BBC Radio Wales, 7th January 2017
“No-one dreams of writing a download”
A raspy post-lager voiced me, chatting about the news books have overtaken Kindle sales. There’ll be a link for it somewhere on the iPlayer but don’t search it out. Watch Planet Earth 2 instead. It’s up there with Home Alone 2: Lost in New York in the sequel stakes.
Cardiff Life, January 2017
I’m aware that superhero movies pack ’em in, but not even the most coked-up delusional Hollywood exec could ever think the Fantastic 50 would be a good idea. No such qualms at Welsh capital arbiter Cardiff Life, mind you. Somehow in this list alongside fellow author Holly Muller, and actual superhero Gareth Bale.
So I got asked to write about my cultural highlight of 2016. My music review days are behind me, so I wrote this instead.
“It’s not clear if it’s real at first.”
A flash fiction piece I wrote here for Wales Arts Review. Expect burning houses, and, well, you’ll have to read it won’t you? Click the link and go.
What better way to celebrate American Independence Day than by reading this interview with me? It’s also a worthwhile read post-4th July, taking in everything from ‘The Rhossili Effect’, elderly gay love, the Bootleg Beatles and white boy funk novels. Enjoy.
So those nice people at Wales Arts Review asked me to get involved in their Story:Retold project where current writers create new stories based on shorts from Dai Smith’s collection Story Vol. I. I re-imagined a Dylan Thomas short called ‘Extraordinary Little Cough’. My story is called ‘The Rhossili Effect’ and it’s here. There’ll be a book of all of the stories. And a movie. And probably a theme park.
Cardiff Life, Issue 134, Summer 2015
The arbiter of civic matters in the Welsh capital wrote some nice things about the Onwards wall art project.
Great Product/Grate Product, The CDF, April 2015
This smart new paper published a piece on Pyramid Scheme and a collaborative story from me and Rich Owain Roberts.
“2014 was a strong year for the Welsh novel..offering a series of remarkably assured debuts from the likes of Carly Holmes (The Scrapbook), Rhian Elizabeth (Six Pounds, Eight Ounces) and Dan Tyte (Half Past Seven).”
A little name-check in this as one of Wales’ hot new generation of writers. All revealed on the link above.
BBC Radio Wales, Eleri Sion Show,7th October 2014
A radio appearance talking about the Half Plus Seven paperback launch, along with news-based noise on class, marriage and pinching toilet paper from hotels.
A review of Half Plus Seven from that literary doyen NWR. “One of the most brilliant things about the novel is the way in which Tyte breaks the fourth wall”. I knew watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 47 times would come in useful somewhere.
“Bob Dylan’s brain, Roald Dahl’s devilment, Hunter S. Thompson’s energy, Joaquin Phoenix’s thick skin, David Byrne’s hips, oh, and Paul Newman’s eyes, just for the sparkle.”
An interview I did on the link above on creativity.
A review of mine and Richard Owain Roberts’ new night. I’m sure this is how Eavis started out. Nice words on our bit too:
“Dan Tyte and Richard Owain Robert’s joint, intertwined, back-and-forth piece was the highlight for me…Full of humour and tersely written, this was highly entertaining and deftly done.” Link on the headline.
“Pyramid Scheme seems essential, a great product,” said me and Richard Owain Roberts, amongst other things in this pro-write up of the new lit/music night we have spawned. Other words used to describe us/it/me include “renaissance” and “refreshing”, a bit like Michelangelo doing the ice bucket challenge.
Making Hay, Google Hangout, 27th August 2014
In potentially the most George Jetson thing I’ve ever done, I did a live internet TV interview over Google Hangouts with the Hay Festival blog Making Hay. If you’re bored of scrolling through Netflix, and want to see what a small window of my kitchen looks like, you can catch it here.
BBC Radio Wales, Eleri Sion Show, 30th July 2014
Another airwaves assault, this time to talk about Half Plus Seven, the Kindle Sale, Not The Booker and the news that black cats suck at selfies.
This review focuses on me in conversation on stage with Byron Rogers. Much better this than my show on the Saturday night, when I dropped my book on a poor lady in the front row. Soz.
So, I wrote this about always wanted to be a rock star for Observer favourite Zerocore.
BBC Radio Wales, Bethan Elfyn Show, 7th June 2014
Got to hang out with BBC radio ledge Bethan Elfyn at Hay Festival outside the Beeb’s converted airstream caravan and play some 7 inch vinyls on a very vintage BBC record player. The sun shone down as I played Pop Levi (‘the white Prince’) and Tom Tom Club and read from Half Plus Seven. A Hay highlight.
BBC Radio Wales, Eleri Sion Show, 22nd May 2014
Despite calling me ‘Dan Tw*t’ (slip of the tongue, honest) within the first two minutes, had all the fun discussing news topics for an hour along with astrophysicist Dr. Edward Gomez from Cardiff University. My mate Rhodri texted me to his mum thinks I should have my own show. Who am I to argue with the housewives of the Vale of Glamorgan?
What with Half Plus Seven being set in PR, I wrote this for PRMoment on PRs struggling to find their own version of the truth after spending so much of their time selling others.
One of WalesOnline’s ‘ones to watch’, the Cardiff-based writer reveals all on his muse and mojo. I wrote this for the Western Mail magazine’s ‘Author’s Notes’ section on writing, and, well, life I suppose- ‘It’s the humans and not the happenings’.
So Britain’s biggest selling newspaper seemed to like my book. Also available on Mail Online, the world’s biggest news website here. Woah momma.
