Welsh publisher Parthian Press is to launch a podcast, with the first series focusing on queer Welsh writing.
The Parthian Podcast is supported by writing charity the Rhys Davies Trust and will feature authors, editors, academics and influencers in Welsh literature, taking part in interviews, readings and exclusive conversations.
The inaugural series will include five episodes highlighting the past, present and future of LGBTQ+ writing in Wales. Guests and hosts will include John Sam Jones, Daryl Leeworthy, Jeffrey Weeks, Taylor Edmonds, Dylan Huw, Sarah Broughton and Kirsti Bohata, with more to be announced.
Episode one will be released on 1st April, featuring a conversation between writer-historians Daryl Leeworthy and Jeffrey Weeks. Weeks’ memoir, Between Worlds: A Queer Boy from the Valleys, is officially released the same day, detailing his life as a gay activist, historian, sociologist and writer, who is often at the front of LGBTQ+ rights movements in the UK.
Commenting on the new project, Kathryn Tann, reading engagement editor and podcast producer, said: “Working on this project has been truly exciting. I’ve really enjoyed the freedom to not only focus on our own titles, but on the wider scope of Welsh writing right now – and on the people who are really in the thick of that.”
The podcast will be available on most audio streaming platforms, in addition to the ParthianCarnival YouTube channel, and shared across the press' social media.