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About us

Parthian Books

 

A Carnival of Voices in Independent Publishing

Central to our mission is our belief in the power of a great book, and what we publish reflects a diverse and contemporary Wales that casts a keen eye on the wider world. Exciting, vibrant, surprising, relevant and original... in recent years, our authors have garnered critical acclaim and prestigious accolades including The Dylan Thomas Prize, The Betty Trask, the Wales Book of the Year, the Orange Futures Award, The Rhys Davies Prize, the Journey Prize, the Edge Hill Readers' Award and The Stonewall Award.

 

 

Poetry


New titles for 2017 include poetry collections from Terry Hetherington and Robin Reeves winner Natalie Ann Holborow, Wales Young People’s Laureate Sophie McKeand, Christina Thatcher, Eleni Cay and Susie Wild. Recent releases include poetry from Kate Noakes, Jasmine Donahaye, Mark Blayney, M.A. Oliver-Semenov, Norman Schwenk, Siôn Tomos Owen and Jemma L. King. 

The Classics of Welsh Literature

We also publish the Library of Wales series edited by Professor Dai Smith. The series includes books such as Border Country, The Black Parade and Dannie Abse’s Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve. Recent books include W. H. Davies's Young Emma and Alun Richard’s Carwyn, along with a bumper, two volume, short story anthology edited by Dai Smith Story I and Story II

In Translation

Over the years we have developed good translation links throughout Europe and beyond, and our books have appeared in fifteen foreign-language editions including French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Danish, Turkish, Portuguese and Russian. We have recently announced our first book deal with New Star publications in China for the thriller The Colour of a Dog Running Away.

Featuring eight writers - eight women - from six countries - from the Basque coast at Donostia, to Slovakia, to Romania, to Germany, to Turkey and from Wales - the  new Parthian Europa Carnivale project represents a collection of new European fiction and poetry, written by some of the most talented contemporary female authors writing today.

The eight books we have chosen tackle a number of extremely important or relevant themes, some of them universal despite their foundations in differing languages, histories and cultures. These writers have woven the tales of a number of extraordinary women challenged by religion, health, love, war and politics; from The Equestrienne’s feeble Karolina, whose passion for trick-riding is threatened by the goliath that is capitalism, to My Mother’s Hands’s Nerea, who must battle more intimate, personal demons in the face of her mother’s amnesia, each story, be it long or short, showcases a masterful depiction of the human spirit in the face of adversity and oppression.

PEC, which began with the publication of Goldfish Memory  by Monique Schwitter in Spring 2015, has eight books either published or in the process of translation, with new voices being discussed for 2017. The books already released have garnered critical acclaim and a wealth of prestigious prizes, including the PEN International/New Voices Award, the Beterriko liburua, the Rotahornpreis and, most recently, the PEN Translates Award.

Our backlist also includes a growing number of titles in translation such as Petrograd, Harry Selwyn’s Last Race, To Bury the Dead, Under the Dust, The Bridge Over the River, Strange LanguageMartha, Jac and Shanco, Feet in Chains from Spanish, Catalan, German, Basque and Welsh. 

 For all Rights Enquiries please contact nikkigriffiths21@yahoo.co.uk

Internships

Interns
In addition to Parthian HQ in Cardigan, there is a bustling Editorial and Marketing office at Swansea University, where we provide work experience for students interested in developing publishing skills, from taster sessions in publishing software like indesign and quark, to editorial assistant and marketing duties. Internships can be conducted on an informal basis and are flexible to suit individual requirements. We also work closely with Swansea University’s placement programs: SPIN and Santander and have hosted placements for American, Colombian, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, and Slovakian interns.
For more information on internships and work experience placements please contact maria.zygog@gmail.com

The Parthian Team

 
Richard Lewis Davies
Richard Lewis Davies is one of the founding partners of Parthian. It was established in 1993 to publish his first novel Work, Sex and Rugby, and has since developed into a leading independent publisher based in Wales with a focus on Welsh writers working in English while also assembling a carnival of voices from many languages and cultures.  Richard has been involved in the literary scene in Wales since 1990 and is the current commercial director of Parthian and the Library of Wales series. 


In addition to publishing he has a parallel career as a creative writer. His novels include Tree of Crows and My Piece of Happiness, and he has also published a selection of literary essaysAs I Was a Boy Fishing and a critically acclaimed selection of stories Love and Other Possibilities. His work has received numerous awards, including the Rhys Davies short story competition and the John Morgan writing award.  He has worked extensively in Welsh theatre and has had six plays professionally produced, the most recent of which was Supertramp, Sickert and Jack the Ripper at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His work for younger readers includes a series of children’s picture books available in both English and Welsh Tai and the Tremorfa Troll, developed with the illustrator Hayley Acreman.  He is currenlty writing a play with Gustav Dunck.
 
