Celebrating Merthyr Writing

12 Oct 2009

Academi and Parthian have teamed up to hold 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 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 (concs) incl return coach trip from Cardiff, buffet lunch and all events
£17.50 / £15.00 (concs) 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  post@academi.org

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