SWANSEA NOVELIST PERFORMS IN PORTHCAWL
Sustainable Wales welcomes JO MAZELIS to its Green Room performance space, 5, JAMES ST. PORTHCAWL CF36 3BG, 8pm, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015. £3.
Although she’s a very successful short story writer, Significance (Seren) is Jo Mazelis’s first novel. It deals with the life of Lucy Snow, who, seeking a new direction, moves to France. Or is she running away? “Lucy wants all of it gone”.
Significance follows the consequences of her decision.
Jo Mazelis has been a graphic designer and photographer as well as a writer, working on magazines in London. She lives and writes in her hometown, Swansea.
Jo’s reading will be followed by questions, opportunities to purchase her books, and the popular Green Room Open Mic for others to perform their work.
More details: 01656 773627
Novelist, poet, photographer, essayist and short story writer, Jo Mazelis
was born in the middle of a summer storm on the edge of the Gower Peninsula. She grew up in Swansea, later living in Aberystwyth and London for over 14 years before returning to her hometown. She worked as a graphic designer back when magazines were put together with scalpels and wax, occasionally undertaking portrait assignments to photograph writers such as P.D. James, Patricia Highsmith and Kathy Acker, artists Paula Rego and Nan Goldin, and actors Miranda Richardson and Tilda Swinton amongst others.
She has won a prize in the Rhys Davies Short story award five times, was longlisted for the Asham Award and her first collection of short storiesDiving Girls was shortlisted for both Wales Book of the Year and Commonwealth Best First Book. Her work has appeared in New Welsh Review, Spare Rib, Poetry Wales, Raconteur, Cambrensis, Nth Position, the Big Issue, Corridor, The Ottawa Citizen, Everywoman, Tears in the Fence and Lampeter Review amongst others. Several of her stories have also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
She has exhibited her artwork at Camerawork, London, The Camera Club, London, The Dylan Thomas Centre, Pontardawe Arts Centre and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and has recently begun exploring filmmaking as a means of exploring identity and memory.
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