Extra Funding Available for Publishers of Welsh-language Books

16 Oct 2009

Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones has visited the Welsh Books Council in Aberystwyth to announce a new programme of investment which will support the Welsh-language publishing sector in Wales.

Extra Funding Available for Publishers of Welsh-language Books

The Books Council will be responsible for a £300,000 package in 2010/11 to help publishers in Wales improve the quality of their products, achieve greater sales and contribute to sustaining jobs in rural areas.

The programme will be split into three main parts.   £150,000 will be invested with a view to increase the number of people in editorial jobs in Wales to 10 by the end of March 2011.  The Welsh Books Council will also look at organising training for the editors supported by this scheme to improve skills and provide networking opportunities.

A further £70,000 will be invested in authors with the aim of publishing 20 titles under the main commissions scheme.  And, £80,000 will be spent on publishing a minimum of 10 non-fiction titles which will have an emphasis on the visual aspects such as photography and design.

The Heritage Minister said: "I’m delighted to announce this package of funding for the Welsh Books Council which will play an important role in funding authors, editors and in improving the quality and sales of books and in giving more people the opportunity to appreciate the written word in the Welsh language."

Outgoing Director Gwerfyl Pierce Jones said: "This is a huge boost to Welsh-language publishing in Wales and a vote of confidence in publishers who have delivered on their commitments and shown the potential for further development."

Director designate Elwyn Jones added: "The Welsh Books Council appreciates the continuous support and commitment of the Welsh Assembly Government and the Heritage Minister to Welsh-language publishing.  We now look forward to working in partnership with the publishers to further support the work of authors and editors in order to develop the quality and range of publications and to increase sales and target new readers."

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