Ychwanegiad at y clawr / An addition to the cover

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Yn falch dros ben gallu cael ychwanegu hwn at glawr y llyfr. Yn ddiweddar, dewisiwyd y nofel yn un o 20 llyfr a argymhellir gan y Walter Scott Prize Academy. Dewisiwyd llyfrau o bob ran o'r Gymanwlad, ac roedd y rhestr yn cynnwys ennillydd y Booker Prize hefyd!


Delighted to be able to add this to the book cover. The novel was recently chosen as one of 20 recommended historical novels by the Walter Scott Prize Academy. Books were chosen from all parts of the Commonwealth and the list included a Booker Prize winner too!

Our readers - the unsung heroes. Excerpt from the Walter Scott Prize Academy feedback on My Beautiful Imperial

Do you ever wonder how the Walter Scott Prize chooses its longlists?  Every year we receive over one hundred entries for the Prize, and we also ‘call books in’ from publishers, based on recommendations from our judges who keep a beady eye on reviews and bookshops throughout the year.

So who sifts through all the books to find the hidden gems and to rate the contenders, before they go through to the Judges and our Academy list?  Step forward our band of expert Readers, who work tirelessly throughout the year reading and thoughtfully appraising each and every book received.

Our Readers come from all walks of life and are spread across the UK – we’ve had reading teams as far apart as Shetland and Dorset.  They are voracious readers with an interest in real people’s history and an eye for what might become a future classic. Over the years, the Readers have been responsible for picking out many titles that might otherwise have been overlooked, playing a vital part in the success of the prize. Motivated purely by their enjoyment of the books, they are our unsung heroes!

We thought you might like to see some of the things our Readers said about this year’s longlist and Academy Recommends books. Their salty summaries and insightful comments make great reading in themselves!

My Beautiful Imperial by Rhiannon Lewis (Academy Recommends)

“A mighty read this, I feel bereft now that I’ve finished it, always a sign of a writer who can fascinate and engross the reader over 500 pages or so. This novel has at its heart the Chilean civil war – who knew? Not me. It is also inspired by the life and exploits of the author’s great great uncle, a Welsh lad who ran away to sea and became the captain of a steamship carrying mail and cargo up and down the Chilean coast in the latter years of the 19th Century.

Forced to turn his ship over to the government side in the insurrection he then carried troops and ammunition, facing all the usual moral quandaries of loyalty and betrayal amongst his colleagues and shipmates as well as the horrors of engagement. Other strands of the story are deftly woven in to the complex tapestry of events and provide richness and increased understanding of the pressures involved. Parliamentary questions are asked about the danger to British commercial interests in Chilean minerals and an English journalist dispatched by The Times to report on the rebellion finds that the ‘facts’ required by his editor do not match up to the facts he finds on the ground in Valparaiso.

I found this a totally satisfying novel, full of history told with a light hand and with the spark of adventure, with credible characters and a sure touch with the setting of an important Chilean port in the late 1800s. A cracker!”

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Awen Teifi

Fe gafon ni fore da iawn yn Awen Teifi, siop lyfrau Gymraeg Aberteifi, ar Ddydd Sadwrn y Pasg, yn arwyddo llyfrau ac yn sgwrsio ag ambell un am y llyfr. Diolch i bawb alwodd heibio neu a brynodd lyfr. Diolch yn arbennig i Rhian ac Anwen am yr holl help. Anghofion ni'n llwyr dynnu lluniau felly diolch i Paul Phillips am gael defnyddio'r llun hwn.

We had a very good morning at Awen Teifi, Cardigan's Welsh bookshop, on Easter Saturday, signing books and chatting to interested customers. Thank you to everyone who called by or who bought a book. Thank you especially to Rhian and Anwen for all the help. We totally forgot to take photographs so thank you to Paul Phillips for allowing me to use this picture.

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The Walter Scott Academy recommends 20 historical novel

Titles by industry figures Mieke Ziervogel and Tom Tivnan are among the 20 historical novels published over the past year to be recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy.

Settings for the titles range from steamships in the Chilean Civil War to warships in Greenock during the Second World War, and from 1920s Hollywood to 18th century slavery in The Cape. The list includes newly published historical novels from Australia, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and England.

