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#IndiaWales, 2017, Events, Natalie Ann Holborow, Poems, Poetry, poets, Wales, writing -

Struggling to write? In a panic about sending your next project out into the world? Now that she has 'been there, done that' Natalie Ann Holborow offers up frank wit and kind advice to other writers in her new blog post:

'I haven’t posted in over a year, but I figured launching my first book is something worth noting down now, while it’s happening, because your first time will only ever happen once (ahem).'

'I suppose people will expect me to gush here about the elation, the excitement, the surging rush of ecstasy at finally seeing five years’ of work and a dream I’d nurtured since I was writing two-page ‘novels’ in felt pen in front of The Powerpuff Girls finally come to life. I’d envisioned it and doodled it into the diaries I kept stashed in my pillowcases for years – me at a table in Waterstone’s, no longer the shy, sad mousey girl in secondary school but happy and signing books in front of a line of people who didn’t think writing was ridiculous or uncool. And you know what? Yes, it feels amazing.'

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#IndiaWales, Dai Smith, Events, festival, Llansteffan, Natalie Ann Holborow, Parthian Books, Poetry, Siôn Tomos Owen, Wales -

Prepare to be immersed in four days of Welsh literary splendour, as the Llansteffan Literary Festival takes place this June. With the festival opening on June 8, an exhibition of famous writers associated with this historic village will be a sure-fire draw to literary and historical enthusiasts alike. Glyn Jones, Lynette Roberts and Dylan Thomas are some of the poets and novelists featured in this exhibition. Hosted by local historian Diana Bevan, readings of their works are included before the launch of Peter J. Jones’s new poetry collection A Fox in the Yard; what better way to begin celebrating Llansteffan...

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Christina Thatcher, Grief, Poems, Poetry, poets -

MAY
12th – United Nations’ University of Peace in Costa Rica, 12pm
American poet Christina Thatcher will be reading poems about losing her father to addiction from her new collection, More than you were

16th - Instituto Educativo Moderno (IEM) in Costa Rica, 10am
Secondary students at the IEM are invited to attend a reading and Q&A session by American poet Christina Thatcher. 

16th - Libros Duluoz in Costa Rica, 7pm
A reading and Q&A session will be held with American poet Christina Thatcher at Libros Duluoz, one of San Jose’s most famous independent bookstores. Translations will be provided by fellow poet Estaban Alonso Ramirez.

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2017, April 2017, Authors, Bookfair, Books, Events, festival, Fiction, international, Internship Blog, Literature Wales, Llandeilo, Poetry, Wales, writing -

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...

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Christina Thatcher, Events, Grief, Parthian Books, Poems, Poetry, poets, Wales, writing -

I’m feeling something deeper too. A fizz in my stomach, a slight edge of fear. It suddenly doesn’t feel that long since my Dad died. I wonder —in the off way people who do not believe in the afterlife might wonder—if my Dad will hear me reading about him. If he’d be happy to fill the room with me, if our voice will carry.

I hope so. Because at the very least, I want him to be proud. The same way he was proud to see my first poem published in a school anthology. I remember him saying that he didn’t understand it but that it looked nice on the page, neat and important.

And, for those of us still alive, I hope this collection will help to start a conversation too. One about loss or addiction or fathers. I hope the poems will offer a small, collective invitation to peer into the dark things in life and talk about them.

For those interested, please do come along to one of my national launches, readings or events and say ‘hello’. Let’s get this conversation going.

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