My dad, Darwin Andrews, was the first black mayor in Britain. He was also the first Muslim mayor in Britain. If that didn’t make growing up in a small non-mining town in Wales hard enough, his wife, my mum, who I never knew – she died when I was less than three – had given […]
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Un-named Water Bodies

Tristan Hughes

PUBLISHED ON: 01/05/17

CATEGORY: Fiction

An exclusive extract from Tristan Hughes’ novel, Hummingbird, published by Parthian next month ‘These “Un-named Water Bodies”,’ Eva said, scratching a …

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Action versus inertia

CM Buckland

PUBLISHED ON: 01/02/17

CATEGORY: Fiction

‘Is that a bat?’ said my partner, as I fumbled with a key to open the front door. He was looking down at a wooden board used to edge our front flowerb …

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Cove

Exclusive novel extract by Cynan Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 01/09/16

CATEGORY: Fiction

He wakes floating on his back, caught on a cleat by the elastic toggle of his wetsuit shoe. Around him hailstones melt and sink. They are scattered on …

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The Key

Jo Mazelis

PUBLISHED ON: 21/05/14

CATEGORY: Fiction

The phone had been ringing incessantly it seemed, for almost two weeks. As had become his habit, John let the machine answer. Most of the calls had be …

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Dangerous Asylums

Rob Mimpriss

PUBLISHED ON: 19/05/14

CATEGORY: Fiction

From the Introduction It is a blustery day in spring, and I am going to the mental health unit of Bangor Hospital to meet a professor. The trigger for …

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White Food

Kate Hamer

PUBLISHED ON: 19/05/14

CATEGORY: Fiction

When first they found him they weren’t sure if he was alive. Or even really human. Mother and daughter looked at the sprawled figure on the front path …

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The Sale

Sara Clark

PUBLISHED ON: 19/05/14

CATEGORY: Fiction

This cedar on the hill, alive with light, This cut throat of the sky that hovers low, Buy this memory, buy this sight Everything must go. Sarah Clark …

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The Munificence of the Brittany Sun

Jeremy Hughes

PUBLISHED ON: 12/05/14

CATEGORY: Fiction

She had been watching him for years. He went straight into the water, swam one hundred metres out to the rocks, returned and dried himself. He looked …

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Buenos Aires Diary

Richard Gwyn

PUBLISHED ON: 14/04/14

CATEGORY: Fiction

‘Reality favours symmetries and slight anachronisms.’ J. L. Borges, The South. In May of this year I was flying over the south Atlantic in an Air Fran …

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