Dogs aren’t just for Christmas and Welsh literature isn’t something that should just be celebrated on one day of the year. As a primary school pupil I loved St. David’s Day. It meant dressing up, playing my violin at the school Eisteddfod, singing and thinking up bardic names for the poetry competitions.
I was lucky enough to have an education that taught me the riches of Welsh culture but the 2011 Welsh Omnibus Survey by the Arts Council of Wales shows that the older you are the less likely you are to attend an arts event in Wales:
Around nine-in-ten 16-24 year olds (89%) and 25-34 year olds (91%) attended an arts event once a year or more often and this level declines as we move through the age groups with the lowest level being recorded by those aged 65+ – 58%.
Whilst Welsh Writing in English is actively researched by students and academics it is vital that the tradition and its authors are accessible to the general public and to people of all ages. By encouraging a more diverse readership this creates a broader range of ideas and opinions about Welsh literature and (most importantly!) encourages Welsh writers to continue writing in a country that historically supports its creative arts.