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Translate the length of time between my last blog and this as the period I've been waiting for a reply from the useless agency aforementioned. Two follow-up emails haven't elicited a result. So I've given up on them as they have on me, even though they had no reason apart from being an organisation that treats potential clients like daps covered in dog-shit. I wouldn't have them represent me even if they appeared at my door in a rented van full of gold bullion and gave me and the World's Strongest Man ten minutes to fill my garage with as much as we could carry. Perhaps that should be the World's Strongest Woman - or not (see following).
This Saturday, 8th March 2014, Palas Print is hosting a reading with Griff Rhys Jones.
Jones’ book Insufficiently Welsh was featured as Welsh Book of the Month for February in both Waterstones and WH Smith and made it to #1 in Stanford’s Best Sellers list!
Jones’ will be reading from his book and also discussing his inspirations behind it, from re-discovering his Welsh roots to the epiphany that lead to a bestselling book and his TV series A Great Welsh Adventure.
Insufficiently Welsh is a quirky and informal guide to Wales by a Welshman raised in England. Rediscovering his home country and himself Jones explores eight regions of Wales, taking part in missions that test both his body and his mind.
If you enjoyed Griff’s book, TV series, or just have a love for Wales or travel, go along to Palas Print, Caernarfon this Saturday at 11am.
Held this weekend, 6th-8th March, at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, the xx festival is a literary showcase of writing both by women and for women.
The festival is for both readers and authors, new and old, and will prominently feature writing by women from Wales in English.
Since its inception in 2012 the festival has more than doubled in size and will feature everything from cutting-edge performance and a literary salon, to the launch of new authors and new books by classic authors. Plus, a festival bookstall and food and drink on site.
Three of our excellent Parthian authors are being featured at this year’s festival; Carly Holmes will be taking part in Susie Wild's literary salon discussions and readings on the Friday evening, and Kit Habianic and Jemma King will both be in the Chapter centre on Saturday afternoon.
Prolific parthian writer Nigel Jarrett, whose poetry collection Miners At The Quarry Pool was published last November, has been notching up further success in the short story form.
Jarrett's first collection of tales, Funderland, was published by Parthian in 2011 to widespread acclaim. Since the poetry book appeared, he's had stories published in Gold Dust, Words with JAM, Crannóg (Eire), Prole, ReadWave, the Erotic Review, the Wales Arts Review and the Dark Lane Quarterly. More are due shortly in The Lampeter Review and The View From Here.
Jarrett's poetry has also appeared in the English Chicago Review and The Interpreter's House.
A big hooray for Griff Rhys Jones's Insufficiently Welsh, which has just been listed by BookBrunch as #1 in Standford's Best Sellers!
Also, many thanks to those who showed up at his talk in Stanford's Covent Garden last Thursday. We heard it was pretty crowded in there!
After being selected as "Welsh Book of the Month" for February in Waterstone, WHSmith and Independent stores, here comes another well-deserved recognition for Insufficiently Welsh, and for Griff. Keep him at the top, readers!
BookBrunch (scroll down to see the list)
You can buy Insufficiently Welsh here.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise: after all, Dylan Thomas is one of the most celebrated poets from last century. Even so, it is worth mentioning that The Australian dedicated an article to the uncovering of the intimate missives sent by Thomas to his American lover. Hopefully the collection, edited by Jeff Towns in A Pearl of Great Price, will spread its fame throughout both hemispheres.
Griff Rhys Jones has been searching for that Welsh part of himself that he has felt ever since being forced to sing in the choir in church and pack down for the school first XV, all in suburban Essex.
Griff will be discussing his journey and reading from his new book Insufficiently Welsh at Stanfords Bookshop, Covent Garden, today (Thursday 20th February 2014) at 7 p.m.
Tickets are £3 (includes a glass of wine on entry), available from the bookshop on the door, or by emailing email@example.com or calling 020 7836 1321.
Insufficiently Welsh, February's Book of the Month in bookshops across Wales, was written to accompany the recent ITV series A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones and includes stunning photography from the series.