Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Doll Funeral (Faber & Faber, 2017) was released to wide acclaim in February. She lives in Cardiff where she is currently working on her third novel.
Praise for The Girl in the Red Coat
‘An engrossing read, to be devoured in a single gulp.’ Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times
‘A page-turning psychological drama…The Girl in the Red Coat keeps the reader hooked.’ Isabel Berwick, Financial Times
‘Beautifully written, and impossible to put down.’ Daily Express 5*
‘Trust us: this book is unlike anything else.’ Stylist
CYNAN JONES was born near Aberaeron, in 1975. He is the author of four novels, The Long Dry (winner of a Betty Trask Award, Parthian, 2006), Everything I Found on the Beach (Parthian, 2011), and The Dig (Granta, 2014). His latest novel is entitled Cove (Granta 2016). He is also the author of Bird, Blood, Snow (Seren, 2012), a retelling of a mediaeval Welsh myth.
Praise for The Dig
‘Raw, brutal…echoes of Ted Hughes, Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway …marvellous.’ The Times
‘Reminiscent of early Ian McEwan …Profound, powerful and utterly absorbing.’ Guardian
‘Jones addresses you with a poetic directness that owes something to Dylan Thomas’ Daily Telegraph
‘An extraordinarily powerful work … this brief and beautiful novel is utterly unique’ Financial Times
‘Powerful … this is a novel with a heft far beyond its size’ New York Times Book Review
TOM BULLOUGH is the author of four books, A (Sort of, 2002), The Claude Glass (Sort of, 2007), Konstantin (Penguin, 2012) and most recently, the widely acclaimed, Addlands (Granta, 2016). Having spent his childhood in rural Radnorshire and Herefordshire, Tom unsuccessfully tried several times to live in London. Having worked as a saw-miller, a music promoter in Zimbabwe, a tractor driver, and a contributor to various titles in the Rough Guides series, he now resides in the Brecon Beacons with his wife Charlie and their two small children. He is currently a visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales.
Praise for Addlands
‘It’s an astonishing work of words.’ Niall Griffiths
‘Addlands is a quiet rural novel of enormous power.’ – Financial Times
‘The prose glimmers and shimmers.’ – The Spectator
‘Like the land of Wales itself, Bullough’s writing is a myriad of pleasant contradictions’ – Manhattan Book Review
MAB JONES is a “unique talent” (The Times) who has read her work all over the UK, in the US, France, Ireland, and Japan. She is the author of Poor Queen (Burning Eye Books, 2014) and Take Your Experience and Peel It (Indigo Dreams, 2016) which won the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize.
Mab teaches creative writing at Cardiff University, writes for the New York Times, and recently presented a poetry programme on BBC Radio 4. She also runs International Dylan Thomas Day.
ROBIN GANDERTON has won the PEN Cymru New Voices Award and the Terry Hetherington Award, and been shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the Hippocrates International Poetry Prize, among others.
Most recently, his was the only highly commended work from a shortlist of ten in the National Memory Day/Literature Works Best Short Story category. He is currently reading for an MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.
ATTILA the STOCKBROKER The world is going nuts, Attila the Stockbroker is writing about it – and he is more fired up than he has ever been in 36 years as a performance poet. He’ll be performing pieces from his newly published collection Undaunted – the title says it all – extracts from his recent autobiography Arguments Yard (Cherry Red Books, 2015) as well as a few of his songs, accompanied by his trusty mandola, Nelson. Laugh, cry and get very, very angry.
Launched into public consciousness by legendary Radio One DJ John Peel in 1982/83, Attila the Stockbroker has toured the world performing his sharp-tongued, radical social surrealist poetry and songs, releasing over 40 CDs/LPs/singles, 9 books of poetry and his autobiography.
PATRICK JONES Tredegar born Jones is considered by many to be one of Wales’ most resonant contemporary poets. Drawing heavily on his south Wales Valley’s heritage he is a champion of the downtrodden and the marginal. As both a poet and playwright Jones has collaborated with many of Wales’ best known individuals and institutions including, James Dean Bradfield, Sherman Theatre and National Theatre Wales. Prominent amongst his work is the play, Everything Must Go, whose title was subsequently appropriated by Manic Street Preachers for the title of their fourth studio album.
“Thoughtful, provocative and challenging.” Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
“Very strong stuff.” Harold Pinter