2021: Event 7

(7) The Wrong Side of
the Looking Glass:
Natalie Ann Holborow and
Mari Ellis Dunning

Friday 16th April | 3:15-4:15pm | Free

In this collaborative poetry project, Natalie Ann Holborow and Mari Ellis Dunning stir together myth, legend, fairytale and iconic female characters to cast a book-length spell and bewitch, as well as beguile, the reader. With intelligence and imagination they question stereotypes, delve into archetypes, and dissect what we think we know, transmuting old stories, through gorgeous language and idiosyncratic imagery, into new and startling tales. Hosted by Parthian Editor and poet Susie Wild.

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Mari Ellis Dunning and Natalie Ann Holborow – The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass
Black Rabbit Press

Mari Ellis Dunning

Mari Ellis Dunning‘s poems and short fiction can be found in recent and upcoming editions of Banshee Lit Mag, New Welsh Reader and The Lampeter Review, amongst others. Her debut poetry collection, Salacia  (Parthian), was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2019.  The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass  was published in 2020. Mari is a PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University, where she is writing a historical novel set in 16th century Wales, exploring the relationship between accusations of witchcraft, the female body, and reproduction. She lives on the west coast of Wales, in Llan-non, with her husband, their newborn son and their dog. 

Mari Ellis Dunning – Salacia
ISBN: 9781912109258

Natalie Ann Holborow

Natalie Ann Holborow is an award-winning writer whose debut collection And Suddenly You Find Yourself  was launched at the International Kolkata Literary Festival. She is co-editor of the Cheval  anthology and her second book  Small  was published in 2020. She is co-author of The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass  with Mari Ellis Dunning. 

Natalie Ann Holborow – Small
ISBN: 978-1-912681-76-1

Susie Wild

Susie Wild is author of the poetry collections Windfalls  and  Better Houses, the short story collection The Art of Contraception (listed for the Edge Hill Prize), and the novella  Arrivals. Her work has recently featured in Carol Ann Duffy’s pandemic project Write Where We Are Now, The Atlanta Review,  Ink, Sweat & Tears  and  Poetry Wales. She placed second in the Welshpool Poetry Festival Competition 2020, was highly commended in the Prole Laureate Prize 2020, was shortlisted for an Ink Sweat & Tears  Pick of the Month 2020 and longlisted in the Mslexia  Women’s Poetry Competition 2018. Born in London, she lives in Cardiff. 

Susie Wild – Windfalls
ISBN: 9781912681754

Susie Wild – Better Houses
ISBN: 9781912109661