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Calling All Poets!

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The international Welsh Poetry Competition has just launched their 2021 contest.  The 15th international, English language competition is now open and accepting entries! 1st Prize – £500 2nd Prize – £250 3rd Prize – £100 plus 17 runners up mentioned on our website and published in our 3rd anthology. Award-winning poet Kathy Miles will judge the contest! To enter just click here. Closing date – 6th June 2021.  

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Calling All Indie Poets!

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The Poetry Book Awards is an annual, international book award given to the best poetry books produced by indie writers, self published authors or books published by small, truly independent presses. Even though more and more people are enjoying and participating in creative writing it is becoming increasingly difficult to become traditionally published, especially in the poetry world.  Most of the top book prizes and competitions do not allow self published authors to enter.  If they are allowed […]

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From a Cage on a Rock in a Puddle

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Daniel Holmes, a man from south Wales who was arrested in 2006 on Malta with his friend Barry Lee, for growing cannabis for their own use.  Daniel then spent 12 years detained on the island, 9 of which were spent in the Corradino Correctional Facility Prison near Valletta. There was no evidence of their intent to deal but at that time in Malta cultivation was automatically classed as trafficking, contrary to EU human rights laws.  […]

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Welsh Book Shop

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There seems to be a bit of a revolution in the book world happening at the moment.  Lots of people, retailers, especially the smaller outlets are struggling with the giant that is Amazon and many local book shops are going out of business because they simply can’t compete with the US giant. It’s a tricky one really, because Amazon does provide a great platform and allows small indie writers to compete with the bigger traditionally […]

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The Welsh Man – New ‘Cymru Noir’ Novel

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Welsh writer Dave Lewis has just launched his fourth novel, an uncompromising look at the British underworld played out against a background of love and harsh landscapes. Following on from the success of his ‘Cymru noir’ technothriller Hagar trilogy this time Lewis takes us deeper into the human heart. As the tag line for the novel says, “the streets can be savage but so can the heart”. Paul Thorne is no angel.  A hard man […]

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Poetry Book Awards – Winners!

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Jocelyn Simms Wins The International Poetry Book Awards The contest organisers have announced the winners of their prestigious contest, judged by Welsh poet and writer Dave Lewis, and the overall winner was Jocelyn Simms for her book ‘Tickling the Dragon’. The winners were as follows: 1st Prize          TICKLING THE DRAGON – Jocelyn Simms, France 2nd Prize         THE WOMAN WITH AN OWL TATTOO – Anne Walsh Donnelly, Mayo, Ireland 3rd Prize          HEFT – David J Costello, Wallasey, England Judges’ comments can be viewed on the competition web […]

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Poetry Book Awards – Shortlist

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The organisers of the Poetry Book Awards have just announced the shortlist of winners for the 2020 contest with some fabulous poetry collections. ‘Amongst our top ten we have various themes: barrack banter, Spanish art, drug addiction and redemption, sexual awakening, personal narratives, the nuclear age, nature and myth, life and death and of course love.  Proof, if it were needed that modern poets can shine just as bright as the old familiar names. If […]

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Poetry Book Awards

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After much soul searching, Welsh poet Dave Lewis, has managed to whittle down the 2020 entries in the inaugural ‘Poetry Book Awards’ to the following 24 books – all of which are just fab and well worth buying, so please click the links and grab yourself a great poetry book! Longlist (in no particular order) Arthur Allen  – The Nurseryman Chrissy Banks – The Uninvited Jackie Biggs – Breakfast in Bed Ian Royce Chamberlain – Not Forgotten David […]

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Literature Wales Survey

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As some of you may know, Literature Wales, whose job is to promote Welsh writers, also sends a newsletter out. Although they rarely seem to want to promote grass roots projects like this one, or the two international poetry contests we run they do sometimes have to justify their funding by asking people what they think of their service. Well, now is your chance to do just that. The Literature Wales Newsletter is currently under […]

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Most Popular Pages

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Hi all Just a quick post to list the most viewed pages on our website so far, amongst the ‘writers’ pages.  It’s early days yet of course but interesting to see who the public are looking at.  Unique page impressions correct as of 8th April 2020. Louise Shelley – 450 John Evans – 272 Iris Gower – 253 Harri Webb – 250 Bernard Knight – 249 Dave Lewis – 248 Kate Roberts – 243 Chris […]