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The Scrapbook is Carly’s first novel. It was shortlisted in June 2015 for the International Rubery Book Award. She is currently working on her second.

The book is available to buy from Parthian Books.

Her short stories and poetry have been widely published in journals and anthologies such as The Lampeter Review, Cambrensis, Slim Volume, Rarebit, Wales Arts ReviewA Fiction Map of Wales, The Countess and the Moleman, By the Light of the Moon, Buzz, The Ghastling, Tanka Journal, Haiku Journal, Long Exposure, Bare Fiction, GORE, The Wish Dog (Honno), A Flock of Shadows, Black Sheep Journal, The Lonely Crowd, Secondary Character and other Stories (Opening Chapter) and Theurgy. Since 2012 she has been one of the winners of the South Wales Short Story Competition, on the short list for the International Rubery Short Story Award, and Highly Commended and shortlisted in The Yellow Room’s short story competitions.

Carly recently received a Literature Wales bursary, which will enable her to work on a collection of ghost stories.

What people have said about The Scrapbook

‘The imagery that Ms Holmes uses is spectacular – you can “smell” the lines they come alive so much…A book to make you think – but if you don’t wish to, just enjoy the stimulation to the imagination through the sheer excellence of the writing. An extremely well written book and certainly unforgettable.’ – Amazon.co.uk customer ‘Cymru’

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‘[A]n impressive debut novel from an extremely talented writer…Holmes handles language deftly and her imagery is both apt and evocative.’ – Adrian Masters, writing in Wales Arts Review

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‘[A]n engaging first novel exploring themes related to the eternal verities of life and how they are dealt with by the women; with lovely writing that has been captured and nailed to the page in case it takes flight into poetry.’ – Liz Whittaker, The Tivyside Advertiser

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‘[A]n extremely readable debut. Mysterious, esoteric and compassionate…Beautifully controlled…’ – Buzz Magazine, April 2014

Reviews of Carly’s other work…

For Rarebit:

‘[A] poignant study of grief, its ordinariness alongside its strangenesses. The narrator’s sense of the hills moving is a wonderful metaphor for the shifting sands of loss.’ – Wales Arts Review, on Carly’s story ‘Friday’

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