Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion Transfers its Assets to the Welsh Books Council

1 Dec 2011

As the Welsh Books Council celebrates 50 years of service to the publishing industry in Wales, it is appropriate to remember the pioneering work of local book societies which paved the way for the national body.

Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion Transfers its Assets to the Welsh Books Council
One of the most prominent of those book societies was Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion which, until quite recently, was a publisher focusing mainly on producing titles for children. Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion was responsible for publishing the first series of books featuring Sali Mali the popular character in books for young children.

After many years of supporting the publishing industry, Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion has decided to wind up its activities, and at the Welsh Books Council’s Annual Meeting at Aberystwyth
(1 December 2011), it was announced that its assets would be transferred to the Books Council to support their work in promoting books.

"Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion has made an important contribution locally in Ceredigion, together with introducing popular characters such as Sali Mali to thousands of children throughout Wales," said Bleddyn Huws, Chair of CLC’s Management Committee.  "It became obvious to us, following the sale of our back list to Gomer Press, that it would be appropriate to wind up the society and support the Books Council’s work in the field."

The money raised from the assets will be invested by the Welsh Books Council, with the interest being used to promote books and reading amongst children and to sponsor the Tir na n-Og Awards for Welsh-language books, the highest accolade for authors of books for children in Wales.

"In this, the year in which the Books Council celebrates its 50th anniversary, we are more aware than ever of the valuable contribution made by local book societies during the pioneering days," said Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Books Council.  "We are extremely grateful to Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion for this generous gift which will help us to continue with our work in promoting books for children and young people."

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