Literature Wales (formerly Academi) is the National Company for the development of literature in Wales. Literature Wales includes Yr Academi Gymreig / The Welsh Academy - the society for writers in Wales, and Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre.
Literature Wales’ many projects and activities include Wales Book of the Year, the National Poet of Wales, Writers on Tour funding scheme, writing courses at Tŷ Newydd, Translators’ House Wales, the BayLit and Tŷ Newydd festivals and Young People’s Writing Squads. It also has fieldworkers working specifically to develop literature activity in the south Wales valleys and north Wales.
The services offered by Literature Wales for writers include mentoring, writers’ bursaries, information and advice and independent manuscript assessment.
Literature Wales also runs the Glyn Jones Centre - a resource centre for writers and the public. Here it hosts writers’ surgeries, workshops, meet the author sessions and offers advice on how to be a writer in Wales. Literature Wales also runs regular events, from book launches and workshops to conferences and poems & pints nights, in many of the Wales Millennium Centre’s spaces.
Visit the Literature Wales website at www.literaturewales.org for further information. Here you will find searchable databases showing you what’s on and where in literary Wales, who the writers are and what they do, how to get published and with whom, and a one-stop shop of advice for all in the literary world.
Unforgettable Literary Adventures:
2013 Literary Tourism Events Programme
April - October 2013
Further, faster and bumpier than ever before, Literature Wales' 2013 Literary Tourism Events Programme will take you on horseback, bicycle, canoe or foot, to explore the Wild West, the legends of Arthurian and Medieval Wales, Submarine Swansea, Neolithic Anglesey and the ghosts of Ceredigion.
Located across Wales and beyond, these experiences take you to the heart of the places and themes which inspired and forged the nation's creative writers - from old favourites such as RS Thomas, Dylan Thomas and Dafydd ap Gwilym, to current greats such as Rachel Trezise, Dannie Abse, Niall Griffiths and Joe Dunthorne. Sparkle on the Taf Estuary, soar with the birds of Ynys-hir, wobble on the tracks of Waldo Williams, rock out in prehistory with a legendary punk musician, and re-visit a teenager's Swansea - you don't have to be an experienced rambler, cyclist, horse-rider or canoeist to take part. Just bring yourself, sturdy shoes and plenty of anticipation.
Look out for special Thomas tours: to mark the RS Thomas 2013 Centenary, and to whet your appetite for the Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations in 2014.
Tour highlights (English language) include:
18 May - Literary Ogmore
Cross the River Ogmore on horseback with writers Tom Anderson and Kate North, and listen to the iconic Dannie Abse talk about his love for this part of the Glamorgan coastline.
15 June - The Wild West
Spend a Saturday evening with some of Wales' finest and most sociable writers: Niall Griffiths, Cynan Jones and Samantha Wynne Rhydderch invite us to their favourite Ceredigion pubs to enjoy readings over drinks.
21 June - Neolithic Literary Anglesey
A Midsummer Day hike taking in five outstanding prehistoric monuments through the fantastical, archaeological and mystical eyes of punk rock musician Rhys Mwyn and writer and storyteller Fiona Collins
6 July - Submarine Swansea
Joe Dunthorne's brilliant novel Submarine was quickly adapted into the hugely popular feature film starring Craig Roberts. Join both for a screening and foray into the places from Joe's teenage years, the book and the film.
20 July - Dylan Thomas' Taf Estuary and New York Treat
Ride the eddies of Dylan Thomas' life by canoe with Jeff Towns and John Goodby. If paddling isn't your thing, share an evening of jazz and boutique New York food with Daniel G. Williams.
14 September - Medieval Literature and Arthurian Legends at St. Asaph and Holywell
Follow the winding paths of the north-eastern corner of Wales with Raluca Radulescu, delving deep into the literary footsteps of King Arthur.
The 2013 programme runs from April - October 2013 with ticket prices starting from as little as £7.00 (£6.00 concessions). All tours work in partnership with other national organisations. For the full programme, to request a brochure or book a place, contact Literature Wales on: firstname.lastname@example.org / 029 2047 2266.