May 20, 2022

Library of Wales: Authors Disagree Over Books’ Funding (Video)

Report includes a 3.5 minute video.

From the BBC:

A call has been made for a scheme which republishes classic Welsh books that have gone out of print to continue to receive public funding.

Wales Book of the Year winner Jon Gower backs the Library of Wales series, which has sold 50,000 copies since it was launched in 2006.

It costs the Welsh government £50,000 a year for the Welsh Books Council scheme.

But some critics have argued that financial support should be scrapped.

In total, 34 books have been published through the scheme, and Mr Gower said he was in the process of reading every one.


But at a talk in Cardiff last week, the novelist Julian Ruck was extremely critical of the public funding of the Welsh publishing industry.


“Work on making both traditional printed copies and e-books more widely available has continued and the original collection of five books has now grown to 34,” said a Welsh government spokesperson.

“Developing e-books has made the books accessible to as wide an audience as possible, worldwide, and is bringing Welsh literature written in English right up to date.

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