At Literature Wales we believe that literature – Wales’ oldest artform – belongs to everybody and can be found everywhere. We work collaboratively, bilingually, and in a wide range of communities, to make sure that literature is a voice for all.
We believe in empowering people, groups and communities by supporting them and giving them the tools to develop the literature programmes, events and schemes they want and need in their own local area.
Fundamentally we believe that literature is good for you. It can change, improve and enhance people’s lives. It contributes to better skills, employability, health and engagement with society.
Literature Wales manages the National Poet of Wales initiative and Ifor ap Glyn was appointed National Poet of Wales in May 2016.
We run the annual International Dylan Thomas Day, funded by Welsh Government.
We often facilitate and support international projects delivered by others (e.g. international exchanges, taking part in international conferences) and will work on a new international literature tourism initiative with Welsh Government in 2017.
Following on from a recent report into international working in the literature sector in Wales, Literature Wales is part of a group of key stakeholder organisations in Wales working on a new shared and ambitious international engagement strategy.
Literature Wales will place literature at the heart of the well-being, literacy, employment and skills agendas and will strive for literature to be seen as a vital part of a balanced, engaged and healthy life.
We do this by:
- Improving opportunities to participate in literature:
- Providing platforms for children and young people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to create and enjoy the literary world around them:
- Developing and supporting writers at every stage of their writing journey to achieve their full potential:
- Writers Bursaries
- Mentoring & Critical Services
- Writing courses and Masterclasses at Tŷ Newydd
- Information and training
- Working in partnership in order to raise the international profile of the writers and writing of Wales:
Seeking Partnerships With
We want to work with partners on projects that drive forward any of our key strategic areas, but particularly the areas of writer support, participation and children and young people.
Purpose of Partnerships
Working in partnership in order to raise the profile of the writers and writing of Wales; to encourage debate, exchange, shared learning and growth.
Chief Executive - Lleucu Siencyn
Head of Programmes - Elena Schmitz