Cover art: Matthew Albanese

CARDIFF, WALES – Poet IVY ALVAREZ will be launching her second book, DISTURBANCE, at this year’s Dylan Thomas Festival in Swansea.

DISTURBANCE is a novel in verse that chronicles a multiple homicide, a tragic case of domestic violence, where a family was gunned down by the husband and father.

“I was obsessed with the idea of writing about this crime from multiple perspectives,” said Ms Alvarez.

Described by Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner Teju Cole as “a precise, pained and wondrous book”, DISTURBANCE is published by Bridgend-based Seren Books.

Ivy Alvarez was born in the Philippines, grew up in Australia and has lived in Cardiff for almost 10 years.

She is a regular in the Cardiff poetry scene, with solid Welsh-Australian connections. Both Literature Wales and the Australia Council for the Arts gave financial support towards the writing of the book.

DISTURBANCE launches at the Dylan Thomas Festival on Wednesday, 6 November, 7.30pm at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place, Swansea. Ivy Alvarez reads alongside Singapore’s leading poet Kirpal Singh at the festival.

• Disturbance at Dylan Thomas Festival event link
Full Price: £6.  Concessions:  £4.20.  Swansea PTL: £2.40

• Disturbance at Seren

• Ms. Ivy Alvarez: 
A poem of hers was recently selected for Best Australian Poems 2013.

• Teju Cole: