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Dai Smith, Edge Hill Prize 2017, News, Short Story -

Congratulations to Dai Smith, longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2017 for All That Lies Beneath/What I Know I Cannot Say.

The list of 40 books includes well established authors such as Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Susan Hill (The Woman in Black) and Helen Oyeyemi (Boy, Snow, Bird) as well as up-and-coming writers. The winner, to be announced at Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, will receive a £10,000 prize.

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E-books, Ece Temelkuran, International Women's Day, Natalie Ann Holborow -

To mark International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the variety of female voices published by Parthian, both from Wales and the world at large, and bringing to the forefront books by great women, about great women, and the struggles and complexities they face in trying to articulate their own place in the world. They range from established classics to important works by contemporary female authors.                 Three poets make their debuts with Parthian in 2017. First, Natalie Ann Holborow’s And Suddenly You Find Yourself, an exploration of human nature and a haunting mix of love,...

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Natalie Ann Holborow, poetry, poets -

Natalie Ann Holborow's debut poetry collection And Suddenly You Find Yourself was recently released launched at the Kolkata Book Fair in India, the biggest book fair in the world, where Holborow has been taking part in The Valley, The City, The Village project. As part of this project, Welsh and Indian writers are travelling between the two countries, engaging with newly discovered cultures through writing poetry, prose, blogs and stories. Contributions will result in an anthology featuring all writers combined, due to be published by Parthian in 2018. The poems in Holborow's new collection explore what it means to be human: where the...

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On Friday 3rd March, Hilly Jane’s photo book of Dylan Thomas’ 1950s Swansea Ugly, Lovely will be launched in London at the Welsh Art Week London in conversation with arts journalist Jasper Rees. Writing for The Lady, Rebecca Wallersteiner has recommended the publication as a 'fascinating' and 'enchanting' coffee-table book, which creates an atmospheric documentation of the people and places that inspired Thomas. In addition to the publication of Dylan Thomas’ play let, Lunch at Mussolini’s, a 1950s photo album made by Jane’s aunt, Ethel Ross, depicting the place Dylan Thomas wove into his work in Swansea and Carmarthenshire will be added to...

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#IndiaWales, 2017, crowdfunder, poetry, poets, RebelSun, socialism, starlings, Wales, writing, Young People's Laureate -

In the holy city of Varanasi the waxing moon is a hammock and I am Alice, fallen down the rabbit-hole into an oddly strange-yet-familiar land where sacred bulls wade freely through tight alleys because they are a living representation of Nandi who serves the god Shiva. I wake in darkness at 5.30am to rolling bells and a woman chanting through loudspeakers. Men dressed in red robes weave fire torches before The Ganges as the sun rises in answer to their summons. We climb through this liminal space onto a rowing boat where the crease of oars counts time along the...

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