Editors: Kirsti Bohata, Mihangel Morgan, Huw Osborne
Publisher: Parthian Books
Published September 2021
In these stories gender refuses to be fixed: a dashing travelling companion is not quite who he seems in the intimate darkness of a mail coach, a girl on the cusp of adulthood gamely takes her father's place as head of the house, and an actor and patron are caught up in dangerous game-playing. In the more fantastical tales there are talkingrats, flirtations with fascism, and escape from a post-virus 'utopia'. These are stories of sexual awakening, coming out and redefining one'splace in the world.
Release and a certain heady license may be found in the distantcities of Europe or north Africa, but the stories are for the most partlocated in familiar Welsh settings - a schoolroom, a provincial town, amining village, a tourist resort, a sacred island. The intensity of desire,whether overt, playful, or coded, makes this a rich and often surprisingcollection that reimagines what being queer and Welsh has meant indifferent times and places.