Christien Gholson's Blog Entries
From 2-3.30pm today (Monday 15th December), Jane Parry will be in conversation with Legendary punk rock musician, antiquarian and author Rhys Mwyn on Radio Môn discussing her most recent book, Lessons in Impermanence.
Be sure to tune in to hear what happens when you pluck a family from a Welsh hillside and transplant them to a French field, and how renovate a derelict pig shed pas de finance, among other trials and tribulations of country living.
Georgia Carys Williams' debut collection and Dai Smith's comprehensive chronicle of the Welsh short-story form received glowing praise in John Lavin's recent 'Short Story Collections of 2014' article for WAR.
For Lavin, the two Story volumes are "destined to be regarded as Welsh classics", with particular praise reserved for volume two, "a bold and brilliant affair teeming with evidence of the current rude health of Welsh literature, featuring such contemporary marvels as Jon Gower’s ‘Bunting’, Rachel Trezise’s ‘Fresh Apples’ and Jo Mazelis’ ‘Too Perfect’." In assembling these two anthologies, he recognises that Smith has cleverly drawn attention to the way that these stories mirror changes in both Welsh society and "to the remarkable depth of quality in the Welsh short story tradition." He finishes by stating that this "is a depth that is perhaps not as widely recognised outside of Wales as it might be and as such this is a book to prize and to champion."
Mslexia reviews Second-Hand Rain by Georgia Carys Williams: 'Williams' writing is at once uplifting and upsetting - I cried twice [...] I loved the unpredictability of the collection [...]From a lyrebird to a doomed fetus, each character is completely submerged in their own authentic world.'
Buy Second-Hand Rain from Parthian (or all good bookshops on and offline).
One of our founding partners, Publisher Richard Davies, is among the five experts giving their tips on perfecting the written word and the next great Welsh novel in this Book Week article in the Western Mail.
“We’re looking for the new great Welsh novel – where is it?“Sian Philips and the Wales Arts Review have just announced that the Great Welsh Novel is One Moonlit Night by Caradog Pritchard. Anointed by popular public vote, from a shortlist which included Border Country by Raymond Williams, On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin and Shifts by Christopher Meredith, Caradog Pritchard’s dark tale of childhood and adolescence in a north Wales village has succeeded in winning this major accolade.“Books matter and good books last but what makes a classic?“As a reader and a publisher it is what keeps you reading, the surprise of a new style, a writer with something to say, a good story to tell.“
Please see this page for further details or to order.
A signed colour plate hardback edition of Dannie Abse’s Goodbye, Twentieth Century is a part of twenty-five limited sets of the whole series of the Library of Wales, available from Parthian this December. Dannie signed the colour plate of his portrait by Josef Herman, which is in the National Museum of Wales collection, on publication in 2012.
Dannie's rich mixture of Welsh and Jewish backgrounds, and his dual occupations of doctor and author, have led to what is widely regarded as one of the most readable, humorous and poignant autobiographies available today. Goodbye, Twentieth Century incorporates his acclaimed first volume of autobiography, A Poet in the Family, and in this new edition from the Library of Wales brings his life up to the present day and the outset of a new century. It includes a moving epilogue that speaks of his recent years which brought tragedy and dramatic change to his life.
Cynan Jones, author of Betty Trask Award-winning The Long Dry (Parthian, 2006) and Everything I Found on the Beach (Parthian, 2011), was recently asked by The Guardian to choose his top 10 books which best evince the "mythic power of place" that is to be found in the rolling hills, solitary farm communities and weathered mountain crags of rural Wales.
Wales’s physical landscape changes dramatically region by region. The Beacons differ from Snowdonia differ from the Cambrian Mountains differ from the Preselis. There are isolated hill farms, wealthy border farms, small patchwork farms – all within relatively close distance. But the individuality of each place and the characters who live in them is strong. Landscape, then, is a strong if not main protagonist in the books below. But there’s a thing that seems to seep time and again into those landscapes: myth. Myth that sticks in the treads of boots and gets walked all through these stories…