Faber signs debut story collection

Faber signs debut story collection

Faber has signed a debut story collection from Welsh writer Thomas Morris.

We Don't Know What We're Doing is a collection of ten stories set around Morris' hometown of Caerphilly in South Wales. Hannah Griffiths, associate fiction publisher, bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the story collection and an unwritten novel in a deal with Tracy Bohan at the Wylie Agency.

Griffiths said: "Morris is a real find - funny, unusual and interested in emotional truth. Caerphilly is a sort of Winesburg, Ohio for him, a town where loneliness collects inside those trying to make a life there. He writes stories about nursery workers, video shop assistants, teachers, posturing men on stag nights, former pit workers and students returning home from University with new identities in an utterly distinctive voice."

Morris, a former Welsh League footballer, studied English and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, before developing his story collection under Ali Smith doing an MA at UEA. He is the editor of the Stinging Fly magazine, and edited Dubliners 100: Fifteen New Stories Inspired by the Original (Tramp Press), which featured stories from Patrick McCabe and Eimear McBride.

We Don't Know What We're Doing will be published in summer 2015.