Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Dinefwr 2014: Speed Dating Writers

Don’t miss the chance to fall in love during Dinefwr’s ‘speed dating’ event with Parthian and Seren writers on Saturday 21st June!

[This post is mostly taken from www.parthianbooks.com]
For the second year, amid the magical and mythical surroundings of Dinefwr Park and Castle, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, the Dinefwr Literature Festival will take place on the weekend 20-22 June.
This bilingual festival (Welsh-English) is a celebration of words in all their different forms – poetry, prose, history, stand-up comedy, song lyrics – and  it offers an amazing programme of national and international writers, award-winning poets and emerging literary talent, among which Parthian and Seren are represented rather nicely!
All the events are situated in a stunning 17th century property, Newton House, and in the Old Laundry, on Saturday 21st June at 8.15 pm, the Speed Dating Writers event will take place, featuring three novelists, two poets and a Canadian on a high-octane ride into new innovative writing – namely Parthian’s and Seren’s Dan Tyte, Rhian Elizabeth, Carly Holmes, Jonathan Edwards, Dai George and Tyler Keevil. They will have ten minutes each to charm you with their poetry and prose so that you might fall in love… with their writing! Hosted by Parthian Publishing Editor Susie Wild (yep that's me).
Between the one hundred plus events proposed, you can always have a look around the festival, finding excellent food and drink, medieval cooking, nature walks, Dylan Thomas’ writing shed, as well as an antiquarian book bus and a bookshop in the Newton House, where you could find your favourite author’s books signed!
Find the full programme and information here:

The Event is supported by Welsh publisher Parthian and Seren, and the Dinefwr Festival is organised by Literature Wales in partnership with National Trust, Cadw, and University of Wales Trinity Saint David and is supported by Arts Council of Wales. The Dinefwr Literature Festival received Arts Council of Wales Lottery funding for the 2014 festival.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Hay Festival 2014

I had a splendid time at the Hay Festival this year. On my first trip up we were celebrating Parthian's 21st birthday with a cabaret style evening of readings, mini q&a sessions and an amazing birthday cake made by one of the fab Hay crew. Rich and I hosted and evening that featured readings from Tyler Keevil, Rachel Trezise, Sion Tomos Owen, Jemma L. King, Carly Holmes, Holly Muller, Dan Tyte, and Joao Morais, and an interview with Rarebit's illustrator John Abell. Here are a few photos...

Books, Books, Books: Including the first outing of new books Tonypandemonium by Rachel Trezise and The Undressed by Jemma L. King

Let Them Eat Cake

Autograph Corner

Deckchairs and Wine

Me + Hay Loot

The Parthian Dance Troupe?

With many thanks to the Queen of Hay Street Style Rebecca Pescod for taking these! We all had rather a lot of fun and we hope you did too...
Rebecca is Never Underdressed

Bethan Elfyn (L) and Viv Albertine (R) on air on BBC Wales. I'm just out of shot.

Dan Tyte was also on the show earlier in the week

Hay week also featured readings and interviews with John Harrison, Ifor Thomas, Dai Smith, Rachel Trezise, Jemma L. King, Jon Gower, and many more from Parthian's 21 year history. On the last Saturday of the festival I met some of my favourite writers including Lorrie Moore, Joshua Ferris, and Siri Hustvedt and they all signed my books. I also happened to pop by the BBC Radio Wales Hay Studio to have an on air chat with Bethan Elfyn at the same time as Viv Albertine, and if you are quick enough you can listen again to me here, I am about 43 minutes in, just after Viv Albertine and therefore a bit of a tripping-over-my-words fan girl, but there is some sense and the music that comes before makes it worth listening from the start, trust me.

That evening I attended the special Dylan Thomas event [416] with Rob Brydon, Tom Hollander, Cerys Matthews and Jonathan Pryce, and featuring Jeff Towns' A Pearl of Great Price. The BBC have uploaded the session onto iPlayer, so you can watch it online now.

Sunday was more of a pottering day of pub lunches, shop browsing and sitting in the sun but I did manage to see Rhian Elizabeth and Matthew Francis talking about unreliable narrators with Jon Gower, and rounded off the festival with a hilarious Bill Bailey, who made me laugh so much it hurt.

Next up: Catch me on the Sunbathing in Siberia Tour with Michael Oliver-Semenov and Parthian Books. Weds 4th June, Mozart's, Swansea 8pm. Thurs 5th June, Cameo Club, Pontcanna, Cardiff 7.30pm and book signings at Waterstones Cardiff and Wellfield Road Bookshop in Cardiff on Sat 7th June.

Then I'll be getting ready to host Speed Dating Writers at Dinefwr Festival followed by my own birthday fun. See you out and about!

Sooz x