The Library of Wales is a Welsh Assembly Government project designed to ensure that all of the rich and extensive literature in Wales that has been written in English will now be made available to readers in and beyond Wales. The series is published by Parthian Books. Our Autumn programme of events celebrates a number of writers in the series including the great horror writer Arthur Machen at Halloween, and the work of Brenda Chamberlain in this, her centenary year. We hope you can join us at one or more of the following...
Thurs 11 October 2012: Brenda Chamberlain Centenary event with Gwen Davies, New Welsh Review and Dr Damian Walford Davies. As part of Mental Health Week 2012 in Ceredigion Library, New Welsh Review and Parthian Books profile and celebrate the life and work of the Welsh artist and author Brenda Chamberlain, whose last five years and many of her works were affected by mental distress. Damian, Chair of Literature Wales, is the editor of new editions of Brenda Chamberlain's ground-breaking play, The Protagonists, and her novel, The Water-castle, both forthcoming from Parthian alongside Jill Piercy's biography, Brenda Chamberlain: An Artist's Life.Ceredigion Library, Aberystwyth Old Town Hall. Free Entry. Supported by Literature Wales. www.ceredigion.gov.uk
Sat 20 October 2012 (2pm): Brenda Chamberlain's Bangor and Beyond Literary Tour featuring Jill Piercy and Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan. This event is followed by the launch of the Library of Wales edition of The Water-castle by Brenda Chamberlain at Bangor University. Organised by Literature Wales and Parthian Books. Start point: Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor. £8 (£7 Welsh Academy Members).
27 Oct 2012 (12.30pm): Library of Wales Launch of Ron Berry’s 'Flame and Slag' with Leighton Andrews AM. Launch of Ron Berry’s Flame and Slag, with Leighton Andrews AM. 12.30pm, Llafur Day School, Rhondda Heritage Park. Free. In Ron Berry’s masterpiece, and kaleidoscopic history of the South Wales valleys, lovers Rees Stevens and Ellen Vaughan must discover and interpret Ellen's father's journal. Flame and Slag marks Ron's second appearance in the Library of Wales series, following publication of So Long, Hector Bebb in 2006, as the Library of Wales' inaugural title.
Sat 27 October (5.45pm): WELSH WOMEN’s CLASSICS. Honno’s Welsh Women’s Classics series editor Jane Aaron will be joined by Diana Wallace (editor of Here Are Lovers by Hilda Vaughan) and Jill Piercy (biographer of Brenda Chamberlain). Hosted by Seren’s Fiction Editor Penny Thomas. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. £4. xxwales.wordpress.com This event is supported by Literature Wales, Chapter Arts Centre, The Co-operative, and Cardiff Metropoilitan University.
Wed 31 October (6.30pm): Newport & Gwent Literary Society Lecture: Arthur Machen by Dr Juliette Wood, Associate Lecturer in the School of Welsh at Cardiff University. HP Lovecraft named Machen as a master of supernatural fiction. His novels The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams are published by Parthian in the Library of Wales series. This event is supported by Literature Wales. Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport. newportandgwentliterarysociety.wordpress.com
Wed 31 October (7.30pm): Brenda Chamberlain centenary event with New Welsh Review, Parthian and Fluellen. Join biographer Jill Piercy and New Welsh Review's Gwen Davies for an evening celebrating Brenda's work, her connections with Alun Lewis, Lynette Roberts and Dylan Thomas, and the turbulent life behind it all. Fluellen also present a script in hand performance of extracts from Chamberlain's play, The Protagonists. Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea. £6 / £4.20 / £2.40. www.dylanthomas.com
1 November 2012 (7.30pm): Cardiff Literary Salon featuring Damian Walford Davies. A Brenda Chamberlain centenary event. Damian, Chair of Literature Wales, is the editor of new editions of Brenda Chamberlain's novel, The Water-castle for which this is the Cardiff launch. He is also the editor of her ground-breaking play, The Protagonists, forthcoming from Parthian. Sherman Cymru, Cardiff. Free entry. www.shermancymru.co.uk
2 November 2012 (7pm): Fiction or History? Dai Smith talk on the Library of Wales at Penarth Book Festival. Dai Smith cultural historian and writer discusses the Library of Wales and how novelists have portrayed the people and place of South Wales, with Lewis Davies, playwright and novelist. Penarth Book Festival runs between 29 October and 4 November 2012. www.penarthbookfestival.org.uk
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