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About Us

 
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

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

Former Parthian intern Jantine Broak writes about her four months spent in Wales, and the opportunities and tasks that she experienced with us.

 

My time at Parthian Books has been brilliant. As soon as I got the green light for my internship, they were concerned with giving me a thoroughly enjoyable working experience, picking out duties that suited me and engaging me with projects via e-mail before I arrived. The moment I stepped into the office on a predictably rainy morning, I was steeped in Welsh hospitality and given cakes, tea, and a pile of Welsh literature to take home to read. Over the next three months, I had some very diverse duties: writing press releases and assisting with the marketing campaign for Stand Up and Sock It to Them Sister, meeting with authors, blogging for the website and writing newsletters, creating promotional flyers and booklets, and writing reader reports for manuscripts that arrived on our doorstep. A bit of everything, really, and as my master’s was in editing, I was happily given plenty of opportunities to proofread, correct and oversee the various stages of the production of manuscripts. They were happy to hand over the reins, giving me plenty of responsibilities and learning opportunities. Communication (and the coffee machine) were sometimes erratic, but it was all part of the spontaneous and slightly chaotic environment of a small publishing house.

In the meantime, I travelled to literary festivals all over the country that featured Parthian’s books, including Gwyll Aral in north Wales, Penfro in the west, the National Eisteddfod and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. It was a wonderful opportunity to see as much of the UK, and mainly of Wales, as I could. My coworkers and friends gave me the full Welsh treatment, taking me out for drinks at the ubiquitous pubs, making sure I ate enough cawl and cheddar, and introducing me to the Welsh literary canon. If you’re not familiar with the works of Dylan Thomas when you arrive in Swansea, you will be soon enough. On weekends I took the bus to the gorgeous Gower peninsula, just an hour away from Swansea, to enjoy the unspoiled Welsh beaches, forests, cliffs, and castle ruins, walking sections of the Wales Coast Path and on my way back stopping in Mumbles for one of their famous ice creams. I visited vibrant Cardiff a number of times, which is only an hour away by bus or train, and on hot summer days (of which there were at least five!) I was happy to dip my toes into the ocean in Swansea Bay, which practically reached to the doorstep of the office on the university campus.

Overall, Parthian have been a huge help in giving me necessary experience in publishing, introducing me to many interesting people in the field, and making sure I got to taste everything on the menu—not just editing, but also marketing and administrative tasks. It has been an absolute pleasure to contribute to their catalogue and do my bit to raise the profile of Welsh literature.  Furthermore, it was great to dive into the Welsh literary canon and learn more about the history of Wales, which, undeservingly, is little discussed outside of Wales itself. I’m very grateful for the warm welcome and the equally warm goodbye party they gave me, and hope to continue to keep in touch with them in the future.

I've written more about the things I got up to during my internship on my blog, jantinebroek.wordpress.com. For more info about the work I did for Parthian and my services as an editor, copywriter and translator, visit my website, fabulatextservices.wordpress.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 essays As 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 currently 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 including Child for a Moment and Freeways, both at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Her photography and artwork have 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 longlisted 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. 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 at 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.

 

 

Our Interns

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.

 

Eva Quéguiner

Eva Quéguiner is completing a 3-month internship at Parthian’s Marketing and Editing office in Swansea. Currently in her final year of a BA in English/Spanish Applied Foreign Languages (LEA) in France, she discovered the publisher by reading about the experience of a previous Parthian intern from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO) de Brest. She is studying foreign languages with international commerce and has always been curious to know how the publishing and marketing industry works.

Owen Locke                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Owen is an intern in with Parthian’s Marketing and Editing office in Swansea. He obtained a BA in English Literature and is studying toward an MA in English Literature, both from Swansea University. He has spent much of his life reading or writing about what he has been reading, and so decided to experience the industry which has so influenced his life. In the rare moments, he does not have a book in his hand, he can be found writing, baking and procrastinating his dissertation (he’s very good at that last one!).

 

 

 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.