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The Slovak Embassy in London was the site for the launch of Peter Kristufek's House of the Deaf Man last night (15th Oct), where actor Fraser Cains took those in attendance through a dark tour of Slovakia's dark twentieth-century history, seen through the eyes of an ageing doctor and his son.

Chaired by Zuzana Slobodova and introduced by Ambassador Miroslav Wlachovsky, Cains read from the English translation of Kristufek's 2012 novel Dom hluchého to an enraptured audience, who proceeded to purchase every single copy we had available!

Fear not! For those who missed out, you can now order The House of a Deaf Man from the Parthian store by clicking here. And remember, P&P is free.

At 6.30pm on Tuesday, October 21st, Gerald Summers, Leonie Summers and Jeff Towns, along with Parthian Books, will be launching Dylan Thomas and the Bohemians: The Photographs of Nora Summers, their biography of the woman behind some of the most famous images of Dylan Thomas and a talented artist in her own right, at 76 Charlotte Street as part of an exhibition on Summers’ work and the Dylan in Fitzrovia festival.
As well as a comprehensive biography of the painter and photographer, the book will contain images sourced from the bountiful archives of Nora’s grandson Gabriel Summers, Dylan expert Jeff Towns and the Rollie McKenna archives in Arizona, among others. Some are famous photographs, some have been rarely revealed to the public, and others have yet to be unveiled.
Also contained within the book will be an essay on Dylan Thomas and Bohemianism by Jeff Towns.
What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun…
Fancy reading something Slovakian this autumn? The nights may be drawing in but, before you decide which books to hibernate with, why not join us for a pop-up international literary festival in Cardiff this October and discover new playwrights, novelists, works in translation and more? Will you find your new favourite drama king or queen or meet new local and global talents?

Nigel Jarrett's debut poetry collection Miners at the Quarry Pool (2013) "should achieve similar levels of acclaim" to his "widely commended" short story collection Funderland (2011), writes Michael Nott in the autumn 2014 issue of New Welsh Review.

Nott finds much to like in the collection, noting that Jarrett's imbuing of his subject matter - which spans global conflict, memory, death, and the evocative tendencies of the photograph, among others - with "his wit and remarkably sustained musical ear", results in a "haunting", "technically interesting", "tautly constructed" and "provocative" selection of verse.

You can buy Miners at the Quarry Pool here.

Read the full review here

A listen again radio round up for you, as not 1, not 2 but 3 of our authors have taken to the airwaves recently...

Listen again to Tom Anderson on Good Morning Wales on BBC Radio Wales this morning, talking about his new novel The Actaeon Tide, the world of publishing, #SuperThursday, new under the sun, his launch event at new under the sun @Porter's, Cardiff on Thurs 16th October, and his event with John Harrison at Made in Roath festival next week (Forgotten Footprints and Actaeon Tides) ... From about 01:24:15 in.

Daniel Tyte ('He's very dapper!') went on BBC Radio Wales again on Tuesday to promote the new paperback version of Half Plus Seven ('Perfect for Christmas!') (You can listen in here from about 7min 50s in). Also see Dan at new under the sun @Porter's, Cardiff on Thurs 16th October and Rarebit & Cawl: Parthian New Voices (Literary readings) at Made in Roath on Sunday 19th October.