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Blog, lesbians, motherhood, MS, Poetry, polar bears, Sweden, swimming -

Rhian Elizabeth here. Parthian have given me control of their blog for the next month. Perhaps this will be a mistake on their part. I’ve been asked to write as much as I can manage and whatever I feel comfortable with. Since I’ve been focusing on poetry this past year, I haven’t written prose in a really long time, so whatever I can manage may not be very much at all. I’ve got to try and remember what a full stop is, where the caps lock is on my keyboard, and to fill the page with loads of words. Becoming...

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Better Houses, Blog, Poetry, Susie Wild -

'Better Houses is about the places we inhabit in life, about relationships and the extraordinary in the everyday. It has all the key subjects: birth, death, sex, love and loss. At the book’s core, it is as much about moving house as it is about trying to centre yourself somewhere, to find a place to call home, to be still. I have moved at least every six months to two years in my adult life, sometimes through choice and often not. This draws on those experiences of packing and unpacking boxes, but it also employs fiction, humour and imagination. Other poems escape fires and great white sharks, test beds and language barriers and hunt fossils and comets, spells and adventures...'

Read the blog in full on the New Welsh Review website.

Buy Better Houses from the Parthian online shop for £8.99 and free P&P

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Adventure, Blog, Nathan Munday, Seven Days, Spiritual, Table Talk, Travel -

'I was in the south of France recently and visited the chateau at Pau where Henri IV was born. They supposedly used a tortoise shell as his cradle and the whole castle has become a memorial to that monarch who famously said: ‘Paris is worth a mass’, having renounced his Protestant faith for the French throne. We were on a guided tour, and to be honest, I was not that interested in the shell, the King, the gold frames and mirrors. What did draw my attention was… a big table. I think it was one of the biggest tables I had ever seen! Apparently, it could seat one hundred guests and I started imagining the noise, the food, and all the table talk that would have taken place around it...'

Read the blog in full on the New Welsh Review website

Seven Days: A Pyrenean Adventure by Nathan Munday is out now, buy it for £8.99 and free P&P from our online shop.

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Blog, Dat's Love, Leonora Brito, Reviews, Short Story, Yalan Bao -

A new edition of Dat’s Love has been published by Parthian’s Library of Wales series. Leonora Brito’s influential and award-winning collection of short stories was originally published in 1999. Yalan Bao reinvigorates Leonora’s stories and characters, reviving them for a new generation of readers. Leonora Brito was raised in and influenced by the multicultural community of Tiger Bay, she recreates the society’s values through a diverse collection of voices. Afro- Caribbean, Leonora writes about the diaspora felt by the Black-Welsh community. She has a vibrant writing style, inflected by humorous observations that highlight the oppression, persecution and daily life of...

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