Merthyr Literary Event

Dai Smith   Peter  John Pik

On Saturday 17 October 2009, Academi and Parthian Books held a day of events in Merthyr Tydfil 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 explored the Merthyr of Jack Jonesand Glyn Jones – both born in the town – and looked 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 WilliamsGwyn 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.”

Attended by fifty people, the day was held at the Castle Hotel, Merthyr Tydfil. Professor Dai Smith, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales introduced 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.

Mario Rachel Anthony.