For more information visit: www.the bookseller.com

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The Walter Scott Prize Academy announces 2018 'recommended' list

The Walter Scott Prize Academy announces 2018 'recommended' list

Newyddion syfrdanol. Dewiswyd fy nofel, My Beautiful Imperial, i fod ar restr 'argymhellion' academi Gwobr Walter Scott. Mae'r datganiad swyddogol isod. Mae Gwobr Walter Scott ar gyfer ffuglen hanesyddol yn un o'r gwobrau llenyddol mwyaf nodedig yn y byd. Mae'n unigryw am wobrwyo ysgrifennu o ansawdd eithriadol sydd wedi'i osod yn y gorffennol. Mae'n fraint ac anrhydedd fod My Beautiful Imperial wedi cael ei dewis i fod ar y rhestr a argymhellir gan yr academi. Diolch i chi gyd am yr holl gefnogaeth, am ddarllen y llyfr ac anfon sylwadau mor ffafriol a gwresog. Gobeithio daw mwy o bobl i ddysgu am hanes Davy a'i gyfeillion wedi hyn, ac i ddysgu am hanes eithriadol Cymru a Chile.

Incredible news. My novel, My Beautiful Imperial, has been chosen by the Walter Scott Prize academy to be on its list of 'recommended' books. The official press release follows below. The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. It is unique for rewarding writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past. It is an honour and a privilege for My Beautiful Imperial to be chosen for the 'recommended' list. Thank you, all of you, for the amazing support, for reading the book and for sending such warm and positive responses. Hopefully, many more people will now get to read about Davy and his friends, and learn more about the fascinating history of Wales and Chile.

The Walter Scott Prize Academy today released their twenty recommended historical novels to have been published in the last year across the UK, Ireland and Commonwealth countries. Subjects and settings range from steamships in the Chilean Civil War to warships in Greenock during WW2, and from 1920s Hollywood to 18th century slavery in The Cape, and the list includes newly published historical novels from Australia, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and England.

The Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommended Books are:

The Death of the Fronsac by Neal Ascherson (Apollo, UK)
Mrs Osmond by John Banville (Viking, UK)
Softness of the Lime by Maxine Case (Umuzi, South Africa)
He by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton, UK)
Larchfield by Polly Clark (Riverrun, UK)
Goblin by Ever Dundas (Saraband, UK)
The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan (Goose Lane Editions, Canada)
The Iron Age by Arja Kajermo (Tramp Press, Ireland)
My Beautiful Imperial by Rhiannon Lewis (Victorina Press, UK)
Soot by Andrew Martin (Corsair, UK)
Story Land by Catherine McKinnon (4th Estate, Australia)
Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons by Jocelyn Nullity (Inanna Publications, Canada)
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Tinder Press, Australia)
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert (Virago, UK)
Speakeasy by Alisa Smith (Douglas & McIntyre, Canada)
A Reckoning by Linda Spalding (McClelland & Stewart, Canada)
The Secret Books by Marcel Theroux (Faber & Faber, UK)
The Esquimaux by Tom Tivnan (Silvertail Books, UK)
City of Crows by Chris Womersley (Picador, Australia)
The Photographer by Mieke Ziervoge (Salt, UK)

The twenty books recommended by the Academy are in addition to the Prize longlist of thirteen, which was released at the beginning of March. A shortlist will be announced in April.

The Walter Scott Prize Academy is an advisory group feeding into the submission process of the prestigious Walter Scott Prize, and comprises people at the centre of literary life in the UK and Commonwealth countries, including the artistic directors of book festivals around the world, leading book retailers and literary critics. The Academy was created two years ago to help broaden the reach of the Prize and strengthen its resources.

The Duchess of Buccleuch, the prize sponsor said:
“We’re delighted with the depth and richness of the recommended titles that our learned academy from home and overseas have brought to our attention. We would like to thank our Academy for giving us the opportunity to shine a light and share historical novels from further afield”
The full list of books, and a list of Academy members, is on the Walter Scott Prize website www.walterscottprize.co.uk
My Beautiful Imperial  ar ganol y silff!  My Beautiful Imperial  on the middle of the shelf!

My Beautiful Imperial ar ganol y silff! My Beautiful Imperial on the middle of the shelf!

Eternal anthology of award winning Short Stories

Eternal, award-winning short stories, is now available directly from Hammond House Publishing. My story, At a Junction, which was placed third in the competition is included. Entries came from all over the world: Australia, Scotland, Canada, England, USA, Nigeria, Denmark, New Zealand, Italy, Colombia, Republic of Georgia, Japan, Netherlands, Romania. I was the only author from Wales!

'A wonderfully diverse range of stories from over the world - each one inspired by and crafted from imaginations and experiences that take the reader on unique journeys. A real celebration of modern, global writing and its power.' Stuart Spendlow. Best selling author.


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Mae Eternal, award-winning short stories ar gael nawr oddi wrth Hammond House Publishing. Mae fy stori, At a Junction, a ddaeth yn drydedd yn y gystadleuaeth, wedi ei chynnwys yn y detholiad. Daeth yr ymgeiswyr o dros y byd: Awstralia, yr Alban, Canada, Lloegr, UDA, Nigeria, Denmarc, Seland Newydd, yr Eidal, Colombia, Georgia, Siapan, yr Iseldiroedd, Romania. Fi oedd yr unig awdur o Gymru!

