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An Intern's Experience of the Llandeilo Book Festival

As a Parthian intern, I recently had the opportunity to attend the Llandeilo Book Festival on 29 April. Being the first literary event I've attended during my time with Parthian, it was not only a great chance to learn more about Parthian’s publications but also provided me with the possibility of meeting other publishers, both from other publishing houses as well as self-publishing authors.

If you were at the book fair, you may have seen me on the Parthian/Library of Wales stall in the Civic Hall with other Parthian colleagues, promoting our collections and selling a wide range of literary delights from the Parthian catalogue!

The book fair provided an excellent opportunity to see the wide variety of literature being created and published in Wales. There was something for everyone; from historical fiction to thrillers, from fantasy to children’s books and poetry. It was brilliant to be able to talk to authors who were so passionate about their work and who were so eager to encourage reading and the discovery of new literature amongst readers of all ages!

Being a linguist and current Welsh learner, a particular highlight for me was being able to purchase literature published in the Welsh language and practice conversing with Welsh speakers.

Llandeilo book fair is organised by Carmarthenshire author, Christoph Fischer who has said that the idea of the fair is to showcase the writing talents of the Welsh writing community and provide authors with an opportunity to reach a wider audience.

If you didn’t have the chance to go this year, then it’s definitely an event you will want to put in your calendar for next year!

by Emily Wood

Emily is an intern with Parthian’s Marketing and Editing office in Swansea. She obtained a BA in European Studies with French and Spanish and an MA in Interpreting and Translating from the University of Bath. After deciding on a career change, Emily is now studying for an MA in International Journalism at Swansea University. In her spare time she likes reading, practicing yoga and still works as a freelance translator and copywriter. She is passionate about European literature and film and hopes that these interests will feature in her future career.