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'This is a remarkable book and important book. One would expect no less from Peter Lord who has devoted his career to advocating the visual culture of Wales. In presenting a history of Welsh art in one accessible volume, the author has succeeded both from an academic standpoint and from the point of view of the general reader. This is a thought-provoking book and its content both verbal and visual is given the high design and production values that it merits. In short, it is a book that will stand the test of time.'

Look, here's Gwenno Dafydd meeting Nicola Sturgeon in Bute House, home of the First Minister of Scotland in Edinburgh in an official reception to celebrate all the cultural festivities in the city over the summer.

She received a copy of Gwenno's book 'Stand Up & Sock it to them Sister. Funny, Feisty Females' which was launched that afternoon at Footlights Bar & Grill.

Adolygiad hynod gadarnhaol i Pijin (tua 14 munud i fewn):


A lovely review of Pijin by Alys Conran on Radio Cymru. The three reviewers were all positive, and very complimentary of Sian Northey's translation too. They compared Pijin to both The Catcher in the Rye and Un Nos Ola Leuad. About 14 minutes in. 

'In his latest novel, The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician, Tendai Huchu follows the lives of three Zimbabwean immigrants as they strive for assimilation and a sense of place.'

Read the review in full on This is Africa

'At a time when the West is adjudged as being the shaper of African literature, this novel is a departure from the sensationalism of impoverished Africa – instead it interrogates the Western gore by showing, not telling, how African characters are broken by the whims and caprices of a well-governed society. Unfortunately, the wretched of the earth do not enjoy salvation when they transplant themselves to colder climes.


OUT NOW: The Equestrienne by Uršuľa Kovalyk


Translated by Julia Sherwood and Peter Sherwood


If you're in the neighbourhood, join us on 17 August at Footlights Bar & Grill, Edinburgh, for the launch party of Gwenno Dafydd's long-awaited book Stand Up and Sock it to Them Sister!

Gwenno Dafydd, professional broadcaster, singer, actress and leadership coach, has written the ultimate canon of female stand-up comics. Over the past 20 years, she has tirelessly interviewed eighty-four people working professionally in the comedy industry, including numerous funny, inspiring women of all ages and backgrounds, who share their success stories about their love affair with comedy and the challenges they faced and overcame in the male-dominated, aggressively competitive world of stand-up comedy.

In co-operation with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we will celebrate by welcoming to the stage several female stand-up comedians who are featured in the book. This is one afternoon full of funny, feisty females you don't want to miss out on! 

We've added some videos to the ParthianCarnival youtube channel, including a number of M.A. Oliver-Semenov reading from his recently released debut poetry collection The Elephant's Foot. Enjoy!

Under the heading Revolution and Real Life, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will host a discussion about the powerful psychological impact of political regimes on everyday life, featuring authors Peter Krištúfek and Madeleine Thien. Krištúfek's The House of the Deaf Man, published by Parthian in 2014, is an epic novel about Slovak life and its pretences between the 30s and 90s and will be discussed in relation to Thien's novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which traces the far-reaching effects of China’s revolutionary history on two families. Both offer tender and utterly convincing insights into 20th century history. 

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A new Literary Hub article asks 20 writers from around the world what to look forward to in Rio 2016 and which sports are like writing. Representing Wales, author Cynan Jones talks of his love of kayaking and our prowess in rugby:

What sport has the most interesting literary tradition in your home country?