Featuring the work of Herbert Williams, Aurel Stancu, Dominique Spearey, Carole Ann Smith, Wendy A. Nottingham, Robert Nisbet, , Gwili Lewis, , Dennis Lewis, Alex Keegan, Peter Thabit Jones, Rowland Hughes, Emily Hinshelwood, Terry Hetherington, Huw Griffiths, Bryn Fortey, Pat Forster, Phil Carradice and Byron Beynon.

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Herbert Williams

Herbert Williams is an award-winning poet, novelist, short story writer and biographer. He has also written books on aspects of Welsh history as well as scripts for TV and radio. He has adjudicated the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and was for some years one of the producers of the BBC's Morning Story on Radio 4. Brief Encounter appears in his short story collection The Stars in Their Courses published by Alun Books. It has also been broadcast by the BBC.

See the Herbert Williams web site www.herbert-williams.co.uk for more.

Read Brief Encounter.


Aurel Stancu

Aurel Stancu was born in Galati (Galatz) Romania in 1954. He now works there as a journalist for Viata libera ('Free Life') and has had two novels, a collection of features, and three books of poetry published. In the UK he has had poems published in Orbis, Roundyhouse, The Seventh Quarry and elsewhere. The poem here is from Lectia de uliu (a hawk's lesson) a trilingual (Romanian, English and French) collection published by Alma in 2002. Another trilingual collection, Ploi Primitive (Primitive Rains), this time in Romanian, English and Italian, was published in 2006 by Editura Senior.

Read different dreams.


Dominique Spearey

Dominique Spearey was born in Cardiff of Welsh/French parents and has always felt it an advantage to be able to choose from two cultures and languages. After many years in education she is now having a 'career break' and considering her options. She is enjoying the opportunity to practise what she has preached in many, many English classes and seeing the creative process from the other side. Her favourite form is poetry, particularly for performance, but she is working hard on extending her repertoire. The novel is, however, a long way off.

Read Thirty Nine.


Carole Ann Smith

Carole is the Secretary of Llanelli Writers' Circle. She has had a number of publications, including those in Roundyhouse, The South Wales Golfer, Llanelli Miscellany, Ireland's Eye, Cambrensis, The Seventh Quarry and Athena

Read Mill Cove.


Wendy A. Nottingham

Wendy favours formal poetry, particularly the sonnet. Her work has appeared in Cambrensis and elsewhere.

Read Madoc, an Italianate Sonnet.


Robert Nisbet

Robert Nisbet taught English for 30 years in grammar and comprehensive schools and is now an associate lecturer in creative writing at Trinity College Carmarthen. His Downtrain was published in the Spring of 2004 by Parthian. A lifelong supporter of Haverfordwest Football Club, he is now their press officer.

Read Bomber.


Gwili Lewis

Gwili has had many works published. He has a particular liking for articles, and these have appeared in Country Quest, Carmarthenshire Life and elsewhere. He has also made broadcasts on Radio Cymru.

Read ARWYDDOCAD Y RHIFOL 3 yn Gymraeg.


Dennis Lewis

Dennis Lewis is a retired Misdemeanant and Drifter, ruined by absinthe and rum. With wet feet and a loud cough he broods in a mist- shrouded valley valley among ancient stones and broken bottles, waiting for the morning dragon to bathe him with fire. Obedient to the fiddler's tune, this is the way it must be.

Read Auschwitz: Spring 1945.


Alex Keegan

After surviving the Clapham Rail Crash in Dec 1988 Alex decided to take a long serious try at writing (we only get one shot at this life). Since then he has published five "Caz Flood" crime novels and hundreds of short-stories and craft articles. In Wales he has appeared in Cambrensis and the New Welsh Review,and in two collections "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe", and "Mr Roopratna's Chocolate". The Western Mail also featured Alex's story "The Last Love Letter of Berwyn Philip Price" in a Rugby Special. Alex teaches writing face to face and also runs an on-line Writing School called Boot Camp.


