Sunday, 31 May 2015

May 2015: Parthian Happenings That Happened

Bye Bye May, You were a busy one. Here are the highlights...

Tyler Keevil was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year (again) for his short story collection Burrard Inlet and won the Silver Medal in the Independent Publisher Books Awards. You can read my author of the month piece on him here:

Georgia Carys Williams was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2015 for best short story collection for her debut Second-hand Rain.

Carole Burns read from The Missing Woman and Other Stories at First Thursday in Chapter, Cardiff on May 7th

We launched Richard Owain Robert's debut short story collection All The Places We Lived at Chapter in Cardiff on Thursday 14th May and lots of people came along...

Read a story from All The Places We Lived on The Quietus website.

And then, at the Southbank Centre in London, Half Plus Seven novelist Dan Tyte battled for his literary life in a war of words against Joe Dunthorne, Amber Tamblyn and Nat Luurtsema at Literary Death Match. His Rarebit story 'Onwards' has also gone on display on the wall of The Little Man Coffee Co in Cardiff. Look:

& he appears in a film by the Intellectual Property Office in which he tells how he went about protecting the copyright in his debut novel.

Susmita Bhattacharya's short story 'Summer of Learning' was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and she was longlisted in the Thresholds Essay Competition 2015.

Parthian went to Hay to host a Writers Reception with Wales Arts Review and Swansea University...

& then we all enjoyed hearing John Harrison and Francesca Rhydderch in conversation about his new book 1519. Read more about this title on Wales Arts Review

Carly Holmes has been on a mini tour of West Wales and Jersey to launch the paperback edition of her 2014 novel The Scrapbook. Here's a good review of it by Bethany Pope

Finally, Desire Line by Gee Williams launched on 1st June 2015 and is Wales Book of the Month (Welsh Books Council) and WH Smith Book of the Month for June.

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