Novelist and Short Story Writer
With a stripped-down, return to the classical style of writing, Math Bird has created a book that drips with a sense of nostalgia for the days when books flexed their muscles through an economy of words, potentially double-crossing dames, and plots that were launched with nitro slapped on their backs . . .
The publisher’s description of the novel aptly puts it, “Set in the borderlands of northeast Wales, WELCOME TO HOLYHELL is a coming-of-age story about loneliness, hope, the past that haunts us, and the fear of growing older.”
If you like your stories short, crime-ridden, and dark, this is the book for you. Those are qualities all seven of the stories in this collection share. Other things they have in common are, as the description indicates, a setting in Wales and being solidly written, entertaining reads.
The Whistling Sands
OUT OF THE GUTTER ONLINE
Welcome to Holyhell
THE BIG THRILL MAGAZINE
Histories of the Dead
BOOKS & PALS BLOGSITE
Math Bird is a British novelist and short story writer. He was born and grew up on a large council estate along the borderlands of North East Wales. Math Bird left school with few qualifications, but in later years achieved a Masters and a PhD. Widely traveled, he’s had a variety of jobs from factory worker, builder’s laborer, trainer, University lecturer, and has spent many years as a technical communications specialist.
Often described as poetic and poignant, with a considered simplicity, Math Bird’s writing isn’t easily pigeonholed, and his crime thriller novels and stories easily sit alongside many of today’s contemporary fiction.
He’s interested in telling great stories whilst exploring literary themes of class, belonging and place, social and geographical borders. His work has aired on BBC Radio 4, Radio Wales, and Radio 4 Extra.
He’s a member of the Crime Writers Association and his forthcoming novellas Witches Copse and Hidden Grace will be published between the Spring and Summer 2021.
A GIANT'S TEARS
A friendship between two teenage boys over the summer holidays has a powerful and lasting effect on one of them.
Read by Craig Ryder
Director Nigel Lewis
Producer Kate McAll
BBC Wales Radio Drama
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC Radio Wales
One young man's attempts to make it as poet tests an Editor's patience.
BBC Radio Drama