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Events 2017




22nd June
Cardiff Waterstones, 7pm
Local author and lecturer Tristan Hughes' will read from his accomplished new novel Hummingbird with Q & A session. Tickets £3. Refreshments provided.

23rd June
Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, 7pm
Celebrating the winners of the Terry Hetherington Award 2017 in the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea. Free entry.

25th June
Seaways Book shop, 12 West Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, 3pm
Parthian invites you to join us at Seaways Book Shop for the launch of two exciting story collections. Alex Barr will be reading from My Life with Eva and Christine Harrison from Red Roses for a Blue Lady. Free entry and refreshments available.

30th June
The Castle Cafe Cellar Bar, Cardigan, 7.30pm
Natalie Ann Holborow is the guest poet at The Cellar Bards' Fifth Birthday Celebration, with open mic and a poetry competition co-judged by Natalie. Entry £3, more information available here.

Little Man Coffee company, 7pm
Two Cardiff based writers present an evening of readings from their new books. Christina Thatcher will read from her debut poetry collection, More than you were, and Tristan Hughes will read from his latest novel, Hummingbird. Free entry. In association with Cardiff University. 




1st-9th July
The Festival of Bad Ideas
3-7 Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1AZ
Join us for the return of our pop-up bookshop, with book launches, bad ideas (but no chemicals) to follow throughout the week. In a year of bad ideas, one more can't hurt. Or can it?

1st July 
3-7 Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff, 4pm 
Join us this summer for The Festival of Bad Ideas (1-9 July) as our Carnival pop-up bookshop returns to Duke Street Arcade in Cardiff. On Saturday 1 July we'll be launching Lloyd Markham's dark and weird novel Bad Ideas\Chemicals at 4pm at 3-7 Duke Street Arcade, with more bad ideas (but no chemicals) to follow throughout the week. In a year of bad ideas, one more can't hurt. Or can it?


4th July

Books Upstairs, Dublin, 6pm

Join Eleni Cay, author of A Butterfly's Tremblings in the Digital Age, and her translator John Minahane at Dublin's best independent bookshop for the launch of her newly-translated poetry collection. Free entry, all welcome.

6th July

Bookshop at the Aberystwyth Art Centre, Penglais Campus, 6.30pm

An evening for the celebration of the the short story, with Parthian authors Alex Barr (My Life With Eva) and Christine Harrison (Red Roses for a Blue Lady), and Seren author Maggie Harris (Writing of Water). Free entry and refreshments will be available.

Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services
Short talk & performance w/ poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun)
Urdd Gobaith Cymru HQ, Cardiff Bay
2pm - 4pm(ish)
Free and open to the public

3-7 Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff, 5.30pm
We'll be launching Biddy Wells' debut travel memoir A Van of One's Own in our Cardiff pop-up bookshop, as part of the Festival of Bad Ideas.


7th July
Newcastle Civic Centre
Dylan Thomas Prize shortlisted poet, writer and lecturer Alys Conran (Pigeon) will appear at the 'Shared Futures' conference.

8th July
Gwyl Arall
Poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun) will be hosting a Newspaper Blackout Poetry Workshop at 12pm, and will be doing readings alongside National Poet of Wales Ifor ap Glyn, as part of the Gwyl Arall Festival in Caernarfon.
More information and tickets.

Quilliam Brothers', Newcastle, 7.30pm
Christina Thatcher will be reading from More Than You Were alongside poets Emily Blewitt and Lisa Matthews.

9th July
Penarth Literature Festival
Join Dai Smith and Huw Lewis at 2pm at the Penarth Literature Festival - they are both looking forward to meeting you all! 

14th July
Birmingham Waterstones, 7:00pm
Christina Thatcher will read work from her debut poetry collection More Than You Were alongside Helen Calcutt (Sudden Rainfall, 2013). There will also be floor spots, a Q&A and wine!




14th - 16th July
Electric Wave Festival
Surf Snowdonia w/ poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun)
More info TBC

16th – Walsall Arboretum Visitor Centre, 1:30pm

Christina Thatcher and Helen Calcutt will be guest poets at this special Open Poetry Reading being held in order to raise money for the PIKPA Refugee Medical Centre on the Greek island of Lesvos. Entry is free but each open mic reader is being asked to donate £4 towards the PIKPA crowdfunding campaign. Other donations will also be welcome.

