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Poems, Poetry, poets, RebelSun, Wales, writing, Young People's Laureate -

'The poems in Rebel Sun knit together all of the various elements of experimentation, politics and community I’ve been immersed in over recent years, with a strong focus on (re)connecting with the natural world. I am as much a part of the north Wales landscape as any oak or wave or starling and Rebel Sun is acknowledgement of that.'

'Explaining the exact nature of a poem feels too didactic, but this collection is absolutely about taking a stand politically. I see the after-effects of colonialism as a patriarchal dish still being force-fed to the land and her people in Wales. But after a long winter, maybe spring is coming.'

Read the poem and the blog in full on the Poetry Wales website

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2017, Events, Parthian Books, Wales -

This past weekend (8-11 June) was a big one for Hilly Janes and her book Ugly, Lovely: Dylan Thomas’ Swansea and Carmarthenshire of the 1950’s in pictures with four events offering insights into the beautiful, nostalgic volume.

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2017, Barry Forshaw, competitions, Crime Fiction, Parthian Books, Rhosygilwen, Wales, writing -

Could you be the next great crime writer? We're giving away two bursaries to new writing talent under 30 to enable them to attend a three-and-a-half day residential retreat on the international art of great Crime Writing. The ‘Killer Novel’ Residential Retreat runs from August 25 until August 28, 2017 at the luxurious listed Rhosygilwen Mansion in North Pembrokeshire.

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Canada, Events, Hummingbird, Parthian Books, Tristan Hughes, Tyler Keevil, Wales -

If there’s one thing we’re proud of here at Parthian, it would have to be the range of voices we send out into the world upon our pages. We remain dedicated to literature from Wales, but as we have grown, so too have our interests extended beyond the Welsh hills. Alongside our Welsh authors, we today publish voices from across the world: from Germany to France, Turkey to Canada. These global connections have inspired so many unmissable stories, stories of love and loss, life and laughter; stories we are incredibly proud to put the Parthian name to.

Two of these global voices who have found homes at Parthian are Tristan Hughes and Tyler Keevil. These hugely talented authors are both originally from Canada, and have both since settled in Wales. With their engaging prose and gripping plots, it’s no wonder Tristan and Tyler have found success. 

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Hummingbird, Parthian Books, Tristan Hughes, Wales -

We are excited to announce that Tristan Hughes’ Hummingbird, his highly-anticipated fourth novel, will be hitting shelves from June 1. A story of loss, life and redemption, Hummingbird shrouds an isolated Canadian hamlet in mystery and examines how the past can never be retrieved completely. Inspired by a mystery taken from Hughes’s own family history, this is a novel not to be missed, by those who have loved Hughes, and by those yet to experience this powerful and gripping literary voice. 

The Western Mail interviewed Hughes on the inspirations behind this novel:

‘Several years ago, my mother was clearing out the attic of our family home when she discovered me first book […] I’d written it when I was nine years old and it had the catchy title of ‘Four Short Stories’ […] the last - and the longest - was about a man who walks into the wilderness of northern Canada and never returns. That one was based on a true story. Near the beginning of the last century, my great uncle wandered off into the forests of northern Ontario and didn’t come back […] I can see now how my nine-year-old self simply couldn’t comprehend that somebody could just disappear. The story must have haunted and bewildered me…’

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