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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The Artist’s Studio

The problem with being creative is that one rarely stops at one thing. So, I write. And I love writing. Writing is probably my number one hobby, and has been for some years now. However, tonight I started a new cross stitch. And tomorrow I have dance class, and I was meant to practise this evening. Also, I have Welsh on Thursday and I haven't done my homework yet, so I'll have to do that tomorrow before work. Obviously, my novel hasn't got a look-in. This is a terrible state of affairs, but I'm a writer, a stitcher, a dancer and a linguist. Oh, and I guess I have a job and a partner and other mundane things that should probably take up some of my time. Eating and sleeping would be good too. Bring on the 36-hour day!...
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