The Gwyl Arall festival in Caernarfon got me thinking about ways in which people could find out more about Anglophone Welsh literature. Gwyl Arall is a brilliant event that brings together Welsh culture in both of Wales’ languages. There are also other events and organisations across Wales that promote Welsh Writing in English:
The Association for Welsh Writing in English (AWWE) The association was established in 1984 at Swansea University with universities from all over Wales. The association promotes the study of Welsh writing in English and produces an annual academic journal Almanac: Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English. The association holds an annual conference at Gregynog Hall every Spring. Membership is open to all.
International Journal of Welsh Writing in English: The website for this journal has an invaluable resource in the form of a comprehensive research bibliography. There is also information about the annual M.Wynn Thomas prize and calls for papers for conferences and seminars in the field.
Swansea University: Swansea runs an MA course in Welsh writing in English led by the leading scholars in this field. Swansea is also home to CREW – The Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales.
Literature Wales: Literature Wales promotes both English and Welsh language literature in Wales. They run the Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre, provide a database of Welsh Writers, undertake Literary Tourism events and projects and will be organising the Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations.
Wales Arts Review: The Wales Arts Review describes itself as the ‘critical writing hub for Wales’. They encourage and promote Wales’ vibrant arts scene.
Magazines such as Planet, New Welsh Review and Poetry Wales all encourage literature from Wales. The promotion of Welsh literature would not be possible without the Welsh Books Council or publishers such as Parthian and Seren. Parthian’s Library of Wales series has been a major part of recovering Anglophone Welsh texts and making them accessible to everyone.
There are many other events and organisations that promote Welsh literature, feel free to leave details about those I have missed out in our comments box!