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 Award-winning author Tristan Hughes' most recent novel Hummingbird has been making the review rounds - here are some of the highlights:   'lean, lyrical...beautifully nuanced and utterly touching' -- Claire Allfree (Daily Mail), full review.   'Hummingbird is a triumph of compression, almost occupying a place somewhere between a novella and a more fully-blown novel. The narrative control and sense of scale it takes to make everything neither too long nor too short inform its structure...its evocation of eternity, the ever-deferred destination of the ever-changing, just perfect...this novel has scarcely any faults' -- Nigel Jarrett (Wales Arts Review), full review.  ...

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Bad Ideas, Bad Ideas\Chemicals, Chemicals, Fiction, Lloyd Markham, News, novel, Parthian Books, writing -

Recently I wrote a short article for the Western Mail which talked about how the political and social climate of Britain since the 2008 financial crash influenced my book Bad Ideas\Chemicals. As a sort of companion piece to that, today I’m going to talk about how it was also influenced by singers who dressed like aliens, a composer who knocked things off tables, and my experiences of being a young pretentious musician playing at open mics in a small town.

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Uršuľa Kovalyk is a poet, fiction writer, playwright and social worker. She was born in 1969 in Košice, eastern Slovakia and currently lives in the capital, Bratislava. She has worked for a women's non-profit focusing on women's rights and currently works for the NGO Against the Current, which helps homeless people. Kovalyk is the director of the Theatre With No Home, which features homeless and disabled actors. She has published plays, short stories and novels, and was shortlisted for the Anasoft Litera 2014 for Krasojazdkyña (The Equestrienne). I lived several lives in the brief instant before my feet touched the ground. The music stopped....

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A Van of One's Own, Bad Ideas, Biddy Wells, Cardiff, Carnival Bookshop, Chemicals, Festival, fiction, launches, Lloyd Markham, memoir, novel, pop-up shop, travel -

Join us this summer for The Festival of Bad Ideas (1-9 July) as our Carnival pop-up bookshop returns to Duke Street Arcade in Cardiff. On Saturday 1 July we'll be launching Lloyd Markham's dark and weird novel 'Bad Ideas\Chemicals' at 4pm at 3-7 Duke Street Arcade, with more bad ideas (but no chemicals) to follow throughout the week. In a year of bad ideas, one more can't hurt. Or can it?

We'll also be launching Biddy Wells' travel memoir A Van of One's Own in store on Thursday 6 July at 5.30pm.

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Author of critically-acclaimed novel Pigeon, Alys Conran, will be appearing on Heno on Welsh-language channel S4C this evening, 8 May. Alys has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious International Dylan Thomas prize, the winner of which will be announced on 10 May. An event will be held at the British Library in London on 9 May to celebrate the shortlisted authors’ achievements. Alys will be reading excerpts from Pigeon at the event, so be sure to purchase a ticket! Alys will also be attending several more events in the near future including the Hay Literary Festival on 30 May. Visit...

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