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Looking back on my debut novel, This September Sun, I am conscious of how ambitious a project it was. It is a long book and it took a long time to write, but it also needed a fair amount of research. Researching the past, even if it is only the 1940s is not as easy in Zimbabwe as it may be in a place like Britain. There are not many books either written about or set in the time. Those that are, tend to be political history which, although relevant to a certain degree, are often rather tedious to read. Film coverage is not that easy – actually it is fairly impossible – to come by and I had to rely on newspapers in the archives and interviews with some now quite elderly people.
 
The former are fascinating. I could lose myself all day in old newspapers. They speak of fundraising balls, teas and fetes. They advertise luxury accommodation at hotels with porters and cars meeting each train, film reels at the cinema, a list of who’s in town and who’s staying where and groceries, goods and clothes that were impossible to get in ration-strapped Britain. There is also news about the war and the small ads include the inevitable death notices of young men lost in battle.

Insightful...amusing...very readable...highly recommended

These are just a few of the adjectives used by Phil Morris, Managing Editor of Wales Arts Review, in his recent glowing review of Andrew Green's In the Chair: How to Guide Groups and Manage Meetings, published in the most recent edition of Agenda magazine.

Morris lauds Green's "lucid prose", which is "leavened with wit and snippets of dialogue that offer brief and illuminating examples of good practice, his "commendably wide range of sources", and his decision to forgo "the business-school management speak that might muddle his message", before conclusing that the book is an essential purchase for "anyone with thoughts of chairing public and third sector organisations".

Read the full review here.

There was also a mention of the book in a recent edition of The Western Mail from Dylan Jones Evans, "the professor who shoots from the hip". In his article, he heralds the publication of In the Chair as being "long overdue", and calls it a "compelling read...that can help both novice and experienced chairs to fulfil their potential in this role over time."

'Touching, mature and imaginative, this is a wonderful debut collection from an author who looks set to make a significant contribution to the changing shape of Welsh writing as her career develops.' Emma Schofield enjoys Georgia Carys Williams' debut short story collection Second-Hand Rain, reviewed for Wales Arts Review

Read the WAR review in full

Buy Second-Hand Rain from Parthian.

'If you fancy picking up a clever, modern thriller tinged with ancient myth that’s full of twists, turns and bite then pick up The Actaeon Tide.'

Tom Anderson reviewed by Rhys Milsom for Wales Arts Review... Read the review in full on the WAR website

The Actaeon Tide is out now and also currently serialised in the Western Mail.

'All I wanted to do was get to and surf as many different and exotic shores as I could. Once I’d realised competing abroad wasn’t going to work out for me, I’d tried to use writing as an excuse to do that.'

Read Tom Anderson's recent Author's Notes piece on Wales Online.

A brand new Tŷ Newydd course has also just been announced for you to book your place now - Emerging Young Talent with Tom Anderson and Hanna Jameson in February 2015.
 

Upcoming events with Tom Anderson:

After more than a hundred people packed into Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre on Saturday, November 8th for the launch of Richard James Jones' debut poetry collection, Little Man, the poet has found himself in lofty company by being selected as one of the Scottish Poetry Library's recommended titles for libraries for 2014, alongside writers such as Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Michael Longley and John Burnside.

Compered by poet and Parthian editor Alan Kellermann, Jones read a selection of his work and answered a number of questions about the title's conception and writing to a captivated audience. Plenty of copies were sold, too!

In their own words, the Scottish Poetry Library is a "unique national resource and advocate for the art of poetry, and Scottish poetry in particular", that is "passionately committed to bringing the pleasures and benefits of poetry to as wide an audience as possible."

You can view the full list here.


Note: Should any Canadian reviewers or publications wish to review Burrard Inlet or to write a feature on Tyler, please get in touch with Editorial and Marketing Assistant Robert Harries at rjph91@gmail.com for review copies or more information.


We are delighted at the news that the winner of the $10,000 Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, awarded for the best short story published by an emerging writer in a Canadian literary magazine, is Tyler Keevil for 'Sealskin', a short story set in a fish processing plant in the Burrard Inlet, British Columbia and first published in The New Orphic Review. The story also forms part of his assured, rich, blisteringly honest short story collection Burrard Inlet, out now through Parthian Books.

Georgia Carys Williams features in the current issue of Swansea Life this month... Pick up a copy of the mag and her 'astonishingly imaginative' debut short story collection Second-hand Rain... both out now!

 


The British Guild of Travel Writers’ Best Narrative Travel Book Award was presented, along with other writing, photography and blogging prizes, at the British Guild of Travel Writers' (BGTW) annual dinner held at the Savoy Hotel, London, on November 2, 2014.


Forgotten Footprints: Lost Stories in the Discovery of Antarctica tells the forgotten stories of the merchantmen, navy men, sealers, whalers, and aviators who, along with scientists and adventurers, drew the first ghostly maps of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the Weddell Sea – the most visited places in Antarctica, described vividly by a man who cannot keep away himself, having visited over 40 times. The factual accounts are mixed in with John's own blend of personal history and myth, as he recounts his own first journey through the white continent.

John Harrison wins best travel book award for Forgotten Footprints from the British Guild of Travel Writers

John Harrison wins best travel book award for Forgotten Footprints from the British Guild of Travel Writers


The British Guild of Travel Writers’ Best Narrative Travel Book Award was presented, along with other writing, photography and blogging prizes, at the British Guild of Travel Writers' (BGTW) annual dinner held at the Savoy Hotel, London, on November 2, 2014.


Forgotten Footprints: Lost Stories in the Discovery of Antarctica tells the forgotten stories of the merchantmen, navy men, sealers, whalers, and aviators who, along with scientists and adventurers, drew the first ghostly maps of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the Weddell Sea – the most visited places in Antarctica, described vividly by a man who cannot keep away himself, having visited over 40 times. The factual accounts are mixed in with John's own blend of personal history and myth, as he recounts his own first journey through the white continent.