Sunday, 26 February 2017

Meet the participants of the #LlandeiloBookFair / #LlandeiloLitFest: Sally Spedding

Sally is a familiar and popular face in Llandeilo and Carmarthenshire. She will be at the book fair as well as being part of the Lit Fest. On Saturday April 29th at 12 noon at the Angel Inn Sally will be part of this event:
Eventbrite - Panel discussion with local crime fiction writers Sally Spedding, Thorne Moore and Cheryl Rees-Price  £5,90 Welsh Thrillers with Thorne Moore, Sally Spedding and Cheryl Rees-PriceThree crime writers discuss Welsh thrillers and crime fiction, on a panel hosted by author Carol Lovekin.Trafodaeth rhwng triawd o awduron llyfrau trosedd.
Welcome Sally. Please tell us about the books you’ll be bringing to the Book Fair. 

All my books from ‘Wringland’ to ‘The Yellowhammer’s Cradle.’  Please see my website under BOOKS .

Which genres do they belong to?

Noir crime, with additives!

What are the characters and plots like?

Inspired and influenced by setting, history and psychology.  Digging beneath the surface…

Tell us about your newest book.

‘The Yellowhammers’ Cradle’ is historical, crime/horror  set in 1851 in rural Argyll where witches roamed, and suspicion thrived. All with the bottomless Loch Nonach as a backdrop.

Which of your books are you’re most proud of, and why?

‘Malediction,’ because Sparkling Books, my publishers, were brave enough to believe in it.

What is the best thing that has been said about your books?

That they are at best disturbing, and at worst, terrifying.

Why did you decide to come to the Hwl Llandeilo Literature Festival?

Christoph Fischer kindly invited me on a panel of Welsh Noir writers.

Do you have a special connection to Wales?

I was born near Porthcawl, and my mother was from Neath. Her father, Ben Bowen was, in turn,  Mayor of Neath. Also, my Dutch grandparents escaped to Penarth, then to a wonderful house on the Blorenge, outside Abergavenny.

What is your personal background?

Sculpture, watercolour/collages and illustration. Horses, secondary school teaching at the then Ysgol Gyfun Tregib. Having won an international short story competition, I was approached by an agent. I’m also a poet who finds making every word count very useful  for prose. Love Wales and France, with a bolthole in the eastern Pyrenees.

Who are your favourite authors? 

Pierre Magnan; Philippe Claudel; Nele Neuhaus; Johan Theorin.

Connect with Sally on
Twitter –  @SallySpedding
or her Website –

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