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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.



In Translation


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 LanguageMartha, 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



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 



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.

Susie Wild
Publishing Editor Susie Wild looks after our fiction and creative non-fiction lists. Following an MA in Journalism at Goldsmiths College, Susie cut her journalism teeth at The Guardian. Returning to Wales in 2004 she edited Swansea's art magazine Platform for four years. She has since contributed content to numerous publications including Mslexia, Planet, New Welsh Review, Cambria, Metro, the BBC, Red Handed, Clash Magazine, and The Big Issue, and is a regional reviewer for The StageHaving looked after the social networking and chaired bookish discussions for numerous literary shindigs and organisations including Hay Poetry Jamboree and The Laugharne Weekend, Susie began contributing towards Parthian's online content and social networking, marketing, literary launches and events in 2009, later setting up Literary Salons in Cardiff and Swansea, co-organising xx women's writing festival in Cardiff and all sorts of things to do with the Library of Wales series including a number of exciting literary tours. She also programmes the literature events for Do Not Go Gentle festival in Swansea and lectures on the MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire.
Susie is also a published writer and regular live lit performer. One of Parthian's original set of Bright Young Things, The Art of Contraception (2010) was her first book and was long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2011. In May 2011 her novella Arrivals was published as a Kindle ebook. In the same year she was also a recipient of a Writer's Bursary from Literature Wales to spend time on her next project, a novel. Her poetry has been published in BuggedNu2Leaf Writer's MagazineThe AntagonistRisingPoetry Digest and Spilt Milk. Susie lives in a Cardiff garret where she is finishing that novel and her first poetry collection.



Alan Kellermann



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 Holmes


Carly is working with Parthian and other organisations to develop and promote literature in west Wales. 

She is in the final year of 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 are  publishing her first novel 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




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



Dai Smith


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.



Robert Harries

Currently a participant in what must be the longest GO Wales placement in history (9 months and counting...), Rob is an editorial and marketing assistant 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 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. Also, despite the above picture – taken during some impromptu character acting at the launch of Dan Tyte's debut Half Plus Seven – he is neither a) associated with terrorism in any shape or form, or b) an alcoholic.



Natasha Marsh
Natasha Marsh is working at Parthain as part of her BA as a third year Media Studies student at Swansea University. 
As part of Swansea University's  student paper The Waterfront  and their own student TV chanel SUTV (where she will be appearing as a zombie very soon in a student film) she is planning on using Parthain as yet another creative outlet. She has currently written two short stories for the paper and some articles. Writing in her spare time (when she gets any) she tends to focus on issues close to her and elabrate them with the fictional. Natasha has a flair for the dramatic and has appeared in a few am dram productions for the New Venture Players as well as performing on School plays. The drama of her own life spilled onto the pages of her writing and she earned high marks during a creative writing module and writing drama module last year.



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.