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Maritime, agriculture and mining, the history of north Ceredigion as seen through one family's records

Maritime, agriculture and mining, the history of north Ceredigion as seen through one family's records

A new book published by Y Lolfa called Land of Lead charts the story and recollections of four generations of the same family, from the 19th century to the mid-1960s. The history has been collected from detailed family records, including detailed notebooks, postcards sent home during WWI and notes left by a great-uncle whilst working on the Rheidol Valley narrow gauge railway. The snapshot of one north Ceredigion family is presented by one of their descendants, Brian Davies, originally from the village of Penrhyncoch, near Aberystwyth.  read more

New author publishes 'Welsh Harry Potter'
Award-winning Welsh author publishes first children's book in English

Award-winning Welsh author publishes first children's book in English

An award-winning Welsh author has just published her first children’s book in English. Manon Steffan Ros has won numerous awards for her work, including the Welsh Book of the Year and the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod (both for Llyfr Glas Nebo), as well as the prestigious Tir na n-Og children’s fiction prize on numerous occasions. Those People Next Door carries an important message about showing kindness to all and to not judge people who are different.  read more

Comprehensive history of Welsh hymns and singing

Comprehensive history of Welsh hymns and singing "a real gem"

Wales is known as ‘the land of song’ and the Welsh are renowned for their love of hymns – perhaps no other nation has sung them with such fervour. This passion is celebrated in a new comprehensive history of hymn writing and singing in Wales and amongst the Welsh diaspora in North America. A Nation of Singing Birds: Sermon and Song in Wales and Among the Welsh in America by Ronald Rees looks at the time between the Protestant Revivals in the late 18th century until the present day.  read more

An “exciting blueprint for building a better society” – utopian vision for a new independent Wales
It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Hywel Francis
Struggling to stay positive in these difficult times? New self-help book offers practical answers

Struggling to stay positive in these difficult times? New self-help book offers practical answers

With 2020 such a tough year, most of us have found life harder than usual. This week sees the publication of an easy-to-follow self-help book that promises to furnish readers with an effective toolkit to take control of their lives and make lasting, positive changes that could radically increase your happiness. Let It Go by David Rahman is a book for “people who feel blocked and are looking for a way to reset their lives.”  read more

Demolishing the myth of Cardiff as an English-language city
New book celebrates Wales' path to independence!
Famous Welsh singer and shearer publishes autobiography

Famous Welsh singer and shearer publishes autobiography

“It’s a remarkable feeling to be able to tell my story in a book like this – something I never thought I’d be doing at 46 – but after years of competing in different fields and experiencing so much while travelling the world, now’s the time to write about my memories before I forget them!” Aled Wyn Davies.  read more

New book spotlights astounding moments and amazing stories behind the hard men of rugby
New book discloses the alarming crisis facing Rugby Union

Ceredigion's Tess of the d'Urbervilles

The second part of a Welsh historical series, seen as Ceredigion’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, is published this week. Described as “lyrical, visceral and angry” Nanteos: The Dipping Pool is a gothic novel set against the dramatic backdrop of 1750s Cardiganshire.  read more

New cookbook celebrates local, seasonal and sustainable Welsh produce

New cookbook celebrates local, seasonal and sustainable Welsh produce

Bwyd Cymru yn ei Dymor / Welsh Food by Season is full of both traditional and modern recipes that have been created by Nerys Howell. Nerys has appeared on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru as well as being a contributor to S4C’s Prynhawn Da and a regular at Welsh food festivals. The book is a celebration of local, sustainable Welsh produce and aims to encourage people to eat seasonally.  read more

Children's book to raise essential funds for Tŷ Hafan

Children's book to raise essential funds for Tŷ Hafan

Since opening in 1999 Tŷ Hafan, the charity that offers care and support to children and young people with shortened life expectancy, has supported over 850 children and their families. Juliet Bebbington, one of its volunteers, has written a warm and funny book to help fundraising for this important charity, with all the profits going towards the hospice.  read more

Joke book published to raise funds for NHS
One of British history's greatest untold stories told for first time

One of British history's greatest untold stories told for first time

Where was Britain’s first centre of learning founded? Oxford? Cambridge? St Andrews? Think again: it was in Llantwit Major in south Wales – known as Llanilltud Fawr in Welsh. St Illtud’s monastery and training school was founded in c.500 A.D., making it in all probability the oldest centre of learning in Britain. Scholars of church history have emphasised its importance by calling it ‘the Christian axis of the Celtic-speaking peoples’ and ‘the University of the Atlantic of the Celtic period’.  read more

Award winning author revisits world of witness protection
Mischievous tailless cat to inspire people to learn Manx!

Mischievous tailless cat to inspire people to learn Manx!

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 Manx. Unlike many traditional phrasebooks, Teach Your Cat Manx 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

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

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