Mark Blayney has won the Somerset Maugham Prize for Two Kinds of Silence. His second book Conversations with Magic Stones was profiled on BBC4 and his third book Doppelgangers is also published by Parthian. A regular performance poet and MC, Mark has been longlisted for the National Poetry Prize, is a National Poetry Slam finalist and a Johny Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry finalist. Loud Music Makes you Drive Faster is his first collection of poetry, an anthology of Mark's spoken word performances. He has published stories and poems in Agenda, The London Magazine, The Interpreter's House, Poetry Wales, the deliquent, The Lonely Crowd, Wales Arts Review and others. His story The Murder of Dylan Thomas was a Seren Short Story of the Month. Many poetry placings in competitions include the Arvon Postcard Prize and the Hungry Hill Poetry Award (Ireland).