Literature in Wales Stand

21 May 2008

Come and experience the rich literary heritage of Wales by visiting the Literature in Wales Stand at this year's Guardian Hay Festival from 22 May – 1 June 2008.

This year, the Literature in Wales stand will host a number of inspiring events featuring award-winning Welsh writers including on the 26 May 2008, the Wales Book of the Year shortlist announcement, followed by a reception and book-signing with the short listed authors.

Also on the 26 May, there will be an opportunity to meet the Editors and authors of the Parthian Books/Library of Wales classic collection at a morning reception. Writer, Owen Sheers will be reading from Resistance (Faber, 2007), Niall Griffiths will be presenting Ten Pound Pom (Parthian, 2008), and Nia Wyn will read from her latest novel, Blue Sky July (Seren, 2007). Poet and Lecturer, John Goodby, (Uncaged Sea, Waterloo Press, 2008), will be discussing his work with the Boiled String multi-media experimental performance group. And to mark the year of publication of the Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, 2008, editors John Davies, Menna Baines, Peredur Lynch and Nigel Jenkins will talk about the great enterprise. There will also be an opportunity to buy a wide range of fantastic books from the popular Library of Wales series of classics to the latest children's fiction and works of contemporary Welsh authors. The Literature in Wales stand is a joint initiative between the Arts Council of Wales, Academi, the National Library of Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Welsh Books Council. The partnership aims to promote literature and writers from Wales to audiences in the UK and abroad.

Minister for Heritage, Rhodri Glyn Thomas, AM, is delighted to support the Literature in Wales Stand:
"The events taking place at the Literature in Wales stand are a true representation of the variety and wealth of talent that Wales has to offer. The attention of the literary world will be focused on Wales during the week which will raise the profile of what Wales has to offer. Having some of our prominent writers reading their own works during the festival will be real treat and I'm sure that the Hay Festival will again prove to be a source of inspiration to many."

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