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. Parthian's focus is 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, Richard 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".
Writing: Is it All That Jazz?
Jen Wilson founded Jazz Heritage Wales in 1986 after the miners' strike. She will be talking to the Circle about her book, FREEDOM MUSIC: Wales, Emancipation and Jazz 1850-1950, which was published in 2019 by the University of Wales Press.
Jen took a circuitous route into the academic world. She left school in 1960 with RSAs in shorthand and typing, but was encouraged back into education by Ursula Masson MA after the miners’ strike. Jen gained an MSc (Econ) in Women’s Studies in 1996 while a Tutor in Performing Arts at DACE Swansea University. She left DACE for the voluntary and community sector, where she developed and delivered community arts projects: Women's Big Band, touring Exhibitions, a schools touring performance Before Freedom, while continuing to write. Her first published piece was Zen And The Art of Thelonius Monk, Honno Press 1989.
Jen has given academic papers in Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and has a paper accepted for Univ. of Austin Texas in July 2020. Jazz Heritage Wales moved into UWTSD in 2009, where Jen was made Hon. Professor of Practice in 2016. She received the Welsh Government’s St. David Award for Culture 2017.
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