WH Smith Aberteifi/Cardigan

Diolch i WHSmith Aberteifi am y croeso cynnes, ac i bawb alwodd mewn heddi. Wedi cwrdd â nifer o bobl diddorol, ac wedi gwerthu llyfrau i bobl mor bell i ffwrdd a Kent a Denmark!

Thank you to WHSmith Cardigan for the warm welcome, and to everyone who called in today. I met lots of interesting people and sold some books to people from as far away as Kent and Denmark!

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WH Smith Cardigan signing/Arwyddo yn Aberteifi

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WH Smith Aberteifi/Cardigan

Gwener 26 Gorffennaf 2019

Bydd Rhiannon Lewis yn arwyddo copïau o My Beautiful Imperial yn WH Smith Aberteifi, rhwng 10 – 4yh. Cafodd y nofel ei hargymell gan y Walter Scott Prize Academy yn 2018. Galwch mewn i ddweud helo a chael sgwrs.

 

Friday 26 July 2019

Rhiannon Lewis will be signing copies of My Beautiful Imperial at WH Smith Cardigan, between 10 – 4pm. The book was listed by the Walter Scott Prize Academy as one of its recommended books for 2018. Call in to say hello.

Crickhowell Literature Festival, 6 October 2019.

Rhiannon Lewis and Gwen Davies

Dystopias of Wales,

2pm , 6 October 2019. The Parish Hall, Crickhowell Literature Festival.

In 2015, Cardiff-Cornish musician Gwenno Saunders won the Welsh Music Prize with an album inspired by Owain Owain’s 1976 Welsh-language dystopian novel, Y Dydd Olaf , from which her record takes its name. In 2018, Lloyd Markham was a Betty Trask award-winner for his Wales-set book of drugs, friendship and alien abduction, Bad Ideas\Chemicals, and his book went on the following year to win the New Welsh Readers’ Poll for the best ever dystopian novella published in English. This summer, Rhiannon Lewis won second place in the New Welsh Writing Awards Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian novella, with her book The Significance of Swans, about mass disappearances, parallel realities and a violent intruder.  

 

Gwen Davies talks to Rhiannon Lewis about her own evocative dystopia, Wales-sourced dystopias in general, explores how an author can combine the known and unknown, the intimate and places on the furthest reaches of our imagination, and asks what are those issues that cause most public anxiety today and how are fiction writers responding to them. 

 

Gwen Davies has been editor of New Welsh Reviewsince 2011 and a co-judge for the New Welsh Writing Awards since their inauguration in 2015. She has worked as creative editor at publishers including Parthian, founded the imprints Alcemi and New Welsh Rarebyte Her latest published translation is The Jeweller by Caryl Lewis. 

 

Rhiannon Lewis’s debut novel, My Beautiful Imperial, was published in December 2017. In March 2018, it was listed by the Walter Scott Prize Academy as one of its ‘recommended’ historical novels. Rhiannon has also had success with short stories, including the Bristol Prize, 2018, Hammond House International Short Story Prize, 2017 and Frome Festival Prize, 2017 which she won. 


Gwen Davies

Gwen Davies

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New Welsh Writing Awards

Thank you to the New Welsh Writing Awards for awarding 2nd prize to 'The Significance of Swans', in the Aberystwyth Prize for dystopian novella. Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors, and in particular the winners, JL George (Aberystwyth Prize) and Peter Goulding (winner of the Rheidol Prize).

Diolch i'r New Welsh Writing Awards am osod 'The Significance of Swans' yn ail yng nghystadleuaeth Gwobr Aberystwyth ar gyfer nofel fer dystopaidd. Llongyfarchiadau i'r awduron eraill ar y rhestr fer, yn arbennig yr ennillwyr, JL George (Aberystwyth Prize) a Peter Goulding (ennillydd y Rheidol Prize).

For more information about the award, click here

Photo courtesy of New Welsh Review

Photo courtesy of New Welsh Review

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Mi Querido Imperial: Lanzamiento/Launch/Lansiad

We had a great evening at the Embassy of Chile, celebrating the launch of ‘Mi Querido Imperial’. Here are some photos to give a flavour of the evening.


The Ambassador, Mr David Gallagher

The Ambassador, Mr David Gallagher

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With Catalina Herrera Acuña, Cultural Affairs and Press Attaché for the Embassy of Chile, and Steffan Glynn, the cover designer for ‘Mi Querido Imperial’.

With Catalina Herrera Acuña, Cultural Affairs and Press Attaché for the Embassy of Chile, and Steffan Glynn, the cover designer for ‘Mi Querido Imperial’.

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Signing a copy for the Chilean author J T Blackie, Juanita Ozamiz.

Signing a copy for the Chilean author J T Blackie, Juanita Ozamiz.

With Paloma Zozaya, author, and guest

With Paloma Zozaya, author, and guest

Paloma Zozaya, author, in charge of readings and questions.

Paloma Zozaya, author, in charge of readings and questions.

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Sophie Lloyd-Owen, introducing Victorina Press in the absence of the founder (due to illness), Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes.

Sophie Lloyd-Owen, introducing Victorina Press in the absence of the founder (due to illness), Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes.

With Adam Feinstein, acclaimed author.

With Adam Feinstein, acclaimed author.

With Sophie and Jorge from Victorina Press.

With Sophie and Jorge from Victorina Press.

With the Ambassador, David Gallagher, and Sophie Lloyd-Owen and Jorge Vasques, from Victorina Press.

