A hectic and highly enjoyable few months, which have seen the editor take her first holiday in some years. But now the tan has faded and onwards we go into the autumn/winter.
Commitments mean I'll be missing out on catching the many events on offer at Baylit this year, which is a shame. A fantastic line-up of new voices and new approaches. I recommend those who can to join Owen Sheers, Russell Celyn Jones, Niall Griffiths and Gwyneth Lewis discussing their reworkings of stories from the Mabinogion (28 October), an innovative series of past-present collisions from Seren. I'd also flag up TXT2Baylit (27 October), which features, among others, performance poet Liam Johnson. I first saw him in action when I sat on the judging panel for the 2009 John Tripp Award. Johnson was just pipped to the post for our vote on the night, but he made a huge impression on all of us and went on to scoop the audience favourite. Verbal pyrotechnics combined with wit, enormous verve and nerves of steel. He's not to be missed.
In other news, I'm currently completing production on Issue 90. This issue features fantastic new writing from Geoffrey Hill, Robert Minhinnick, Rachel Trezise, Rebbecca Ray, Menna Elfyn, Clare Dudman, Gee Williams, Kathryn Simmonds, Michael Symmons Roberts, Matthew David Scott and more. Plus micro-fiction and stunning photography from Eamon Bourke in Buenos Aires and our reviews pages. I'll keep you posted on the publication date.