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).
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.
Hello sunshine, hello Parthian readers. We're super happy to have made it through to the brighter times and festival season. The whole Welsh literary scene seems bursting to bloom into spring with a weekend of parties...
The Laugharne Weekend are opening their doors in Carmarthen today, Pyramid Scheme strikes a third time in a new home in Cardiff tomorrow and then Cardiff Bay gets Mexican with Fiction Fiesta & Wales Pen Cymru on the 17th. Plus we've more great reads and readings launching across the summer.
Hope to see you at some or all of the following!
For more information on these and to see what else we have coming up for you including book launches and events at Hay and Edinburgh festivals this summer, go to our events page and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.