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Susie Wild is a poet, writer, journalist, critic, lecturer, festival organiser and editor based in Cardiff. Her debut poetry collection 'Better Houses' is out through Parthian Books and all good bookshops on and offline 1 October 2017. 'The Art of Contraception' was her first book. It was long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2011 and won 'Fiction Book of the Year' in the Welsh Icons Awards 2010. Her Kindle novella 'Arrivals' was released globally through Parthian Books in May 2011. She edited the illustrated short story anthology 'Rarebit' for Parthian's 21st birthday, released December 2013. Illustrated by John Abell. She is Publishing Editor at one of Wales' Leading Indie Publishers, Parthian Books. @Soozerama

Monday, 18 April 2016

Hello. Waves.

As you know, In Real Life InkSplott events continue to happen, including the monthly poetry workshop that I host, and I still live in Splott.

Now that I have my writing days back, expect more regular posts on my InkSplott events and the writing and editing of my forthcoming poetry collection (out in spring 2017), my second story collection and finishing the first novel.

I've just moved to my third Splott address since moving to Cardiff. It is the nicest yet, and we're hoping we can settle here for a while... So now the writing and creating can return to a more normal state!


Susie x

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

'Ever wanted to get rid of a memory that holds you back or torments you? Well, you might soon be able to.'

"In an experiment out of the films Total Recall and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, painful experiences have been erased from the brain."

"It is down to Tet1, a gene that overwrites old memories with new ones."
"The gene could treat post-traumatic stress disorder and people haunted by past experiences, researchers say."

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Such sweet parting...

'I'm not asking you to part your legs, dear. Just your fingers. Focus on me. Enlarge my part in your life.'

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Poets prefer marmalade

An anthology that states it publishes the ‘best’ poetry written today publishes the best poetry written today. There are a range of poetry awards corresponding to the range of poetry being written. It is necessary to categorise poets. All good young poets win Eric Gregory awards.

Read full piece on Hannah Silva's blog.

Written by Hannah Silva. Commissioned by the Broadsheet, launching the Exeter Poetry Festival: 'I’m performing/talking on the 4th October at an event exploring tribalism in poetry, the supposed borders between different sorts of practice and the usefulness or otherwise of labels such as ‘mainstream’, ‘experimental’ and ‘performance’.'

Not strictly novel-related, but I've also been drafting some new poems this week...

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

'Why does our kitchen look like it belongs to a psycho killer?'

The Novel has been taken out of the box and now covers surfaces and walls with old and new notebooks, charts and scribbles.

My day job work has been put in storage boxes and under drapes and my holiday reply is on my email. Go Away World. I'm (hopefully) Writing.

I saw this in The Paris Review today also...

On Keeping a Notebook: Part One

August 28, 2013 | by 

'Most of my childhood notebooks are lost–begun in a state of excitement but half- or quarter-filled and abandoned after a few weeks. It wasn’t until high school that I began to think about my notebooks as things that needed to be preserved. In Florida, when I took four years of notebooks outside and burned them, I thought of the act as a ritual cleansing. I was shedding my past in order to recreate myself in the present. If there wasn’t a record of it, I thought, the past no longer existed. Or rather, if there wasn’t a record of it, the past could be whatever I needed it to be; could return to a state of raw material to be molded and rearranged, refashioned into new stories, better stories, the stories I wanted to tell, and not the stories that were most accurate.'

& elsewhere I was reminded of this film, which is a lot to do with how I felt several years ago when I began writing it...

& this overheard beauty from a friend in a local park: 
And then this gem from a 5-year old who clearly pays attention to parental lectures:
"Mummy, don't lie to me. I KNOW you're on twitter. You promised this was time to play together, not to text... Now put your phone away immediately...or I shall get cross!" I heart the park.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Vonnegut on how to write a short story

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Read more and watch the video at openculture.com: http://www.openculture.com/2012/06/kurt_vonneguts_eight_tips_on_how_to_write_a_good_short_story.html

I am NEVER ever guilty of tip number 6. No, no. Not me.

Friday, 1 June 2012

We’ve added years to life, not life to years...

‎"We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much. 

We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life. 

We’ve added years to life, not life to years."

- George Carlin 1937 - 2008