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Novel translation

22 December 2008

A novel written by a University lecturer has become the first book from Wales to be translated into Turkish.

The Colour of a Dog Running Away, by Dr Richard Gwyn, of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, has already been translated and published in several languages, including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian.

From December 2008, it will be also available in Turkish, and is the first time a novel from Wales has been published in the language.

Dr Gwyn said: "I was pleasantly surprised to learn that we were breaking new ground for Welsh fiction with this translation. Turkey is a big country but has not historically had a significant fiction-reading public. I have long been an admirer of the radical Turkish poets such as Nazim Hikmet, and of course in Orhan Pamuk they now have a nobel prizewinning novelist. Istanbul is an amazing city and it was an honour to be invited to the Istanbul Book Fair."

The book, published by Parthian, was Dr Gwyn’s first novel and is a contemporary mystery set in Barcelona. His second book, Deep Hanging Out, was published by Snowbooks in 2007.