All Shall be Well
Edited by Penny Anne Thomas, Stephanie Tillotson
All Shall Be Well, 25at25, is an outstanding anthology of twenty-five short stories and non-fiction pieces selected to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Honno, Welsh Women's Press.
They have been chosen from the many anthologies published by Honno since its beginnings in 1987.
Together they reveal the wonderful depth of storytelling and give a window onto the lives, experiences and creativity of Welsh women writers.
The stories take us into other worlds - the secret life of a lonely cleaner, young girls making perfume on a summer's day, French lovers desperate to escape their mother, a holiday in the Med where perfect skin is not the only answer. The non-fiction ranges from the horrors of Belsen, as seem at first hand by a Welsh nurse, to remote Bardsey Island, from the swinging sixties to the trials of a mother seeking a career in the clergy.
Classic Welsh authors Brenda Chamberlain and Bertha Thomas also appear to complete a line-up which should fascinate and enteratin well beyond the next quarter of a century.
Wales Book of the Month June 2012
"Honno so magnificently lives up to the headline '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 - 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."
"Twenty five years...is a long time...as an independent publisher, particularly one which specialises in publishing the best in Welsh women's writing, but that's exactly what Honno have achieved. To celebrate the occasion they've published this anthology of twenty five short stories and non-fiction pieces. They've previously been seen in the numerous anthologies published by Honno but when combined they give an interesting and enlightening insight into the work of these great writers."
Foreword: Rosanne Reeves and Luned Meredith
Categories: Anthology, Autobiography & Memoir, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Short Stories
First Published by Honno: 17th May 2012
Contributors: Bertha Thomas, Beryl Roberts, Brenda Chamberlain, Brenda Curtis, Catherine Merriman, Christine Evans, Christine Harrison, Elin ap Hywel, Elizabeth Andrews, Eloise Williams, Emily Bond, Fiona Owen, Irene Thomas, Jan Fortune, Janet Thomas, Jo Mazelis, Laura Morris, Marianne Jones, Molly Parkin, Patricia Duncker, Paula Brackston, Rhian Thomas, Sarah Jackman, Siân James, Siân Melangell Dafydd