A local writer, Tristan ap Rheinallt, has won a national 50-word crime writing competition,
which was judged by best-selling crime writer, Sophie Hannah.
The competition was part of a special promotion for Ruth Rendell’s latest collection
of short stories.
Participants were only given a short time to submit entries but Tristan rose to the
challenge with a wonderfully sinister story.
His story read: “I always hated that animal. Now it was dead, I hated it even more.
“It should have worked, a glass of milk before bedtime, waiting on the kitchen table,
same as always. How was I to know the cat was there? And my wife, still sitting by
the fireside, oblivious.”
Tristan said: “I’ve always been a great fan of Ruth Rendell and was grateful for
the opportunity to find out more about her latest book at this special event organised
by my local library.
“I’d never tried my hand at a 50-word story of any kind but in the short time available,
I tried to come up with something whose meaning might not be entirely obvious at
first reading. The last thing I expected was to find that I’d written the winning