From Read by the Author

Philip Gross – thinking about about-ness

Philip Gross is a poet, librettist and writer for children. He won the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009 with The Water Table, and Wales Book of The Year 2010 with I Spy Pinhole Eye. Deep Field dealt with his Estonian refugee father’s final years and loss of language, an exploration into our place in the world broadened steadily through later collections, most recently A Bright Acoustic (2017). Recently liberated from 25 years of academic life, he is an insatiable collaborator across art forms, e.g. with artist Valerie Coffin Price on A Fold in the River, and with composer Benjamin Frank Vaughan on The King in the Car Park, a cantata about the re-discovery of Richard III, performed in Leicester Cathedral.

READ BY THE AUTHOR: ‘my german wine’ – Mark Mayes

Mark Mayes reads ‘my german wine’, his poem from Issue Seven of The Lonely Crowd. Mark Mayes’ début novel, The Gift Maker, is published by Urbane Publications. He has published stories and poems in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the celebrated Unthology series (#5, #9, and accepted for #10) from Unthank Books. His work has…

READ BY THE AUTHOR – Two Poems by Hugh Doyle

Hugh Doyle reads two poems from Issue Seven of The Lonely Crowd.     Hugh Doyle Originally from Ireland, Hugh is currently finishing an MA in Creative Writing at Swansea University. He lives in the village of Llangeinor with his partner, Paula and their son, Finley. Hugh’s first collection, A Persistence of Questions, is available…

Two Poems by Ingrid Casey – read by the author

Ingrid Casey reads her Issue Six poems, ‘Milliennials’ & ‘The Gambler Misses His Mother’. Ingrid Casey is a poet, teacher, mother and artist. Her work is informed by art, memory, life in Ireland and the sublime that we find in day to day life. She has developed her craft through having work published in the…

‘Lucca’ by Tom Vowler – read by the author

Tom Vowler reads ‘Lucca’ his short story in Issue Six of The Lonely Crowd. Tom Vowler’s first collection, The Method, won the inaugural Scott Prize in 2010, and the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize in 2011. He followed this with two novels – What Lies Within and That Dark Remembered Day – and his work has…

‘Magnolias’ by Bethany W. Pope – read by the author

Bethany W. Pope reads ‘Magnolias’, her short story featured in Issue Six of The Lonely Crowd. Bethany W. Pope is an award-winning writer. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program, and her MA from the University of Wales Trinity St David. She has published several collections of poetry: A Radiance (Cultured Llama,…

Three Poems by Mari Ellis Dunning – read by the author

Mari Ellis Dunning reads her three poems from Issue Six of The Lonely Crowd.   A mind; shifting    Reaching   Oystermouth   Mari Ellis Dunning is a Welsh writer of poetry, short stories, children’s books and novels. She has work published in various publications, including the New Welsh Review, Female First Magazine, Parthian’s Cheval…

READ BY THE AUTHOR: ‘Conversations’ by Glyn Edwards

Glyn Edwards reads and discusses two of his poems from our new issue. Wales Arts Review described Glyn Edwards recently as one of the ‘most exciting young voices in Welsh poetry’.  He is currently completing his debut collection, Conversations, that investigates both historical and personal responses to Britain’s most popular verse. You can read all three of Glyn’s…

READ BY THE AUTHOR: ‘Drive’ by Ruth McKee

Ruth McKee reads her short story ‘Drive’, taken from our new issue.     Ruth McKee is a singer songwriter and author. She was joint winner of the Irish Novel Fair 2015 with her book The Jealous Wall and is represented by Ger Nichol. She has been nominated for The Hennessy Award 2016, with her…

READ BY THE AUTHOR: ‘Made You Look’ by Valerie Sirr

THE LONELY PRESS is delighted to announce the publication of two new titles in the spring of 2017: The Beautiful Rooms by Valerie Sirr and Ergasy by Chris Cornwell. Today we preview a short story from Sirr’s stunningly accomplished debut collection, the excoriating ‘Made You Look’, read by the author herself. See the site next week…