Press Releases 2014-2015

Former UWTSD Student to publish his first novel

06.01.2015

An author who studied at both UWTSD Carmarthen and Lampeter is celebrating having his first novel published.

Tej Turner studied BA Film and Creative Writing at the University’s Carmarthen campus before moving to the University’s Lampeter campus to complete his MA in Creative Writing.

Whilst at Lampeter, Tej honed his writing skills and is now looking forward to seeing his first novel - The Janus Cycle - being published this year.

Having already had anthologies published, including Impossible Spaces (Hic Dragones Press) and The Bestiarum Vocabulum (Western Legends), Tej Turner is now branching out as a writer.

Set in the world of alternative lifestyles, his most recent work, The Janus Cycle can best be described as gritty, sexy, surreal, urban fantasy. Janus is a nightclub. But it’s not merely a location, it’s virtually a character in its own right. On the surface it appears to be a subcultural hub where the strange and disillusioned, who feel alienated and oppressed by society, can escape to be free from convention.

Underneath that façade is a surreal space in time where the very foundations of reality can be twisted and distorted. But the special, unique, vibe of Janus is hijacked by a bandwagon of people who choose to conform to alternative lifestyles simply because it has become fashionable to be ‘different’ and this causes many of its original occupants to feel lost and disenchanted. The story unfolds through the eyes of eight narrators, each with their own perspective and their own personal journey. A story in which the nightclub itself goes on a journey. But throughout, one strange girl briefly appears and reappears, warning the narrators that their individual journeys are going to collide in a cataclysmic event. Is she just another one of the nightclub’s denizens, a cynical mischief-maker out to create havoc, or a time-traveller trying to prevent an impending disaster?

The uncompromising realism, combined with fantastic elements, make The Janus Cycle simultaneously urban fantasy and science fiction and “illustrates perfectly the breadth and depth that makes Speculative Fiction the most exciting and innovative genre today” says publisher Al Murray.

Tej Turner is currently backpacking his way across Asia and keeping a travel blog (http://tejturner.wordpress.com) to let his friends and fans follow him on his adventures as he gallivants around Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines and Nepal.

When he is not trekking through jungles or exploring temples, reefs, and caves, he is usually based in Cardiff.

The Janus Cycle is Tej Turner’s first published novel and was published in digital editions by Elsewhen Press last week.  The novel will be published in a print edition in April.

Note to Editor

  • The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  • The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  • On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014

Further Information

For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476