'A wonderfully diverse range of stories from over the world - each one inspired by and crafted from imaginations and experiences that take the reader on unique journeys. A real celebration of modern, global writing and its power.' Stuart Spendlow. Best selling author.

Gabriel's Halo

One of my favourite short stories (yes, writers have favourites!), Gabriel's Halo, has been long listed for the InkTears short story competition. InkTears is one of the few competitions that will accept stories that have won prizes elsewhere. Gabriel's Halo won 1st prize back in November 2016 with Writers' Forum magazine. Some stories seem to have a life of their own when you let them go and this is a story which seems to appeal to all ages, all backgrounds. It's a story which is close to my heart. It was inspired by my wonderful Dad.

Mae gan awduron eu ffefrynnau. Mae'r stori, Gabriel's Halo, yn un o'm ffefrynnau i. Mae ar restr hir cystadleuaeth InkTears ar hyn o bryd. Croeswch eich bysedd! Mae InkTears yn un o'r cystadlaethau prin sy'n derbyn storïau sydd wedi ennill o'r blaen. Enillodd Gabriel's Halo'r wobr gyntaf ym mis Tachwedd 2016 gyda Writers' Forum. Mae rhyw fath o fywyd ar wahân gydag ambell stori, ac felly mae hi gyda hon. Mae'n apelio at bob oedran a phob cefndir am ryw reswm. Stori sy'n golygu llawer i fi gan yr ysbrydolwyd hi gan fy nhad annwyl.


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Frome Times

I have a very soft spot for Frome! This is where my story, The Jugs Stay with the Dresser, won 1st prize in the Frome Festival short story competition last summer. I met some wonderful people, including Laura Wilkinson, competition judge and author of the novel Skin Deep. Well worth a read.

Mae Frome yn golygu llawer i fi. Dyma le enillodd y stori, The Jugs Stay with the Dresser, 1af yng nghystadleuaeth stori fer Gŵyl Frome llynedd. Ces i gwrdd â nifer o bobl ddiddorol gan gynnwys Laura Wilkinson, beirniad ac awdur y nofel Skin Deep. Nofel werth ei darllen.



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Eternal, award-winning short stories from around the world

The anthology of international short stories is now available to buy through Hammond House publishing. My story, At a Junction, which won third prize, is included in the collection.

Mae'r gyfrol o storïau byrion ar gael nawr drwy'r cyhoeddwyr, Hammond House. Mae'r stori, At a Junction, yn y gyfrol.

'A refreshingly brilliant collection of short stories, each cleverly crafted by hidden masters of the art’. Stewart Spendlow - Best Selling Author.

‘This superb anthology gathers some of the best in modern writing from around the world’ Hugh Riches, Writer and Broadcaster.

'The depth and breadth of this truly imaginative and inspiring body of work reflects the different sectors of society and many regions and countries that have found their way to the University Centre Grimsby to compete in the Hammond house International poetry prize.’ Christopher Sanderson.

'The theme of Eternal is explored in a myriad of interesting, mysterious and sometimes, amusing ways. We are privileged to publish such an outstanding collection of work and hope you enjoy these inspiring stories and poetry from around the world.'
Ted Stanley


Y Gambo

Cyhoeddwyd y darn ma yn y Gambo yn ddiweddar. Diolch i Mary Jones am y darn ac i Jon Meirion am y llun.

This item was published in the Gambo recently. Thank you to Mary Jones for the piece and to Jon Meirion for the photograph. Translation here:

'Shortly before Christmas a local 'girl' came to Cardigan Castle to launch her first novel, 'My Beautiful Imperial'. Rhiannon Lewis is the daughter of 'Brynllynan' (Farm), Ferwig, although she now lives near Abergavenny. Years ago, she discovered an old picture in one of the outbuildings at Brynllynan and when she asked her parents about it, she was told that the subject of the picture was her great, great uncle, David Davies. As a young lad, he had gone to sea from Cardigan, and after years of effort rose to be the captain of his own ship. 'My Beautiful Imperial' is the story of how he was caught up in the civil war in Chile in 1891. Rhiannon has done an incredible amount of research as background for the novel, and it is a story which grips from the very beginning - especially so for readers from this area. Get a copy immediately. It is available from Awen Teifi (Cardigan) and every good book shop.'

For those of you who are not familiar with the 'papurau bro', they are unique Welsh language newspapers which are run by and for the community. They exist in most parts of Wales and are great sources of local news and a fantastic resource for learning Welsh, for those who are interested. Each one has a different name. The word 'Gambo' is a word that was commonly used in Ceredigion and describes a kind of cart, a familiar form of transport in years gone by.

