Our Jan / Feb 2013 enewsletter contains updates on news, events, book

launches and special offers from Parthian Books.
Parthian Books Jan / Feb 2013

Tonypandemonium, Abergorki Long Veg and Cosmic Latte: Brand new work from Rachel Trezise

2013 is going to be a big year for Rachel Trezise. Last week National Theatre Wales announced their exciting programme for Year Three, which includes Rachel's first full-length play Tonypandemonium in Treorchy, south Wales this October.
Tonypandemonium is a raucous, raunchy, hilarious and heartbreaking account of a daughter’s fraught, decade-spanning relationship with her beautiful, fun-loving and alcoholic mother.
‘You just know it’s going to be one of those nights. She’s on the change. I’m on my period. Hormonal teenager and neurotic mother under one terraced roof? My father’s got a word for it: Tonypandemonium.'
The play is set in Trezise’s native south Wales valleys, and performed at the Park & Dare as part of its centenary celebrations.
The Abergorki Long Veg Growing Society
Rachel also has a new short story 'The Abergorki Long Veg Growing Society' in the latest issue of Wales Arts Review:

'The church hall boasts its customary fête day smell; the mothballsy stink of old clothes from the jumble, stale buttercream from fairy cakes, offset by the faint parmesan stink of the wooden floor. It’s here, on Friday nights, that Sel’s twin ten-year-old daughters practise ballroom dancing barefoot. The women are fawning over the vicar, plying him with tea and French macaroons. Sel wants to snicker aloud at this cliché but knows the vicar is engrossingly handsome; a young thirty-something with bitumen black hair and big, brown beer-bottle eyes. If he was a woman he would; he knows he would.'
Cosmic Latte
We are thrilled to be publishing Rachel's second short story collection Cosmic Latte in May.
‘Rachel Trezise’s stories are raw and honest, heartbreaking and hilarious. She’s a champion of the dispossessed, the off kilter and the lost.’ Willy Vlautin.
Migrants, immigrants, travellers, and holidaymakers feature in Dylan Thomas Prize-winner Rachel Trezise’s second collection of short fiction: in eleven dazzling stories of lives lived on either side of boundaries, and on the fringes of society, is teeming with unforgettable characters whose dreams, yearnings and regrets are at once unique and universal. Here, deep tragedy rubs shoulders with sharp comedy as children come of age and adults come to terms.

Short story success for Cynan Jones

Congratulations to Cynan Jones who has been longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award for 'The Dig'. This competition is organised each year by the newspaper to reward the writers of short story with the first prize of £30,000.

This year, there are some prize-winning authors among the participants: Ali Smith, Toby Litt, Mark Haddon and Graham Swift. 
Keep on following us to know if Cynan will be part of the shortlist on the 24th February.

'The Dig' is also to be published, in short novel form, by Granta in 2014. Jones' novel is about badgers' extermination by decree and by baiting, from the viewpoint of a awkward teenager who doesn't really know what to think about it.  

Buy Everything I Found at the Beach by Cynan Jones from Parthian for  £7.99

Buy The Long Dry from Parthian for £6.99

Cynan Jones biography

Preview Our Spring/ Summer 2013 Titles

Find out more about all our wonderful new season of titles including a second short story collection, Cosmic Latte, from Rachel Trezise and novels from Stevie Davies and Dai Smith, while Rebbecca Ray (A Certain Age, Newfoundland) joins Parthian for her third book, The Answer and Other Love Stories, her first in eight years. Lee McOwan offers a lyrical memoir -- I Wish You Were My Father: RS Thomas & Me, and we also have titles on offer from Mari Stead Jones, Brenda Chamberlain, Stan Barstow and  W.H. Davies.

Found In Translation

Lewis Davies recently braved the winter blizzards in north Wales to meet Katica Acevska who is translating his novel My Piece of Happiness into Macedonian. The novel is part of a series of translations commissioned by the publisher Igor Isakovski from Blesok Publishing. Other titles in the series will include Deborah Kay Davies's collection Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful. Katica has translated many significant books into Macedonian including John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and White Noise by Don DeLillo. One of the queries was what was the definition of a "diehard" in the context of a man in a pub. The book will be published in Skopje in 2014. Katica is also a keen climber and the editor of the Balkan Mountaineering magazine. The meeting was arranged by Translators' House and was part of a literary translation and exchange programme held in the snow-coated week of January at the Welsh Writers' Centre Ty Newydd.

Translators' House

Marine Lejeune reports on the Ty Newydd programme 

Ty Newydd, Wales' National Writers’ Centre, is a wonderful place to find inspiration. Everything is inspiring: the house itself with its beautiful architecture but also the landscapes which surround it and the people who come to share their passion for literature. 
In the middle of January some translators gathered together to share their works, talk about the different ways to translate and also visit the Llyn Peninsula, which offers so many places to see.
On the evening of the 18th of January, each person read a piece of their work for the Celebratory Reading: a poem and its translation, a short story or an extract from a novel. Ten participants had made it, less than predicted because of the bad weather. Eight translators came from different countries for the Translators’ House Ty Newydd programme: Katica Garoska-Acevska (Macedonia), Anne Provoost (Belgium), Daniela Seel (Germany), Sunandan Roy Chowdury (India), Barbara Pogačnik (Slovenia), Giorgia Sensi (Italy) and Emilia Invancu (Poland). Richard Davies and Twm Morys attended too, to discover the translators’ works and share their knowledge.
It was a rewarding meeting for everyone thanks to the reading in different languages, the stories of Twm Morys and the debate about the ways to translate poems and the difficulties to keep the rhythm and the meaning of the poem in the same time. 
Marine Lejeune is a French student who will be completing a three month marketing internship with Parthian, joining the team at Parthian’s Editorial and Marketing office in Swansea. Marine has already helped to translate some of the French reviews of Cynan Jones's The Long Dry, recently published in Paris by Éditions Joëlle Losfeld, and it seems to be going down rather well!

Watch: 'Like Wallpaper She Was'

Alan Kellermann's poem recorded live at The Cellar Bards

On 25th January 2012, poet Alan Kellermann was invited to read from his debut collection You, Me and the Birds at The Cellar Bards, Cardigan. 
In You, Me and the Birds the worlds of America and Wales collide, the sacred and the profane sit side by side and the paintings of Tony Goble are startlingly animated. Whether musing on the ghost in a martini or re-imagining a lover as a listed building, Kellermann is never less than engaging. 'A newcomer we should all be watching' – Robert Minhinnick

Buy You, Me and the Birds by Alan Kellermann from the Parthian online bookstore for £7.99.

Related article: 
You, Me and the Bards: Poetry Road Trip

In Brief

In This Issue

  • Tonypandemonium from Rachel Trezise
  • Sunday Times Short Story Prize: Cynan Jones
  • Preview our Spring/Summer 2013 titles
  • Found in Translation: Lewis Davies
  • Marine Lejeune at Translators' House
  • Watch: Alan Kellermann Live
In Brief:
  • Jon Gower
  • Nigel Jarrett
  • Craig Hawes
  • Alan Kellermann
  • Library of Wales

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