Invitation to The February Salon


 In 2010 Victorious Endeavours began hosting Salons in partnership with ffresh at the Wales Millennium Centre. The Salons provide an opportunity for the sophisticated lady to indulge herself with a delicious combination of light hearted laughter over supper followed by curiously convivial conversation over coffee.


Victorious Endeavours would like to invite you to the first Salon of 2011 on Monday 28 February 2011 at 6.30 pm at ffresh at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.


Your hosts Frances Medley and Fiona Allan will be joined by guests Penny Simpson and Gwen Davies in conversation on literary matters. Ladies, do we not all have a novel in us? This may be your opportunity to find out how to reach the delicious heights of achieving publication albeit without the Bloomsbury set! The partnership between the author and her publisher will be explored with a view to extracting the jewels of a successful literary liaison.


Author Penny Simpson began her career as an intern at Cosmopolitan later switching to newspapers writing about the arts. Her journalistic assignments included visits to countries of the former Yugoslavia at the start and end of the 1990s war, experiences which helped shape her, recently published, second novel The Deer Wedding (Alcemi). ( Penny combines her writing with her full-time job as Head of Media at Welsh National Opera.

 Gwen Davies is the founding editor-publisher of Alcemi, the English literary imprint based at Welsh publishing house Y Lolfa. Gwen joins us as she starts, on the 1st March, as the new editor of the New Welsh Review. Bilingual author of two literary translations Gwen lives in Aberystwyth with her family and a rabbit! Curiously she grew up speaking Welsh in West Yorkshire; what took her there and what brought Ms Davies back to Wales I wonder?

 As always your host Ms Medley will produce a provocation paper giving more of the Victorious Endeavours perspective on the written media and literary matters in contemporary society. If this invitation has intrigued you and you fancy finding out more about the Salon experience please consult the Victorious Endeavours blog at where you can find a snippet of Ms Simpson’s beautifully crafted prose.

 Tickets for the Salon are £25 including a delicious two course light supper, welcome drinks and coffee. If you would like to join us on 28 February please email and a booking will be made!

 Yours in sophistication as always

Frances Medley and Fiona Allan



The Salon 2011 programme will be bimonthly with an extra one on March 21 to celebrate the impact and achievement of Fiona Allan Artistic Director of Wales Millennium Centre. Fiona takes up the post of Chief Executive at the Curve in Leicester in April.


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One response to “Invitation to The February Salon

  1. Sian Thomas

    Sorry sophisticat, i’m already booked out that evening. Hoping to make it in March.


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