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Author Rachel Trezise and Swansea
head and shoulders black and white pic of Rachel Trezise
Rachel won the inaugural Max Boyce Prize earlier this year, with Fflur Dafydd winning the Welsh language category with Y Llyfrgell

Swansea has good associations for acclaimed writer Rachel Trezise - it is after all where she received the Dylan Thomas prize.

She won the inaugural £60,000 literary award for work by writers under 30.

That was for her short story collection Fresh Apples. Now she's working on a new novel far from early inspiration.

And at a recent reading at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea she read from her latest published work Sixteen Shades Of Crazy.

Set in the fictional Aberalaw, a small village in the South Wales valleys, Sixteen Shades Of Crazy tells the story of three very different women.

The wives and girlfriends of local punk rock band, The Boobs, are desperate for thrills and when a charming stranger and drug-dealer, Englishman Johnny, enters their world, the women's lives are changed forever, with devastating consequences.

Music has always been part of the writer's life - as a teenager she wrote for a music fanzine, has subsequently toured with bands and written on them.

Her third book, Dial M for Merthyr, follows her travels with the band Midasuno on tour.

Born in Cwmparc in the Rhondda Valley, in 2001 she found herself on the Orange Futures list, as one of 21 exciting new young women authors.

She is currently working on a new novel set in New York.

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