Hello! My name is Joao. I have just completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. This year I have been longlisted for the New Welsh Writing Awards Americymru Prize for the Novella. I have previously been shortlisted for the Academi Rhys Davies Short Story Prize, the Percy French Prize for Comic Verse, and the All Wales Comic Verse Award. I won the 2013 Terry Hetherington Prize for Young Writers. My short story collection, Things That Make the Heart Beat Faster, is out now with Parthian.