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There's a rare opportunity at Rhosygilwen on Thursday 26th of February to be part of a feedback audience for an exciting new jazz musical murder mystery, Alma by David Cottis and Jonathan Cohen.
 
Menter Rhosygilwen are supporting the writing and development of the play with a week of rehearsals and development culminating in a free but ticketed performance on Thursday evening after which there will be a feedback session with the writer and musical director.
 
Alma is described as a story of music, passion, and the stupid and terrible things that love makes us do.
 
It is 1935, in the sleepy retirement town of Bournemouth, a love triangle is played out between a love-starved songwriter, Alma Rattenbury, her older, retired husband Francis, and their 19-year-old chauffeur, George Stoner. Tragedy strikes when Francis is murdered, and the two lovers compete to take the blame. 
 
The show tells the true story of one of Britain's most famous crimes of passion.

One of the most readable books on rugby... a stylish contribution to the game’s history.” The Times

Carwyn: A Personal Memoir by Alun Richards, the Pontypridd born writer and dramatist, is new in the Library of Wales series and  launched at London's Brand Exchange on Friday, March 6th as part of a week long celebration of Welsh art, food, music and culture to celebrate St David’s Day, organised by Brand Exchange and The Gallery Yr Oriel Newport Pembs. Entry to the gallery and events is free to invited guests. To reserve your place, please email enquiries@brandexchange specifying which event(s) you would like to attend or call 0207 389 9410.

Swansea University’s student led paper The Waterfront had the honour of interviewing Rebecca John our very own author of the forthcoming short story collection Clown’s Shoes.

Their February the 16th edition features a page of endearing insights into how the Swansea University MA student, (long listed for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award), found her love for writing and how she has handled being a writer. It also features a short extract from her story The Dog Track which was selected for braodcast in 2013 by BBC Radio 4.

Cardigan Community Bookshop will be celebrating their first birthday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m on Saturday 21st February 2015, with readings and events. Parthian authors Carly Holmes and Glen Peters will be there, plus many more writers. And there will be cake, wine and soft drinks!

Wales’ first community bookshop was opened a year ago after the town’s last-remaining independent bookshop closed, with award-winning writer Cynan Jones cutting the ribbon. All are welcome to join them in the celebration. For further information, contact cardigancommunitybookshop@outlook.com or see the Facebook event page here.


The full list of authors appearing and the schedule for the day is as follows:

Fresh In The Bookshops

Here at Parthian, we've already seen three new additions to our bookcase within the first month of 2015. Well, three new versions of old releases if you're feeling pedantic!

‘Lewis Jones produced two novels that remain classics of international industrial fiction and testify to the oppressed but resistant and creative character of industrial South Wales’ writes Stephen Knight. Those two novels are Cwmardy (ISBN: 9781910409381, £9.99) and We Live (ISBN: 9781910409398, £9.99), which have been re-released and re-packaged as #4 and #41 respectively in the Library of Wales series.