The following day, we had the launch party at the Transport Club in Cardiff. The incredible Adwaith, Simon Love and The Old Romantics and John Mouse provided musical accompaniment. Big love all round.
Beyond excited to share the cover for The Offline Project....
This beautiful thing was illustrated by the very talented Max Low. Here's something I said about it:
“The book takes its name from a community which the protagonist, Gerard, joins in its second half. His story takes places in two very different locations: Cardiff, the growing capital city of Wales, and an unidentified Danish woodland, with two different themes: online and offline. The writing also happened across those two countries, written on my phone in my home of Cardiff, and in Moleskine notebooks in a succession of minimalist cafes across Copenhagen. Rewind a few generations and my great-grandfather took a similar trip in reverse, stowing away from an archipelago in the Baltic Sea called the Åland Islands- a Swedish-speaking autonomous part of Finland- and disembarking in Cardiff, then one of the world’s busiest ports and home to the multicultural Tiger Bay, where he opened a hostel for Scandinavian seaman. Max’s cover illustration, serene and just a little bit sinister, feels like the perfect representation of the place Gerard finds himself. But I’ll let readers decide that for themselves.”
Rather than copying over all of my blogs from my old website, instead here's some pictures from the recent past including readings at Hay, Literary Death Match, Edinburgh Fringe, Southbank Centre, Pyramid Scheme, Cardiff Book Festival, Dinefwr Literature Festival, Dylan Thomas' house, Swn Festival etc.
Bit of news…the difficult second novel is coming out in May 2018 with the ace Graffeg Books. Watch this for the inside track.