News from Room 204

Our Room 204 writers have been busy over the last few months, with a flurry of good news just recently. Here’s the latest:

Romalyn Ante’s debut poetry collection, Rice & Rain, is out from V. Press in August 2017. Jane Commane says that the poems in Rice & Rain are “…poised and balanced perfectly, alive with their own irresistible songs of love and longing” while Jane Seabourne describes it as “an impressive first collection of poems that take us from the Philippines to Cannock Chase.” Rice & Rain is now available for pre-orders.

Lisa Blower’s Sitting Ducks is on the shortlist for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize, which will be awarded on 1 September.

Liam Brown’s Broadcast (Legend Press, September 2017) has been snapped up by Penguin Random House Australia for Australian rights. Lex Hirst, Commissioning Editor, Random House Books said: ‘It’s not often you come across a book that’s as gripping as it is thought-provoking, so I am thrilled to be publishing this stunning novel alongside Lauren Parsons at Legend Press. Liam Brown is a hugely talented young writer with his finger firmly on the pulse, and I’ve no doubt that Broadcast will take readers by storm.’