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Tristan Hughes

Dr Tristan Hughes


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 29208 74647
John Percival Building, Room 1.09, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a novelist and short story writer and am part of the Creative Writing section of the School.  My most recent publications are a collection of short fiction, Shattercone (Parthian, 2020), and a novel, Hummingbird (Parthian, 2018). 

I have research interests in:

  • the novel
  • the short story
  • Welsh writing in English
  • writing and place

 More information about my work as a writer is available from my website,



  • Hughes, T. 2020. Shattercone. Cardigan, Wales: Parthian.


  • Hughes, T. 2018. Up here. In: Furman, L. ed. The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018. O. Henry Prize Collection Series Anchor



  • Hughes, T. 2011. Eye Lake. London: Picador.



  • Hughes, T. 2008. Revenant. London: Picador.

Book sections



My main research interests are in:

  • the novel
  • the short story
  • Welsh writing in English
  • writing and place


Hummingbird, Cardigan: Parthian, 2017

Eye Lake, London: Picador, 2011

Revenant, London: Picador, 2008

Send My Cold Bones Home, Cardigan: Parthian, 2006  

Short Story Collections

Shattercone, forthcoming with Parthian in May 2020

The Tower, Cardigan: Parthian, 2004

Canadian editions:

Hummingbird, Vancouver: Locarno Press, 2018

Revenant, Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, 2009

Eye Lake, Toronto: Coach House Books, 2011

Short Stories

‘Up Here’, Ploughshares, 42:4 (Winter 2016-17); republished in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018, New York: Penguin/Anchor Books, 2018

‘Blackthorn Winter’, The Literary Review, 59:4 (Autumn 2016)

‘The Giantess’s Apron’, The Southern Review, 52:4 (Autumn 2016)

‘An Elephant in Aberaeron’, New Welsh Review, 107 (2015)

‘Homecoming’, Story: The Library of Wales Short Story Anthology, Vol.2, ed. Dai Smith, Cardigan: Parthian, 2014

‘Shapes and Pieces’, New Welsh Review, 99 (2013)

‘Just Like Honey’, Sing Sorrow Sorrow, ed. Gwen Davies, Bridgend: Seren, 2010

Rainbow Bridge’, The Big Issue, spring (2007)

‘The Butterfly Effect’, The Big Issue, spring (2005) 

‘High Water Everywhere’, New Welsh Review, 69 (2005) 

‘Of Rocks and Stones’, Heartland: Short Stories from north-western Wales, ed. Dewi Roberts, Llanrwst: Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2005 

‘Twelve Beer Blues’, Urban Welsh: New Welsh Fiction, ed. Lewis Davies, Cardigan: Parthian, 2005

‘Ley Lines’, New Welsh Review, 60 (2003)   

‘A Sort of Homecoming’, Ghosts Of The Old Year, ed. Lewis Davies, Cardigan: Parthian, 2003

Creative Non-Fiction and Critical Essays

‘Emyr Humphreys at 100’, Wales Arts Review, April (2019)

The Dragon and the Island’, Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, 233 (2019)

‘Winter Wanders’, The Guardian, December 2018

‘The Mona Complex’, Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, 213 (2014)

'Cities and Islands', New Welsh Review, 76 (2007)

‘The Stillness of Stones’, Megalith: Eleven Journeys In Search Of Stones, ed. Damian Walford Davies, Llandysul: Gomer, 2006

‘From Yoknapatawpha to Ynys Mon’, New Welsh Review, 69 (2005)

Papers and Talks

‘Finding One of the Four Corners: Emyr Humphreys.’ The Welsh Books Council World Book Day Lecture, 2019

‘Crossing the Bridge and Writing Home.’ Plenary lecture for Annual Conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English, on the theme ‘Literary Topographies’, 2014

‘Writing and Landscape.’ Paper presented to Culture, Imagination and Practice Research Group, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, 2011

‘Entangled Presents and Usable Pasts: Re-thinking The Local – W.G. Sebald and Lloyd Jones.’  Paper presented to Annual Conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English, 2006


‘Ynys’, Brush With Fate (anthology of modern Welsh fiction in Arabic translation) trans. Hala Salah Eldin, AFAC: Albawtaka Review, 2013

‘Ley Lines’, Ffiniau Aflonydd: Antologia Sodobne Valizanske Knjizevnosti, trans. Veno Taufer, Ljubljana: Drustvo Slovenskih Pisateljev, 2010

Geestverschijning (Revenant), trans. Karina van Santen, Amsterdam: Nieuw Amsterdam, 2009

Vez (The Tower), trans. Vladmira Satavova, Prague: Volvox Globator, 2006





I teach on the MA in Creative Writing and on a range of Undergraduate modules. 

In recent years I have specialised in teaching modules in fiction writing and the short story.


I was educated at the universities of York and Edinburgh, and King's College, Cambridge, where I completed a PhD in American Literature with a thesis on Herman Melville’s South Sea writings. Before coming to teach at Cardiff, I taught courses on American Literature at Bangor University, and have been the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig and the Writer-in-Residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba.

I have published four novels, Send My Cold Bones Home, Revenant, Eye Lake and Hummingbird (which won the Edward Stanford Award for Fiction with a Sense of Place and the Wales Book of Year People’s Choice Award), as well as two collections of linked short stories, The Tower and Shattercone.  My short fiction has also appeared in various journals, including Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and New Welsh Review, and I have been a winner of the Rhys Davies Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Prize.


I will consider applications from candidates wishing to carry out research in creative and critical writing with a focus on the following areas and genres:

  • the novel
  • the short story
  • Welsh writing in English
  • writing and place