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Acclaimed livestock artist publishes first novel

Acclaimed livestock artist publishes first novel

Acclaimed artist Mary Griese is well-known for her watercolour paintings of sheep and other livestock, but this week she will publish her first novel, Where Crows Would Die. The novel is a bleak and unsettling psychological thriller which, similar to her artwork, is set in a rural location – the Black Mountain in Wales – during the 1960s and 1970s.  read more

Young researcher reveals the secrets of ore industry in Mid Wales

Young researcher reveals the secrets of ore industry in Mid Wales

South Wales’ coal industry is world famous, and north Wales’ slate industry is recognised thanks to the Slate Museum in Llanberis as well as numerous publications celebrating its history. But what about the lost ore industry in mid Wales? Ioan Lord, author of a new bilingual book on the subject, Worn by Tools and Time: Ore from Mid Wales, hopes to bring attention to the history and the importance of the industry and its workers through his descriptive text and brand-new photographs of the underground world created centuries ago.  read more

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Forgotten story of Penarth First World War hero told for the first time
Award-winning illustrator's first book about emigrating, longing and quilts

Award-winning illustrator's first book about emigrating, longing and quilts

Popular illustrator and artist Valériane Leblond has written her first book for children, as well as painting the images that bring the story to life. The Quilt is a beautifully illustrated hardback offering a message of hope which is sure to also strike a chord with many adult readers in these difficult days: when things look bleak, remember that happy times will return.  read more

Great Welsh storytelling: A lost way of life in the Clwydian Range

Great Welsh storytelling: A lost way of life in the Clwydian Range

The powerful rural stories of the semi-legendary people who lived in the ancient village of Tremeirchion and the unorthodox community of Sodom in the Clwydian Range of Denbighshire are told for the first time in On a Dark Night with Enough Wind. The author, Lilla Pennant – part English, part Welsh – tells her story which is connected to our rural past with its drama, comedies and tragedies.  read more

A unique perspective on breeding and training the Welsh Cob

A unique perspective on breeding and training the Welsh Cob

Maisie: A Welsh Cob in Mid Wales by Colin A. Lewis is an informative and unorthodox look at the history and training of the Welsh Cob, told from the viewpoint of Maisie, one of Colin’s horses. The book provides an insight into the breeding and management of the much-loved Welsh Cob including how to ride, and the history and landscape of Wales.  read more

Reflections on a Celtic pilgrimage around Wales, Cornwall and Brittany

Reflections on a Celtic pilgrimage around Wales, Cornwall and Brittany

In the spring, summer and autumn of 2016, a year after walking around Wales, Anne Hayward set out on foot from her home in Abergavenny, South Wales. Over almost four months, she visited some of South Wales, the West of England and Brittany’s most holy sites, and ranging from the Moravian Church in Brockweir to Wesley Cottage in Trewint and the ancient cathedrals at Saint-Pol-de-Léon and Tréguier.  read more

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
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