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    On these pages you will find all the book news which has appeared on AmeriCymru and its satellite sites since 2008. Due to the intricacies of the site migration process, dates here may not accurately reflect the date of publication on the original site.


    New Welsh Review in association with Aberystwyth University and AmeriCymru is delighted to announce the longlists for the New Welsh Writing Awards 2017: Aberystwyth University Prize for Memoir and AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella. Now in its third year, the Awards were set up to champion the best short-form writing in English and has previously run non-fiction categories with the WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature, won by Eluned Gramich in 2015 and the University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing, won by Mandy Sutter in 2016. The Awards 2017 opened up entries from the US and...

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    Y Lolfa has published a new edition of its bestselling guide book to the must see places in Wales. Wales in 100 Places is the updated version of Wales 100 places to see before you die which won the Welsh Book of the Year prize and was adapted to a popular television series on S4C. The publishing of the new version of the acclaimed volume follows the death of author and historian John Davies in 2015. Wales in 100 Places combines words and pictures from two leading authorities in their fields; the late historian John Davies shares his remarkable depth of knowledge of the history of Wales;...

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    BUY 'RAREBIT AND RIOJA' HERE Dylan & Llinos Rowlands A Welsh cookbook by two local Welsh entrepreneurs has won a prestigious French cookbook award. Rarebit and Rioja: Recipes and wine tales from Wales by Dylan and Llinos Rowlands of Gwin Dylanwad Wine, Dolgellau, has been declared the national British winner in its category, Best Food and Wine at the 2017 Gourmand Awards. The Welsh food and wine book stems from the two entrepreneurs’ 30 years experience in the trade. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau. Every year, they honour the best...

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    Y Lolfa publishers will begin their 50th anniversary celebrations earlier than expected as they launch the private diaries of Y Lolfa founder and co-founder of Lol magazine, Robat Gruffudd, on Friday. Lolian is a collection of ‘eccentric and too honest’ personal diaries that Robat Gruffudd kept since the sixties. Written over the last fifty years, the diaries are published for the first time ever this year. The diaries are published before the 50th anniversary of Y Lolfa which will be celebrated next year. The book delves into the publishing world but Robat emphasises that this is not an...

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    A year’s worth of delicious recipes… The cook Lisa Fearn will be launching her first recipe book Blas / Taste at Aberglasney Gardens on Wednesday, 23 November. Blas / Taste contains over 90 delicious family-friendly recipes and is presented bilingually. The book also includes suggestions for activities to keep the children busy, creating home-made gifts, quick ideas and making the most of ingredients from the garden. Lisa Fearn is a Carmarthen girl and a mother of five. She established a gardening and cookery school called The Pumpkin Patch in Allt y Gog Farm in Felin-wen,...

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    A true story that survived through the oral tradition is the subject of a new novel published by Y Lolfa publishers this week. Pantywennol by Ruth Richards tells the story of Elin Ifans – a lively young woman in her teens who is hindered by the rural life of Pen Llŷn during the nineteenth century. Because of her obsession with the supernatural Elin is given the name ‘Bwgan Pantywennol’ (the Pantywennol Ghost) by the locals, which raises tensions and conflicts within the community between religion and supersition. The novel is based on a true story which was kept alive by word of mouth....

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    Robat Gruffudd, the founder of Y Lolfa publishers and co-founder of Lol magazine, reveals all in private diaries written over the last fifty years that are published for the first time ever this week. Lolian is a collection of ‘eccentric and too honest’ diaries that Robat Gruffudd kept since the sixties. It contains a mixture of humours ancedotes, provoking comments and memories about the twists and turns working in the pubilshing industry and meetings with authors and beyond in Wales and in bars on the continent. As a language campaigner since his early years, Robat goes into detail...

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    Welsh football fans have come together to celebrate the success of the Welsh football team at the Euros in a new book that is published this week. Merci Cymru is a collection of essays and articles to celebrate and remember the Wales football team’s success this year. The book was written by fans, commentators and some of the game’s biggest names including Dylan Ebenezer, the former player and academic Laura McAllister and poets Aled Gwyn and Rhys Iorwerth. The book depicts the buzz in the games, on the streets, in the fanzones, on the couch and in the pubs and offers a very vivid...

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    At 10.30am on Friday 11th of November, at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Cardiff, Lucy Owen will be launching her first book for children – Boo-a-bog in the Park. A familiar face on BBC Wales, Lucy is also an Ambassador for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity and all royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to the charity. Children from the hospital will be invited to celebrate the launch of the new book and enjoy a storytelling session with Lucy and husband Rhodri Owen, whose Welsh adaptation of the book, Bw-a-bog yn y Parc, will also be launched on the same day....

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    Back to Welsh Literature page > The New Welsh Writing Awards 2017, run by New Welsh Review in association with Aberystwyth University and AmeriCymru, opens for entries on 26 September with two new categories, the Aberystwyth University Prize for Memoir and AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella. Now in its third year, the Awards were set up to champion the best short-form writing in English and has previously run non-fiction categories with the WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature, won by Eluned Gramich in 2015 and the University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing, won by Mandy...

