It’s competition time!
To celebrate the upcoming release of Mary-Ann Constantine’s debut novel, Star-Shot, we’ll be giving away a signed copy to one lucky follower!
Part fable, part mystery, Star-Shot is a stylish debut novel set in and around Cardiff’s National Museum in a time that is almost, but not quite, our own. As their paths cross in a circumscribed world of benches, parks and galleries, a handful of characters reveal their stories of obsession, loss and recovery, creating a fragile network of relationships which will help to resist the inexorable channels of silence eating into the city.
A brittle young woman sits on a bench in Gorsedd park, conscious of the powerful building behind her; a tall man carries a box full of a strange organic substance up the entrance steps; a young father explains the formation of stars to his tiny son. As university researchers try to map and understand the destructive silence snaking around them, it becomes clear that the linked lives of these and other marginal characters offer ways of countering its effects. Poignant and humorous,Star-Shot is an exploration of how objects and images can focus our grief and desire; it is also a meditation on the regenerative power of garden ponds, and the cosmic significance of frogs.
Beautifully illustrated with woodcut-style motifs by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, this is a subtle urban novel with a supernatural twist.
This isn’t just going to be any competition, however, this is going to be an interactive competition!
National Museum Cardiff plays a big part in Star-Shot, so here at Seren we thought it was only right that museums play a part in our competition. We challenge you to take to Twitter and tweet us a picture of you standing outside your nearest museum using the hashtag #ImStarShot, and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of the book.
The competition ends in a month’s time, on the 5th November, so get your entries in and spread the museum love – we can’t wait to see your photos!