A Radiance

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by Bethany W. Pope

Family stories and extraordinary images glow throughout this compelling debut collection from an award-winning author – like the disc of uranium buried in her grandfather’s backyard.

A Radiance ‘gives glimpses into a world both contemporary and deeply attuned to history – the embattled history of a family, but also of the American South where the author grew up.’

Paperback; 72pp; 203×127 mm; 978-0-9568921-3-3; June 2012; Cultured Llama; £10.00

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 A Radiance weaves the voices of four generations into a rich story of family betrayal and survival, shame and grace, the visceral and sublime. A sense of off beat wonder at everyday miracles of survival and love both fires these poems and haunts them – in a good way. Tiffany S. Atkinson

Bethany W. Pope is a UK-based writer originally from the Southern United States. She has lived in North Carolina, Scotland, the Philippines, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Kansas, Texas and Wales before settling in her current home in Wiltshire.

She lived in an orphanage for three years before dropping out of high-school, but later continued her education at Mary Baldwin College where she earned her BA in English Literature. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from University of Wales Trinity Saint David and her PhD in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University.

She writes constantly, is madly in love with her husband Matthew David Clarke, and spends at least three hours a week Skyping with her family.

She was winner of the inaugural Luigi Bonomi Associates Prize for Fiction in 2007 and shortlisted for a Faulkner-Wisdom award in 2010.

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