A Carnival of Voices in Independent Publishing
Based in Cardigan/Aberteifi on the west coast of Wales, Parthian is a literary publishing success story. The company was established in 1993 by Publishing Director Richard Lewis Davies to publish his first novel, Work, Sex and Rugby. Since then, Parthian has risen to become one of the most respected publishers in Wales – and one with international resonance. Our list incorporates an innovative range of new fiction, poetry and drama, from writers as varied as Deborah Kay Davies, Dai Smith, Rachel Trezise, Glen Peters, John Harrison, Stevie Davies, Cynan Jones, Tyler Keevil and Niall Griffiths.
Central to our mission is our belief in the power of a great book, and what we publish reflects a diverse and contemporary Wales that casts a keen eye on the wider world. Exciting, vibrant, surprising, relevant and original – the only thing predictable about Parthian is our quality. In recent years, our authors have garnered critical acclaim and prestigious accolades including The Dylan Thomas Prize, The Betty Trask, the Wales Book of the Year, the Orange Futures Award, The Rhys Davies Prize, the Journey Prize, the Edge Hill Readers' Award and The Stonewall Award.
The Classics of Welsh Literature
We also publish the Library of Wales series which includes books such as Border Country, The Black Parade and Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve. Recent books include W. H. Davies's Autobiography of a Super-tramp and James Hanley's A Kingdom, along with a bumper, two volume, short story anthology edited by Dai Smith Story I and Story II.
We have developed good translation links throughout Europe and beyond, and our books have appeared in fifteen foreign-language editions including French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Danish, Turkish, Portuguese and Russian. We have recently announced our first book deal with New Star publications in China for the thriller The Colour of a Dog Running Away.
Our list also includes a growing number of titles in translation such as To Bury the Dead, Under the Dust, The Bridge Over the River, Strange Language, Martha, Jac and Shanco from Spanish, Catalan, German, Basque and Welsh. Katie Gramich's vibrant translation of Kate Roberts' Feet in Chains was launched at the Eisteddfod in 2012.
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In addition to Parthian HQ in Cardigan, there is a bustling Editorial and Marketing office at Swansea University, where we provide work experience for students interested in developing publishing skills, from taster sessions in publishing software like indesign and quark, to editorial assistant and marketing duties. Internships can be conducted on an informal basis and are flexible to suit individual requirements. We also work closely with Go Wales and the Leonardo Programme, and in 2014 have hosted placements for French, Spanish, Italian, Slovakian and Colombian interns.
The Parthian Team
Richard Lewis Davies
Richard Lewis Davies is one of the founding partners of Parthian. It was established in 1993 to publish his first novel Work, Sex and Rugby, and has now published over two hundred titles of which 194 are still in print. Richard has been involved in the literary scene in Wales since 1990 and is the current commercial director of Parthian and the Library of Wales series.
In addition to publishing he has a parallel career as a creative writer. His novels include Tree of Crows and My Piece of Happiness, and he has also published a selection of literary essays As I Was a Boy Fishing and a critically acclaimed selection of stories Love and Other Possibilities. His work has received numerous awards, including the Rhys Davies short story competition and the John Morgan writing award. He has worked extensively in Welsh theatre and has had six plays professionally produced, the most recent of which was Supertramp, Sickert and Jack the Ripper at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011. His work for younger readers includes a series of children’s picture books available in both English and Welsh Tai and the Tremorfa Troll, developed with the illustrator Hayley Acreman. He is currenlty writing a play with Gustav Dunck.
Gillian Griffiths is one the founding partners of Parthian and is the financial director. She has worked in fine art and photography and held a number of exhibitions in Wales including Child for a Moment and Freeways, both at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Her photography and art work has appeared on a wide range of covers for Parthian including Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful. She is working on a book of her work and completing a course in traditional woodland management techniques with the Coppice wood college in the Teifi valley.
Claire Houguez is an editor and marketing officer for Parthian and cheerily (wo)mans the Swansea office. She joined Parthian as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, helped to develop Parthian's ebook list, and has been Marketing Officer since 2011. In addition to editing and marketing, Claire is also involved in the production process. She is a graduate of Swansea Metropolitan University and Swansea University, where she received a Distinction in her Creative Writing MA. She is a regular face (and voice) at poetry events in Swansea and is working towards a PhD with a fiction collection exploring the neo-burlesque revival. Her essays have been published in Planet and Wales Arts Review and her fiction in The Terry Hetherington anthology, Cheval.
