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Castles of Wales inspire popular Welsh artist

Castles of Wales inspire popular Welsh artist

Popular Welsh artist Dorian Spencer Davies, known for his rich, full-colour style, has turned for inspiration to the iconic castles of Wales. But this time he has produced black and white illustrations for other people to enjoy colouring in. The images have all been hand-drawn in an original and vibrant style in a book that is suitable for all ages – from 4 years old upwards!  read more

New book celebrates images of Welsh patron saint in churches
The Welsh Mormons' adventures in the American West

The Welsh Mormons' adventures in the American West

Between the mid 1840s and late 1860s about 5,000 Welsh people, inspired by the Mormon faith, left Wales to start a new life in the far west of the United States. In Welsh Saints on the Mormon Trail, written by Wil Aaron, the story is told of their journey by ox-carts and on foot from the Mississippi and the Missouri to Salt Lake City, and of their subsequent lives in Utah.  read more

Son of Gwent: Remembering Steffan Lewis

Son of Gwent: Remembering Steffan Lewis

In January 2019, the promising young politician from Gwent, Steffan Lewis, died. Almost a year later, a new book, Son of Gwent: Cofio Steffan Lewis, in Welsh and English, celebrates the life of the politician and family man, with contributions from his family and friends, as well as politicians such as Elin Jones AM, Leanne Wood AM, Carwyn Jones AM and Adam Price AM.  read more

2019: Gatland, Japan and respect for Welsh rugby

2019: Gatland, Japan and respect for Welsh rugby

2019 was the year that Wales climbed to the Number 1 spot in the world rugby rankings for the first time ever, knocking the All Blacks off the top for the first time in 10 years. It was also the year of the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan, and the year that Wales’ respected and much-loved Head Coach Warren Gatland’s period in charge came to an end. Gatland’s Last Bow: Wales in Japan 2019 is the inside story of Wales’ campaign at the Rugby World Cup, as witnessed by ITV journalist Richard Morgan.  read more

The Welsh Assembly twenty years on - new study shows how it all began
Iconic photographs of twentieth century Wales published in new book
The camaraderie of grass root football celebrated in a new book!

The camaraderie of grass root football celebrated in a new book!

In a unique and honest book, a Sunday League player-manager has written about the reality of football at the grass roots level. The new book, called Park Life, is a celebration of local football in the Rhondda Valleys and is full of humorous stories and banter, concentrating on the social side of the game.  read more

Glenn Webbe 'Welsh rugby's first black icon' pens autobiography
A phrasebook with a difference for Gaelic learners!

A phrasebook with a difference for Gaelic learners!

The author of an unusual new handy pocket-sized book is hoping to use humour to inspire people to learn and use a few simple bits of Gaelic. Unlike many traditional phrasebooks, Teach Your Dog Gaelic shows that learning useful expressions doesn’t have to be boring or daunting, and makes picking up a few basics accessible to everyone – and award-winning Outlander star Sam Heughan is already a fan, commenting:  read more

Rembembering Welsh football's forgotten heroes of 1976

Rembembering Welsh football's forgotten heroes of 1976

Everyone in Wales swells with pride to think of the amazing achievement of Bale, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey and co. in getting to the semi-finals at Euro 2016. Hardcore Wales football fans will also talk of the 1958 squad that included Ivor Allchurch and Mel and John Charles and made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. But what about the boys of 1976? Wales’ strangely unsung success of the 1976 European Championships is finally celebrated in a new book by Nick Burnell – Trailing Clouds of Glory: Welsh Football’s Forgotten Heroes of 1976, which fêtes the success and achievement of a group of people who restored pride in the Welsh football jersey. The book is also the Books Council of Wales’ Book of the Month for November 2019.  read more

'The writing's on the wall!': Wales' awakening
OVER 10,000 YEARS OF WALES’ MARITIME HISTORY CELEBRATED IN NEW BOOK

OVER 10,000 YEARS OF WALES’ MARITIME HISTORY CELEBRATED IN NEW BOOK

The most comprehensive study of Wales’ maritime history ever commissioned, taking over a decade to research and produce – sees publication this week. Entitled Wales and the Sea: 10,000 years of Welsh Maritime History, the volume delves into every aspect of Wales’ connection with the sea, from earliest history to the present day: from archaeology to paintings and poetry, from naval history to seaside holidays.  read more

Reminder of golden era of fair news journalism by award-winning journalist

Reminder of golden era of fair news journalism by award-winning journalist

With fake news prevalent and local journalism facing an uncertain future, this week sees the timely publication of A Capable Journalist (Y Lolfa), the autobiography of Derek Bellis, “a true legend of the industry” according to Dominic Herbert, News Editor at the Daily Mirror. Derek also happens to be the oldest working journalist in Wales.  read more

Here's a book with a difference for Cornish learners!

Here's a book with a difference for Cornish learners!

The author of an unusual new handy pocket-sized book is hoping to use humour to inspire people to learn a few basic bits of Cornish. Unlike many traditional phrasebooks, Teach your Dog Cornish, shows that learning useful expressions doesn’t have to be boring or daunting, and makes picking up a few basics accessible to everyone – and Dawn French is already a fan, commenting: “At last, my dog and I will be able to understand each other!”  read more

A book with a difference for Rugby World Cup fans!

A book with a difference for Rugby World Cup fans!

The author of an unusual new handy pocket-sized phrasebook is hoping to use humour to inspire people to learn a few basic bits of Japanese in readiness for the Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Japan in September 2019. Unlike many traditional phrasebooks, Teach your Dog Japanese Rugby World Cup 2019 Travel Edition shows that learning useful expressions doesn’t have to be boring or daunting, and makes picking up a few basics accessible to everyone.  read more

Welshman's bizarre adventures from Merthyr to Mecca
Family Bible inspires Vale of Glamorgan family saga

Family Bible inspires Vale of Glamorgan family saga

A new novel by Welsh author Sam Adams was inspired by a family Bible. The novel called In the Vale, published by Y Lolfa, is a family saga that takes the reader from London to the Vale of Glamorgan and outwards into the social ferment and bloody turmoil of the Napoleonic era. It was inspired by the Williams family, who lived in the Vale of Glamorgan. George Williams, Rector of Llantrithyd was the Bible’s original owner, and used it to record the births and deaths of his and his wife Sarah’s children. Sam Adams received the Bible, which has been passed down from father to son since his great-great-great grandfather’s time, from a cousin.  read more

Black Mountain road celebrates 200th anniversary and new book

Black Mountain road celebrates 200th anniversary and new book

According to the Top Gear television programme, the Black Mountain road, the A4069, between Brynaman and Gwynfe in the Brecon Beacons National Park is, ‘Five of the most memorable miles you can drive in any country.’ In 2019 this road, with its hairpin bends, dips, twists, climbs and amazing views of the surrounding countryside, celebrates its 200th anniversary.  read more

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