'I can't think of a more wonderful collection of stories than Rhapsody by Dorothy Edwards. It's a card-carrying masterpiece. Funny, creepy, and strangely beautiful.' - Dan Rhodes
"Dorothy Edwards is one of the most remarkable and remarkably neglected authors in the English language of the early twentieth century. Though she was celebrated briefly in her lifetime, after her suicide at the age of thirty-one in 1934, her two books, Rhapsody of 1927 and the novel Winter Sonata of 1928, went out of print. The Virago reprints of the mid-eighties, with thoughtful introductions by Elaine Morgan, were crucial acts of rescue, but Edwards deserves more. [...] At least three of the 'Rhapsody' stories - 'A Country House', 'Days', and the brilliant, allusive and enigmatic 'A Garland of Earth' - are small masterpieces. All of them are extremely controlled studies of constrained desire, loneliness and incomplete relationships." - Christopher Meredith, taken from the foreword of the Library of Wales edition of 'Rhapsody', now available on ebook.
'Emotionally, I was always tempted to drop the writing and concentrate on painting, because for some unknown reason, writing has always been for me an unhappy activity; while painting, almost inevitably makes me happy. But however I tried to discipline myself, sooner or later the other form would take over, dominate entirely for a time, then swing back again.'
'Chamberlain's friend Jonah Jones said that she arrived on Bardsey 'part-wounded in some way' after the breakdown of her marriage to the artist and engraver John Petts.' Damian Walford Davies, from his foreword to The Water-castle
'The Water-castle is both an ambitiously unconventional work and a paradigmatic 'Anglo-Welsh' text.'
'The Brenda Chamberlain’s Bangor & Beyond tour was the final English language instalment in the 2012 Literary Tourism Events Programme. We were delighted to re-trace Chamberlain’s footsteps through the Bangor area with a bus filled with her fans, experts and friends. Standing on Llanllechid Mountain, looking over to Ynys Môn, with commentary, readings and song from Jill Piercy and Dr Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, was a 2012 highlight. Incisive analysis by Dr Damian Walford Davies in Bangor University’s newly re-named Brenda Chamberlain Lecture Theatre, surrounded by her artworks, was also a privilege. We look forward to welcoming audiences to next year’s Literary Tours – the new line-up will be announced in April 2013.'
'There is never an end.Nothing ever finishes, we flow like wine,generation into generation, not dying.'
2012 mark 50 years since the publication of Raymond Williams’s seminal volume The Long Revolution (republished by Parthian Books earlier this year).
On Friday November 2nd, The Burton Centre / CREW, Swansea University, will host a conference at the Dylan Thomas Centre entitled ‘Long Revolutions in Wales and Japan’.
The conference is free to Swansea University students and staff and £10 for everyone else. Tickets available from the Dylan Thomas Centre. The event is part of the Dylan Thomas Festival 2013.
A Man's Estate is another clear and perfect reason to laud the gifts bestowed on Emyr Humphreys, the most detailed chronicler of twentieth century Wales, and author of capacious, intuitive fictions, properly lauded by such scholars as M. Wynn Thomas. A Man's Estate, though weightily brooding and unburdened by too much joy, or very much redemption, uses one corner of the country to examine the stuff of life, how troubling it can be, though how easily explained. We are always wanting. And found wanting. Maybe, in the final rub our wanting is who and what we are.
Brenda Chamberlain (1912-1971) was an outstanding artist and writer of prose and poetry who was born in Bangor, north Wales. After studying at the Royal Academy Schools in London, she returned to Wales with the artist John Petts. During her lifetime, she twice won the Gold Medal in Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, held seven solo exhibitions in London and Wales and her work was seen in over 30 group shows.
To mark the centenary year of the brilliant Welsh artist and writer, from September onwards, Parthian will be publishing a series of works by and about Brenda: beginning with a Library of Wales edition of Brenda’s The Water Castle this October.
First published in 1964, Brenda Chamberlain's The Water-castle is a journal of love and discord in post-war Germany as a Welsh woman travels with her French husband to meet her former lover, a German count.
Join us for the launch of The Water-castle on Saturday 20 October at 5pm, following our walk in association with the 2012 Literature Wales Literary Tourism programme: Brenda Chamberlain's Bangor and Beyond with Jill Piercy. £8 (£7 concession) (2-5pm). Jill Piecy and Dr Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan will lead a walk around Bangor, followed by a short bus tour to the Bethesda area where she lived when first married. The afternoon will end with the launch of a new Library of Wales edition of Brenda Chamberlain's The Water-castle generously hosted by Bangor University and introduced by Damian Walford Davies.
More Brenda Chamberlain Centenary celebrations forthcoming...
An Artist's Life
Brenda Chamberlain: An Artist’s Life is a biography by Jill Piercy. Jill is an exhibition curator, consultant and writer specialising in contemporary art and craft in Wales. She has written for numerous publications and has prepared catalogue essays for many galleries in Wales. For six years she was the Art and Craft Officer for the National Eisteddfod of Wales and has curated work for many galleries in Wales, Europe and USA. Jill curated three exhibitions of work by Brenda Chamberlain in 1988, 2007 and 2008.
Jill will be talking about An Artist's Life at xx minifest of women's writing. The festival runs on Saturday October 27th 2012 at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.
And, finally, October sees the publication of The Protagonists, a play written by Brenda, edited by Damian Walford Davies. Damian will be in discussion with Susie Wild about his own writing and the life and work of Brenda Chamberlain at Cardiff Literary Salon in November. At Sherman Cymru, Cardiff. November 1st 2012, 7:30 pm. Free Entry. Supported by Sherman Cymru, Literature Wales Library of Wales and Seren Books.
Also don't miss: A Rope of Vines
For more details on all our events visit: http://www.parthianbooks.com/events
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...
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