This week, the Independent warmly welcomed Angela V. John's 'excellent biography' of 'improbable revolutionary' Margaret Haig Thomas.
The review makes an heroic attempt to cover 650 pages-worth of Margaret's life and achievements, nods to her position as the foremost woman of business in the British Empire, launch of weekly magazine Time and Tide and her campaign to take her seat in the House of Lords, and hints at her often troubled relationships behind the scenes.
Read the review in full here.
The latest of Angela's series of talks about Lady Rhondda will be a talk and launch event at Swansea University, 5.15pm, 9th Dec. Entry is free and all are welcome. See our events page for futher details.
After many days in the office, it is always a good idea to go outside and have a walk in the fresh air. During the weekend, after attending two lovely poetry events, team Parthian set off for the mushroom picking adventure as an original teambuilding activity.
We were given an A4 paper with the pictures of both poisonous and edible mushrooms, two baskets and optimistic idea of eating mushrooms as a breakfast. Most of us apparently never picked mushrooms before and it didn’t help that some people told us these fabulous stories about various kinds of mushrooms causing death. To tell you the truth, I thought, that this all might be just some weird kind of natural selection or a rough way of firing the employees, in case we pick the wrong ones.
But after all, the mushrooming was awesome. Crossing the small river using the tree was fun and team-bonding, walking in the woods refreshing and toasts with mushrooms for breakfast were delicious.
And apart from the work experience I gained in Parthian using InDesign and Illustrator, I will probably add to my CV “mushroom picking” as my skill. You never know, it might be useful someday.
Last week, team Parthian was delighted to attend two wonderful poetry events. Firstly the launch of poetry collection Miners at the Quarry Pool by Nigel Jarrett was held on Thursday in Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. The next day Sue Moules introduced her book of poems The Moth Box at The Cellar Bards poetry evening in Cardigan.
On both events, the open mic slots filled in seconds. Apart from nice performances by Nigel and Sue, the guests were able to listen to many other established and aspiring poets.
Miners at the Quarry Pool is a collection of above and below – and nearly every space in between. From the dizzying heights of photographs taken from an aeroplane to the miners just delivered from their daily work, the collection is an unapologetic, yet satisfying examination of the spaces we inhabit and our existence within those spaces.
In the latest issue of The Bay, Sarla Langdon defends the short story, praising Craig Hawes for mastering the difficult art form.
A lot of nonsense is talked by critics about short stories.The truly distinguished short story is an extremely difficult art form and in this anthology Hawes has shown his mastery of the genre, revealing impressive insights and vivid characterisation.
Craig's debut collection, The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqeim, hit shelves in October. The collection, a vision of contemporary Dubai from the perspective of a variety of expats from different parts of the world, tells tales of hardships and the high-life, paranoia and alienation, cruelty and love. The locations switch from parties at mansions to high-rise apartment blocks, taxi interiors to gyms, featuring an array of characters that span the city’s wide social spectrum.
It is Craig's personal tie to the affluent city and his intimate knowledge of it, being a Dubai-based journalist, that Sarla praises.
Emma Schofield has praised the once 'wild child of contemporary Welsh writing', Rachel Trezise, for her mature second short story collection, in Planet's Winter Edition, Issue 212.
The raw sense of frustration which resounded through her early works continues to course through the lives of many of the characters in this collection, but the stories here demonstrate striking maturity and scope. Cosmic Latte is not a full stop, but a colon which expands readers' horizons and promises to mark the start of the next phase in Trezise's writing career.
Schofield praises Trezise for branching out and not only soley writing about the Rhondda, 'her home turf', but for 'exploring an array of other countries and cultures'.