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    Ceri Shaw

    5 Welsh Crime Writers


    Back to Welsh Literature page > With Autumn closing in what better way pass the time than with a good book? For aficianados of crime fiction a good murder story is the ideal for whiling away the dark evening hours.  Check out our selection of Welsh crime writers from Canada, the USA, Europe and Wales itself. Happy reading! Andrew Peters AmeriCymru spoke to Welsh crime fiction writer and roving guitarist Andrew Peters:- "I was born in beautiful Barry on June 21st many years ago. That''s the longest day of the year ("Bloody felt like it too" Mrs GE Peters) so I have always yearned...

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    Back to Welsh Literature page > (from left to right, Gwenllian Jones (Office Manager), Carolyn Hodges (English language editor), a Robat Trefor (Welsh language copy editor) Lolfa publishers have welcomed three new staff members this month. Gwenllian Jones has been appointed Office Manager, Carolyn Hodges as English language editor and Robat Trefor as Welsh language copy editor. Gwenllian Jones, the new Office Manager, is from Aberaeron originally and graduated from Aberystwyth University. She previously worked with Avanti in Cardiff before moving back to Ceredigion. ‘I’m glad to...

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    Back to Welsh Literature page > Today marks the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth in Cardiff, Wales. He wrote children's books including 'Matilda' 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' and 'The BFG' In his autobiography ‘Boy’ Dahl talks about his childhood in Wales. Wales is celebrating the centenary with a number of events: http://www.roalddahl100.wales/whats-on/ How Welsh was Roald Dahl? Find out in a BBC interview with Prof Damian Walford Davies author of ‘Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected’ and Lleucu Siencyn CEO of Literature Wales:...

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    Back to Welsh Literature page > A pioneering new book aims to present a journey through Welsh history and ‘introduce the people of Wales’ to their own history through the Welsh Christian experience. Our Holy Ground - The Welsh Christian Experience by John I Morgans and Peter C Noble tells of the Welsh Christian story and, through showing how it is rooted in localities, tells the story of Wales. ‘This is for the people who live in Wales to learn about their own story – a story which continues to be contemporary and relevant.’ John and Peter explained, ‘We want the people who live in...

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    Back to Welsh Literature page > The autumn edition of New Welsh Reader includes exclusive extracts from entries to the New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing including the winning essay ‘Bush Meat: As My Mother Told Me’ by Mandy Sutter, which depicts a Nigerian domestic scene where subtle and interdependent racial and class issues are seething under a tight lid. ‘The Rains of Titikaka’ by John Harrison recounts the rise and fall of the pre-Columbian city of Tiwanaku in Bolivia, ‘Stranger Shores’ by Karen Philips looks at the underground (and...

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    Back to Welsh Literature page > The celebrations to commemorate 50 years since the establishing of Y Lolfa publishers and press have begun with the publication of a calendar of old posters.  Calendr Posteri’r Lolfa 2017 (Y Lolfa Poster Calendar 2017) is a collection of commercial and political posters that were printed by Y Lolfa during the 1960s and 1970s.  It is published to coincide with Y Lolfa’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017.    Amongst the posters are old favourites such as ‘Gwnewch Bopeth yn Gymraeg’ (Do Everything in Welsh) – as seen on the front cover, the iconic...

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    Back to Welsh Literature page > New Welsh Review, in association with the University of South Wales and CADCentre, announced the winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing at a ceremony at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff on Thursday 7 July. The Prize celebrates the best short form travel writing from emerging and established writers based in the UK and Ireland. The judges are New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies and award winning travel writer Rory MacLean. Mandy Sutter from Ilkley won the top prize for...

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    Ceri Shaw

    WELSH PAST, WAR ZONE PRESENT


    Back to Welsh Literature page > To the sound of distant gunfire, school children in Donetsk are now learning about their city’s Welsh past. Lily Revenko, a teacher in the war torn city, has decided to make the book Dreaming A City the basis of a what she calls “investigative journalism” by her pupils, a means by which they can both improve their English and discover the origins of their city. Donetsk was originally founded by Welshman John Hughes. Born and brought up in Merthyr, he began work as an apprentice in the Cyfarthfa ironworks, developed his own business in Newport and then...

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    Back to Welsh Literature page > Shortlist Showcase: New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing from New Welsh Review on Vimeo.

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    Back to Welsh Literature page > This was the thing that brought us to Hay, an invitation to come to the New Welsh Writing Awards shortlist announcement ceremony, put on by the literary magazine, the New Welsh Review.  Below is their press release,with details on the event.  There are also links to read the stories and to vote for the winning story, any reader can vote - Travel Writing Prize shortlist encompasses three continents 2016 New Welsh Writing Awards shortlist, Photo: Left to right, Mandy Sutter, Nathan Llywelyn Munday, John Harrison New Welsh Review, in association with...

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