On Friday, March 4th, young writers gathered with their friends and family to celebrate the secondary launch of How to Exit a Burning Building. This anthology showcases the winning and commended work from the Robin Reeves Prize for Young Writers 2015.
In December, they met for the first time at Chapter to hear the winners, Natalie Ann Holborow, Eve Elizabeth Moriarty and Mari Ellis Dunning, read their work. This time around everyone gathered at the hip, central Little Man Coffee Co to listen to those whose pieces had been commended and published in the anthology.
On the evening we heard some excellent poetry and prose from Natasha Borton, Durre Shahwar, Sara Robles, Emily Green, Natalie Thomas, and Niall Ivin as well as two commended poems by prizewinner Mari Ellis Dunning.
If you missed the launch party don’t worry! You can still buy How to Exit a Burning Building from Parthian and check out the photos below. It was quite a night!
About the Editors:
Rachel Trezise was born in the Rhondda valley, south Wales in 1978. She studied Journalism and English at Glamorgan University and Geography and History at Limerick University, simultaneously writing her first novel.
Her semi-autobiographical novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl was published in 2001. It attracted much critical acclaim and won a place on the Orange Futures List. The book is studied in most Welsh Universities and is on the British Literature reading list at the University of Montreal. In 2003 Harpers & Queens magazine described her as ‘the new face of (British) literature’.
Her second book, a short story collection called Fresh Apples was published in 2005 and won the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006. Trezise was writer of residence at the University of Texas in spring 2007. Dial M for Merthyr, her third book, was published in 2007 and won the inaugural Max Boyce Prize in 2010. Her first radio play Lemon Meringue Pie was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2008. Her most recent book Sixteen Shades of Crazy was published in April 2010. Her work has been translated into several languages and has been published in Australia and New Zealand, Denmark, Ethiopia and Italy. She is married and still lives in Wales.
Her latest book, Cosmic Latte, was published in May 2013, while her National Theatre Wales play Tonypandemonium was released in October of the same year.
Christina Thatcher is a PhD student and postgraduate tutor at Cardiff University where she studies how creative writing can impact the lives of people bereaved by addiction. Christina keeps busy off campus too by delivering creative writing workshops across south Wales, running projects for organisations like Making Minds and the Welsh Writers’ Trust, coordinating literature events for Made in Roath Festival, and more. Her work has featured in a number of publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine, and the Lampeter Review. Her poetry collection, More than you were, was recently shortlisted in Bare Fiction’s Debut Poetry Collection Competition. To learn more about Christina’s work please visit her blog: https://collectingwords.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @writetoempower.