Edited by John Williams (Bloomsbury 2004) - After years of near invisibility in contemporary fiction, in the shadow of the acclaimed offerings from Scotland and Ireland, today Wales can draw from a vibrant, diverse set of writers. This is an eclectic and original collection, with subjects ranging from childhood trauma to hipster thrills.
"This is a collection of stories from which emerges a strong sense of Western pride, but what's strongest is the pervading darkness. These stories employ Welsh 'otherness' to striking effect. An excellent modern noir."
Edited by Lewis Davies (Parthian 2005) - An anthology that reflects the diversity of people and culture strewn across the landscape of modern Wales. Some award winning writers and some you've probably never heard of yet.
"An exceptional selection by Rachel Trezise is filled with evocative, stunning figures... The story is allusive yet specific, the language idiomatic yet elegant."
Edited by Anna Kiernan (Parthian 2007) - Twenty-first century women have it all. We can do what we want, when we want and with whom we want. Can't we? Bit on the Side is a collection of life stories by women in their 20s-70s. From novelists to academics, broadcasters to chefs, this book is about how we live now: our desires, discontents, ambitions and commitments.
"Reports and reflects on new identities with wit and verve. While not claiming to have 'the answers,' the writing here offers fresh views on the politics of sex and gender in Britain today."
By Alun Richards (Library of Wales/Parthian 2006) - The story of a marriage that has long since lost its sparkle. Walter, the wisecracking paranoiac and Connie, teacher of the 'backward class,' are a couple who know a lot about sex but little about each other.
The industrial revolution is over and the south Wales Valleys are slowly but surely losing their identity. Walter is forced through illness to reflect on his flaws while Connie attempts to sate her wanderlust. With a foreword by Rachel Trezise.
"... a crackling and sizzling read, with all the verbal liveliness, the thrusting polemical athleticism of the highly articulate South Wales mind at its best... a novel, above all, full of life ... of character and vitality."
The Sunday Times
Edited by Jeni Williams (Parthian 2005) - An attempt at a sideways glance at the cultural activity bubbling under the surface, deliberately choosing five very different writers and artists, whose vital, off-centre work benefits from being produced away from the pressure of the dominant metropolitan culture. Sarah Broughton on Eddie Ladd, Jeff Tear on Daniel Morden, Jeni Williams on Pete Bodenham, Maria Donovan on Megan Lloyd and Rachel Trezise on Neale Howells.
"The variety gives a sense of the rich fluctuations, the oddity and creativity that exist at every level of a Welsh culture in the midst of change. The artists, the writers and editor have collaborated to produce a 'performance on paper.'"
A ghost makes a friend. Ulla Shooks is testifying, ladies and gentlemen, countering the wicked with the godly. The powers-that-be are trying to kick in Nikki's door as she, like, struggles against the shackles of conformity? Melissa gets high and dreams of an oblivion that won't make the E! Channel news. Patty Hearst is watching the apocalypse on TV. All this and more is waiting for you in The Empty Page: Fiction inspired by Sonic Youth.
But why Sonic Youth? J Robert Lennon says it's cos Sonic Youth rip it apart. Katherine Dunn says it's because they operate in the foggy world between the real and the surreal. Steve Sherrill reckons that they've just got it figured out, man. You know? Mary Gaitskill says that Sonic Youth caught her, years ago, when she was falling. Catherine O'Flynn just wanted to catch some of the nihilistic, elemental, caustic, isolated flavour of their music. Emily Maguire was once in love with chaos. For Tom McCarthy it's gunpowder and dreams of a black panther.
'Excellent' Independent on Sunday, 'Innovative and imaginative' Time Out, 'A triumph' Stuart Maconie, Word Magazine.