 
Gillian Griffiths

Gillian Griffiths is one the founding partners of Parthian and is the financial director. She has worked in fine art and photography and held a number of exhibitions in Wales includingChild for a Moment and Freeways, both at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Her photography and art work has appeared on a wide range of covers for Parthian including Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful. She is working on a book of her work and completing a course in traditional woodland management techniques with the Coppice wood college in the Teifi valley.
 
 
Susie Wild

Publishing Editor Susie Wild looks after our fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction lists. Following an MA in Journalism at Goldsmiths College, Susie cut her journalism teeth at The Guardian. Returning to Wales in 2004 she edited Swansea's art magazine Platform for four years. She has since contributed content to numerous publications including MslexiaPlanetNew Welsh ReviewCambriaMetro, the BBC, Red HandedClash Magazine, and The Big Issue, and is a regional reviewer for The Stage. Having looked after the social networking and chaired bookish discussions for numerous literary shindigs and organisations including Hay Poetry Jamboree and The Laugharne Weekend, Susie began contributing towards Parthian's online content and social networking, marketing, literary launches and events in 2009, later setting up Literary Salons in Cardiff and Swansea, co-organising xx women's writing festival in Cardiff and all sorts of things to do with the Library of Wales series including a number of exciting literary tours. She has also programmed the literature events for Do Not Go Gentle festival in Swansea (2012 - 2014) and lectured on the MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. She also runs our pop-up new under the sun festival.
Susie is a published writer and regular live lit performer.

One of Parthian's original set of Bright Young Things, The Art of Contraception (2010) was her first book and was long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2011. In May 2011 her novella Arrivals was published as a Kindle ebook. Her poetry has been published in The Lampeter Review, Ink, Sweat & TearsBlack Sheep JournalBuggedNu2Leaf Writer's MagazineThe AntagonistRisingPoetry Digest and Spilt Milk. Her short stories have recently appeared in The Lampeter Review, The Lonely Crowd and in the Secondary Character anthology. Her debut poetry collection will be published by Parthian in September 2017.
 
 
Maria Zygogianni
Maria is the Marketing Officer in the Swansea Parthian office. She started working for Parthian as an Intern after completing her MA in English Literature at Swansea University. She has recently started a PhD in Medieval Literature examining representations of the Enclosed Garden in Chaucer and his contemporaries. She loves literature with a passion and will read anything that falls in her hands from fantasy literature to fin-de-siècle poetry. Alongside her work and studies, she is a postgraduate representative for GENCAS, the Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society. 
 
 
Dai Smith
Dai Smith is the series editor of the Library of Wales and Professor in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University. Having studied History at Balliol College, Oxford, and Literature at Columbia University, New York City, he was awarded a Ph.D. at Swansea University for a thesis on the South Wales Miners' Federation, which subsequently became the subject of his book, with Hywel Francis, The Fed. He has written extensively about modern Wales, including Aneurin Bevan and the World of South Wales (1993) and Wales: A Question for History (1998). The latter was an extensively revised version of the book associated with six documentary films he wrote and presented under the title Wales! Wales?
He became Editor of BBC Radio Wales in 1993 and was Head of Broadcast (English) there from 1994 until 2000 when he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Glamorgan. His critically acclaimed biography of Raymond Williams was published in 2008 as Raymond Williams: A Warrior's Tale. He is currently the chair of the Arts Council of Wales. His debut novel of stories Dream On was published in 2013.
 
 
Nikki Griffiths
Nikki Griffiths has many years experience working in publishing in the areas of rights licensing, contract negotiation and a stint in international sales and has worked for Penguin Books, Random House and Bloomsbury. Nikki will be representing us at the 2013 London Book Fair and looks forward to meeting existing publishing partners from around the world, making new contacts and spreading the Parthian word. Should you wish to consider any of our books or need more information on our authors and titles please do contact Nikki at nikkigriffiths21@yahoo.co.uk.
 
 
 
Alison Evans
Alison studied creative writing with the Open University and took the opportunity to begin an internship with Parthian via the OU. With a background in research, writing and marketing in the charity sector, she was interested in a change of direction and, after a lifetime of obsessive reading, it seemed that publishing could be the way to go. Alison lives in Carmarthen with her son and dogs and in her spare time sews, writes, walks the beaches and forests of West Wales and spends hours reading in the bath.
 
 
 
Julia Bradley
Julia Bradley is an intern at Parthian’s Marketing and Editing office in Swansea. She started her internship whilst doing her BA in American Studies at Swansea University, and is now studying for an MA in English Literature. She has a particular interest in contemporary American minority literature, and wrote her undergraduate dissertation on representations of gender within this category of writing. 
 
 
 
 
Jade Heatley

Jade is presently an intern within Parthian’s Marketing and Editing office in Swansea, she discovered the internship through the University. Currently in her final year of studying for a BA in English Literature at Swansea University, Jade is obsessed with all things books, and looks forward to carrying this passion through to her career.
 
 
 
The Parthian publishing programme is produced with support from of the Welsh Books Council.
The Library of Wales project is a Welsh Government and Welsh Books Council initiative.