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By Parthian intern Julia Bradley   This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited along on a Parthian trip up to Scotland, alongside Maria and Shona. The purpose of the trip was to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival (12-28th August) and to support author Ece Temelkuran in promoting her book Women Who Blow on Knots. What followed was a whirlwind few days of meeting authors, exploring the city, and experiencing some of the varied performance offerings from the fringe festival.   We began our trek up to Edinburgh on Thursday, and took a seven-and-a-half hour train journey north from Swansea, reaching...

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#IndiaWales, Natalie Ann Holborow, News, RebelSun, Siôn Tomos Owen, Wales, Wales Arts International, Wales Arts Review -

Welsh and Indian authors reflect on the theme of place in their writing at this podcast recorded at the Hay Festival Wales 2017. The poets took part in the Hay Mela: a series of events at Hay Festival that were part of the UK India Year of Culture 2017- a year of cultural exchange marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence. In this British Council podcast recorded at the Hay Festival Wales 2017 with host Georgina Godwin writers from West Bengal and Wales talk about their cross cultural collaboration through the project Village, City and Valley. Read More and Listen to...

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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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Ece Temelkuran, News, Parthian Books, Women in Translation -

'You collect your own family of talented young women. The author (Women Who Blow on Knots) and political commentator on why everyone should "adopt" a daughter'.

'There are surveys that call my age group “the childless generation”. I am 43 years old — a fact I remind myself of when I am tempted to buy ripped jeans — and, like many of my friends, I am childless. But the world is still a place where it is common to ask why you did not have children and whether you regret it. The planet still sees our situation as “curable”, I guess. But one thing is sure: if one does not have a child, one always stays someone’s child and never officially becomes an adult.'

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Bad Ideas, Bad Ideas\Chemicals, Cardiff, Carnival Bookshop, crystal jeans, honno, Light Switches are my Kryptonite, Lloyd Markham, News, pop-up shop, writing -

Cardiff-based authors Lloyd Markham and Crystal Jeans have opened a bookshop in Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff to sell their new novels with their Festival of Bad Ideas this week. The Carnival bookshop popped up on Sat 1 July stocking copies of Bad Ideas\Chemicals, the dark, weird debut novel by Lloyd Markham published by Parthian that has already garnered a cult buzz amongst other top writers:

‘A dark and witty take on small town life.’
– David Towsey

‘bleak, weird, grim, cool... it will probably become a cult classic.’ – Rhian Elizabeth

'Some writers try to do weird. Some writers do weird. Lloyd Markham is weird.'
– Christopher Meredith

The shop also stocks Crystal Jeans' second novel Light Switches are my Kryptonite by Honno:

'In Sylvester, Crystal Jeans has created a character as evocative and alluring as her own name. Her book is an amazing piece of literary ventriloquism; convincing, moving, funny, flawlessly sustained, and utterly compelling.' – Niall Griffiths

as well as her first novel, The Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise (Honno) recently longlisted for the Polari First Book:

'Think Caitlin Moran in Gabalfa, Cardiff - dysfunctionality made humorous and page-turningly entertaining and moving.' – Tony Curtis

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