Celebrating Parthian Books


Parthian Books is a Welsh publishing house based in Cardigan/Aberteifi which was established in 1993 in order to publish Director Richard Lewis Davies’ first novel, Work, Sex and Rugby. Parthian has gone on to become one of the most respected publishers in Wales and beyond. They publish an innovative range of new fiction, poetry and drama, as well as art books, with work from writers as varied as Deborah Kay Davies, Dai Smith, Rachel Trezise, Glen Peters, John Harrison, Stevie Davies, Cynan Jones, Tyler Keevil and Niall Griffiths.

Their titles reflect a diverse and contemporary Wales. In recent years their authors have garnered critical acclaim and prestigious accolades including The Dylan Thomas Prize, The Betty Trask, the Wales Book of the Year, the Orange Futures Award, The Rhys Davies Prize, the Journey Prize, the Edge Hill Readers’ Award and The Stonewall Award.

They publish the Library of Wales series which includes books such as Border Country, The Black Parade and Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve. The recent books include W. H. Davies’s Autobiography of a Super-tramp and James Hanley’s A Kingdom, along with a bumper, two volume, short story anthology edited by Dai Smith Story I and Story II.

Parthian Books works in partnership with Il Caduceo literary agency in Genoa who represents their writers in translation. They have developed an impressive and diverse group of translation links throughout Europe and beyond, with their books having appeared in fifteen foreign-language editions including French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Danish, Turkish, Portuguese and Russian. They have recently announced their first book deal with New Star publications in China for the thriller The Colour of a Dog Running Away.

Parthian also provide internships for students, offering work experience for anyone interested in developing publishing skills. Interns have a chance to take part in taster sessions in publishing software like indesign and quark and editorial assistant and marketing duties. They also work closely with Go Wales and the Leonardo Programme, and in 2014 hosted placements for French, Spanish, Italian, Slovakian and Colombian interns.

Parthian Books have also teamed up with the Welsh Writer’s Trust to publish an anthology which will include work by the winners of the Trust’s second Robin Reeves Prize for Young Writers.

To find out more about Parthian, their writers and also to buy their published works go onto their website www.parthianbooks.com. You can also follow them on their twitter account @parthianbooks.


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