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NWR Issue 99

NWR 100 Preview 15

NWR's landmark hundredth issue publishes this Saturday, 25 May. Teaser-taster no. 15; subscribe now to read the full story, ‘Boa Constrictor’, Rachel Trezise, by securing your copy; new reduced subscription package launched yesterday, save up to 40% on cover price with Direct Debit.

From ‘Boa Constrictor’ by Rachel Trezise, written to commission as a response to Alun Richards Dai Country, and published in NWR 100:

‘Here,’ he said gesturing with his open hand at the area where the sauce was to be smeared. She leaned back, propping her fists in the cold dirt. He started low, lightly massaging the scarlet gloop into the cotton, her ribs hard and knobbly under his palms. She flinched when his fingertips began to jab at the small fatty globes of her breasts. ‘I have to do it,’ he said, pausing briefly. He didn’t think she’d be so timid. At school she’d been ruthless, game for anything; provoking the literacy teacher until he frothed at the mouth. With a sigh she brushed her hair over shoulders, grudgingly offering her chest. He slapped a wad of the relish over her heart.

Rachel Trezise was the winner of the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prizewinner for her short fiction collection, Fresh Apples. Her second short fiction collection, Cosmic Latte, was published this month by Parthian. Her first full-length theatre play, Tonypandemonium, will be staged at the Park & Dare by National Theatre Wales this autumn.


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