Don't forget poet David Batten will be launching his second full poetry collection, Untergang at Kyffin Café on Friday, 11 May. Fiona & Gorwel Owen will be on hand to give a few songs and Dave will be reading with some bloke called Adam Craig, whose latest novel is apparently In Dreams the Minotaur Appears Last ☺ I'm looking forward to the next T. Lobsang Rampa, myself … hem-hem.
Since we're on the topic of Dave Batten, look out for his novella, forthcoming from Liquorice Fish Books, next Autumn. Rotterdam follows the day in the life of a young man, working on the North Sea coast towards the end of the '70s, as he tries to make sense of past and present. Part novel, part autobiography, part ethical tract, Rotterdam is as ambitious as it is enthralling and touching. It's a book not to be missed.
Oh dear, was that another segue? Yup: also not to be missed is the launch this Friday of Michelle Angharad Pashley's much awaited follow up to Black Sheep Cottage, The Remains of the Dead. Yes, indeed folks, move heaven, earth and your good selves along to the Hen Bost Bookshop in downtown Bleanau Ffestiniog by 7 p.m. on 4 May to bask in the cozy warmth of Michelle's signature mix of gentle humour, touching humanity, skullduggery, kidnapp and mayhem — much more wholesome than Prime Minister's Questions. Not 'arf … Also on hand to mumble a few incantations next Friday will be that bloke Craig again … however does he manage to wangle his way into these events?