2021: Event 19

(19) Christopher Meredith:
Please and Still
Hosted by Jon Gower
Featuring Robert Pugh

Sunday 18th April | 12-12:45pm | Free

Award-winning Welsh novelist and poet Christopher Meredith speaks to Jon Gower as he launches two new books simultaneously! Precise and thought-provoking, his new poetry collection  Still  uses the title word as a fulcrum to balance various paradoxical concerns: stillness and motion, memory and forgetting, sanity and madness, survival and extinction. Meanwhile, in his short novel Please, language geek Vernon struggles to write the story of his long marriage. A verbally dazzling tragicomedy about hidden passion and regret. Christopher will be reading from both books and talking to Jon.

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Christopher Meredith smiling, looking downwards.

Christopher Meredith

Widely acknowledged as one of the best writers of his generation in Wales, Christopher Meredith is the award-winning author of five novels and four collections of poetry and also translates Welsh to English. Prizes include an Eric Gregory Award, the Arts Council of Wales Young Writer Prize and the Fiction Prize for his first novel, Shifts. His second novel, Griffri, was shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award.  His collection of poems, The Meaning of Flight, was longlisted for The Wales Book of the Year Award in 2006. His other novels are Sidereal Time (1998) and The Book of Idiots  (2012). His collection of short fictions, Brief Lives, appeared in 2018. Other poetry collections include Snaring Heaven (1990) and Air Histories (2013). He has given readings all over Britain and Europe as well as in Egypt, Israel/Palestine and the USA. Born and brought up in Tredegar, he has been a steelworker, a schoolteacher and a professor of creative writing at the University of South Wales and now writes full time. He lives in Brecon.  

Christopher MeredithPlease
ISBN: 9781781726167

Christopher MeredithStill
ISBN: 9781781726143

Jon Gower smiling at the camera.

Jon Gower

Jon Gower is a prize-winning author with over thirty books to his name. These include The Story of Wales,  which accompanied the landmark BBC TV series and Y Storïwr,  which won the Wales Book of the Year. His volume An Island Called Smith, about a disappearing island in Chesapeake Bay was awarded the John Morgan Travel Writing Prize. Recent publications include studies of the radical film-maker Karl Francis and the visual artist John Selway as well as  Gwalia Patagonia, being an account of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia and Wales: At Water’s Edge  about the country’s coastal path. Jon has also published five novels and five collections of short stories. He was an inaugural Hay Festival International Fellow and has been awarded an Arts Council of Wales Prize, a Creative Wales award and won both The National Eisteddfod Short Story Prize and the Allen Raine Short Story Competition. He also writes regularly for a range of publications and presents and makes TV and radio programmes for a variety of outlets, most recently a series of essays for BBC Radio 3 about Welsh mountains. 

Jon GowerY Dial
Y Lolfa
ISBN: 9781784618636

Jon GowerThe Story of Wales
ISBN: 9781849903738

Jon GowerAn Island Called Smith
ISBN: 9781859029831