Woman Who Brings the Rain

As precise and nuanced as Japanese calligraphy, this memoir of the author's stay on the remote Hokkaido island in the far north of Japan, has at its heart the mountain, Yotei-San, the region’s iconic equivalent to Mount Fuji. As much about learning a language (with connotations of ‘reading’ a wild landscape) as it is about nature, this dignified and nuanced work evokes what is cultured and cultivated, and yet also honours the wild; the untranslatable. With its themes of seasonal transformation, the peripheral, folklore, loneliness and learning to belong, this work takes a personal philosophical stance in relation to the centre and the periphery.

 

Llyfr bach telynegol yw hwn, sy’n atgoffa’r darllenydd o galigraffi Siapaneaidd. Wrth galon yr hunangofiant am yr amser treuliodd yr awdures ar ynys anghysbell Hokkaido yng ngogledd Japan saif y mynydd, Yotei-San, sy'n debyg i ddelwedd eiconig Mynydd Fuji yn yr ardal hon. Mae'r testun yn trafod y broses o ddysgu iaith (Siapaneg, a hefyd dysgu sut i 'ddarllen' byd natur) ac yn ogystal yn awgrymu’r hyn na fedrir ei gyfieithu. Gwaith manwl, cain yw hwn sy’n codi cwestiynau am y syniad o ddiwylliant a hefyd yn llwyddo anrhydeddu'r gwylltir. O fewn cloriau’r llyfr bach hwn ceir llu o themâu a delweddau, yn cynnwys portreadau o drawsnewidiadau tymhorol, straeon llên gwerin, archwiliad o unigrwydd, a chwestiynau ynglyn â beth yw perthyn. Yn y bon mae'r gwaith hwn yn cynnig golwg athronyddol, bersonol ar y berthynas gymhleth rhwng y canolog a'r ymylol.

 

 

ASIN: B012DP7LVA

New Welsh Rarebyte

(October 2015)

Translation from German / Cyfieithiad o'r Almaeneg

Goldfish Memory by Monique Schwitter

From the German Book Prize short-listed author Monique Schwitter,Goldfish Memory is the first translation of this Swiss writer's form-breaking work available in English. As the winner of the prestigious Robert Walser First Novel Award and Switzerland's Schiller Foundation Writers Prize, Schwitter has a unique and contemporary style that's cool, quick and funny. This collection is a refreshing new voice, not to be missed.

Goldfish Memory yw cyfieithiad Saesneg cyntaf o waith Monique Schwitter, awdures o’r Swistir sydd wedi cael ei dewis ar gyfer rhestr fer Gwobr Llyfr Almaeneg 2015. Ennillodd hi eisoes Gwobr Nofel Gyntaf Robert Walser a Gwobr Schiller Cyngor Y Swistir. Mae gan Schwitter arddull unigryw: yn gyfoes a chŵl; yn gyflym ac yn ddoniol. Mae'r casgliad hwn o straeon byrion yn lais newydd, llawn egni na ddylid ei cholli.

ISBN: 978-1910409633

Parthian Books

(March 2015)

New Welsh Short Stories

Short Story / Stori fer, 'Pulling Out'

edited by Francesca Rhydderch and Penny Thomas

ISBN: 978-1781722343 Seren (March 2015)

 

‘All of these short stories crackle with creative skill.’ – The Short Story

 

The best of contemporary Welsh short-story writing, New Welsh Short Stories offers a wide-ranging view of a country from new and established writers including Stevie Davies, Trezza Azzopardi, Joe Dunthorne, Cynan Jones, Deborah Kay Davies and Rachel Trezise. Stories range from the personal to the universal; from the streets of urban south Wales to the wilder reaches of small town and countryside; from film sets to the limits of time and space.

 

Other authors include Joao Morais, Zillah Bethell, Sarah Coles, Tyler Keevil, Jo Mazelis, Kate Hamer, Mary-Ann Constantine, Tom Morris, Maria Donovan, Robert Minhinnick, Carys Davies and Holly Múller.

Rarebit - New Welsh Fiction

Short Story / Stori fer, 'Oku Hanafu'

Edited by Susie Wild

 

ISBN: 978-1909844407 Parthian Books (January 2014)

 

Waterstones Welsh Book of the Month January 2014

 

Celebrating Parthian's 21st birthday in 2014, this beautiful limited edition anthology of twenty one contemporary stories offers a kaleidoscope of identities, perspectives and settings which encapsulate much that is vibrant and exciting about modern Welsh short fiction.

 

Writers in the collection include Wales Book of the Year winners Deborah Kay Davies and Rhian Edwards, the EFG Sunday Times short story prize shortlisted Roshi Fernando, Dylan Thomas Prize winner Rachel Trezise, Terry Hetherington Young Writer’s Award winner Joâo Morais, Media Wales People’s Prize winner Tyler Keevil, National Eisteddfod Literature Medal winner Siân Melangell Dafydd.

 

Many of the stories examine cultural and combative conflict, the action moving from a Cardiff Black Friday to video stores, hotel rooms, restaurants, traveller sites, parks, gardens, amusement arcades, festivals and forests at home and abroad.

Original artwork has been created for each story by John Abell, winner of the Print Prize and overall runner-up at Welsh Artist of the Year 2013.

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