Encyclopaedia of Wales Postponed

Welsh Books Council

Encyclopaedia of Wales Postponed - 01 October 2007

PRESS RELEASE (University of Wales Press)

Date:   28th September 2007

Good things come to those who wait

Did you know?

  • The Welsh Bible, 21 years late
  • Menai  Bridge, 5 years late
  • Airbus A380 superjumbo, 48 months late
  • Wembley Stadium, 24 months late
  • Llanelli’s Millennium coastal park, 18 months late 
  • Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre, 14 months late
  • The  Welsh  Academy  Encyclopaedia  of  Wales …. only 2 months late

The  Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales,  funded by the Arts Council of Wales, will be officially launched on  31 January 2008  and not 14 November 2007 as previously announced. Unforeseen problems in the crucial last stages of production have resulted in a short delay before final publication.

Peter Finch, Chief Executive of Academi, said, "While the delay is unfortunate and disappointing for all involved in the project we hope people will understand that the publication of such an important book as this should not be undertaken lightly. After a decade’s worth of in-depth research, writing and editing, it is imperative that sufficient time is taken to ensure that the two volumes are as accurate as possible and achieve the highest editorial standards; this is after all a permanent record for generations to come.

"We would like to sincerely apologize to all those who have pre-ordered copies in advance, or who were planning to give the  Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales  as a Christmas gift. This is a publication well worth waiting for and at least everyone who orders a copy has something to look forward to during the long dark days of January."

The University of Wales Press, publisher of  The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, has also announced the extension, until 31 December 2007, of the pre-publication special offer of  £50.

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