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film, Harper's Bazaar, Kate North, Mari Ellis Dunning, New Welsh Reader, poetry, reviews, Rhian Elizabeth, Rhys Owain Williams -

We've had some lovely features, reviews and feedback for our new batch of poetry titles. First up, New Welsh Reader featured 3 of the 4 titles in their new issue, and seemed to like them... 'Rhys Owain Williams’ That Lone Ship is part of a handsome quartet of new poetry published by Parthian Books this autumn. […] In this collection, Williams explores the ghostly ripples that are cast out by everyday happenings, reflecting on and weaving together the disparate strands of experience that make up life. The poet explores the profound and the ridiculous, the private and the public, as...

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Authors, Books, Cardiff, Fiction, News, open mic, Parthian Books, Picnic, Poems, Poetry, poets, readings, Roath Park, spoken word, writing -

After the success of our first double book launch event at the Roath Park pub in Cardiff earlier in October, we bring you our new monthly reading event Picnic featuring guest readers published by Parthian and our friends and a spoken word open mic. This month's debut event features poet and novelist Rhian Elizabeth, essayist Dylan Moore and poet and fiction writer Mari Ellis Dunning. Free entry. 18+ Sign up for the open mic on the night, first come, first served. The open mic will be split across both halves of the evening, interspersed with the guests. Parthian books will also be on sale.

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MS, Multiple Sclerosis, Poetry, the last polar bear on earth, Wales Millennium Centre, Word Ward -

It wasn’t so much an argument, more like a disagreement, with a guy who came up to me after a reading I did recently. I finished off on a poem about Multiple Sclerosis and how having it hasn’t changed me.

The guy didn’t say what his illness was but he went… “You are wrong. Of course being ill changes us. You are a different person now.”

I was diagnosed with MS in 2016 but I had been unwell for years and years before that. At one point I couldn’t feel the entire right half of my body and I was so tired all the time I just couldn’t do anything, even the things I enjoyed the most, like sex.

Back and fore the doctors’ surgery I went with my notebook of different symptoms – I must’ve looked like a right hypochondriac. I was sent to different specialists in different departments of the hospital until finally an MRI scan and a neurologist revealed all these scars on my brain and spinal cord. And then he went and put a name on all of those years of being ill: Multiple Sclerosis.

Cool.

So, did I walk into that neurologist’s office that afternoon as me, the person I had been for 28 years in all my glory and mischief, and was it like Stars in Their Eyes… did I suddenly walk out of that office into a puff of smoke and transform into a different person?

Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be... an emotional wreck.

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Mari Ellis Dunning, Mental health, Multiple Sclerosis, Poetry, Rhian Elizabeth, Wales -

Morning. Lush weather.

Parthian are sending us out on yet another exotic trip – the next date on the last polar bear on earth tour is tomorrow night at Ye Olde Murenger House, Newport, and it kicks off at 7.30PM.

Pontypridd, Cardiff, Neath, Swansea and now Newport – I’m living the dream. In all fairness, I did spend a month in Sweden a few weeks ago, so I’m not complaining.

In Newport I’m sharing the bill with Mari Ellis. I met Mari a few years ago now through the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award. She won first prize in the competition and I won second (a scandalous decision, if you ask me).

We both won those prizes with our short stories. Mari's was about a dolphin and mine was about some old ladies exercising, so maybe that’s why she won first and I won second – everyone loves a dolphin. Old ladies sweating – not so much.

It was a long time ago anyway and I've forgiven her for snatching the prize money from my grasp, and I'm looking forward to our event, this time reading our poetry. Mari’s collection, Salacia, is available to buy here and she kindly took some time out from spending her prize money to write this piece about mental health and her poetry, especially for my blog.

Over and out.

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editing, editor, events, New Welsh Review, panel, poetry, Poetry Wales, publishing, submitting, Swansea, Swansea Fringe Festival, talk, writing -

Our publishing editor Susie Wild is talking writing, poetry and publishing on class act panels in two far flung UK locations this autumn! This month, come see her on Thursday 20 September in Southampton: Then, next month, Susie will be on the panel of the More Poetry is Needed session at Swansea Fringe Festival (2-4pm, Sunday 7 October: Submitting your poems to a publisher can be intimidating, but The Swansea Fringe is here to help! Three of Wales’ leading poetry editors – Emily Blewitt (New Welsh Review), Nia Davies (Poetry Wales) and Susie Wild (Parthian Books) – join The Crunch’s Adam...

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