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Englynion Jon Meirion Jones

Braint ac anrhydedd oedd derbyn yr englynion hyn oddi wrth Jon Meirion Jones yn ddiweddar. 

It was an honour and a privilege to receive these 'englynion' from Jon Meirion Jones recently. 


I gyfarch Rhiannon Lewis ar achlysur cyhoeddi ei nofel gyntaf - 'My Beautiful Imperial' yng Nghastell Aberteifi nos Sadwrn 16eg Rhagfyr, 2017


Pur yw ias Valparaiso, - y mae'n rhwym

mewn rhamant a chyffro;

ein braint am forwriaeth bro -

Rhiannon wnaeth olrheinio.


Heno, penllanw anian, - llawenydd

a llên dawn Brynllynan;

'rwy'n dyheu, a chreu o'ch rhan

daw rhagor o'r darogan.


Jon Meirion Jones yn lansiad Aberteifi. Jon Meirion Jones at the Cardigan launch.   Llun gan Keith Morris. Photograph by Keith Morris.

Jon Meirion Jones yn lansiad Aberteifi. Jon Meirion Jones at the Cardigan launch.

Llun gan Keith Morris. Photograph by Keith Morris.

Hammond House International Short Story Competition 11 December 2017

It's taken a while to catch up with everything that happened in December! My short story, At a Junction, was awarded third prize in the Hammond House International Short Story competition on the 11th December. Entries were received from all over the world, and it was a great honour to attend the award ceremony in Grimsby. It was the weekend of the snow - hence the big jumper! My story is being published in the anthology, Eternal, which is due out in January 2018. Copies can be bought directly from Hammond House.

Mae wedi cymryd tipyn o amser i ddala lan a phob peth ddigwyddodd yn mis Rhagfyr 2017! Enillodd fy stori fer, At a Junction, y drydedd wobr yng Nghystadleuaeth Ryngwladol Hammond House. Derbyniwyd ceisiadau o'r byd eang. Penwythnos yr eira oedd hi - y rheswm am y siwmper gynnes! Roedd yn anrhydedd mawr cael mynd i'r seremoni wobrwyo yn Grimsby. Bydd y stori yn cael ei chyhoeddi yn y casgliad, Eternal, fydd yn dod allan ym mis Ionawr 2018. Gellir prynu copïau yn syth o Hammond House.

Novela My Beautiful Imperial realiza su lanzamiento oficial en la embajada de Chile

La escritora galesa Rhiannon Lewis presentó su novela My Beautiful Imperial en la sala de eventos de la embajada. La novela, inspirada en las aventuras del tátara tío de la autora, narra la historia de David Jefferson Davies, quien viajó a Chile a fines del siglo pasado como marinero en su propio navío: el Imperial. En el punto culmine de su carrera, terminó viéndose implicado en la Guerra Civil de 1891, luego de que el presidente Balmaceda tomase posesión de su embarcación. Esto llevó a que David terminase viviendo en el país por décadas.

El libro fue publicado por la editorial Victorina Press, cuya Directora es la escritora, académica y socióloga chilena-británica Consuelo Rivera Fuentes. La Sra. Rivera Fuentes inauguró Victorina Press el año pasado con la intención de ofrecer una plataforma nueva para historias inspiradoras y originales. Tiene una especial inclinación por propiciar las relaciones culturales entre Chile y Reino Unido a través de la literatura.

Ambas forman parte de la Anglo Chilean Society, organización a través de la cual se conocieron y les fue posible forjar su lazo profesional y su amistad.

Rhiannon Lewis ha combinado por años la escritura de cuentos con su carrera en comunicaciones y relaciones públicas. Luego de haber ganado diversos premios por sus cuentos, Lewis se lanzó en la aventura de escribir su primera novela, My Beautiful Imperial. Actualmente se encuentra trabajando en una colección de cuentos, y en una secuela para su novela.

Durante el lanzamiento, Lewis leyó pasajes de la novela y fue entrevistada por Consuelo Rivera Fuentes frente a una sala llena. Posterior a la tertulia los asistentes adquirieron copias del libro firmadas por su autora, y disfrutaron de una recepción.

Published on the Embassy of Chile website. Read the article here


Lansiad Aberteifi - Cardigan Launch

Roedden i mor falch i fod nol yn Aberteifi ar y 16eg o Ragfyr. Noson arbennig arall yng nghwmni teulu, cymdogion a hen ffrindiau. Lluniau gan Keith Morris.

It was great to be back in Cardigan on the 16th December. Another lovely evening in the company of family, neighbours and old friends. Photographs by Keith Morris.