Kikinda Short 06

So, in a mere matter of days, I’m heading off to Serbia to read and speak at Kikinda Short, an international short story festival. This is very exciting! Perhaps I might see you there. Give me a nudge if so. And here’s the website, if you’re interested:


New Chapter/wordPLAY

I returned from the wilds of west Wales this week full of ideas, inspiration and insight from the New Narratives conference held last weekend. It was a great event, and if I met you there, hello again! If I did not, however, I will be reading at two wonderful events soon. Details are below…

24th March, Wrexham Library, 7pm.

To celebrate the relaunch of Wrexham library, Hedd ap Emlyn will host New Chapter night. 7pm at Wrexham Library, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham LL11 1AU.

For further details contact Hedd ap Emlyn on 01978 292620.

6th April, The Good Ship, Kilburn, London, 7pm.

I’ll also be reading at Wordplay, a monthly event of literature and music, at The Good Ship, along with Kate Tempest. More details and directions can be found here. The full address is 289 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn NW6 7JR. The nearest tube stop is Kilburn, on the Jubilee line.

See you soon!

Reading in Clapham Library/Cinnamon Anthology Update

Just a quick entry tonight…

Firstly, I just want to remind you that I’m reading from The Schoolboy on Saturday 5th December (this Saturday) at 7pm in Clapham Library. The nearest tube station is Clapham Common. It’s free entry, and there will be a wine reception. I’ll be reading, followed by a Q&A, and signed copies will be available to buy.

Secondly, Jan and I are currently emailing respondents to the Cinnamon prose poetry/microfiction anthology. You should hear from us about the status of your piece(s) in the next week. We received far more entries than we ever expected, and because of this we have taken a little longer to get back to you than we originally anticipated. Thanks for your patience.

On Tour

I have been up and down Wales promoting The Schoolboy over the last few weeks. The last venue was Bangor, and I’d like to thank everyone who made the effort to attend on such a blustery, rainy evening.

But I will also be bringing The Schoolboy to London. The last leg of my 2009 ‘tour’ will be on Saturday, 5th December at Clapham library, from 7pm. There will be refreshments available (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and it’s free to get in. Here’s a map to help you find it. The address is 1 Northside, Clapham Common SW4 0QW. The nearest tube station is Clapham Common. See you there, I hope!

One down…

So, I had a lovely audience at the Aberystwyth reading, and some fabulous, startling and intelligent questions. Thanks to all of you who attended. I have two scheduled readings left in the next two months, which are:

Saturday 7th November (this Saturday!), Blue Sky Cafe, Bangor, 7.30 pm.

This is a free event with bar. Blue Sky is tucked away up an alleyway on the south side of the High Street. It shares its building with Gecko, a clothes shop. See

Saturday 5th December: London.

Clapham Library, 7 p.m. 1 Northside Clapham Common SW4 (near Clapham Common tube station). This is a free event with refreshments available.

If you missed my launch in Cardiff, and my reading in Aberystwyth, it’d be lovely to see you at another event.

In other news, I am still carefully sifting through microfictions and prose poems submitted for the anthology I’m co-editing. The submissions were well into the thousand mark, so please be patient as we want to make this a great book, and we want to take time and care going through the pieces. Thanks again if you sent in your work; we will get back to you as soon as humanly possible.

Cordially Inviting You (Yes, YOU) to The Schoolboy Launch

Invitation from Cinnamon Press:

An invitation to the launch of Holly Howitt’s brilliant and controversial debut novel, The Schoolboy

Cinnamon Press and Holly Howitt in association with Academi invite you to the launch of The Schoolboy

Tuesday September 15th, 7.30 pm

Bar One, (upstairs) Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Street, Cardiff.

Free event with bar. RSVP to

If you can’t make the launch please support this fantastic novel by buying a copy from www.cinnamonpress.comcurrently on offer at the pre-order/introductory price of only £6.00 inc p+p in the UK

Or look out for other readings coming up soon in Aberystwyth, Bangor and London.

About The Schoolboy

Controversial, dark and funny; The Schoolboy is an astonishing psychological study of a disturbed adolescent mind, a commentary on morality and society and a gripping read from one of the most talented young writers around.

The Schoolboy follows Nick in his last year at school. Plagued by secrets, self doubt, guilt and fury, the flaws in his character inevitably lead him into the hands of the damaged, unscrupulous and malevolent. With his options rapidly closing Nick, as insecure as he is angry, has to make decisions fast.

“The Schoolboy is an astonishing debut from an outstanding young writer. With her sharp, uncluttered prose and spiky wit, Holly Howitt explores a teenage boy’s inner violence and sexual rage with a finely-tuned ear for the nuances of spoken language and a superb eye for detail…a brilliant and shocking novella from a highly talented young writer.”

Richard Gwyn