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Tuesday 14 June 8 - 9pm, Crouch End Festival, Harringay Arms, Crouch Hill, London N8 9QH


Join us at Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TW  on Saturday 28 May (8pm – 10.15pm) for the launch of Brenda Squires’ new novel.


...intelligent, fair and perspicacious...’ 

-Fay Weldon


Stevies Davies

‘[O]ne of our most consistent and continually undervalued writers’

The Guardian

‘Davies writes with an intensity which is simultaneously disturbing and exhilarating’

Times Literary Supplement


Sebastian has long been haunted by the disappearance    of his father, Jack Messenger: celebrated travel writer, potential spy and murder victim, his absent presence and equivocal past continue to cast inescapable shadows over his son, who must also contend with his ageing mother’s fragmented memory and his own dereliction of a partner.  


Byddwn yn cyhoeddi yr un nofel yn Saesneg ac yn Gymraeg ar yr un pryd y mis hwn. Hyd y gwyddom dyma'r tro cyntaf i hyn ddigwydd yng Nghymru. Ymunwch â ni yn y dathliad gyda Alys Conran, awdur Pigeon, a Sian Northey, cyfieithydd Pijin, yn Pontio ym Mangor ar ddydd Mawrth, 24 Mai, 7.30pm.


Mwy am Pijin:


This month, for what we believe to be the first time ever in Wales, we will launch one novel in both Welsh and English on the same day. Join us for the celebration with the author of Pigeon, Alys Conran and the translator of Pijin Sian Northey at Pontio in Bangor on Tuesday 24 May, 7.30pm. 


About Pigeon:


Brenda Squires


...intelligent, fair and perspicacious...’ 

-Fay Weldon


Berlin, October 1933. Max Dienst has returned to the city he last knew as a student. He has been asked to cover the elections to the Reichstag. A colleague on the paper mentions the case of Geli Raubal, a young singer from Vienna who died in mysterious circumstances in the flat of her uncle. There is a botched death certificate but is it a hidden murder? Max thinks he may have a story, her uncle is the leader of a growing political party, a man who seeking to change Germany and Europe. Her uncle is Adolf Hitler. 

Berlin is also the city of his youth when he was in love with a young Russian communist and embroiled in all the new ideas of change and idealism. Ten years later Max is married to Rhiannon and a journalist for a respected newspaper. Rhiannon works at the British Embassy. She is approached by the mysterious Sid Khan, he may have information that would be useful to her husband. Max was a member of the communist party in his youth. 


Edited By Jonathan Edwards and Rose Widlake.


A fitting tribute to the memory of radical Welsh poet Terry Hetherington…gives young writers in Wales a wonderful opportunity for recognition.

– Mike Jenkins

The experiments with form in both prose and poetr highlight the considerable abilities of the Welshwriters published here. Cheval looks relentlessly forward. The talent of its writers promises a great deal in the future.

– New Welsh Review


A dolphin washed-up on the Welsh coast marks the crisis point in the life of a family. A shopkeeper’s daily jogs with her friends allow her to reflect on her relationships, her life. A poet explores the ways in which ‘Wales is a small coat/made of deep pockets.’ Another combines, in a single poem, the experiences of an elderly relative with the little matter of the entirety of human history.

Alys Conran

Mae fan hufen iâ yn stryffaglu i fyny’r allt trwy’r cenllysg. Rhed bachgen a merch ar ei hôl a’i dilyn i gaddug eu dychymyg. Clywir eu lleisiau cyfareddol yn adrodd stori sy’n chwalu mur plentyndod ac yn atsian ar draws y blynyddoedd.

Stori am gyfeillgarwch plant a sut y bygythir y cyfeillgarwch hwnnw yw Pijin. Dyma drasiedi rymus sydd ar adegau’n eithriadol ddoniol. Fel yn y Saesneg gwreiddiol mae’r ddwy iaith yn rhan anhepgor o wead stori am euogrwydd, am golli iaith a cholli diniweidrwydd ac am y math o gariad all oresgyn hyn i gyd.

• Bydd y nofel Saesneg wreiddiol (ISBN 978-1-910901-23-6) yn cael ei chyhoeddi ar yr un pryd.

• Mae ffuglen, barddoniaeth a chyfieithiadau Alys wedi ennill clod mewn sawl cystadleuaeth, gan gynnwys y Bristol Short Story Prize a’r Manchester Fiction Prize.

• Mae enw Alys yn cael ei gynnig ar gyfer digwyddiad yng Ngŵyl Caeredin 2016.

• Hwn yw un o’r wyth llyfr sydd yn rhan o’r Parthian Europa Carnivale, prosiect uchelgeisiol o gyfieithiadau llenyddol gan y wasg.

• Cyfieithwyd y nofel i’r Gymraeg gan y bardd a’r awdur Sian Northey.

Nicola Heywood Thomas looks at the life and work of Newport-born poet and tramp WH Davies, author of Autobiography of a Supertramp and Young Emma which are both available from our Library of Wales series.


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On Saturday 14th May, the annual celebration day of Dylan Thomas' life and work, the winner of the 10th International Dylan Thomas Prize was announced. The ceremony took place in the Great Hall of the Swansea University Bay Campus. Max Porter, author of was Grief is the Thing with Feathers, was announced winner of the 2016 Dylan Thomas Pirze.

Big congratulations to him!

The ceremony was hosted by the author Owen Sheers. Afterwards speeches were made and all of the 6 shortlisted authors read a part of their books before Chair of judges Dai Smith and Dylan Thomas' granddaughter Hannah Ellis announced the winner.

The 6 shortlisted authors were: Claire-Louise Bennett for Pond, Tania James for The Tusk that did the Damage, Frances Leviston for Disinformation, Andrew McMillan for Physical, Max Porter for Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Sunjeev Sahota for The Year of the Runaways (see here for more information).