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LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT on the evening of tuesday 16th September, Parthian launched ex-Librarian of the National Library of Wales Andrew Green's (rather aptly named) how-to chairing book 'In the Chair' at the Cameo Club, Cardiff. In a star-studded event, Andrew was joined by the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, Dame Rosemary Butler, and Dr Brinley Evans, the President of Trinity Saint David, in recounting amusing anecdotes of their chairing career, the merit of teleconferences, and their 'tricks of the trade'. 

IT IS ORDERED THAT you're suitably equipped to follow in their footsteps by picking up your own copy of 'In the Chair'.

LET THE RECORD ALSO STATE THAT inside you will find invaluable advice on chairing formal Boards and working with Chief Executives, as well as how to approach special kinds of meeting, including formal and public meetings, conferences, appointment panels, bilingual meetings and videoconferences. What qualities and skills do you need? How should you approach your group and its members? How should you prepare for and conduct meetings? How do you arrive at decisions, and cope with difficult situations and people? All will be answered.

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Tom Anderson reveals his guilty pleasure and his secret love for maths ahead of the publication of The Actaeon Tide next month...

Which writers, books or ideas have inspired you?

My favourite book of all time is either Moby-Dick or Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore, because I love the way symbols and metaphors are used to make the characters lives seem relevant to all of humanity when in fact both are essentially stories about single people with odd obsessions. I love some of the earlier magical realism of Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and am a huge fan of a lot of American literature because I think it helped free up the cods of language used by narrators. Like it or not, America’s influence on English is immense.

What influences your writing aside from other writers?



Welcome to a friendly, informal and interesting festival that everyone from the casual to the most passionate reader can enjoy... Since 2011 PENfro Book festival has been an annual three-day event, in the wonderful setting of Rhosygilwen, in Pembrokeshire, offering an opportunity to appreciate the wealth found in Welsh books.  The celebration also recognises the contribution of local publishers and booksellers. This year’s festival begins on Friday 12th September with an evening with filmmaker Owain Llyr, who will be showing his award-winning film La Casa di Dio, and continues on Saturday with former archbishop Rowan Williams and Chaired and Crowned Bard Ceri Wyn Jones sharing the stage to read and talk about their poetry. The festival also includes a packed day of events on the sunday.

Some of the events will be led by Parthian Authors, who will talk about their recent work.  Tyler Keevil, a novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer raised in Vancouver, brings the Burrard Inlet of western Canada to life in a vivid collection of new stories about men and work. Cynan Jones, born in Wales, gets you into themedieval Welsh Peredur myth with his latest book. And Carly Holmes will delve into her novel to discuss unreliable memories and what an inner void can exert over a person's life.



What else is on?

·      Workshops for writers

·      Poetry reading

·      Variety of Talks

·      Book fair

·      Film Screening

·      Children’s event

·      Competition results

·      Awards


Tickets are from £3.00 to £10.00. Sunday pass: £10.00 (Includes all the events you wish to attend.) For further information follow @PENfroBookFest or head to


Craig Hawes has written a piece for Publishing Perspectives on his reponse to the banning of his debut short fiction collection in Dubai, his country of residence for eleven years and the place in which the book is set. The piece meditates on the current position of literature in the Emirates and offers insight into Craig's own personal feelings following the disappointing 'repatriating' of his work. Read more about Craig's story here.

Read the book yet? See what all the fuss is about or read a sample.

In the 19th entry into Wales Arts Review's quest to find the Greatest Welsh Novel, Phil Morris puts forward the case for Dannie Abse's Cardiff coming of age novel Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve, part of our Library of Wales series.

Rereading Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve twenty years later was an even more rewarding experience. Leo and Dannie’s political radicalism had not lost any of its power to move me, but now the corresponding portrayal of childhood innocence – endless summer holidays and the tumultuous mystique that seems to emanate from the opposite sex – suffused the novel with an added strain of melancholic loss. [...] It is a novel that is undeniably Welsh, in accent and location, but one with broad international horizons. 

Buy Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve from the Parthian online bookshop.