It was while she was studying at Glamorgan University that Rachel wrote her first novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl. The book was to receive critical acclaim when it was released in 2002 and had a place on the Orange Futures List.
Rachel was named the new face of literature by Harpers & Queen in 2003, and in 2006 won the Dylan Thomas Prize for her novel Fresh Apples, which describes life in the mining valleys of South Wales, and this shot her to international recognition.
Her latest book Cosmic Latte is published by Parthian and is a collection of 11 short stories with immigration as a theme, and speaks of lives on either side of boundaries and the fringes of society. Short stories are Rachel’s passion and she says they need as much concentration as writing a novel.
Rachel’s projects include writing her first stage drama – Tonypandemonium – for National Theatre Wales. She was also one of five authors who were approached to write an episode for a BBC Radio Wales comedy drama series called Driving Home for Christmas. This was aired in December 2012 and is based on a couple visiting relatives over the Christmas period who live in various parts of Wales.
Rachel’s work has been translated into several languages and is published all over the world.
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Read an interview with the author about her new book here.
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