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Parthian Books<h2><span>A Carnival of Voices in Independent Publishing</span></h2> <p>Parthian have been publishing since 1993. <span>Richard Davies the founder and publisher tells us more.</span></p> <p>"I can still see Topher Mills, in a big red suit, he later claimed he never owned, standing at an Academi buffet supper, that I had gate-crashed, telling us we should set up our own publishing company. A year later Gill and I were at a celebration of ten years of Red Sharks Press, Topher’s own independent poetry publisher, held at the Clwb Ifor Bach in the centre of Cardiff. Ten years seemed like an improbably long time for a writer and publisher. I would be in by late thirties by then.</p> <p>And now I’m in my early fifties and we’ve been publishing for twenty-five years. It has been a time of many emotions. Publishing is about hope and communication. The idea to make public, ideas and stories. We’ve published books that stay with you, become part of a shared culture and some that are forgotten quickly as they fail to find a hold and are hidden as the fall of new words turns with every year.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1097/7086/files/Tilting_at_Winmills_large.jpeg?v=1521631914" /></p> <p>The picture above is of myself, Gill Griffiths and Ravi Pawar on the steps of museum in Cardiff taking a promotional shot for our second published book, <em>Tilting at Windmills</em>, an anthology of the winners of the Rhys Davies short story award. We’ve always been about new writing and the promotion of new voices. The Rhys Davies Trust has been a constant for us with other work and projects through the twenty-five years and is now supporting the Modern Wales series. The Prince’s Youth Business Trust was crucial in the initial development of the venture with training and finance. Major supporters once we got going were first the Arts Council of Wales and then the Welsh Books Council with their many services to develop publishing in Wales. And then with devolution and a Welsh Government the Library of Wales project, now reaching fifty titles, has been a ground-breaking series edited with talent and ambition by Dai Smith. There have been lots of other people who have committed time and energy and passion to making it all happen. We’d like to thank all of them.</p> <p><span>This year at twenty-five, we’re having a quick look back, but publishing is always about the future and this catalogue brings another year of books published by Parthian. We hope you enjoy reading them. Take a look at </span><a href="https://indd.adobe.com/view/69595bd4-9545-471f-bffa-bbf26860a976" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">our full catalogue</a><span> or come along to some of </span><a href="https://www.parthianbooks.com/pages/events">our literary events</a><span>. </span></p> <p><span> <span> Richard Lewis Davies</span></span></p> <div> We're also looking forward with a host of fascinating voices from Wales and through our Carnival of Voices in translation from a wider Europe including new work from the Basque Country, Slovakia, and the Baltic countries. In 2017, we published Ece Temelkuran's ground-breaking road novel of ideas <em>Women Who Blow on Knots</em>. It received a host of fabulous reviews and won the Edinburgh International Literature Festival First Book Award. In 2017 Alys Conran's novel of the conflict of childhood, language and ideas <em>Pigeon</em> won the Welsh Book of the Year and <em>Hummingbird</em> by Tristan Hughes is on a number of literary shortlists. This year Glen James Brown's <em>Ironopolis</em>, a working-class acid-house north-eastern set on a housing estate in Middlesbrough is a fabulous and inventive slice of fiction. While for a literary thriller of murder and intrigue set against the background of a Mediterranean island <em>The Golden Orphans</em> by Gary Raymond is great summer read with a bit of bite."</div> <div> </div> <div>You can read more at <a href="https://www.parthianbooks.com/pages/about-us-1">https://www.parthianbooks.com/pages/about-us-1</a></div>
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