Thursday, 3 September 2009

Merthyr: A Literary Day Out

On Saturday 17 October 2009, Academi and Parthian Books will be holding a day of events in Merthyr to celebrate two new Library of Wales titles set in the town.

Glyn Jones The Valley, The City, The Village and Jack Jones Black Parade, bring alive a sense of place that is unmistakeably Merthyr. This day of discussions, talks and tours will explore the Merthyr of Jack Jones and Glyn Jones – both born in the town - and look at the thriving literature scene in the town today.

The Library of Wales collection has been created with Wales in mind and heart. The two latest additions to the collection join other Welsh classics by Raymond Williams, Gwyn Thomas and Margiad Evans amongst others. Professor Dai Smith, Series Editor, says: "The Library of Wales will keep in print the English-language literature of Wales in ways that will connect our past to our present. It will be an essential tool in the self-understanding required to build an emergent Wales. The world will note how we now sustain our common memory through literature and will share in our riches."

The day will be held at the Castle Hotel, Merthyr Tydfil. Professor Dai Smith, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales will introduce a stimulating day including the Gwyn Jones Lecture delivered by Dr John Pikoulis, a walking tour of Merthyr town led by Mario Basini and a discussion panel from a wealth of talented authors, including Rachel Trezise and Anthony Bunko.

The event aims to celebrate the creative writing talents of the recognised historical literary figures in Wales including
Glyn Jones and Jack Jones, as well as highlighting the new talents of Rachel Trezise and Anthony Bunko.

Day Tickets to the conference are now available at the following prices:

£25.00 / £20.00 concessions including return coach trip from Cardiff, buffet lunch and all events
£17.50 / £15.00 concessions for all events and buffet lunch

The concessionary rates on day tickets are available for the unwaged, students plus Academi members and associates.

For more information and to book your place contact Academi on:
029 2047 2266 or email

Alternatively you can view more information on speakers on the Academi website:

Photogarph: Rachel Trezise reading her new work


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