Event Cancelled Label: My Beautiful Imperial (Mi Querido Imperial) - Rhiannon Lewis

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Rhiannon Lewis

Speaker's Biography

Daw Rhiannon Lewis o Geredigion yng ngorllewin Cymru yn wreiddiol. Mae Rhiannon hefyd wedi bod yn llwyddiannus gyda straeon byrion, gan gynnwys Gwobr Bryste, 2018 (rhestr fer), Gwobr Stori Fer Rhyngwladol Hammond House, 2017 (3ydd) a Gwyl Frome, 2017 (enillydd). Daeth ei stori fer hir, The Significance of Swans, yn ail yng Ngwobrau Ysgrifennu Cymru, sef Gwobr Prifysgol Aberystwyth ar gyfer Stori Fer Hir Dystopaidd ym mis Mai 2019. Cyhoeddir dyfyniad o’r stori fer hir yn rhifyn mis Rhagfyr 2019 o’r New Welsh Reader.

From: April 1, 2020, 2 p.m.
To: April 1, 2020, 3 p.m.
Location: Swansea

My Beautiful Imperial (Mi Querido Imperial) is a historical novel based on the astonishing true events of the Chilean Civil War of 1891, and how a West Walian sea captain of humble origins came to play a pivotal role within it. In the words of the Graphic magazine at the time, David ‘Jefferson’ Davies and his ship, the Imperial, gained ‘no little fame’ for the part they played, in effect, supporting the Chilean government against British interference.

However, the ship and its captain disappeared from the history books, and Rhiannon Lewis spent over 20 years researching the story, inspired by the discovery of an old photograph album. Rhiannon’s debut novel was published by Victorina Press in December 2017, and in March 2018 it was listed by the Walter Scott Prize Academy as one of its twenty ‘recommended’ books, sharing the accolade with such writers as John Banville, Polly Clark, Marcel Theroux, Neal Ascherson, Rachel Seiffert and more, authors who included renowned Booker prize winners and nominees.

A second edition of My Beautiful Imperial has already been published. The Spanish translation, Mi Querido Imperial, was published in December 2018 and launched at the Chilean Embassy in May 2019. Lately, Rhiannon has been working with Adam Feinstein (author of the acclaimed Neruda: a passion for life) on a film script of My Beautiful Imperial

Contact: Cultural Institute - (Email: cultural-institute@swansea.ac.uk)

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