With the Ambassador, David Gallagher, and Sophie Lloyd-Owen and Jorge Vasques, from Victorina Press.

Sophie Lloyd-Owen, Victorina Press.

Sophie Lloyd-Owen, Victorina Press.

With Paloma Zozaya, making last minute notes ahead of the launch.

With Paloma Zozaya, making last minute notes ahead of the launch.

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Taking questions from the audience with Paloma Zozaya

Taking questions from the audience with Paloma Zozaya

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With Steffan Glynn, book cover designer for ‘Mi Querido Imperial’, and ‘My Beautiful Imperial’.

With Steffan Glynn, book cover designer for ‘Mi Querido Imperial’, and ‘My Beautiful Imperial’.

With Mr David Gallagher, Ambassador.

With Mr David Gallagher, Ambassador.

The Ambassador, Mr David Gallagher, welcoming everyone at the start of the event.

The Ambassador, Mr David Gallagher, welcoming everyone at the start of the event.

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Fermin Pavez, author.

Fermin Pavez, author.

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Steffan Glynn, designer.

Steffan Glynn, designer.

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With Heidi Hurst, graphic designer.

With Heidi Hurst, graphic designer.

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With the Chilean author J T Blackie, Juanita Ozamiz.

With the Chilean author J T Blackie, Juanita Ozamiz.

Pilar Cerón Durán and family.

Pilar Cerón Durán and family.

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Launch Date - Mi Querido Imperial

The launch of Mi Querido Imperial will take place between 6-8pm, on Thursday, 16 May 2019 at the Embassy of Chile, 37-41 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9JA.

We would love to see you there. If you would like to attend, please get in touch with Sophie or Jorge at Victorina Press: victorinapress@gmail.com

This will be a bilingual event in Spanish/English, with some Welsh thrown in! However, the readings will all be in Spanish.

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Brig 'Albion', New Brunswick

Noswaith hwylus iawn Nos Iau diwethaf yn y Grosvenor, Aberteifi, yn trafod mordaith y brig 'Albion' gyda'r hanesydd, Len Davies. Diolch i bawb ddaeth, a diolch i Ann Stokoe am drefnu.

A great evening last Thursday evening at the Grosvenor, Cardigan, discussing the brig 'Albion' with the historian, Len Davies. Thank you to everyone who came, and to Ann Stokoe for arranging.

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Albion

Ar y diwrnod hwn, sef 9 Ebrill, 1819, roedd yna gwrdd gweddi ar lannau'r Teifi. Roedd Capten Llewelyn Davies yn paratoi ar gyfer mordaith hir y brig 'Albion' i New Brunswick, Nova Scotia. Rhwng 13 - 23 Ebrill, bydd Cymdeithas Aberteifi yn dathlu dau-ganmlwyddiant mordaith yr allfudwyr o Aberteifi. Gallwch ddod o hyd i amserlen y dathliadau ar y dudalen yma

On this day, 9 April, 1819, a prayer meeting took place on the banks of the river Teifi, Cardigan. Captain Llewelyn Davies was preparing for the long voyage of the brig 'Albion' to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia. Between 13 - 23 April, Aberteifi Society will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the emigrants' voyage from Cardigan. You can find the full programme of talks and celebrations here

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Dei Tomos, BBC Radio Cymru, 31/3/19 ‘My Beautiful Imperial’

Wedi cael sgwrs ddifyr iawn gyda Dei Tomos ar BBC Radio Cymru, Nos Sul, 31 Mawrth, yn trafod 'My Beautiful Imperial'. Dyma linc i’r rhaglen: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0003sl3

I very much enjoyed a conversation with Dei Tomos on BBC Radio Cymru, discussing 'My Beautiful Imperial'. A Welsh language programme. Here is a link to the programme: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0003sl3

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Victorina Press at the London Book Fair

At the London Book Fair yesterday and meeting up with Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes (founder and director of Victorina Press), Sophie and Jorge. The Victorina Press stand was part of the Independent Publishers Guild section. Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes is phenomenally supportive of new writers, and deserves high praise for publishing so many fresh voices, all within the space of a year. 

Me, Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes, founder and director of Victorina Press, Sophie and Jorge.

Me, Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes, founder and director of Victorina Press, Sophie and Jorge.

A lovely post from the Anglo Chilean Society

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Mi Querido Imperial by Rhiannon Lewis

February 13, 2019

At the beginning of 2018 Anglo Chilean Society member, Rhiannon Lewis, enjoyed success with her novel “My Beautiful Imperial”, launched at the Chilean Embassy in 2017 under Ambassador Rolando Drago’s time. The novel was chosen by the Walter Scott Prize Academy for its list of books to read.
Today we are pleased to announce that, My Beautiful Imperial, has now been published in Spanish as Mi Querido Imperial.


Mi Querido Imperial tells the story of a Welsh sea captain who finds himself embroiled in the turbulence of the 1891 Chilean Civil War. Based in true facts and written by his great-great niece, Rhiannon Lewis.

See the original post here.

BBC Radio Cymru/ BBC Radio Cymru

Roedd yn braf cael fy nghyfweld gan Aled Hughes ar ei raglen radio ar 11 Hydref.

Dyma’r linc i’r rhaglen, ac mae’r darn yn cychwyn tua 1:18:31

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000p00

It was great fun to be interviewed by Aled Hughes on his programme on the 11 October. This is the link to the programme (Welsh language) and the interview starts around 1:18:31

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000p00

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