This year's Debut Poetry Collection competition was one of the toughest we've had to adjudicate.
At Peirene Press, Meike Viervogel has been gathering signatories from literary and cultural organisations in support of Britain staying within the EU. There is a range of arguments on whether to stay in or leave Europe, but at Cinnamon Press we are with Meike and her colleagues in maintaining that any isolationist impulse is culturally destructive.
The theme 'dark interiors' brought in a diverse and intriguing selection of microfictions and poetry, with a huge contingent that focussed on painful memories and disturbed childhoods. The strongest pieces were the subtlest; those that took an oblique look at the subject and produced something fresh.
In the depths of a cold North Welsh January, replete with storms, fourteen writers and three tutors met at Ty'n y coed in two consecutive groups of seven students to celebrate a year of intensive mentoring and to look at how far the work had come over that year.
Cinnamon Press is proud to launch a new website to coincide with its tenth anniversary. Over the last five years we've had new design and a great site generously provided by Armin Osmancavic and maintained by Cinnamon author, Adnan Mahmutovic. Earlier this year this lovely site was hacked and, whilst we were going in ever decreasing circles trying to remove the unwanted adverts for prescription medications, Sarah Willans came to the rescue.