Seren is Wales’ leading independent literary publisher, specialising in English-language writing from Wales.
With a list spanning poetry, fiction and non-fiction, many of their books are shortlisted for – and win – major literary prizes across the UK and America.
Their aim is not simply to reflect what is going on in the culture in which they publish, but to drive that culture forward, to engage with the world, and to bring Welsh literature, art and politics before a wider audience.
At the heart of their list is a good story told well or an idea or history presented interestingly or provocatively. They’re international in authorship and readership, though their roots remain here in Wales, where they prove that writers from a small country with an intricate culture have a worldwide relevance.
Since its beginnings in 1981, Seren has developed into one of the most interesting publishing houses in Britain. Based in Bridgend, Seren continues to nurture and publish new talent whose quality is recognised around the world.
The Rhys Davies Trust
The Rhys Davies Trust was founded in 1991 by Meic Stephens, with funds generously provided by Lewis Davies, brother of the writer Rhys Davies (1901-78). The Trust is a registered charity whose objectives are to promote the writer’s work and foster Welsh writing in English, especially in the valleys of south Wales and in the genres in which Rhys Davies wrote.
Literature Wales are the national company for the development of literature in Wales. As a registered charity, they work to inspire communities, develop writers and celebrate the literary culture of Wales by facilitating, funding and directly delivering a comprehensive literary programme across the country. They work in Welsh, English and bilingually and have offices in Llanystumdwy and Cardiff. Their patron is Sir Philip Pullman.
Founded in 1965, Poetry Wales is Wales’ foremost poetry magazine, publishing internationally respected contemporary poetry, features and reviews in its triannual print and digital magazine. Poetry Wales platforms international contemporary poetry from Welsh and international writers in its mission to sustain and preserve the artistic works both inspiring our literary present and shaping our literary future.
University of Wales Press
The University of Wales Press, akin to many other national institutions, emerged during a pivotal period in recent history. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries many European nations sought independence and greater self-determination. Wales was no exception.
The Press was founded in 1922 and, from its inception, has been part of a much broader national endeavour supporting the notion that education is pivotal to the establishment of a sense of nationhood in Wales. UWP was founded to offer structure and expertise in publishing, especially but not exclusively to Welsh-language scholarship, which up until 1922 had been confined to the margins of academic activity.
Since UWP was founded in 1922, it has published over 3,500 titles, and at present publishes around 70 titles a year. Since 2009, our e-book publication list has risen to around 250 currently available digital editions. With more than 800 titles in print and via our strategic partnerships with the University of Chicago Press, the Welsh Books Council and other key distributors, we have an effective worldwide distribution network for all our publications.
The Learned Society of Wales
The mission of the Learned Society of Wales is to promote excellence and scholarship, inspire learning and benefit the nation.
To achieve this mission, their main aims are to:
– celebrate and recognise excellence in all scholarly disciplines and more widely
– champion excellent research and researchers, catalyse ambition and inspire researchers, youth and society more
– promote the advancement of learning, scholarship and education and their dissemination and application
– act as an independent source of expert advice and to influence public discussion on matters affecting the
research, scholarship, economy, languages and well-being of Wales and its people
The Society of Authors
The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for more than 11,000 writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. We’ve been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884. A new Group was established in Wales in 2018 with the intention of representing and supporting Welsh writers – both professionally and by providing networking opportunities.
Since its formation, the group has set up a series of events and community socials (Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Flintshire, Monmouth); established The Cwtch, a closed Facebook group for all SoA members resident or interested in Wales; and formed a steering group with authors Paula Brackston (Chair), Helen Docherty, Philip Gross, Alison Layland and Christopher Meredith to advise them going forward.
For special events and joining offers in Wales, see the Society of Authors Wales Group on the web: https://www.societyofauthors.org/Groups/SoA-Wales