Hay Festival 2008

Welsh Books Council

Hay Festival 2008 - 21 May 2008

This year, the Literature in Wales stand will host a number of inspiring events featuring award-winning Welsh writers including, on Monday 26 May 2008, the announcement of the Wales Book of the Year shortlist, followed by a reception and book-signing session with the short listed authors.

Also in a morning reception on the 26 May, there will be an opportunity to meet the Editors and authors of the Parthian Books/Library of Wales classic collection.

Owen Sheers will be reading from  Resistance  (Faber, 2007), Niall Griffiths will be presenting  Ten Pound Pom  (Parthian, 2008), and Nia Wyn will read from her novel,  Blue Sky July  (Seren, 2007). Poet and Lecturer, John Goodby,  (Uncaged Sea,  Waterloo Press, 2008), will be discussing his work with the Boiled String multi-media experimental performance group. And to mark the year of publication of the  Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales,  editors John Davies, Menna Baines, Peredur Lynch and Nigel Jenkins will talk about the great enterprise.

There will also be an opportunity to buy a wide range of interesting books from the popular Library of Wales series of classics to the latest children's fiction and works of contemporary Welsh authors.

The Literature in Wales stand is a joint initiative between the Arts Council of Wales, Academi, the National Library of Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Welsh Books Council. The partnership aims to promote literature and writers from Wales to audiences in the UK and abroad.

Minister for Heritage, Rhodri Glyn Thomas, AM, is delighted to support the Literature in Wales Stand: "The events taking place at the Literature in Wales stand are a true representation of the variety and wealth of talent that Wales has to offer. The attention of the literary world will be focused on Wales during the week which will raise the profile of what Wales has to offer. Having some of our prominent writers reading their own works during the festival will be real treat and I'm sure that the Hay Festival will again prove to be a source of inspiration to many."

‘The wealth of books on sale at the Literature of Wales stand this year reflects the wide range of excellent books available from publishers in Wales and the new confidence within the publishing industry in Wales,’ added Gwerfyl Pierce Jones, Director of the Welsh Books Council

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