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Winner of the Ploughshares John C. Zacharis First Book Award 2015 'Beautiful, memorable stories, artfully nuanced, boldly honest.' Joanna Scott   'These stories explore the complex harmonies within real imperfect relationships, revealing moments in a life when a carefully held balance shifts and, imperceptibly, that life is changed.' Philip Gross A haunting short story collection,  The Missing Woman circles around women who are either literally missing – a mother in rehab, a daughter never born – or who are missing some metaphorical piece of themselves. A father tries to convince his uncompromising, anorexic daughter to want to live, a single woman lures men to her bed...

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Fred Johnston is an Irish writer, poet, literary critic and musician, born in Belfast 1951, he has written numerous anthologies, plays, novels, short stories and has also translated various works. Johnston has and continues to contribute a lot to the literary world; he is co-founder of the Irish Writers’ Co-operative 1974, which is a publishing outlet for new Irish Fiction, he is the founder and current director of the Western Writers’ Centre in Galway, and also he founded Galway’s annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature in 1986. Johnston has already won the Prix de l’Ambassade twice, for translating the work...

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12 days of Christmas -

Here at Parthian we are celebrating the run up to Christmas by suggesting a new book for each day. There will also be some offers along the way so make sure you don't miss out by regularly checking our Facebook and Twitter.  For the first day of Christmas we present Alys Conran's brilliant novel, Pigeon; An incongruous ice-cream van lurches up into the Welsh hills through the hail, pursued by a boy and girl who chase it into their own dark make-believe world, and unfurl in their compelling voices a tale which ultimately breaks out of childhood and echoes across the...

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  November 19th, 2016 saw Parthian Books launch Ugly, Lovely: Dylan Thomas’s Swansea and Carmarthenshire of the 1950s in picture, compiled by Ethel Ross, Edited by Hilly Janes. A brilliant compilation depicting Thomas’s favourite hangouts across Swansea and Carmarthenshire, Ross accompanies the pictures with quotes from Thomas’s poetry and her own comments. The book launch, held at the Dylan Thomas Centre, included a talk from Hilly Janes, our very own Richard Lewis Davies and Professor Dr John Goodby, Dylan Thomas expert. The trio discussed how the book came to be, where Hilly revealed that she discovered the album in her...

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Events, Poetry -

You are cordially invited to attend a poetry reading and short discussion on Thursday 1 December at the Latvian Embassy, 45 Nottingham Place, London, W1U 5LY, United Kingdom at 6:30pm.

In September 2016, Riga hosted a unique international project (Poetry Translation Workshop) in which eight poets from Latvia and Great Britain were translating each other's works. It proved to be very successful and now International Writers and Translators House of Latvia, along with the Latvian Embassy in the United Kingdom, are hosting a poetry reading of the work of Krisjanis Zelgis and Eduards Aivars.

Next year both poets will have poetry collections in English published by Parthian Books.

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