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We are pleased to announce that Parthian Books and the Library of Wales will sponsor the Award for Outstanding Impact in Culture and the Arts for the 2015 Swansea University Impact Awards.

The Impact Awards celebrate the ways in which the University’s research makes a difference to society, the benefits it brings, and the influence it has on individuals, communities, industry, and policy development.

The Awards recognise outstanding impact across six categories, which are open to University staff, researchers at all career stages, as well as research groups, partnerships and projects.

The Impact Awards form part of a programme of activities supported by the University’s Impact Acceleration Account, sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Chris Marshall, who project manages the Impact Acceleration Account, said: “The University is very grateful to the organisations that have chosen to sponsor the event and made it possible to recognise publicly the achievements of our researchers.

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 Readings (Part 1), Wednesday 22 April, 6-9pm 

'The Glove Maker's Numbers' by Rebecca F John, read by Lesley Nicol

'Hungry' by Elizabeth McCracken, read by Eleanor Bron

'A Sheltered Woman' by Yiyun Li, read by Jing Lusi

Join us from 6.30pm to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink before the reading. Doors open 6.15pm.

 

Venue: The Auditorium, Foyles Charing Cross Road

Tickets: £8/£5 (concessions).

The Asian Writer have interviewed Susmita Bhattacharya on her recently-released debut novel The Normal State of Mind.

Q. What inspired you to write the book?

I started the novel as a dissertation for my Masters in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. I knew that to be able to stick with the novel to completion, I’d have to write about a) something that I knew about and am familiar with, therefore it is set in Mumbai and Calcutta and explores friendship between women; b) look for answers to questions I had not asked earlier: homosexuality and its representation and acceptance in India and c) explore the concepts that are so important to me ie  freedom of expression and freedom to live as individuals without having to conform to society (especially in the case of women).

Read the interview in full on The Asian Writer

Team Parthian were up in London for the Book Fair last week and spotted The Normal State of Mind was a Staff Pick in Foyles' flagship store. Hurrah! Here's a photo of it on the table there:

Ruth Mullineux reports on our spring celebration of the short story at Cameo Club, Cardiff…

Legend has it that the earliest recorded reference to April Fool’s Day dates back to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales – believed to be the first collection of short stories published in English – in which ‘The Nun’s Priest’s Tale’ tells of a vain chicken tricked by a fox on the 32nd March (i.e. 1st April). True or not, this literary pedigree means 1st April was a fitting backdrop for Parthian’s latest event, a carnival of the art and versatility of the short-story form.

LIVE AT 10AM BST APRIL 10TH 2015, WE WILL RELAUNCH AS THE COUNTRY'S FIRST HIGH QUALITY ROLLING NEW MEDIA WEBSITE DEDICATED SOLELY TO THE ARTS COVERAGE AND CRITICAL CULTURAL DEBATE IN WALES AND BEYOND.