ALCEMI BELIEVES IN...
The chemistry between the coversAlcemi believes in publishing success stories, kept on a human-scale. Editor Gwen Davies has deep experience of developing new fiction writers such as Richard Gwyn, Rachel Trezise and Tristan Hughes, who have gone on to make their name worldwide with publishers like Doubleday and Picador, while Alcemi has already had a taste of prize-winning, with Gee Williams' Salvage being shortlisted for the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and Fflur Dafydd named as the Oxfam Emerging Writer of the Year at Hay 09, for her novel Twenty Thousand Saints. Gwenï¿½s tastes are for literary fiction; genre only if it has an intelligent twist; not so much fantasy as magic realism; not so keen on historical as retro; definitely surrealism, black comedy, sex. Urban, yes; but also rural voices which avoid the romance of Wales.
She doesnï¿½t mind a touch of exotica. She likes complex, well-handled narratives. Gwen loves narrators that are naive, vulnerable or excluded, where irony manipulates those gaps between a narratorï¿½s and a readerï¿½s viewpoint. Gwen is also a literary translator from Welsh to English.
See Spring '11 editorial statement
Alcemi catalogue 2009
"Alcemi... Promoting original contemporary fiction to resonate within Wales and beyond." New Welsh Review
Daily Express gives Dovetail by Jeremy Hughes a 4/5 Score, and other NEWS...
Richard Gwyn at Hay 2011, other events and archive