17 Reasons Why We’re Generation Y-Hine, Buzzfeed, 11th April 2014
Wrote (AND ILLUSTRATED!) this for Buzzfeed on reasons why Generation Y is whiny, including such hits as ‘1. Because instead of ration books we have loyalty cards’ and ’17. We’d prefer to WhatsApp someone we’ve never met rather than pick up the phone to our grandmother’. I’m expecting offers for my Lowry-esque masterpieces.
The Selling of a Novelist, Plastik Magazine, 7th April 2014
An interview here with Plastik Magazine, which the writing and wizzo graphics make pretty wondrous. The only problem is that’s cut up with me saying stuff like this:
“When I did my first readings for this tour it was a little bit like the film Eight Mile with Eminem. I’ve been like Marshal Mathers, at first I was strangely nervous, despite being used to speaking in front of groups of people,” he says. “But now I’ve worked out the optimum number of pints of strong continental larger to have so I can walk on stage and feel like Iggy Pop.”
Buzz Magazine, April 2014
A review- and a book of the month bubble- from Buzz Magazine….
Half Plus Seven by Dan Tyte- A review, Wales Arts Review, Issue 5, 14th March 2014
“Tyte’s novel is a masculine and propulsive romantic comedy, told in a strikingly bold and honest manner”, “Half Plus Seven could easily be mistaken for a Nick Hornby novel, but a Hornby novel with a touch more Zeitgeist and a slightly sinister, grimy underbelly”. Click the link for more, etc.
Write On: The First Night with Sister Gina, Red Handed, Winter 2014
This Welsh men’s magazine carried an extract from Half Plus Seven, next to an advert for Barbour jackets. If you open the mag out it looks like the models are doing their best blue steels while straining to read my prose, which I like to think they are. Again, not online this one, so you’ll have to just imagine it.
Tyte Prose, Wales Business Insider, Feb/March 2014
No link for this one (who said print was dead?), in which I say stuff like: “Rudyard Kipling lived in India but no-one accused him of hanging out with talking tigers”.
Writer Dan adopts a novel approach to interior design, Western Mail, 1st March 2014
George Orwell lived in a house on the Scottish island of Jura when he was writing Nineteen Eighty Four. Jim Morrison wrote a novella in a motel(la). I made do with this. The link above is currently the only place online you can see me thumb uncomfortably through vinyl. Let’s hope it stays that way.
Rarebit: New Welsh Fiction- A review, Wales Arts Review, Issue 4, 28th Feb 2014
A review here of my short story from Rarebit: “‘Onwards’ by Cardiff-born Dan Tyte, is a great opener: taking you on a perambulation through a city, laying out its geography securely, offering the prospect of many adventures”.
Bare Fiction magazine- Cardiff Launch, National Theatre Wales Community, 15th Feb 2014
A live review here where I get likened to Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy. Yes, he’s a male prostitute, but what cheekbones.
7 people set for success in the arts world in 2014, Western Mail, 27th Dec 2013
The Western Mail chose me as one of its ‘magnificent seven’ of people who will go far in 2014. I was the writer they chose as One to Watch, along with an actor, actress, musician, director, artist and opera singer. No pressure…
After a trip across the Atlantic, writer Dan Tyte is in a New York state of mind, Western Mail, 9th Nov 2013
“To all employees – Jim has no family or friends. Be suspicious of anyone claiming otherwise.”
So read a sign behind the bar in The White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village, New York. Jim doesn’t need our pity, just paying customers. Money doesn’t just talk in this town, it screams. But if Jim ever did have a friend, it was our erstwhile Welshman in Manhattan, Dylan Thomas. A “poet-scholar-gentleman”, if the plaque in the lounge named after him was to be believed. Either way, as Meat Loaf once said, two out of three ain’t bad…
Bookshelf: Dan Tyte, Plastik Magazine, 8th Dec 2012
Plastik speaks with Dan Tyte, director at Working Word PR, author and journalist about the books that have stayed with him throughout his life…
I used to be a columnist. Here are some columns.
Stick a pin in the world, where would you like to live?, Western Mail, 13th Nov 2012
The world is just a great big onion,” sang Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrill. Not in the sense that girls won’t kiss you because you smell, more in the multi-layered way. There’s lots going on isn’t there? For example, there’s the Hadron Collider and then there’s X Factor…
The Fresher’s Guide To Life, Western Mail, 25th Sept 2012
It may be hard to believe from the youthful looking picture which accompanies this column, but 13 long years ago this very month I packed my troubles in my relatively new kit bag and headed north to university…
The TV Quiz shows that never failed to make an impression, Western Mail, 10th July 2012
Ferris Bueller had fast cars and hot chicks – Dan Tyte played truant for Win, Lose or Draw on ITV. He remembers the good old TV quiz shows that left their mark on an impressionable schoolboy…
Why every man needs a dream, Western Mail, 3rd Apr 2012
It was a wiser man than I who once said, “I have a dream”. But while I may not quite share Martin Luther King’s oratory skills, I certainly share his sentiments. I was once a young man who had a dream…
Puppy Love, Western Mail, 7th Feb 2012
My mum has got a new dog. Now, for the rest of her 38 years on this mortal coil (fiver please mother), she most definitely has not been a dog person…
Why organised fun never is, Western Mail, 8th Mar 2011
Any weekend soon, Wills and Harry are going to be running around the countryside shooting firearms, necking Jager Bombs and dancing embarrassingly to chart R ’n’ B with their pants around their ankles…