Join us for an afternoon of poetry from Wales and the World at The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London Fitzrovia. We will be featuring poets with links to London and Wales and poetry in translation published by Parthian Books and their friends.
Poets performing include Eleni Cay (A Butterfly's Trembling in the Digital Age, Parthian, 2017), Rebecca Parfitt (The Days After, Listen Softly London, 2017), and Tracey Rhys (Teaching a Bird to Sing, Green Bottle Press, 2016).
The event will be hosted by London-born, Cardiff-based poet Susie Wild, who will also be reading from her new collection Better Houses.
Poets/ translators wishing to read at the Poetry in Translation open mic should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Ece Temelkuran, winner of the 2017 First Book Award for her novel Women Who Blow on Knots! The Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award list featured debut novels and short story collections from the festival's programme. Ece's Women Who Blow on Knots, first translated into English in 2017, was voted by visitors of the EIBF2017 among 50 other titles as the winner of the First Book Award. Women Who Blow on Knots is a book that takes the reader on a road trip of the mind in the company of four remarkable women racing across the Middle East at the end...
Last month we released Bernard's photography collection Pieces of a Jigsaw: Portraits of Artists and Writers of Wales, and this month we want to showcase him and his amazing work! Bernard Mitchell was born in Morriston, Swansea, in 1947. His interest in photography began at junior school with a cardboard pinhole camera. The present of a Kodak127 and various cameras throughout school helped him develop his knowledge and interest in the fundamentals of photography. After leaving school, he studied photography at the Berkshire college of art Reading Before joining Thomson Regional Newspapers as an indentured photojournalist. Following a long career in newspapers,...
Seven dates down and the Better Houses tour for Susie Wild's debut poetry collection has already taken in Cardiff, London, Bridgend and Swansea with signings at book fairs, readings and even a literary house party. You can keep up with the tour with photos, musings and more over on her Wildlife blog.
This week the tour continues to a rather special house in Swansea, Dylan's Birthplace, for the Swansea launch of the book on Dylan Thomas's birthday.
Then onwards, onwards to cocktail bar and creative industries private members club The Square Club in Bristol to cast poetry spells at Berkeley Square Poetry Review on 31 October...
I think around the time I first started reading, really. Though the seeds were perhaps planted even earlier. When my dad would read me bedtime stories as a child he would often change things to amuse himself—inserting rude jokes and non-sequiturs into otherwise innocent books and fables. Eventually, I wanted to join in on the fun. I would wrestle the books away from him and declare, "No! It didn’t go like that, Dad. It went like this!"
Funny as it is to think about it now, those early experiences with my father probably put the idea into my head that I could make up stories too.
What I’m saying is I blame my father for everything.
Join us for the Cosmic Re-launch of Bad Ideas\Chemicals at The Full Moon, Cardiff on 30 November 2017