All Shall be Well
Editor: Penny Thomas, Stephanie Tillotson
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25 at 25: A quarter of a century's great writing from the women of Wales
All Shall Be Well, Honno's 25th anniversary anthology, brings together a wonderful and absorbing collection of writing by Welsh women taken from the fiction and non-fiction anthologies published by the press over the last quarter of a century.
Fiction writers such as Patricia Duncker, Sian James, Sarah Jackman and Jo Mazelis contribute tales of tangled relationships, discovery loss and love, told with wit and compassion, while non fiction ranges from the horror of Belsen through the eyes of a Welsh nurse, to the swinging sixties with Molly Parkin.
Since it was formed, Honno has published anthologies on subjects such as motherhood, travel, change and wicked women. The result is a thrilling range of work from new and, by now, established writers.
Speaking of the 25 pieces chosen for the anthology, editors Penny Thomas and Stephanie Tillotson said: "All the pieces here are characterised by skill, be that a skill in story-telling, or dexterity in language, rhetorical or aesthetic, a talent for drawing the reader into an experience, or an ability to create a sense of time or place."
Many of these pieces respond to the changes that have taken place in women's social and political experiences in Wales over the past century and a half. Honno has mapped an undoubted realignment of emphasis in what we choose to write about. The sense of lives half-lived has receded, powerlessness and poverty has diminished. Our lives have changed beyond the recognition of our grandmothers, but though much has altered, much is still the same.
Wales Book of the Month June 2012
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Hooray for Honno!
"Hooray for Honno! For a quarter of a century its classic and contemporary titles have been reminding us why Welsh women's voices should be nurtured and celebrated, why Welsh women's writing should be read and re-read. Wales, the UK, and the British literary scene would all be the poorer without Honno. I wish it every possible success as it heads into its next 25 years."
"Honno so magnificently lives up to the headline Â– 'great books, great writing, great women!' Welsh women, Welsh women's history, and literature owe a great deal to the ground breaking work undertaken by the team, past and present, at Honno. I certainly owe a debt of gratitude for the publication of my heroine, Elizabeth Andrews' autobiography A Woman's Work is Never Done."
"I congratulate Honno on their magnificent achievements through 25 years. Supporting, encouraging Welsh women writers to make their creative Celtic voices heard, spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. To flourish and achieve the recognition they undeniably deserve. Continue to blossom, you beautiful, bountiful, utterly brilliant female force!!!"
"Twenty-five years ago Honno began a revelatory publishing history that has become an essential facet of the whole culture of Wales.From classics, forgotten or neglected, to contemporary work across the creative and critical divides, it is Honno which has placed writing by and about women where it should always have been, at the centre of our past understanding and our future sensibility."
Dai Smith, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales
"Well done to my sisters at Honno Press. The press turns 25 years young today. And during this time it has achieved simply remarkable things Â– shining a light on treasures from our tradition, providing a platform for exciting contemporary authors and being an all-round fantastic indie. Llongyfarchiadau!"
"Honno's story is one of heroic and necessary endurance; for a quarter of a century its workers have committed themselves to discovering new and innovative voices and to resurrecting unjustly neglected ones. A wonderful and incredible achievement that proves the colossal value of the written word."
Category: Short Stories Anthologies Fiction Autobiography
First published by Honno in : May 2012
Contributors: Elizabeth Andrews, Emily Bond, Paula Brackston, Brenda Chamberlain, Brenda Curtis, Sian Melangell Dafydd, Patricia Duncker, Christine Evans, Jan Fortune, Christine Harrison, Elin ap Hywel, Sarah Jackman, Sian James, Marianne Jones, Jo Mazelis, Catherine Merriman, Laura Morris, Fiona Owen, Molly Parkin, Beryl Roberts, Bertha Thomas, Irene Thomas, Janet Thomas, Rhian Thomas, Eloise Williams,