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In celebration of International Book Day, with a nod to Jemma King's growing global reach (with reading tours in Canada and Europe planned for 2014), we put a call out for help in translating her most popular poem 'Amelia Earheart' into as many languages as possible, and the response has been wonderful!

So far, we have Polish, Catalan, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Italian, French, Portuguese. Check out our mini catalogue here.

We can't stop here though – if you can help us to translate the poem into a language not yet covered, get in touch with Francesca at francesca.parthianbooks@gmail.com.

 

 

Come to Covent Garden on May 14th at 7pm, for a spot of armchair travelling! 

Hear about the night that lasts for months; about the ever-changing Deception Island; the chance encounter with a lost 300-year-old manuscript that sent John Harrison off to the ends of the earth; and his journeys alone into remote villages where he was the first gringo the inhabitants had ever seen and life continued as if Columbus had never sailed.

And what better place to celebrate the relaunch of John’s travelwriting trilogy, than amongst the maps, globes and trunks of Stanford’s bookshop, Covent Garden? 

Award-winning travelwriter and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, John Harrison has an ear for a good tale and a way of engaging the locals. His books balance the geographical, the historical, and the poetic, along with the humourously-recounted minutiae of travel. This is must-attend for fans of travelwriting and good old fashioned storytelling alike.

 

 

Join us in a celebration of Tyler Keevil's two recent works for International Book Day/ World Book Night (see what we did there?), at Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre on wednesday 23rd April, 7.30pm.

Tyler Keevil will talk blood, brine, surrealism and unlikely road trip companions (I imagine) with Swansea's resident chatty novelist Alan Bilton. Plus, free wine and that. All welcome. Be there or be a warped square in the shape of something else.

Burrard Inlet is the body of water that divides Vancouver’s North Shore from the Lower Mainland, where the city meets the mountains, and civilisation meets the wild – a backdrop for characters struggling against the elements, each other and themselves. These award-winning stories are awash in blood and brine.

Tyler will also discuss his new novel The Drive (Myriad Editions, August 2013), a surreal and fast-paced odyssey following wannabe filmmaker Trevor as he rents a Dodge Neon and blazes down Highway 99 towards California, desperate to get over a broken heart. With only a semi-automatic pistol, his trusty plastic visor and a fractious flea-ridden cat for company, this road-trip is fraught with adventure and peril.

Carly Holmes, who has been recently awarded a New Writers Bursary to complete her first collection of short stories, will launch her debut novel The Scrapbook during an event on Friday 25th April at the Cellar Bar, 25-26 Quay Street, Cardigan. Come along to hear Carly reading from her lyrical book, which will be out for general release on May 1st. 
 
When I first saw you, I had the sun in my eyes. You shone around the edges, a fireball of a man. In the moments it took me to focus on your centre, I’d absorbed you completely.
 
I re-made myself in tune to your blinks, your frowns, your glances away from me and then back.

Welcome to Episode 2 of Poetry? I Just Don’t Get It. A series where I post a poem or group of poems by one author, followed by anything the author wants to say about the work. It’s my small attempt to bridge what I see as a huge gap between readers (who are not poets themselves) and great contemporary poetry. 
In this episode I am posting a suite of poems by Canadian poet Erling Friis-Baastad. 
Erling was born in Norway, raised in the US, and has spent most of his adult life in the Yukon Territory, Canada. I first encountered his work in the early 90’s, in a magazine published out of Montreal called Alpha Beat Soup. His poem, The Exile House, leapt right into me. Back then I had a small poetry press called BEgiNNer’s MIND, publishing poetry chapbooks and broadsides alongside art, so I immediately sent a letter to him through the magazine asking if I could publish The Exile House as a broadside (The Exile House ended up as the title of his first collection from Salmon Poetry in 2001). When he wrote back I discovered he lived in the Yukon. Wait…the Yukon? Like, up by the Arctic Circle? The Exile House is still one of my favorite poems. 
He is a poet of the far north, but this particular suite of poems is from Spain; specifically, Andalusia. It was written while he was in residence at Fundación Valparaíso in Mojácar, Spain.The distance and closeness he felt in writing in a region so different than the Yukon he addresses in the mini-essay that follows the poems. 

After World Book Day (6 March, but only for those who have never set foot beyond UK and Ireland’s borders), International Children’s Book Day (2 April), National Reading Day (23 January, US only), here comes World Book and Copyright Night! It’s on Wednesday, April 23rd 2014. You’d better mark the date on your calendar, because Parthian is formally inviting you to join the celebrations! 

 

Starting today, we are launching a social media campaign in search of (un)professional translators willing to volunteer their time and energy for the purpose of art! The social experiment requires all candidates to jump aboard for an exciting adventure made of dictionaries and thesauruses. If you are big on foreign languages, if you are Mandarin or Portuguese or Senegalese or [somehwere else] mother tongue, make yourself available!

 

We are always happy to spread the word about brilliant initiatives in literature, and that is the case with the newly born Writeidea Prize: Short-Story Competition 2014.

The prize is a spin-off of the annual Writeidea festival, taking place from Friday 14th November to Sunday 16th November at Idea Store Whitechapel, East London. This year’s programme is still under construction, but you can sneak a peek at last year’s line-up here.

This year’s winners of the M. Wynn Thomas prize, a celebration of excellence in the field of Welsh writing in English, were awarded last Friday during the annual conference by AWWE ‘In/Dependent Wales’, held in Gregynog Hall.
 
Dr Matthew Jarvis (Aberystwyth University/University of Wales Trinity St David) and Lisa Sheppard (Cardiff University) won respectively in the ‘Open’ and ‘New Scholars’ categories, and both received a £150 prize along with a full set of the Library of Wales books series, courtesy of Parthian.
 
The panel, which included Professor Diana Wallace (University of South Wales), Dr Tomos Owen (Bangor University) and Dr Alyce von Rothkirch (Swansea University), is reported to be “very pleased with the quality of the submissions”, as well as “impressed with the increasing international reach of this prize. Submissions came from Wales, England, Ireland and the USA”.
 
The Association of Welsh Writing in English, originated in 1984 on initiative of five major Welsh universities, is aimed at preserving and promoting Welsh studies as evidence of important cultural diversity in the academic world.

Two Parthian lovelies sat down for a chat about writing, surviving criticism and the subtle art of being rejected (but only as a momentary stop on the path to a future, luminous success).  

Debz Hobbs-Wyatt interviewed Kit Habianic for her blog Wordznerd Debz, asking the fellow novelist all kind of questions about the genesis of her debut work Until Our Blood Is Dry. The novel is a compelling depiction of delicate family dynamics at stake at the time of the 1984 Miners' Strike, thirty years ago.

Kit opened up about seven years of constant rethinking and redrafting, and the cruel reality of having your own creature dissected and torn apart by critics.

Once you finally capture the attention of someone in the industry, says Kit, the job is not done yet: carving out what might not work well with the whole is a painful but necessary process. Kit recounts how she decided to eliminate the three first chapters of Until Our Blood is Dry altogether, despite being strongly attached to some of the episodes in them.

Find our more about Kit's road to success, and get some useful tips on how to survive and thrive as a writer here.

Congratulations to our four long-listers for the 2014 Edge Hill University Short Story Prize! The list was disclosed last week by prize co-ordinator Dr Ailsa Cox, Reader in Creative Writing and English. Dai Smith, Craig Hawes, Rebbecca Ray and Rachel Trezise will compete among an outstanding line-up of award-winning authors.