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Diaries of Victorian Welsh swagman republished

Diaries of Victorian Welsh swagman republished

This week sees the extraordinary book Pity the Swagman: The Australian Odyssey of a Victorian Diarist by Bethan Phillips republished. Described by the late Jan Morris as “a truly fascinating book”, Pity the Swagman is a classic that has been out of print for over twenty years.  read more

New artwork for bestselling course for Welsh learners

New artwork for bestselling course for Welsh learners

Y Lolfa has commissioned a young artist from Llannerch-y-Medd in Anglesey to redesign its bestselling Welsh-language course, Welcome to Welsh. First published in 1984, the book has gone through innumerable reprints and sold 75,000 copies. The new edition uses engaging new strip cartoons by Osian Roberts, making it ideal for self-study.  read more

Brand new edition of bestselling beginners' Welsh course published

Brand new edition of bestselling beginners' Welsh course published

A new, updated version of the classic beginners’ Welsh course, Welcome to Welsh, has been published by Y Lolfa. Written by Heini Gruffudd, bestselling author of materials for Welsh learners, the content of the new edition has been completely revamped and the book has been redesigned to bring it up to date.  read more

New edition of Condry's classic guidebook to Wales

New edition of Condry's classic guidebook to Wales

This month sees the publication of William (Bill) Condry’s original Exploring Wales, which was first published in 1970. This new edition retains Condy’s superlative prose but includes an introduction by his long-time friend Neville Jones and hopes to reach an increasingly receptive audience.  read more

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New cookbook celebrates food fresh from the garden
The Rhondda - re-imagined

The Rhondda - re-imagined

If you think you know the Rhondda, think again. John Geraint’s kaleidoscopic portrait of his native valley – brimful of exuberant characters and inspirational stories of community renewal – is a real eye opener.  read more

'Neglected' history of Wales in Second World War published

'Neglected' history of Wales in Second World War published

Wales’ role in the Second World War, and its effect on the people and landscape of the nation, has been severely neglected says Quentin Deakin, author of Wales in World War 2 (Y Lolfa). Taking a fresh look at the subject, Dr Deakin argues that neither Welsh or English historians have shown the extent to which Wales was vital to the British war effort.  read more

The personal stories of 26 former Welsh rugby internationals

The personal stories of 26 former Welsh rugby internationals

What does a warehouse worker, a lab technician, and a supermarket owner have in common? They were all Welsh international rugby players in their day and are among the 26 who have shared their remarkable stories in ‘Rugby Lives’, a new book by sports journalist Simon Thomas.  read more

Celebration of centenary of Welsh women's peace petition

Celebration of centenary of Welsh women's peace petition

This week sees the publication of a bilingual English/Welsh history of an amazing Petition that sought world peace. The Petition, started in Wales in the wake of World War I, asked American women to work alongside the women of Wales in the name of peace and held almost 400,000 signatures – a significant percentage of the female population of the day.  read more

The stories of rugby legend Charlie Faulkner shared for the first time
The Miners Strike Back -
‘Voice of Welsh Shearing’ Tom Evans Publishes Life Story
Little Known Story of Lives Saved by the Welsh During the Boer War
The ‘Definitive’ Book on Tryweryn Challenges ‘Legends’ and Deeply Held Opinions
Fan's story following Wrexham 'through thin and thin' published in new book

Fan's story following Wrexham 'through thin and thin' published in new book

A lifelong Wrexham fan, as well as the author of many books, Peter Read has published a new one on the rollercoaster ride of following his club, called From Hollywood to Wrexham, published by Y Lolfa. In addition to watching them through Thick and Thin, he has also supported them through the Thin and Thin. But there have also been the never to be forgotten seasons, such as when they won promotion to the Second Division. He also recalls breath taking victories in the European Cup Winners Cup against football giants such as Porto and the nights they pushed Real Zaragossa and Anderlecht all the way.  read more

On 230th anniversary of Telford’s Appointment, a new novel set against construction of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

On 230th anniversary of Telford’s Appointment, a new novel set against construction of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

From Welsh publisher Y Lolfa this week comes a new historical novel set against the building of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Llangollen. Betrayal follows the story of a brother and sister from an impoverished background in 18th century north Wales. Peggin, abandoned by her family, must try to carve a new life as a housemaid. At the same time, her long-lost brother Joe has worked his way up to help oversee the construction of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct under engineer Thomas Telford.  read more

A novel for learners, by a learner: a traditional song triggers a novel for new Welsh speakers

A novel for learners, by a learner: a traditional song triggers a novel for new Welsh speakers

An author who himself learnt Welsh has written a novel to help other learners. Ewan Smith's novel was inspired by the traditional song 'Hen Ferchetan'. Ewan, who lives in Colwyn Bay, writes pocket novels and romantic and crime stories for women's magazines, The People's Friend and My Weekly, but this is his first novel in Welsh. Why, then, did he turn to the language and start learning enthusiastically?  read more

Waldo Williams: Best work of iconic Welsh poet published in English

Waldo Williams: Best work of iconic Welsh poet published in English

Y Lolfa have just released an English language translation of the best work of renowned Welsh poet, Waldo Williams.The Peacemakers comprises the original poems by Williams along with parallel translations into English by esteemed poet and translator Tony Conran, who originally translated them in the 1990s. Waldo Williams (1904–1971) was a folk poet who celebrated the way of life and people of his local area, but also wrote on the themes of pacifism, faith, the brotherhood of humankind, belonging and understanding one another.  read more

New book to change minds on Welsh Independence

New book to change minds on Welsh Independence

A new book published by Y Lolfa aims to transform the way people think about Welsh independence. Authors Jim Wingate and Jen Llywelyn share personal experiences and practical exercises in this compact book that aims to decolonise minds. The book, 20 Radical Steps to Welsh Independence: By first decolonising our minds, is a self-help guide, giving the reader various examples and actions to transform the way the reader thinks about Wales.  read more

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