2 December: Richard Lewis Davies

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".

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2nd October: Rob Gittins

 We are extremely fortunate to have the renowned scriptwriter and novelist ROB GITTINS as our speaker.

Rob Gittins is an award-winning screenwriter who has written for numerous top-rated television drama series, including EastEnders, Casualty and The Bill. He has also written over twenty original radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and his drama series, Losing Paradise, won the Gold Drama Medal at the New York International Radio Festival. He was Executive Producer on Crash, a drama series for BBC Wales from Tony Jordan's Red Planet Pictures and he was also Script Executive and writer on Stella, a series created by and featuring Ruth Jones (Gavin and Stacey).

 

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3 February 2021: Niall Griffiths

Niall Griffiths was born in Liverpool to a Welsh/Irish/Romany lineage. He's been a labourer, a barman, a server of fish and chips, a burglar, a farmhand, a tree feller, a factory worker and many other things too tedious to relate. Now, he's a full-time writer, living at the foot of a mountain in mid-Wales, with seven novels published, several works of non-fiction and more short stories and radio plays and travel pieces and reviews than he cares to, or possibly even can, count.

He has won the Wales book of the year award twice: in 2004 for his fourth novel, 'Stump', and again in 2020 for his latest work, 'Broken Ghost'. A film adaptation of his third novel, Kelly+Victor, won a BAFTA, and he's now working on the screenplay for his sixth novel, 'Wreckage'.

To find out more, see Niall's website at: www.niallgriffiths.com

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3rd March 2021: Professor John Goodby

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Our guest speaker in March was poet, Professor John Goodby, Professor of Arts and Culture at Sheffield Hallam University and formerly a lecturer in creative writing at Swansea University.

He describes himself as a persona non grata from Birmingham, who is both an expert in Irish poetry and Dylan Thomas. He is the author of The Poetry of Dylan Thomas: Under the Spelling Wall (2013) and editor of the centenary edition of Dylan Thomas's Collected Poems (2014).

A winner of many poetry prizes, his work has been described as “mischievous” and “faithfully subversive”.

He asked the members to chose one of five poems for him to read at the meeting. Members chose 'The Uncles', which John said was by far his most successful poem, winning the Cardiff International poetry competition in 2006, being featured in many anthologies and becoming a set text for AS level English Literature.

 

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4th December: Eleanor St Clair

 Does the idea of tweeting fill you with terror? The thought of posting pictures to Instagram make you shrivel up inside? Or maybe you're already winning on social and you just want to fine-tune your skills to target agents or potential readers?

On Wednesday 4th December we will be talking with one of our own members, Eleanor St Clair, about all things digital marketing.

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