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Carwyn: A Personal Memoir by Alun Richards is new in the Library of Wales series. It has been described by The Times "As one of the most readable books on rugby" written by the Pontypridd born writer and dramatist Alun Richards. This new and revised edition is launched at London's Brand Exchange on Friday, March 6th by the writer and publisher Lewis Davies, author of Work, Sex and Rugby and twice winner of Bryncoch RFC second team Player of the Year award. The launch begins at 6pm - 9pm and will be followed by an art exhibition.
Welsh Week is a week 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.
After releasing number 39 in the Library of Wales series last October - Rhys Davies' second novel in his acclaimed Rhondda trilogy, A Time to Laugh - we're barely stopping to pause for breath after the Christmas break in our quest to bring you more classic Anglo-Welsh fiction! Indeed, we have another four releases forthcoming in the next three months:
'Her vocabulary is unpredictable, surprising, uncompromising… She uses words as a physical, sensual act: her words don't sooth, they don't serve, they destabilise, they devastate, they keep secrets, they hook you with images passing by your face like intercity trains.’ New Welsh Review
January's Author of the Month, Stevie Davies, has won numerous awards for her fiction and has been longlisted for the Booker and Orange Prizes, but her writing also encompasses an impressive range of genres, from history to literary biography and poetry criticism. Several of her books have been adapted into radio and screenplays. Stevie lives in her hometown of Swansea, where she is Professor of Creative Writing at Swansea University. She is a perfectionist (she wrote Kith and Kin eight times before she was happy with it) and a passionate sea-swimmer, cyclist and walker on the Gower.
'I have always wanted to write. As soon as I could hold a pen, I was writing stories. I still have one I wrote when I was six. It is a story about Germans shooting each other. I'd illustrated it too, but it's appalling!
'Writing has been my life, even when I was in boarding school my energy went into writing letters home. It was my release.'
Stevie’s latest novel Awakening is hot off the press for January and is Wales Book of the Month.
He was looking a little thin after the Christmas break (the only one might I add), but as we creaked back in to things in the Editorial and Marketing office yesterday, who should settle on the sill to keep a beady eye on proceedings but Eric.
He’s been choosing to nest by our translated fiction since we moved in to the Swansea office and we thought it was high time to honour him with his own place on the blog as we retire the much abused and less morale-boosting Parthian Plants.
Kept an eye on author Dan Tyte’s social media recently? He’s been creating personalised reading videos for well-known celebrity readers and you can have a cheeky watch of them too if you’d like to find out about weekends that slowly encroach in to the week, and be introduced to Sister Gina the mid-priced mystic.
Shaun Keavney, DJ at BBC radio 6, was touched by his, and you can watch it too here.
There's one for Richard Ayoade, director of Submarine, Dan’s Scandinavian brother in arms here.
And one for famous PR-type Alastair Campbell.
Half Plus Seven is a 'coming of age novel snorting with energy' (Daily Mail) and 'a lethal cocktail of Bukowski and Mad Men' (NME). The first edition sold out before it was even officially published. This is a tale of sex, drugs and sausage rolls, as a jaded PR man seeks meaning and love in his life and addresses past, present and future along with a misfit cast of mystics, tramps, bar flies and copywriters. A story of redemption for those who still haven’t managed to settle down by the age their parents had a third kid. The ones who’ve aged not grown...
Now you’re on a watching spree, why not check out the book's official trailer too.
'George Eliot would be impressed...’ Historical Novel Society
Wiltshire 1860. One year after Darwin’s explosive publication of The Origin of Species, sisters Anna and Beatrice Pentecost awaken to a world shattered by science, radicalism and the stirrings of feminist rebellion.
But society is not the only thing wracked by tumult and torment: Anna’s anomalous love for Lore Ritter and her friendship with the freethinking and ambitious Miriam Sala carry her into areas of uncharted desire, while Beatrice is forced to choose between her beloved Will Anwyl and the evangelist Christian Ritter.
Each is riven by inner contradictions, but who will survive when the sisters fall into a fatal conflict with one another?
‘One of our most consistent and undervalued writers whose unsentimental, quietly revelatory novels have [continually] cropped up on the Booker and Orange shortlists’
A hare slips
into scrub juniper. Sparse snow. Wind
whorls the ear. Music
of the long night.
Time of year when the self loses
What looks out of your eyes
on these nights walking home from work?
When I touch the side of your face, I touch
the ceremony sometimes:
A horsefly dives.
Raven’s shadow crosses slick rock.
Bleached juniper roots surround a flat stone.
We wrote poems, read them out loud, passed
the wind-coiled salted curves
of strata’d sandstone, limestone, grey-green-maroon
oxidation of iron, and ocean-side fossil-crush
of leaf and fern,