Crime Cymraeg: A Tour of Welsh Crime Fiction

Forget Nordic and Tartan Noir. From drug dealers in Cardiff to PIs in Aberystwyth, Crime Cymraeg is a broad church with something for everyone. Wales is curious mix of busy port cities, kooky university towns, coastal tourist traps and rural isolation. It has a thriving capital city next to some of the most deprived areas in the UK, the post-mining legacy of the Valleys. It has a glorious national park, with mountains and lakes, award-winning beaches, and a heavy reliance on state jobs, manual labour and hill farming. It has a rich cultural history, from bardic poetry to male voice choirs to the Welsh language revival during the latter half of the twentieth century. It is the birthplace of Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and the peerless Aneurin Bevan, founder of the National Health Service. No wonder this varied nation has produced such a diverse range of crime fiction. I've been reading a lot of Welsh crime fiction while researching The Amy Lane...
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Script Frenzy 2011

Yup, it's official - I just signed up to Script Frenzy! What it is, do you cry? The challenge is simple: 30 days. 100 pages. I completed two NaNoWriMos back in 2006 and 2007 and, though they're still sitting unedited on my hard drive, the sense of drive and camaraderie was amazingly intense. Also, I write much better to deadlines. Cases in point: Red Planet Prize and Laughing Stock. My Script Frenzy is a romantic comedy feature and goes like this: The Local - When a Welsh village pub is threatened by a ruthless construction company, the villagers and their new English doctor must put aside their differences to protect their way of life. As an Englishwoman who's adopted Wales as her homeland, this story strikes a chord with me. I'm hoping I can do it justice in just one month. Wish me luck! ...
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