Sarah Tanburn talks to Alan Bilton about her new collection of short stories, with a reading and Q&A.

The five stories in .Children of the Land. are set in real places: Caerllion, Rhossili, Ynys Llandwyn, Bannau Brycheiniog, underneath Eryri. Places readers and buyers know and love, made new. Hawks of Dust and Wine came second in the 2019 Rheidol prize, and, like all these tales, offers a strong, unconventional heroine. Sarah Tanburn takes us on an exhilarating ride, all the while asking important questions about what kind of Wales we want to live in.

These wildly imaginative tales will appeal to lovers of Angela Carter and Ursula Le Guin. Sarah Tanburn takes us from mythology to a future Wales where unquiet children have powerful voices. Rooted in the Welsh landscape, her language pulses with the power of the sea, lifts and veers on the wind and echoes with the sounds of the deep underground.

‘Writing in a notably fresh voice and strikingly original, these fables hook us in as readers and take us off in thrilling and unpredictable directions.’ Philippa Davies

‘Sarah Tanburn populates the terrain of Wales with a glorious cast of colourful characters. Conveying a sense of wonder about a world that Is intriguingly off-kilter, and presented compellingly well.’ Jon Gower.

Sarah Tanburn lives and writes in South Wales. She is a sailor and hiker, immersed in the environment around her and is approaching the end of a part-time creative writing PhD at Swansea. Her work has been published in anthologies and online, including ‘New Welsh Review’, ‘Ink’, ‘Sweat and Tears’, ‘Aliens’ (from Iron Press), ‘Wifiles’ and ‘Superlative’ magazine. She writes regularly for ‘Nation.Cymru’.