Want to know whats coming up in the world of Welsh books?
In this section we will be publishing news from Welsh publishers
just as soon as we get it.
Welsh national heroes
Who is Wales greatest national hero? Perhaps Owain
Glyndwr, ranked seventh in a recent worldwide poll of the
most influential men of the last millennium? Or William Morgan,
who probably did more than anyone else to save the Welsh language?
Or maybe its eccentric eighteenth century runner Guto
Nyth Brân, who was famed for his ability to run faster
than a horse over long distances.
Alun Roberts book features short essays on 60 men and
women whom he believes warrant the title National Hero. Although
dominated by sportsmen from later centuries, there is also
a good smattering of people from the fields of politics and
cultural endeavour. Read
the press release (yn y Gymraeg).
|| Welsh National Heroes
ISBN: 086243 610 9
Black Mountains is a reconstruction of the life of Alf Gordon,
who worked in the coal pits of south Wales during the first
half of the twentieth century. Born into rural poverty, he
survived both the Senghennydd pit explosion in which 439 people
died and the Battle of the Somme whilst still in his teens.
Published by Y Lolfa, this book by David Barnes is a "vivid
description of places, rural crafts, mining practices and
the horrors of trench warfare" and is a moving document
of Welsh social history. It is based on taped conversations
that Barnes had with Gordon, his grandfather, in the 60s,
when Barnes was a schoolboy already fascinated by history.
Read the press release
(yn y Gymraeg).
|| Black Mountains
IBSN: 086243 612 5
the lakes of north Wales
Y Lolfa are releasing a new edition of the classic Lakes
of North Wales by Jonah Jones. Although primarily for walkers,
this new version with photos and maps may appeal to anyone
interested in the countryside of North Wales.
"These remote and starkly beautiful lakes should also
hold fascination for geologists, botanists, naturalists, historians
and even engineers - quite a number of them having been created
as, or transformed into reservoirs, or otherwise changed by
the hand of man," points out Jonah Jones. Read
the press release (yn y Gymraeg).
|| the lakes of north Wales
ISBN: 0 86243 626 5
Dylan's night of terror
|Also published by Y Lolfa is The
Dylan Thomas Trail by David Thomas, which reveals new information
about Dylans extraordinary life near Newquay in Ceredigion.
As well as his well-known drinking habits, David Thomas examines
how Dylan survived a shooting incident at his house, Majoda,
on 6 March 1945.
The Majoda shooting incident is one of many tales told in
the new book, which includes details of Dylans superb
writing done whilst he lived in the area. Certainly his time
in Ceredigion inspired his play Under Milk Wood, and David
Thomas writes authoritatively on the comparison of Lleregub
in the play and Newquay in the 40s.
Many walks in Ceredigion are also included in The Dylan Thomas
Trail, following in the footsteps of the great author himself. Indeed,
new Dylan Thomas footpaths have now been opened by Ceredigion
Council so that visitors can more easily enjoy the same walks that
Dylan regularly used.
With historical references and good directions, The Dylan Thomas
Trail is a must for anyone visiting the area, but armchair fans
of Dylan should also be enthralled by this illustrated book about
his life in Ceredigion.
|| The Dylan Thomas Trail
ISBN: 0 86243 6095
fy hanner canrif i
Mae Y Lolfa wedi lawnsio cyfres
newydd o gofiannau. Y gyfrol gyntaf yn y gyfres ydy hunangofiant
Emyr Price - Fy Hanner Canrif I. Mae'r gyfrol yn cyfuno hanes personol
Emyr Price dros yr hanner canrif ddiwethaf gyda'r digwyddiadau a
effeithiodd ar Gymru a'r Gymru Gymraeg. Bu Emyr Price yn athro,
newyddiadurwr ac arloeswr ym myd darlledu ac yn y gyfrol ceir hanesion
difyr o fyd gwleidyddiaeth a newyddiaduraeth, yn cynnwys agor y
llen ar ei gyfnod yn golygu'r Faner yn yr 80au.
|| Fy Hanner Canrif I
ISBN: 0 86243 5803
£12.95 (clawr caled)
Wales in pictures
The inspiring beauty of Wales is the subject of a new book published
by Y Lolfa.
Cymru o Hud/Eternal Wales captures the spirit and timeless grandeur
of the Welsh countryside in a series of photos by Marian Delyth,
with commentary by Gwynfor Evans. Read
Welsh rugby heroes
If you're interested in Welsh rugby, then Y
Lolfa have released a book you'll love. In Welsh Rugby Heroes,
Androw Bennett takes a look which players deserve a place in the
Welsh hall of rugby fame. After recent miserable defeats it is important,
says Androw, that we look for inspiration to the players of the
past. Read the press release for
more information (yn y Gymraeg).
|| Welsh rugby heroes
ISBN: 086243 552 8
Y Lolfa have released a new book called Dyddiadur alci hypocondriac
by Gruff Meredith, better known as MC Mabon. A 'diary of a dosser
cruising from one bedsit and one painful disease to another', the
book comes with a free MC Mabon CD. Read the blurb,
and the press release (yn y
dyddiadur alci hypocondriac
novels for learners
Several Welsh presses publish short novels written specifially for
learners. Many of the books include vocabularies so that you can
spend less time with your nose in a dictionary and more time getting
to grips with the story! Most of the novels are suitable for people
who have been learning Welsh for a couple of years or so. You can
read the 'blurbs' for some of these books on the site now, and reviews
will follow in due course.
All of the books in Gwasg Carreg Gwalch's series, Cyfres
y Dysgwyr, have been written by Pat Clayton and include short
vocabularies at the end of each chapter.
Gwasg Gomer's series, Nofelau
Nawr, includes books written by a variety of well-known Welsh
writers. They contain vocabulary at the bottom of the page and grammar
notes at the end of the book.
Of course, no discussion of books for learners would be complete
without mentioning Bob
Eynon, who has written several short novels (published by Dref
Wen), many of which include vocabulary, and some of which have been
narrated and are available on audio cassette.
a new look at Welsh castles
Welsh Castles, by Geraint Roberts, takes a new look at forts around
Wales, and pays particular attention to the part that Welsh-built
castles played in the bloody battles between the Welsh and the Normans
during the Conquest. Unlike many books on the subject that concentrate
only on famous castles like Caernarfon and Conwy, this book also
examines the history of native Welsh castles such as Dolforwyn,
Dolwyddelan, Castell y Bere, and Dryslwyn. Geraint Roberts covers
every period of the Conquest, and has also included a chapter on
Welsh history and the development of the castle in Wales.
Read the press release
(yn y Gymraeg) from Y
Welsh Castles by Geraint Roberts
It's Wales Issue 8
Publication date: 25 June 2001
ISBN 086243 550 1