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 Swansea University’s placement programs: SPIN and Santander and have hosted placements for American, Colombian, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, and Slovakian interns.
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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.
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.
Gaf is one of the interns at Parthian’s Swansea office. He studied for a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Newport, before heading to Swansea to study for an MA in Creative Writing. He swears that the nearby beach didn’t influence that decision at all. A writer of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, he has also been known to perform poetry and has opened for poets including Gillian Clarke, Dannie Absie and Susan Richardson. Outside of the literature world he’s a part-time student, part-time worker, part-time Viking, part-time pirate and full-time nerd.
Jantine is an intern in Parthian’s Swansea office. She studied for a BA in English Language and Culture at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and is currently completing her MA in Literary Studies: Writing, Editing & Mediating at Groningen University. Years of correcting other people’s motivational letters put her on the path of becoming an editor. A part-time writer of creative non-fiction, photographer, painter and full-time literature nerd, her main fields of interest are history (anything from ancient Greece up to World War II), gender studies, music and art. For her MA thesis on female sexuality, gender roles and occupations in modern World War II fiction she received the highest possible mark awarded to dissertations.
Durre Mughal was shortlisted for The Robin Reeves Prize for Young Writers 2015 and was published in Parthian’s anthology How To Exit a Burning Building. This, and her desire to work in publishing/editing led her to start her internship with Susie in Cardiff. Durre writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry and her work has been published in various magazines and anthologies online and offline, including The Stockholm Review of Literature, Halo Lit Mag and Severine Lit. Her interests lie in poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, intersectional narratives that explore race, class and ethnicity, mental health, feminism, art, yoga. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff Met, and has also been a contributor to Wales Arts Review. She’s currently trying to find time to write enough poetry for a pamphlet and get started on her Cardiff-based novel. She can be found preaching about books on her Twitter / Blog: @Durre_Shahwar / durreshahwar.com
Hannah is an intern in the Swansea Parthian office. She is currently studying for her BA in English and French literature at Durham University. She is now working on a third year research project, a comparative study of representations of femininity and sexuality in French and African-Francophone literature. She has a particular interest in literary translation, and in contemporary literary theory, especially Post-colonial, Feminist, and Queer schools of thought. She hopes to combine her love of English and French literature by pursuing an MPhil in comparative literature, while continuing to gain translation experience. Ideally, somewhere warmer than Durham.
Nia is an intern in the Swansea Parthian Office. She is currently studying in Gower College Swansea, and hoping to go on to take English at university. She is also a poet and spoken word performer, featuring at local poetry nights in Swansea and performing at Welsh festivals. Nia is in love with the world of poetry, from Chaucer to the Beats. her main interests outside of poetry lies in Anglo-Saxon works, as well as Scandinavian mythology and literature.
Julia is one of the interns at Parthian's Editing and Marketing office. She is currently in the final year of studying for her BA in American Studies at Swansea University, which included a year spent studying abroad ath the university of Illinois. Julia is hoping to stay in Swansea for an MA in English Literature. She is currently writing a dissertation on the effect of race and ethnicity on the representation of gender in contemporary American minority fiction.
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).
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 email@example.com.
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.