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Shortlisted for both the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 and the PEN International New Voices Award 2015 before her debut collection of short stories has even been released, Rebecca F. John is certainly a new young talent to watch and our Author of the Month for October.

After previewing her stories at the PENfro and New Under The Sun festivals in Wales recently, Rebecca is now preparing to head to Canada, where the winner of the PEN International New Voices Award 2015 will be announced on the 14th of October, before returning for a string of dates to coincide with the UK launch of her already critically-acclaimed collection Clown's Shoes from the 15th of October.

Rebecca will be launching Clown's Shoes at an event chaired by Peter Stead at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea as part of the Dylan Thomas Festival. So join us at 2.30pm on Saturday 7th November for that. She'll also be reading at Do Not Go Gentle festival in Swansea, and our Wheatsheaf pop-up festival in London's Fitzrovia on Sunday the 6th of December. We'll be announcing more bookshop signings and readings in Wales and beyond soon.


Rebecca at the Sunday Times EFG Announcement:

Great recent pieces from Wil Roberts and Tony Bianchi in the Western Mail. New English translations of their Welsh-language novels Petrograd and Harry Selwyn's Last Race are

out now...

Tony Bianchi is from Tyneside and lives in Cardiff. Most of his fiction has been written in Welsh. He was awarded the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod 2015 for Dwy Farwolaeth Endaf Rowlands


Harry Selwyn’s Last Race, the English-language translation of his Welsh-language novel Ras Olaf Harri Selwyn launches at New Under The Sun festival at Chapter arts Centre, Cardiff this Saturday 26th September. We caught up with him for a quick chat…

Richard Owain Roberts will be perfoming his fiction at The Incredible Abacus Fringe Festival, Wood Street, Cardiff this Saturday 26th September. Go and see him (in the 4 - 4.30pm spoken word slot), either on your way to or from Parthian's New Under The Sun at Chapter this weekend.

About the book:

Wikipedia-obsessed cats, deleted tweets, James Franco’s mother, west Wales, and Barcelona. Both bleak and joyously optimistic, All The Places We Lived is a collection of disparate, yet inextricably connected stories that are bound by the common threads that exist amongst young people in and out of love with each other and life in the twenty-first century. 

New Under The Sun will be in Cardiff at Canton Library on Friday 25th September and at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday 26th September.

Following a successful, busy launch at Porter’s and Cameo Club last October, our 2015 festival promises to be bigger and better, launching an array of new season titles by award-winning authors and rising stars.

Following stops at Velvet Coalmine and Landudno and Wrexham libraries, Gee Williams' Desire Line Book Tour is still going strong.

Saturday the 21st of September saw the North Wales launch of her new novel in the town where it is set, Rhyl. Thanks to The Rhyl Library and Arts Centre audience for welcoming her (pictured left). 

This Saturday (26th September) you can see Gee read at New Under The Sun, our literary pop-up festival in Cardiff. 






Parthian author Derek Webb, who published his first novel Is with us in 2010, has written a new play about the author of The Railway Children; Edith Nesbit. Whilst Nesbit is best known for her children's books and poetry, her private life starkly contrasts with her popular image as a figure of conventional tastes. Within the confines of her own home, Nesbit was a chain-smoking Bohemian mother to five, obsessed with the mysteries of the occult, and the lover of George Bernard Shaw as well as a whole host of ever-younger men.

In Webb's retelling of her life, Edith is played by Pembrokeshire-based actress Eloise Williams, and the play will feature a wide variety of other characters – Nesbit's friends and associates. Amongst those notable personalities with whom she spent time with were Eleanor Marx, Annie Besant, Emmeline Pankhurst, H. G. Wells, Sydney and Beatrice Webb, and Noel Coward, a veritable who's who of Victorian and Edwardian society.

This autumn at Parthian, we're offering you two pre-order deals on books we have coming out this season:

For Those Who Come After is Gary Raymond's first novel, and spans the course of the twentieth century with a whole host of characters, who will stay with you long after you have finished the final page. In this debut piece of fiction, Raymond explores the nature of myths, familial bonds, and enduring love, with a voice that is both 'majestic' and 'bracing.' - Samantha Harvey

When you pre-order this new title, you will not only receive a signed copy, but will also save £1 off of the £8.99 RRP, with free P&P.

The Word Factory will be having their 36th Short Story Salon on Saturday 19th September at Waterstones Piccadilly. The salon will feature Parthian's own Tyler Keevil along with esteemed writers Toby LittDiriye Osman, and Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award winner Carys Davies.

Edited by John Tennent
Throughout history poets have been drawn to write about insects, and entomologists have been drawn to try their hand at poetry. The concentrated industry of the ant and the delicate beauty of the butterfly, the rituals of the death watch beetle and the ethereal vision of glow worms at dusk, have all been captured in verse.
John Tennent spent his childhood with a jam jar and an insatiable curiosity about insects. More than half a century later he is a global authority on butterflies and a dedicated reader of poetry. He has travelled, for his entomological research, to the world’s wildest and most uninhabited places, collecting, in the depths of a tropical forest or on the shore of an unpeopled island, myriad experiences and life forms as rare as they are peculiar, and some of them decidedly dangerous. In the pages of this anthology he brings together classic poets such as Virgil and Byron and modern writers such as Pam Ayres, Spike Milligan and Peter Redgrove, alongside a wealth of other poets and amateur poets from different continents, to explore the mysterious world of the insect through poetry. As fascinating as the poems themselves are John Tennent’s personal anecdotes of confrontations with legions of hungry cockroaches, his encounters with remote tribespeople, and the excitement of discovering a previously unknown species of insect.
Humorous, evocative and informative, The Poetry Bug is a celebration of every type of insect, from caterpillars to bedbugs.