Initially only meant to be at Parthian for 3 voluntary weeks back in August 2013, Rob now finds himself, a full year and a 9 months later, as Assistant Publisher at Parthian. Possessing a first-class honours in English literature from Aberystwyth University but suffering from lexical burn-out, he drifted, Gully Foyle-like, between various jobs and dreams for a year after graduating in 2012, before finally returning 'home' to the written word and beginning to work for Parthian. A voracious reader who counts Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, Kazuo Ishiguro, Philip K. Dick, Dostoevsky, Conrad and Tolkien among his favourite authors, Rob can often be found lurking in the various bars, cinemas and concert venues across Wales. Though he currently remains the only member of Parthian's immediate team to have not yet taken up the pen (or keyboard) to write creatively, he remains convinced that he'll give this novel-writing lark a go... eventually.
Poetry Editor Alan Kellermann was born in Wisconsin, USA and lives in Swansea. In 2001, he won the Eleanor B. North and Judson Q. Owen awards from Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. In 2011 he completed a PhD in Poetry at Swansea University, where he has led seminars in creative writing. Published by major British and Irish journals, including New Welsh Review, Agenda and Poetry Ireland Review, Alan is already considered a 'one to watch' in British poetry. He has been described as 'a young writer of ambition and sophistication', his debut poetry collection You, Me and the Birds was published by Parthian in 2012, and his poetry also appeared in Ten of the Best (2011).
Carly is an associate editor with Parthian, and also works with and other organisations to develop and promote literature in west Wales.
She has recently completed a Creative Writing PhD, and also holds a BA in English Lit and an MA in Creative Writing. She has had a number of short stories published and placed in competitions and Parthian published her first novel - The Scrapbook - in 2014. She organises The Cellar Bards, a group of writers who meet monthly in Cardigan for an evening of live literature, and she is the Secretary for the annual PENfro book festival, as well as a member of the editorial board for The Lampeter Review. When she's not making stuff up she enjoys drinking gin, murdering slugs and dancing in a crazed fashion to rock music.
Nikki Griffiths has many years experience working in publishing in the areas of rights licensing, contract negotiation and a stint in international sales and has worked for Penguin Books, Random House and Bloomsbury. Nikki will be representing us at the 2013 London Book Fair and looks forward to meeting existing publishing partners from around the world, making new contacts and spreading the Parthian word. Should you wish to consider any of our books or need more information on our authors and titles please do contact Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dai Smith is the series editor of the Library of Wales and Professor in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University. Having studied History at Balliol College, Oxford, and Literature at Columbia University, New York City, he was awarded a Ph.D. at Swansea University for a thesis on the South Wales Miners' Federation, which subsequently became the subject of his book, with Hywel Francis, The Fed. He has written extensively about modern Wales, including Aneurin Bevan and the World of South Wales (1993) and Wales: A Question for History (1998). The latter was an extensively revised version of the book associated with six documentary films he wrote and presented under the title Wales! Wales?
He became Editor of BBC Radio Wales in 1993 and was Head of Broadcast (English) there from 1994 until 2000 when he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Glamorgan. His critically acclaimed biography of Raymond Williams was published in 2008 as Raymond Williams: A Warrior's Tale. He is currently the chair of the Arts Council of Wales. His debut novel of stories Dream On was published in 2013.
Spending most of her life between Pennsylvania and Ohio, Chevelle crossed the pond in September 2014 to start her MA Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. She got her BA in journalism from The American University in Washington DC but is back to following her passion for fiction as a summer editorial assistant for Parthian. Her own writing alternates from humorous observations of life to the dark corners of the supernatural. Unfortunately, her preference for fiction over journalism has left her woefully ill-equipped to write biographies (especially about herself.)
Stephanie is an Intern working as an Editorial Assistant at Parthian, this means she gets to delve into a variety of different roles and attend many fabulous events! She is a graduate of Cardiff University where she obtained her BA and her MA in English Literature. She will be returning to Cardiff University in October to commence her PhD studies, also in English Literature, specialising in eighteenth-century manuscript studies of Elizabeth Montagu and the bluestockings. She is a voracious book reader; it is standard practice for her to carry around at least two books in her handbag, normally a fiction and a non-fiction, and these don’t last long! Someday she would love to write her own book… perhaps a neo-eighteenth century epistolary novel… if there is ever a market for such a thing.
Brian is an Irish writer and short film maker from the Viking-settled city of Limerick. He is a graduate of UWTSD Swansea where he completed a BA in Film Production and a PGCE. Brian taught on the BA Film Production course for two years and worked as UWTSD Artist in Residence for Film in 2013/14. He has joined Parthian on work placement as part of his MA in Creative Writing with Swansea University. He is not a Viking but wouldn’t mind a go off one of their boats.
The Parthian publishing programme is produced with support from of the Welsh Books Council.
The Library of Wales project is a Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Books Council initiative.