Creating a New List of Classic Welsh Reads

5 Mar 2015

What is a classic? Do you have a favorite book that you consider a classic? If so, there is a campaign launched today that asks readers across Wales to nominate their classics for inclusion in a list that will be distributed to libraries, bookshops and colleges to encourage others to read and enjoy them.

There is an opportunity for readers throughout Wales to nominate books, a novel or a collection of short stories, by collecting a form from a library or a local bookshop. You can also download a nomination form from llyfrgelloeddcymru.org or the  Welsh Books Council  and Literature Wales websites. You can nominate books on Twitter using the #WelshClassic hashtag, or by sending your nomination and your reasons to  tynewydd@literaturewales.org.

There are prizes for the entries which offer the best reason for their nomination, including a luxury meal or  £50.

The campaign is a partnership between SCL Wales, the Welsh Books Council and Literature Wales. A panel of Welsh literary experts and critics nominated by these organizations will select the final list from the nominations received and agree on the inclusion of recognized classics from Wales, in English and Welsh, during the summer.

Jane Sellwood on behalf of the Society of Chief Librarians Wales said:  "Public libraries offer a range of high quality literature in Welsh and English to readers. The production of a list – with the help of readers – will promote reading, stimulate discussion around what is a 'classic' and suggest material for  ‘new’ readers. Libraries throughout Wales are ready to collect readers’ nominations and to support this exciting campaign."

Elwyn Jones Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council added:  "While the Council actively supports and promotes the work of contemporary writers it’s also important that we remember the classics that are still being read and enjoyed by readers. So it's great to back this campaign by Welsh libraries, and is a good example of co-operating to promote books and reading."

Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales said:  "We book lovers are always asking what should we read next? Prominent shelves in book shops and libraries advertise the latest bestsellers and the newly published. This list will remind us of the Welsh classics, and will draw new audiences to these books that we consider to be the building blocks of literature in Wales."

The Welsh Classic campaign was launched on World Book Day 5 March and will run until 30 May.

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