‘Where is the Welsh short story going? Wherever Rob Mimpriss takes it.’ John O’Donoghue. Pugnacious Little Trolls, a new collection of short stories published by Cockatrice Books. Books: Fiction. ‘Dark, complex, pensively eloquent’ (Sophie Baggott, New Welsh Review) — Reasoning, For His Warriors and Prayer at the End, three short-story collections now published by Cockatrice Books. Books: Translations. ‘Lucid, skilful, and above all, of enormous timely relevance’ (Jim Perrin). Rob Mimpriss’s new translation of Morgan Llwyd’s allegorical masterpiece, A Book of Three Birds. Books: Fiction. ‘In the most seemingly unremarkable of Rob Mimpriss’s pieces there is a skill, and a mystery and elusiveness to that skill, which other short-story writers might envy.’ Gee Williams. Books: Translations. ‘An invaluable translation.’ Angharad Price on Hallowe’en in the Cwm, the short stories of Glasynys, translated by Rob Mimpriss. Click to read: ‘Quietly written, contemplative... whose powerhouse is the depth of its moral reflection.’ Siân Preece, Rhys Davies Competition on ‘Hamilton Park.’ Books: Anthologies. ‘Industry in the Country of the Blind,’ new fiction in Land of Change, radical prose from Wales edited by Gemma Howell and forthcoming from Culture Matters. Journals: Stories. ‘Traveller M. in the Land of the Cynocephali,’ new fiction just published in Otherwise Engaged: A Literary and Arts Journal 6:2 (Winter 2020). Books: Anthologies: ‘this exemplary collaboration’ (Philip Gross). Dangerous Asylums, an anthology of fiction by leading Welsh writers, inspired by Denbigh Mental Hospital, edited by Rob Mimpriss. Latest article — read a selection of Welsh folk tales compiled and retold by T. Gwynn Jones, taken from his book, Welsh Folklore and Folk Custom. Latest comment – ‘Decency’s Limits — Abuse and Blocking on Virginia Crosbie’s Page’, a response to hate crimes and harassment on the Facebook page of Ynys Môn’s Conservative MP.

Photograph of Rob Mimpriss with Robert Smith

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I am pictured above (right) with independence activist, Robert Smith, at the march for Welsh independence in Merthyr Tudful, 7th September 2019. Having been inspired in my teens by the history of cultured passive resistance to cultural persecution described by Gwynfor Evans in his history of Wales, Land of My Fathers, and by his vision of European union, I have sought to help rebuild the political and cultural independence of Wales for the whole of my adult life. I have worked on conservation projects in Scotland, Estonia, Iceland and Costa Rica, and am also rather fond of cats.

I am proud to have worked with Liz Ashworth, The Origami Bird (Parthian, 2004); Glenda Beagan, winner of the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and the Trewithen Poetry Prize; writer and scholar, James David Audlin; Carys Bray, winner of the Scott Prize for Short Fiction and author of Sweet Home (Salt, 2012); editor and poet, Brett Evans; John Fraser Williams, Scan (Cinnamon, 2012); Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, winner of the Bath Short Story Award in 2013, and author of While No one was Watching (Parthian, 2013); Louise Fazackerley, winner of the Radio 3 Verb New Voices award; writer and journalist, Jim Perrin; Mike Robbins, scientist, novelist, nouvelist and travel writer; Siân Northey, Yn y Tŷ Hwn (Gomer, 2011); poet and musician Fiona Owen; poet and novelist A.L. Reynolds; Simon Thirsk, short-listed for the Costa Award 2010 for his novel, Not Quite White (Gomer, 2010); Gee Williams, the award-winning author of four short-story collections, most recently A Girl’s Arm (Salt 2012); Samantha Wynne Rhydderch, author of Silk (Seren, 2001), Not in These Shoes and Banjo (Picador, 2008 and 2012), twice shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award; with Alistair Sims, writer in residence at the Meillionydd excavations, and his colleagues Prof Raimund Karl and Dr Kate Waddington; and the clinicians and academics of the North Wales Mental Health Research Project.

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