Dec 2020 guest speaker, 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”.

His work has received numerous awards, including the Rhys Davies short story competition and the John Morgan writing award. He has worked extensively in Welsh theatre and has had six plays professionally produced, the most recent of which was “Supertramp, Sickert and Jack the Ripper” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

His work for younger readers includes a series of children’s picture books available in both English and Welsh, “Tai and the Tremorfa Troll”, developed with the illustrator Hayley Acreman.