We’re excited to share that we will be publishing multidisiplinary artist and Children’s Laureate Wales Connor Allen’s debut poetry collections: Dominoes (April 2023 – Available for preorder) for general audiences, and Miracles (June 2023 – Available for preorder), a poetry collection for children.
Connor Allen has written for BBC Wales, BBC Radio 4, Sherman Theatre, Literature Wales and Dirty Protest, and is currently under commission with Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales. Connor’s work is heavily inspired by his experiences with grief, love, masculinity, identity, and ethnicity. He recently won the Rising Star Wales Award 2021 and was a Jerwood Live Work Fund recipient 2021. He is Associate Artist of his hometown theatre The Riverfront in Newport.
Upon signing, Connor Allen told us “Having a collection published is beyond anything I could’ve imagined growing up. It means the world to me that Lucent believe in my words enough to publish not one but two collections. And it makes me proud to know that you can come from a single parent council estate background in Newport and have a book published. It’s inspiring!”
Lucent Dreaming’s EIC Jannat Ahmed adds “I’m delighted to be working with Connor Allen to bring his poetry collections to audiences worldwide. His voice, his story, his message, his experiences, are so important, and so often not seen in publishing. His poetry is irrevocably honest, and a breath of fresh air, rooted deeply in Connor’s desire to connect with and make people feel less alone in the world. The Children’s Laureate of Wales is a special role, and I’m so pleased that we’ll be sharing his poetry collection for children Miracles as he approaches the end of his two-year tenure. And, as a new publisher, it happens that his debut poetry collections will also be Lucent Dreaming’s debut poetry collections; it’s an honour to share that, too.”
Lucent Dreaming is in receipt of Books Council Wales’ New Audiences Fund as the publisher hopes to platform new and emerging writers, and foster new editors and publishing professionals from under-represented backgrounds in Wales.