They have Caradoc Evans ( well worth reading ) and other out of copyright stuff:-
After my first depressing observation, I think I can only state that I do favor live events related to the different genres of literature that would be presented, but the power to do so in either a big or a small way is totally within the hands of the presenters, and (too oddly enough) based nowadays on "BUDGET" -- which is not how real culture develops within a society, and which is now something people totally overlook in the quest for a better life amid this economic crisis.
Ceri, you know if you took Americymru and made it into a MOVEMENT, .....where we had a chapter in most every State of the United States,...you would be very effective in this quest of yours. I think you should ponder this!
Now, no one wants to be cast in the role of "high command" for sure, but from a practical standpoint,..... if you took those 50 chapters, and each one knew which work is being featured, and each took the time to locally advertise and host a public reading of the Welsh literature......the effect will be both cumulative, and ....even eventually powerful.
Modern man's drawback is that he has foreshortened his sights to that which is controlled by the media.....the temporal, fleeting, and everyday, the money-driven. Here in the USA, we are large,and not beset on all sides by our enemies (yet-- but the time is soon coming, if we don't turn back!) as was Wales, We have a strange proving-ground before us, being large, while wishing to convey the best of the intimacy,tenaciousness,warmth, creativity, and brilliance of Welsh culture.
I grew up during a time where no-one "needed" facebook, twitter or anything else to be creative, and become well-known.
And if there is but even one Welsh virtue or trait that can have a resounding influence upon America that should be as vigorously underscored and promoted as as the Anglo-Welsh literature during the whole process. Take the thinking "out of the box" and "outside of St. David's Day" and let it become a real part of real life in America,
I just hope we can get our heads around the whole nightmare of travel and immigration and get past it. Governement has not been kind nor keen in throwing up all these obstacles to everyday life and culture in the name of fending off "enemies".
Not much discussion on this one, Ceri -- but for Welsh publishers and authors, getting into the American market is incredibly difficult. Over the last decade I have written and published the seven novels of the "Angel Mountain" saga -- and sold a total of 60,000 copies in a very limited market. The first novel, called "On Angel Mountain", has sold about 25,000 copies, which I suppose makes it something of a best-seller. (I'm told that in Wales, if something sells 700 copies, it is counted as being a best seller......)
But apart from a few orders from out of the blue, I sell virtually nothing in the USA, and even the Welsh newspapers have been reluctant to publish reviews. I'm not complaining -- it's a tough old world out there. But it would be great to reach all those Welsh folks who are living in the USA, and try to convince even a small percentage of them that these novels should be on their "essential reading" lists. Any suggestions?
By the way, here are two links that might be of interest:
I bought and loved your Angel Mountain Saga Brian! I would happily sell it to my customers on my online site... If you know where I could buy it as reseller?
Thanks Jen. The only wholesaler I use is the Welsh Books Council. Do you buy from them? If not, we could probably do a deal.....
I missed this post ( on a train to Chicago at the time, no wi fi ) We would be more than happy to review the series on AC. Will do so as soon as the L.A. event is over and do whatever we can to help promote :)
Thanks for the offer, Ceri. Do you want me to send copies over for you to review? There are seven novels in the series thus far.....
Hi Brian...a few review copies would be great :) Will email physical address.
By all means -- just send me the info! The more reviews, the better -- as long as there is a good mechanism for bringing the reviews to the attention of readers and users of the site. But your mechanisms for linking across the site and into other sites seem pretty good to me already.... well done!