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Parthian Books


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'Much of the work in Room reads as affirmation – prayer-like in their reminders of what being capital-Q Queer is, and how to make and embrace the space it needs to breathe. I highly recommend those interested to grab a copy, and read – re-read it again, and look forward to future work from its authors.' – Alex Wales, Nation. Cymru

'What makes Room/Ystafell/Phòng heartwarming and poignant is its ability to traverse through different art forms, effortlessly portraying the spectrum of emotions and experiences within the queer community. The collaboration between Wales and Vietnam is not just significant but also beautifully executed.' – John Evans, Buzz Magazine


Six writers, three from Việt Nam and three from Wales come together in the Room/Ystafell/Phòng to discuss their queer identities and how it has been shaped by world around them.  Featuring discussion transcripts, poetry, photography, collages and prose.


A man takes to the ballroom scene after months of lockdown in Há Nội, entranced by the vogue gods. An 81 year old lesbian artist writes to her ex-lovers daughter to explore her ten strange dreams. At 2am a young woman strides through Queen Street, Cardiff writing love notes to her cariad. Exploring sexuality, love and loss, language, cultural heritage, nature and joy this anthology sheds light on the queer experience in Wales and Việt Nam.