Peter Thabit Jones

Peter Thabit Jones was born in Swansea, Wales, UK, in 1951. His work has appeared in books from publishers such as Penguin, and Titul Publishers/British Council (Russia). The recipient of several awards, he tutors Literature at the University of Wales Swansea. He is the founder and editor of The Seventh Quarry, a poetry magazine published in Swansea,Wales. A collection of his poems, The Lizard Catchers, is to be published by the New York-based publisher Cross-Cultural Communications.

Read The Empty Park.


Rowland Hughes

Rowland writes both prose and poetry. He has had publications in Roundyhouse, Cambrensis, and elsewhere.

Read Black Wednesday a 'copy' of a sermon from 1899.


Emily Hinshelwood

Emily was born in London, and travelled across several continents before finally settling in South Wales. She writes mainly poetry and plays, and in 2003 she won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Roundyhouse, Red Poets Society and Cambrensis. She has given poetry readings in a range of venues in South Wales and London. Scriptwriter for the bilingual production Dylan Pwy? Dylan Who? and forthcoming production Ugain Mlynedd Ymlaen. She is the co-founder of the writers' groups 'Hooker's Pen', and 'Peacock Vein Scriptshop'. Her recent poetry collection, Sucking at Sticky Fingers has won the DJST Award for the best self-published poetry collection in 2004.

Website: www.emily-hinshelwood.co.uk

e-mail: pantyrywen@aol.com

Read The Tattooed Goddess.


Terry Hetherington

Terry Hetherington has been part of the poetry scene in Wales since early 1980. His work has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and he has been a frequent reader of his poetry in venues throughout Wales, and also in Ireland. His book The Undiminished was published in 1987. Sadly, Terry died on 31 August, 2007. In my opinion he was one of Wales' finest poets. Certainly he was much underrated.

Read Bryn Celli Ddu.


Huw Griffiths

Huw is a specialist in prose. His publications have been in Scrawl, Cambrensis and elsewhere. Huw's first novel, The Cleansing is published by Smithcraft Press on 22 December, 2013.

Read Ten Minutes. What would you do if you only had ten minutes to live?


Bryn Fortey

Bryn Fortey, a past editor of Target, currently edits the underground/ post-underground/ Beat/ jazz/ rock'n'roll magazine Outlaw. He won first prize in the 2004 Aber Valley Annual Arts Festival short story competition and was short listed in the Cambrensis 60th Birthday celebration. His work has appeared widely.

Read NEWPORT CITY (Gateway to Wales).


Pat Forster

Pat's favoured writing is poetry, both free and formal. Besides the book mentioned below, she has had work published in Cambrensis and elsewhere.

Read Uranus, Father of Saturn.

From Tidings From Deep Sky, published in 2003 by CAJ, Porthcawl.


Phil Carradice

Phil Carradice is a poet, novelist and short story writer. He was born Pembroke Dock, educated at Cardiff College of Education, Glamorgan Polytechnic and University College, Cardiff. Was formerly a Headteacher and social worker and is now a full time writer and consultant.

He has published twenty-four books, including two novels: The Bosun's Secret and The Pirates of Thorne Island.

A regular broadcaster, Phil has his own radio programme on BBC Radio Wales, The Past Master.

Work has been published in dozens of magazines, from The New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales and Cambrensis to The Western Mail, New Society and The Times Educational Supplement.

Read The Isle of Avalon


Byron Beynon

Byron Beynon was born in Swansea and brought up in Carmarthenshire. He has worked mainly as a teacher in London, Cardiff, Norway, France and Australia. Since 1999 he has worked as a tutor for the University of Wales, Swansea. His work has appeared in several publications ranging from The Independent, to Planet; Stand Magazine to Quadrant (Australia); Agenda to Poetry Ireland Review; New Welsh Review to Poetry Australia. Three collections, all published by Stride. In 2004 he was involved in co-ordinating a Young People's anthology entitled Fifty Strong, a project to celebrate 50 years of the Poetry Library at the South Bank, London. He co-edits the magazine, Roundyhouse.

Read Musée du Louvre

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