20th July 
Cardiff Central Library, 5.45pm
Terry Hetherington Award winners Christina Thatcher, Natalie Ann Holborow and Rhian Elizabeth will read at Cardiff Library's Open Space event. Hosted by Gordon Anderson. Free entry.

22nd July 

Forest Café in Edinburgh, time tbc
Christina Thatcher is the featured poet, reading from her debut collection More than you were. Open mic slots available.

25th July
The Square Club, Bristol, 8.30pm

Christina Thatcher will read alongside fellow Cardiff University poets Robert Walton and Claire Williamson as part of Bristol’s popular Square Poetry Revue.


26th/27th July
Workshops & Performance w/ poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun)
More info TBC

28th July
The Chemic Tavern in Leeds, 7.30pm
Christina Thatcher is the featured poet at the WORD CLUB evening in Leeds. Hosted by Mark Connors.

Caught by the River stage
, Port Eliot Festival, 12 noon
Poet Sophie McKeand will read at this charming and much-loved Cornish festival. Our publishing editor ran away with gypsies when she was on these grounds at the former Elephant Fayre. She was five. She had the right idea. Run away from it all for a bit and enjoy some excellent poetry.



8th August
Jacaranda Club in Liverpool, 7pm

Christina Thatcher reads from her debut collection More than you were.

Events with Parthian Europa Carnivale novelists Alys Conran, Ece Temelkuran and Uršuľa Kovalyk. Programme launch: 8 June 2017

18th August
Ece Temelkuran & Jacqueline Woodson, 7pm
The Spiegeltent (Adult Programme), Edinburgh Festival

18th August
RawFfest Youth Arts Festival
Join poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun) for:
Punk Poetry Workshop - 1pm
Poetry Surgery - 4pm
Venue Cymru

19th August
RawFfest Youth Arts Festival
Join poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun) for:
Punk Revolution Workshop – 11am
Punk Poetry Workshop –  3pm
Poetry Slam: 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue Cymru

24 August
Alys Conran & Uršuľa Kovalk, 3.30pm
Writer's Retreat (Adult Programme),  Edinburgh Festival



2nd September
Poetry blackouts in the courtyard W/ poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun)
Gladstone's Library
12noon - 4pm

Rhondda Book Fair, 10.30am - 3pm
Join twenty-five authors, including Parthian's own Richard Davies, for author panels and signings. The event will also have a live Facebook stream.
SOAR Chapel Community Centre, Pengraig, CF40 1JZ, free entry.

8th - 10th September
Festival No.6
Portmeirion w/ poet Sophie Mckeand  (Rebel Sun)
Details TBC

14th - 15th September
Velvet Coalmine
Workshops & Performance w/ poet Sophie McKeand (Rebel Sun)
Details TBC

20th September Penned on the Bont, Carnegie House, Bridgend, 7 - 9pm
Original Parthian Bright Young Things Susie Wild and Tyler Keevil are back to read poetry and prose at this popular live literature evening. This will be the Bridgend launch of Susie's debut poetry collection with Parthian, while Tyler has a new novel No Good Brother out through the Harper Collins imprint The Borough Press in February 2018. Hosted by the multi-award winning poet and wit Rhian Edwards. £4 on the door. 

28th September The Castle Cafe Cellar Bar, Cardigan, 7.30pm
Sophie McKeand is the guest poet at The Cellar Bards with open mic.

   Nightingale Room in Brighton, 7.15pm With guest poet Christina Thatcher.




7th – Temple University, all day
Christina Thatcher will run creative writing workshops, Q&A sessions and deliver a reading from her collection, More than you were, on the Temple University campus. Exact locations and times TBC. 

10th November
 Doylestown Bookshop, PA (USA), 6.30pm
 Christina Thatcher reads from her debut poetry collection More than you were.

24th November
The Castle Cafe Cellar Bar, Cardigan
 Mark Blayney is the guest reader at The Cellar Bards with open mic.


4th – The Capel, 7:00pm
Christina Thatcher and poet clare e. potter with be guest readers at the Poetry Open Mic at the Capel in Bargoed.


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